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Award-winning green campus

Home to undergraduate and postgraduate study, our purpose-built Business school is located on the University of Reading’s Whiteknights campus, awarded nine consecutive Green Flag awards, recognising it as one of Britain’s top green spaces. The business school building opened in 2009 and offers an outstanding location for learning.

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 Business Library. The Business Library is exclusively for the use of students in the School and provides an ideal place for private and group study, plus 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

Previously a country estate of over 130 hectares, and home to conservation meadows, rare trees, and a lake, Whiteknights is an exceptional place to study, live and work. 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 over 150 sports clubs and societies

Outstanding location

Unlike many campus universities, we are a comfortable walk or an easy bus ride into the bustling town centre. Prepare to be surprised; Reading is home to over 230,000 people and is a diverse and welcoming community, with independent cafes and bars, theatres and a large sports stadium. Once a year, the town is also home to a world-famous music festival.

Reading is a great place to live and work, and came second in the UK for growth for the fourth year in a row (PwC Good Growth for Cities 2019). Many large businesses, from Microsoft to PepsiCo, call Reading home.

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.

Health and wellbeing

The welfare of our students is extremely important to us. If you need advice or a solution to a problem, support is never far away. As well as services that support you, there are lots of activities you can take part in to ensure you lead a healthy well-balanced university life. See health and wellbeing.

Sporting facilities

The University of Reading is a great place for sporting enthusiasts, with some of the best-equipped facilities of any UK university, including on-campus sports centre opened by British Olympic rower and Reading alumnus James Cracknell, and over 50 clubs. See sporting facilities.

Students' Union

At the centre of campus is the University of Reading's popular Students' Union. A hive of activity, day and night, it provides easy access to services, shopping and a ready-made social life. See Students' Union. Reading itself offers some of the best retail and entertainment experiences in the UK.

The campus history

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 Business Library. The Business Library 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.