Established as an extension college of Christ Church, Oxford in 1892, we received a Royal Charter in 1926. Our magnificent setting is one of the University’s greatest attractions. Many hectares of mature parkland provide the backdrop to an interesting mix of traditional and modern architecture to create a unique campus atmosphere. Campus life at the University of Reading has much to offer our 19,000 students. Our diverse student population offers a cosmopolitan experience, with 20% of our students coming from over 150 countries. Contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafés and bars are centrally located on one of the most attractive university campuses in the UK. Continuous investment means that our students experience state-of-the-art facilities and resources, and subsequently rank us highly in terms of student satisfaction. All this is just a short walk or ride from the centre of Reading which lies 60 Km west of London in the county of Berkshire and has a lively mix of culture, nightlife, shops and eating-places.
The University of Reading is one of the UK’s top 20 research-intensive universities and in the outcomes of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) over 87% of the University’s research rated as of international standing. It is consistently one of the most popular higher education choices in the UK. We receive, on average, seven applications for every undergraduate place. People choose to study with us for many reasons:
• the exceptional quality of our delivery
• innovative teaching fed by the latest research
• cutting-edge teaching and learning facilities, including 24-hour IT resources and a library containing over a million items
• extensive indoor and outdoor sports facilities, including pitches, courts, playing fields and a fully equipped sports centre
• an inclusive, international culture.
We offer one of the highest proportions of residential student accommodation among UK universities, with nearly 5000 rooms available. Our 12 halls of residence and Student Village are situated either on the campus or just a short walk or ride away. They all offer a friendly atmosphere, excellent facilities and a packed programme of social activities. There is an option to suit all budgets and needs, including en-suits and rooms adapted for those with disabilities. Catered halls offer a range of meals to suit all tastes including lots of vegetarian choices. Students share large, well-equipped kitchens in our self-catering options. All halls have good laundry facilities and rooms benefit from a data connection point for Broadband access to the internet and the University network.
Our unusually broad and flexible portfolio of full- and part-time degree programmes covers the arts, humanities, sciences and social sciences. We regularly update our programmes as new ideas emerge and industry needs change.