In the south of England is Reading, a town on the Thames and Kennet rivers. This is the perfect student destination for music lovers, as Reading is best known for the annual Reading Festival, one of the UK’s most popular outdoor rock music events. Not only that, but Reading has a vibrant social scene with lots of bars and restaurants along the rivers, as well as historical architecture and history to explore. See what this popular student town has to offer with our student accommodation in Reading.

Student accommodation in Reading at a glance

If you’re looking for private student accommodation in Reading that is right in the town centre, check out Saxon Court. These stylish student flats offer a range of private student rooms and as an on-site gym, comfy cinema room, and lots of communal areas to hang with friends or study. It’s located right in the town centre, meaning you’re only ever a short walk to cafes, bars, and restaurants, as well as being a 16-minute walk to Reading College, a 32-minute walk to the University of Reading, or a short stroll to Reading Train Station.

For modern student flats in Reading with a buzzing atmosphere, have a look at Queen’s Court. This contemporary accommodation offers a range of studio rooms, or one-, two-, three- or even four-bedroom penthouses. It also has loads of communal facilities, including an on-site gym, games room, communal lounge with flatscreen TV, and high-speed WiFi throughout. It’s right by Broad Street Mall and The Oracle shopping centre, as well as being a short walk to Reading train station. In relation to campuses, this student accommodation in Reading is a 22-minute walk to Reading College, and a 41-minute walk or short bus ride to the University of Reading.

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Reading at a glance

  • Reading is home to higher educational establishments such as the University of Reading, Reading College, The ICMA Centre, and University College of Estate Management. Due to its popularity with students, there’s lots of great student accommodation in Reading to suit a variety of needs.
  • Explore Reading’s history at the Abbey Quarter – this large, ruined abbey in the centre of the town was founded by Henry I in 1121.
  • Head out of town to visit Highclere Castle, a Grade I listed country house built in 1679.
  • Get away from your private student accommodation in Reading and visit View Island. This quiet island has natural, open spaces with grassy paths and is the perfect place to get away from the pressure of student life. There are also several wooden, chainsaw-carved sculptures, an education area, and a canoe pontoon.
  • Take your relaxation to the next level at Thames Lido, a historical, renovated swimming pool that also has a Mediterranean tapas restaurant.
  • Visit the Reading Museum and see the famous Bayeux Tapestry. This iconic replica is 70 metres long and was crafted by 35 skilled Victorian embroiderers in 1885, depicting the Battle of Hastings in 1066.
  • Why not try something different and head to Parthian Climbing to try your hand at indoor rock climbing. This popular student attraction is a great way to stretch the body away from the books.
  • If you need a laugh, head to one of Reading’s notable comedy clubs such as Just the Tonic Comedy Club, Stand and Deliver Comedy Club, or Mates Rates Comedy Club.

Student travel in Reading

Like a lot of university cities, buses are the main mode of transport to get around town. This is great news for students as they’re usually one of the most cost-effective forms of transport, and this is certainly the case in Reading. Reading also has a train station, but this is best to connect you with surrounding areas and other cities within the UK, rather than get around town.

By Bus

The main operator for buses in this city is Reading Buses, which provides a reliable and convenient service that can get you from your student accommodation in Reading to campus or other places around the city. Reading Buses also offers a service called Unibus, which is a dedicated service, reduced in price, that takes students and staff from multiple stops in the city to campus.

By Train

As mentioned, the train won’t get you around town, but it is a very useful connection to surrounding areas and other major cities. Reading Train Station is pivotal in the national rail network and connects you to areas such as London and Oxford. For more information on train travel, visit the National Rail website.

Remember to find your student flats in Reading in areas that best suit your preferred method of transport.

Featured neighbourhoods around student accommodation in Reading

East Reading

One of the most popular areas for student flats in Reading is the East Reading area, which is made up of suburbs like Cemetery Junction and Newton. Its popularity is due to its affordability, and the fact that it’s only a short distance from the university as well as the town centre. It also has a big Asda and Co-op, making shopping for those student essentials easy. There are also some great student bars for when you don’t feel like making the trip into the city centre, such as Mojo’s and Park Bar.

City Centre

If you want to be in the middle of the action, finding student accommodation in Reading that is right in the city centre is the best option for you. Here you’ll find an array of cafes, bars, and restaurants, all packed full of fellow students looking to have a good time. Some of our favourites include Sub 89, Sakura, Cosmo, and Back of Beyond.

Coley

Just south of the city centre to the west is Coley, a quaint suburb in Reading that provides a quieter life for students compared with the city. Here you won’t find any vibrant bars and clubs just around the corner, but it’s a great place to unwind and focus on your studies. The great part is when the need to socialise does come knocking, you’re very close to the action of the city centre, as well as not being too far from campus, which means you’re away from the noise, giving you a chance to focus on your student well-being.

Student flats in Reading FAQs

Is Reading a good student city?

Reading is considered a great student city due to its vibrant atmosphere and buzzing freshers week. It’s packed full of great student bars and clubs, as well as lots of great options for private student accommodation in Reading.

Where are the student areas in Reading?

There are lots of great student flats in Reading in different areas. Some of the most popular with students are East Reading, which includes Cemetery Junction and Newton,  and just west of the city in Coley, as well as the city centre itself.

Is Reading cheap for students?

Reading is considered an affordable place for students to study, with lots of great accommodation options to cater to all budgets, as well as plenty of part-time employment opportunities for those who wish to work and study. Student accommodation in Reading starts from around £160.00 per week and ranges to £190.00 per week. Check out our post for a look at how students pay for accommodation.

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