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Reading University

UCAS Code: R12

Location: Berkshire, west of London Show on Map

Site: Main campus Reading, plus site one mile away and separate site in Henley.

A top UK research-intensive university; a member of the 1994 Group of universities. 

Student Population

Total Students:13,505
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:8,940
Full Time:99%
Mature on Entry:10%
UK Students:86%
State school entry:83%

Teaching Staff

1160 (full- and part-time).

Broad study areas

Arts, humanities, social sciences, law, sciences (pure & applied), engineering, agriculture, food studies, surveying, education.


Admission Information:AS-levels accepted only in combination with 3+ A-levels or equivalent. UCAS tariff used to make offers on most courses, sometimes with specific grade and subject requirements (general studies and key skills usually excluded).  
Points on Entry (Mean):342
Drop Out Rate:5%
Accommodation:All new students housed (guaranteed if apply by deadline). 


Site:Whiteknights Campus, 320 acres 1½ miles from centre of Reading; also buildings at London Road and Greenlands Campus in Henley
How to get there:Close to M4 (junctions 10/11); frequent trains from London Paddington (22 mins) and Bristol; direct bus and train services from Heathrow and Gatwick airports. Frequent bus services from station and town (9, 20, 21).  

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Counselling; study advisers; disability advisers; hardship and international student advisers; health centre (with doctors, dentists, psychiatrist); tutor system; mature student group; peer supporters; immigration and housing advice (through SU); chaplains; playgroup, nursery.
Amenities:Union building with bars and shops; over 100 athletic and social clubs. Reading film theatre, bookshop, cash machine.
Sporting facilities:Sports hall, playing fields on campus; boathouses on Thames; sailing and canoeing on Thames and nearby gravel pits.  
Accommodation:Guaranteed for new students who apply by the deadline (45% of all full-time students housed). 4500 halls places, majority ensuite: 900 full-board places £129−£186 per week, 31 and 39 week contracts; 3600 self-catering £75−£136 pw ensuite, contracts 31, 39, or 51 weeks. Most students live in privately-owned accommodation for 1−2 years: rents £260-£300 a month for self-catering in a shared house.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Main Library at Whiteknights plus special collections at London Road. Over 1.1 million volumes, 8750 e-books, 21,500 e-journals plus multimedia material; restricted loans on high-demand texts. Help desks, training sessions, liaison librarians supporting each subject. Special collections of archives and rare books include unique Samuel Beckett Collection, Archive of British Publishing, Cole Library of Early Medicine, Finzi poetry and music collections. Information provision, £118 pa spent for each student (FTE). Separate IT service including university computer network, broadband connection in hall study bedrooms, email and internet access; networked PCs and connections in 19 centres on campus, including wifi for laptops in library and elsewhere. IT help points, online guides, freshers' induction sessions, training sessions.
Other learning resources:University museums (English rural life, Greek archaeology, and zoology), language laboratories (university-wide language programme), computer centre.  
Study abroad:14% of students spend a period abroad. Formal exchange links with over 40 universities and colleges in Europe, most open to non-language specialists. 
Careers:Advisory service and resource centre.  


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £178-£281 a week (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.  
Term-time work:University allows term-time work for full-time students, up to 16 hours/week. Jobshop; part-time work available on and off campus.
Financial help:Awards of £4000 in Year 1 (£2500 pa thereafter) for students resident in England whose family income is up to £16k pa, of £3000 in Year 1 (£2000 pa thereafter) where it is £16k−£25k pa, or of £500 pa where family income is £25k−£42k pa. Other bursaries eg for students from specified Berkshire schools (up to £1000). Scholarships eg for high achievers (£1000 in first year), for music (£800 pa), sport (£2000 pa). Also up to £350,000 government and university hardship funds, 600 students helped; individual awards up to £3500. Special help for those with children (esp single parents), with caring responsibilities, students with disabilities, mature students; university funds also for self-financing international students. Apply for help to the student financial support office.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees. International students pay £10,896 pa (classroom) to £12,996 pa (science). 


