Located on the Thames and Kennet rivers in southern England, Reading is a university town surrounded by some stunning Royal Berkshire countryside. It is one of the largest towns in the United Kingdom with an energetic atmosphere to match and one of the largest settlements without city status.

Universities in Reading have a limited number of halls of residence to accommodate all registered students, thereby creating a huge demand for private student accommodation. These off-campus student home are known as purpose-built student accommodation, specifically designed for student living. These properties offer a wide selection of student room depending on your budget and other preferences – student flat, student apartment, student studio, duplexes, as well as a shared and en-suite room.

What makes Reading unique?
Reading is a charming town with red brick Victorian-era buildings, medieval ruins, and beautiful waterside restaurants dot the town centre. It gives a rich multicultural vibe and is famous for its vibrant student-friendly environment. First held in 1994, Reading’s Beer Festival is now students favourite and is one of the largest beer festivals in the UK. A visit to the Reading Museum is a must to know more about the town’s past from its earliest days as a Saxon Settlement, through its Medieval abbey, industrialisation time and up to the 21st century. If you enjoy spending time in the countryside, then you won't have to travel far from your student housing to find yourself in the green, rolling hills of the Chilterns.
Explore Reading
The town has a bustling town centre with an array of places to grab a drink and a bite to eat or just hang out with your pals. The town is also well-connected via great public transport links with direct trains operating between major cities around the UK, including Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Birmingham, and Cardiff. The town has a thriving nightlife with new and exciting venues popping up all the time, so students can enjoy nights. It is also a tech hub with lots of tech companies coming up in the town where you can find the job of your dreams. For those who love art and likes watching live comedy acts will be glad to know that the town boasts a range of arts, drama, comedy and music venues such as  Hexagon, South Street, and more.

Student Life Reading

Reading is a rapidly growing town with a lively town centre with a range of places to meet with friends. There's loads to do in the evening with a vibrant riverside bar and restaurant area. You can shop your heart out at the Oracle shopping centre which is home to the big some major brands, but there are also many independent stores and boutiques around town. Students living in the above mentioned private accommodations get to enjoy a variety of modern amenities like a living area, games room, courtyard, card-operated laundry, fully-equipped gym, private study area, and more. They are also located in proximity to a number of beautiful parks, which are perfect for relaxing with a book or enjoying a picnic with friends.

Universities in Reading

Reading is home to the famous University of Reading, which was established in the year 1892 as an affiliate of Oxford University. The university has campuses in Whiteknights(main campus), Greenlands, London Road, and a new campus in Malaysia. It is now one of the foremost research-led universities in the UK, featuring more than 50 research centres. It has more than  19,000 students from over 150 countries across the world.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Check out these answers to common questions and review other programme information in the Help Centre.

Q. How should I book a rental student accommodation in Reading?

A. Booking of accommodation is very simple at the University Living website as you just have to follow 3 basic steps: a) Finalize the accommodation b) Pay security deposit if any c) Confirm your booking. Don’t worry if you cannot follow the steps on your own; our experienced staff will give you all needed guidance wherever needed.

Q. What are the different types of student rooms in Reading?

A. The four types of room are: Sharing: Shared rooms are there to share with 2 or more students alongside sharing washroom, kitchen, and other communal spaces. En-suite/Private: A private bedroom and bathroom, while other areas might be shared with fellow residents. Studios: A self-contained unit with a bedroom and cooking space with attached washrooms. Two people can also book one studio to share depending on rental policy.

Q. When should I book my student home for September intake?

A. We recommend you book as early as possible with more choices availabe to you and who knows you might get best offers on room bookings. Book your accommodation 6 months in advance to avoid last minute hassles.

Q. Does my accommodation offer any onsite amenities?

A. All properties listed by University Living comes with a wide range of onsite amenities such a laundry room, gym, swimming pool, BBQ, courtyard, bike storage, fully-fitted kitchen, and plenty more.

Q. Can I get discounts for student housing in Reading?

A. Yes, the earlier you book with us, the more you are liable to avail discounts on room bookings with us. You will get discounts and have to pay less rent for the student housing you choose. There are also cashback offers and additional discounts on group bookings.

Q. Are the bills included in the rent?

A. It totally depends on the type of accommodation you have zeroed upon. But what is more obvious is to get bills included, without having to worry about paying extra. The bills might include Wi-Fi, water, gas, electricity, and extra facilities as per the accommodation provider.

Q. What if I don’t like my accommodation after moving in?

A. Although a rare case scenario when you book with us but in case you do have to change your mind then we will replace your room within 30 days for a one-time fee of £250 only.

Q. How do I know my student accommodation in Reading is safe?

A. University Living ensures that each room or accommodation we offer has modern safety measures like CCTV, secure door entries, restricted access, and more.