University Guide

University of Reading

The University of Reading is in Reading, England and dates back to 1892 when it was created as the University College Reading. It recieved it charter in 1926 and welcomes almost 20,000 students every year.

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University of Reading

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Reading.

  • Rankings

    The University of Reading ranks in the top 250 universities in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2021

  • Employability

    The University of Reading has 94% of their graduates in work or further study after six months an offers placement support and training as well as career themes and an option to study a foreign language to boost skills.

  • Fees

    The fee for undergraduates for 2020/21 for UK students is £9250 per year. This year, EU students have access to the University's EU Bursary of up to £6,000 in fees reduction. Read more here%20master's%20courses%20are%20excluded). For international students, the fee for 2020/21 is £16,890 for Band 1 Subjects (non lab courses and Foundation programmes) and £20,315 for Band 2 Subjects (with lab/workshop content).

  • Bursaries

    The University of Reading offers 12 different scholarships and bursaries, examples of which are The Reading Bursary or the Pioneer Bursary. The full list can be found here.


The University of Reading offers self catered shared/ensuite rooms as well as catered shared/ensuite rooms. Also offered are accommodation for couples and mature students. The options as well as their prices can be found here

Students' Union

As well as bars, cafes, social events, volunteering, a Student Advice Team and a student media centre, the University of Reading Student Union also offers over 100 societies, 56 sports and dance groups, and 3 media streams for students to get involved in.

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University of Reading Students' Union
University of Reading Students' Union

Famous for

Alumni include olympic gold medalist James Cracknell, pianist and singer Jamie Cullum, and politician Sharon Bowles.


A Met Scientist hosted by the University of Reading, Professor Lowe, was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for 2020!

AFS says

"Reading offers a mix of urban with history and natural beauty; and as it’s compact, most places are in walking distance.  It can be useful getting a bike, instead of catching the student buses promoted – especially as they never give out change.  That being said, the transport links are really good if you want to escape Reading for the day, with London and Oxford close by".

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