Life on campus

Number 1 on campus environment in the UK

We are understandably proud of our beautiful parkland campus, voted one of the best open spaces in the UK and awarded the prestigious Green Flag in 2011. Campus is at the heart of university life and provides a special sense of community, as recognised in the most recent Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey which named it the best on-campus environment in the UK. Campus offers:

  • A main library, home to more than 1 million items
  • 24 hour PC and wireless internet access and the latest e-learning tools
  • Award-winning catering facilities
  • A sports centre, home to state-of-the-art indoor and outdoor facilities
  • A thriving Students' Union (RUSU), housing cafés, bars, shops and amenities
  • An opportunity to join hundreds of sports clubs and societies

Henley Business School

In 1947 the University of Reading purchased its main Whiteknights campus, the former country estate of the Marquis of Blandford. A peaceful 130 hectare country estate, with its conservation meadows, rare tree collection and large lake, is an exceptional place to study, live and work. It provides a natural habitat for many varieties of birds, animals, insects and plants.

Several listed buildings are features of the campus. One of the most attractive is Foxhill House, built in 1869 by architect Alfred Waterhouse, designer of the Natural History Museum.

Henley Business School's undergraduate, postgraduate taught masters, professional management and PhD programmes are delivered from our Whiteknights campus. Our building, opened in 2009, represents the largest single construction project in the University of Reading's history and provides a visually impressive hub at the heart of campus. Its designers, BDP, boast impressive credentials having previously master planned projects including a redevelopment of the Royal Albert Hall and the construction of the Channel Tunnel Terminal.

The School houses lecture theatres and seminar rooms equipped with the latest technology, easily accessible academic and support staff, a popular cafe and visitor area and a dedicated Academic Resource Centre (ARC). The ARC is exclusively for the use of students in the School and provides an ideal place for private and group study and easy access to specialist online and offline resources and services.

The adjacent ICMA Centre is home to our degree programmes in finance and provides three state-of-the-art dealing rooms featuring more than 100 terminals. We were the first business school in Europe to introduce dealing rooms and remain the only university with a facility on such a scale.

A home away from home

At Reading we pride ourselves on being a residential university where the majority of undergraduates as well as many postgraduates live in halls of residence, which provide over 4,000 rooms.

All halls are located on or within easy walking distance of campus and close to local bus routes and facilities. Each hall is a vibrant community offering you a safe and inclusive environment in which to study and relax. Halls vary in style and size so you can choose between a wide range of study, domestic and social facilities.

Around 95% of those who apply for accommodation receive a place. If you are a new undergraduate student, Reading is your firm choice, and you apply for accommodation by 1 August, the University will guarantee to offer you a single study bedroom in halls. If Reading is your insurance choice we will usually be able to offer you accommodation, although this is not guaranteed.

Our outstanding location

The term 'campus university' often conjures up an image of being based miles from anywhere, but the University's Whiteknights campus is located close to the centre of Reading, which is just an easy bus ride or short walk away.

Reading is easily accessible for both UK and international students and has excellent rail and road links with direct routes to Heathrow and Gatwick airports. You couldn't be better situated when looking to return home, to visit friends around the UK or to explore the capital and surrounding region.

Reading itself offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the UK. The Oracle Centre, set by the river around a mile from campus, features shops, bars and restaurants and a large multiplex cinema, while the town's popular nightlife includes everything from global music to the theatre. Our local amenities include the concert hall, traditional and outdoor theatres and the Madejski Stadium, home to Reading Football Club and the London Irish rugby team. Reading also has a vibrant live music scene and hosts the world famous rock festival. With so much going on, you are guaranteed a great time.

Please see our Undergraduate Experience' photo collection (Flickr). You can also engage with our students via our Facebook page.