The University of Reading is a truly multicultural university that has been delivering cutting-edge research, and producing high-calibre graduates since 1926. The university has 17,000 students from over 140 countries and is considered to be in the top 1% of universities worldwide according to the Times Higher Education World Rankings 2013-14.
Reading has a community atmosphere – the distinctive student experience and provision of close student support makes it a great place to study. Some 89% of finalists say they were happy with their experience at the university, according to the national student survey 2013.
There is a huge range of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities to get involved with, alongside a busy social calendar organised by Reading University Students’ Union.
£9,000 for full-time undergraduates in 2014-15.
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One of the highest proportions of residential student accommodation among UK universities, with about 4,300 rooms available. Rooms in halls are £97 to £143 a week.
A room in private rented accommodation is about £260 to £300 a calendar month.
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All students have access to a recently refurbished library which is open 24-hours a day in term time, plus 16 IT suites and over 150 computers on campus with scanning and colour printing facilities.
The university also runs a JobShop for part-time work as well as a careers, placement and experience centre offering support from professional careers.
Reading is home to the largest student union shop in the UK, as well as the Reading film theatre which shows a range of independent, art-house and foreign language films (subtitled in English), as well as the occasional blockbuster.
For sporty students there is a sports park with a state-of-the-art fitness studio; specialist exercise studios; squash courts; a large multi-purpose sports hall; football, rugby, lacrosse, hockey and cricket pitches; tennis and netball courts; purpose-built floodlit football pitches with the latest third-generation surface; synthetic turf pitch for football and hockey; and a world-class boathouse facility on the River Thames for rowing.
Located 45 minutes from Heathrow, there’s fast and easy access to central London by train, taking 25 minutes.