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 a-la-carte dining in Blandford’s.
Even in halls, you’re never far away from something 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 biggest nightclub in reading.
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 up to every 7 minutes (peak times), as well as many routes serving the popular student areas. Student tickets are available at a discounted rate for all students (as of May 2017). 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, and Plymouth. 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 and Railcard website for more details.