Awarding body:

University of Reading

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BSc, BEng, LLB, BA(Ed), MMath, MPhys, MChem, MEng.

Length of courses:

3 years; 4 years (languages, art, food biosciences, typography, undergraduate Masters and sandwich courses).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agriculture
  • Ancient History
  • Animal Science
  • Archaeology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Bacteriology
  • Banking
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Electronics
  • Biomedical Science
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Cell Biology
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Classics
  • Computational Mathematics
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Consumer Studies
  • Control Engineering
  • Countryside Management
  • Crop Science/Technology
  • Cybernetics
  • Deaf Studies
  • Ecology
  • Econometrics
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electronic Engineering
  • English
  • Environmental Biology
  • Environmental Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies
  • Estate Management
  • EU Studies
  • European Studies
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Financial Services
  • Food Science
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Graphic Design
  • Greek, Ancient/Classical
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Informatics
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • International Business
  • International Development
  • International Relations
  • Italian
  • Land Economy
  • Law
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Mathematics
  • Meteorology
  • Microbiology
  • Nutrition
  • Peace Studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Philosophy
  • Physiology
  • Plant Science
  • Politics
  • Printing/Typography
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Quantity Surveying
  • Rural Environment Studies
  • Social Science
  • Software Engineering
  • Soil Science
  • Speech Sciences
  • Speech Therapy
  • Statistics
  • Surveying
  • Teacher Training
  • Theatre Studies
  • Town/Country Planning
  • TV Studies
  • Urban Estate Management
  • Urban Studies
  • War Studies
  • Wildlife Management
  • Zoology

Student view

Rhiannon Horsley, RUSU President (Graduate, History)


What's it like as a place to live? Lots going on, close to London, quite expensive.

How's the student accommodation? Lot of choice for halls, a range of options and prices. Quite a range for private accommodation; private accommodation ranges from about £260/week to £320/week, some nice, some not so; often get what you pay for.

What's the student population like?  Friendly; fairly middle class; large international student population makes it more diverse; a lot of people from Wales and the south.

How do students and locals get on? Relationships with the local community are good and getting better; most local people realise that the university has a positive impact on Reading. Lots of students volunteering in the local community. 


What's it like as a place to study? Good range, facilities vary, but lots of new buildings going up, and refurbishment happening. Library is a bit shoddy, poor library opening hours.

What are the teaching staff like? Depends, but on the whole quite student-focused and helpful.


What are student societies like? Loads of societies - over 120 - which is a lot considering the size of uni. Most of the traditional ones like hockey, rugby, football, netball and more specialist ones, korfball, power kiting. Range of societies, from subject-based ones like history and chemistry to interest-based ones like debate, drama and even lock picking. Loads of students are involved; social centre of uni; focus placed on participation. Active campaigning groups including amnesty and people and planet. Lots of volunteering groups, student media and 'raising and giving' society.

What's a typical night out? Depends on who you are. Lots on, from club nights, comedy night, etc

And how much does it cost? Depends how much you want to spend - a good time can be had for £15.

How can you get home safely? Free night bus from the union, or a taxi.


Is it an expensive place to live? Relatively expensive, especially compared to other places.

Average price of a pint? .£2 in the union, up to £3 in town.

And the price of a takeaway? £6?? Depends how much you eat!


What's the best feature about the place? Campus is vibrant and friendly.

And the worst? Reading is expensive and the town lacks character.

And to sum it all up? Great place to study: campus life is busy and vibrant with a great students union at the heart of Reading University.

Past Students

Sir Richard Trehane (ex-Milk Marketing Board), Andy Mackay (Roxy Music), Steve Vines (journalist), Gillian Freeman (novelist & biographer), Susanne Charlton (BBC Weather), James Cracknell (Olympic rower), LTJ Bukem (DJ), Kenneth Branagh (actor). 

More info?

Contact RUSU President tel 0118 986 5133 or check website www.rusu.co.uk 



University of Reading


0118 987 5123





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