University of Reading


About University of Reading

The University of Reading was established in 1892, and is now ranked in the top 1% of universities worldwide (QS University World Rankings 2015/16), with a world-class reputation for the quality of our teaching, research and links to business. Our ground breaking research tackles the planet's most pressing challenges, and we have a strong reputation in multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborations which deliver real life impact.

Our main campus (Whiteknights Campus) is set in 130 hectares of beautiful parkland, so you’ll find plenty of places to relax during the day. In 2015, the site was voted number seven out of almost 1,500 green spaces eligible to be included in the 2015 Green Flag People's Choice Award. Whiteknights is the only university campus to appear in the top 10, and has been voted among the best and most popular green spaces in the UK for five consecutive years. The campus is a thriving community and features the Students' Union, library, places to eat and one the UK’s best student clubs. You’ll have everything you need right on your doorstep.

London Road Campus
The London Road campus has recently undergone a £30 million transformation. This historic site, one of the University’s original campuses, is home to the Institute of Education. It also features the Great Hall, which is used for concerts and graduation ceremonies, and a bar/café that serves hot and cold food.

Greenlands Campus
Home to one of Europe’s top business schools, our stunning Greenlands campus is situated on the banks of the River Thames near Henley. It features a fully equipped fitness centre, business facilities, a conference centre, accommodation and dining room. Greenlands is used by the University's Henley Business School as the base for its MBA and corporate learning.

We were delighted to welcome Her Majesty the Queen to Greenlands' beautiful lawns during the summer of 2012, as the campus was chosen as a venue for one of the region's Diamond Jubilee Celebrations.

Our Library is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during term time, and gives you access to:

• more than 1 million books
• a fully equipped IT suite
• group discussion spaces
• quiet and silent areas.

The Library goes beyond Google and give our students free 24/7 online access to academic resources including around 35,000 e-journals, 300,000 e-books and 200 databases.

Home to 17,000 students, our award-winning campuses house contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafés and bars.

There's great shopping at the Oracle, plenty of green spaces to relax in and a huge range of cuisine from around the world. Reading is packed with a range of pubs, bars and clubs, so you can have a drink with your friends, watch an open mic night or hit the dance floor.
Reading Festival is one of the best known music festivals in the UK, with over 87,000 fans flocking to see some of the biggest names in music.
You can also experience the thrill of a live football or rugby match at the Madejski Stadium, which is close to the town centre. The venue, which seats over 24,000 people, is home to Reading FC and London Irish Rugby Club.

As well as all the benefits of a beautiful campus location, Reading is also within easy reach of one of the world's most iconic capital cities. There are excellent transport links to London so getting there is easy and simple.
Direct links by train:

London Paddington – 30 minutes
Oxford – 30 minutes
Bristol – 1 hour 15 minutes
Birmingham – 1 hour 40 minutes
Cardiff –1 hour 40 minutes

It takes only 40 minutes by direct Railair bus service to get from Reading train station to London Heathrow, and London Gatwick is just over an hour away by train.

Overall, 94% of our graduates are in work or further study 6 months after graduating. (DLHE 2014 – HEFCE Employment Performance Indicator).