When you’re not studying, the University is a great place to hang out with friends, socialise, and have fun. Our campuses are filled with great places to eat and drink, from small bites and coffee in Dol.cHe Vita to pub-style food at Mojo's bar.
Even in halls, you’re never far away from somewhere to eat. Want to meet up with friends over a drink and a game of pool? From Park Eat to Ice House, we’ve got you covered. We also have a great nightlife to offer here at Reading, with various bars around campus, and the Students’ Union.
The local area
Reading has a mix of both local establishments and familiar chain shops and restaurants. The Oracle is Reading’s main shopping complex, and it’s a great place to make the most of your NUS student discount! A day of shopping can be followed with dinner on the riverside. If nightlife is more your thing, Reading has many reasonably priced bars and clubs, and some of which run student nights to keep the cost down even further! Your JCR will likely show you many of the top places to go during Welcome Week. You can also relieve the stress of revision by taking a trip to Reading’s trampoline park, or see a film at our VUE cinema, or just relax in the park.
The local bus company, Reading Buses, provide buses from Whiteknights and London Road campuses to town, as well as many routes serving the popular student areas. The Claret bus (number 21/21a) travels from Reading train station and town centre past the London Road campus and onto Whiteknights campus every 7 minutes during the day in term time. It also runs all through the night, so you will never miss the last bus!
Other routes which run near Whiteknights campus are:
• Numbers 17 and 4 – bus stop at Earley Gate
• Numbers 9, 3 and 10 – bus stop at Shinfield Road
• Numbers 12 and 10 – bus stop at Foxhill House, Bridges and Wessex Halls, and Earley Gate.
A trip on the bus to town usually takes 15-20 minutes, and you can pay by contactless card, Reading Buses top up card, via the Reading Buses app, or by cash (exact money only as they don’t give change). For more information please visit the Reading Buses website.
Reading station provides regular services to many parts of the country, including London (only a half an hour train ride), Oxford, Cardiff, Bath, Plymouth and more! A 16-25 Railcard will get you a third off the price of an adult ticket, making your trips more affordable. Visit the National Rail website for more details.