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Student accommodation in Reading

Finding the right student housing in any city can be a tough task. Understanding this, we at Student.com have made it as easy as possible for students to book modern, affordable and convenient uni accommodation in the city they wish to study and live in. 

And the historic town of Reading is no different. We offer a variety of student accommodation in Reading for you to choose from. So whether you’re looking to share with friends in a shared room or prefer your own privacy, we have you covered. 

If you’re having any difficulties choosing or need further information, don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Reading at a glance

Reading, located in the South East of England, is one of the largest settlements in the UK that doesn’t possess city status. 

Despite being in the capital’s orbit, this Berkshire town is still an economic powerbase in its own right.

Reading was built on the booming cloth trade and the famous '3Bs' of Biscuits, Beer and Bulbs. These traditional businesses have been replaced by the insurance, Information Technology, finance, legal, green technologies and biopharma sectors. 

However, despite 21st century industrialisation, Reading still maintains its history and beauty. The town sits at the heart of an attractive area of the Thames Valley amid green rolling hills, thatched cottages and pubs sitting across the confluence of the Thames and Kennet rivers. 

Mingling with more modern buildings are the ruins of Reading Abbey (founded by Henry I in 1121) on the southeast boundary of Forbury Gardens.

The town is also home to the famous Reading Festival that takes place over the August bank holiday weekend. The 30-year-old pop music festival is the oldest of its kind in the world and usually attracts some of the biggest names in contemporary music. 

If you choose to study and live in Reading you won’t have any difficulties with moving around. Sitting at the junction of several major transport routes the town serves as a major hub for commuter traffic (rail and road) in and out of London, which is just 20 minutes away. 

Student life in Reading

Reading is a lively town with one of the largest and most diverse range of clubs and bars in England with a vast selection to choose from, ranging from popular chain bars to small traditional family-run spots. 


Whether it's drinking, eating, wining or dining, Reading’s night scene has something for everyone, and in some quarters, at a discount for students.


Enjoy live sports, the Australian inspired drinks menu and décor of Walkabout or the show-stopping cocktails, champagnes, and rums of the Pacific Island-inspired Lola Lo. 

The iconic Purple Turtle with its quirky, artistic and unique design hosts live music and karaoke and has a dark, dungeon-like basement thumping with Reading’s best DJ crews, Reggae, Drum N Bass, Electro and Metal sound. 

There are also live music nights at the Oakford Social Club.


If you have a big appetite for delicious meals in a charming town centre, Reading also has you covered. With a wide range of restaurants and dining, there’s something for most palates and budgets. 

If you fancy authentic Italian food, ASK, Pizza Express, Carluccio’s and Bella Italia are some of the more popular options. 

Buenasado, Bluegrass Smokehouse, and Miller and Carters are the places to be for BBQ, grilled or perfectly seared steaks, while Yo Sushi, Coconut, Wagamama’s and Thai Corner are a handful of some of the best Asian-themed dining you can experience in the town centre. 


The Oracle shopping centre will have pretty much everything you need as a student.There are more than 100 shops at the centre including some of the main high street stores. It’s also a dining destination hosting some of the more popular chains and cafes. 

And if you have a couple of hours and a few pounds left to burn after your shopping spree, there’s a 10-screen Vue cinema for the latest Hollywood releases.

Where to study in Reading

The town of Reading is home to one of the UK's leading research-intensive universities and 10 colleges.  

The University of Reading is ranked in the top one percent globally for research. It’s also ranked in the top 30 universities in the UK and 205th in the world in the 2021 QS World University Rankings. 

It offers over 150 postgraduate taught courses and has a huge range of societies, sports clubs and volunteering opportunities for students to get involved with. 

The university also has a busy social calendar and its beautiful campus is only a short walk away from the town centre. 

Colleges in Reading

  • Reading College
  • Read College
  • Padworth College
  • University College Of Estate Management
  • The Rep College

Frequently asked questions about student housing in Reading

How do I apply for private student accommodation in Reading?

After choosing your favourite property, click on ‘View Rooms’. You’ll then need to choose what type of room you like to live in. After you’ve chosen your favourite property and room type and now the dates you’ll be living there, click ‘Book Now’.

If you’re not quite ready to book yet, just click ‘Enquire’ next to the ‘Book Now’ button. One of our booking consultants will be in touch with you shortly to answer any questions you might have. You can always also call us or message us on live chat if you have any questions.

Can you arrange a viewing for me?

Absolutely! If you’ll be in Reading before your move-in date and would like to see the property first before committing, contact us as soon as possible and one of our booking consultants can arrange viewings for you. 

What are the different room types you offer?

We offer three different types of rooms for accommodation in Reading. 

The first option is a Shared Room, where you share a bedroom with at least one other person as well as other facilities with other tenants from other rooms.

The second option is a Private Room, where you’ll get your own bedroom (and in some properties a private bathroom) but share other facilities with tenants from other rooms.

The third option is booking an Entire Place, where you’ll get an entire studio for yourself. With this option, you won’t have to share anything, so you’ll have your very own bedroom, bathroom and a kitchenette for cooking your meals.

What bills are included in the rent?

This depends on the property you choose. In most cases, you’ll only have to pay the rent and nothing else as bills are included in the total cost of most of our student residences. However, it’s best to check and see if this is the case with the property you choose.

How do I pay my rent?

Once you’ve signed the contract and finalised the booking with one of our booking consultants, we’ll provide you all the needed payment details. 

You’ll pay the rent directly to the landlord either by bank transfer or with a credit or debit card and won’t have to pay anything to Student.com.