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Beautiful campus based university but with the added extra of a busy city centre close by

(5)·By Lorna B·Law· Jun 2023
If you are looking for a campus based university with a diverse range of courses then Reading is a great choice. Set in beautiful grounds but also in close proximity to the busy shops and entertainment of the city centre, Reading has a wide variety of courses at differing levels. The level of teaching is excellent across the university and there are many extracurricular societies and clubs to join bringing a good social side to a student's academic study. A really fantastic place to live and study.
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Loved my time doing Environmental Earth Science

(5)·By Beverley H·Geology· Jun 2023
I studied Environmental Earth Science from 2004-2007, mainly as I was torn between meteorology and geology, however the course was very diverse and I studied everything from biodiversity, to geophysics and forensic geology.
The lecturers were very knowledgeable and the field work was amazing.
Now I am in the oil and gas industry as a business development manager, helping the UK North Sea sector to safely and effectively plug and abandon old wells, such that we do not impact the environment.
Reading is a fantastic city to study in, and the campus is beautiful, with one of the largest collections of trees in the U.K.
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University experience

(5)·By Attiya H·Education / Teacher Training· Jun 2023
I have thoroughly enjoyed meeting new people and interacting positively during lectures. It has improved my confidence and social skills. I'm looking forward to the rest of my university years.
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Film, Year 3

(5)·By Niamh B·Drama· Jul 2021
It was really fun! There were lots of societies to choose from, so I joined the Drama Soc. My Halls JCR (2nd Year Reps) were also super helpful and friendly. My Halls experience wouldn't have been the same without our second year reps. They were super helpful, from organising socials to helping us find our way around campus and signposting to welfare systems The SU is great, the nightclub and outlets are brilliant and societies are friendly and welcoming. The library was unfortunately under construction for ages but it's great now, even with COVID. I loved the balance of practice and theory that the Film course provides. Also even with COVID we have been able to do practicals which is great, especially when we can use the university equipment and facilities Reading is such a vibrant town, it's a great place to discover new things and meet people to suit every type of person. It's super close to London but still doesn't feel overwhelming, like a big city might.
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Psychology / Criminology, Year 2

(5)·By Alisha T·Psychology· Jul 2021
Boring. Just generic activities planned for all new starters Good depending on where you are placed Good . Library has a large collection of books. Good eating options on campus which cater to diverse student population Individual opinions matters. Given the ability to think outside the box Loved Reading. A very nice safe student town
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Loved it

(5)·By Grace M·English Studies· Jun 2023
One of the best universities I visitied and I chose it because of it being so campus based, would highly recommend
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Psychology / Criminology, Graduate

(5)·By Angie O·Psychology· Jul 2021
Really well organised, got the chance to meet a lot of people from both my course and nearby halls. I loved the accommodation, plenty of space, under bed storage, clean and tidy kitchen area. Good except the library was undergoing renovation during the majority of my time studying. Very interesting, mostly good engaging lecturers and options to choose. Plenty of nightlife and restaurants/shopping. And loads of activities within a couple miles of the town.
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The breadth of experience you need

(5)·By Emily O·Psychology· Jun 2023
Reading university allowed me to have a great all round experience, with great halls and social events along with an enjoyable, fulfilled course with lots of opportunity
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Geography, Year 2

(5)·By Ruby S·Geography· Jul 2021
There were quite a few freshers events for students who were at the uni for studying geography. I went to quite a few of the socials and enjoyed it. Other than just socials, freshers week lasted two weeks and there were so many events that made making friends less stressful and fun. The accommodation I stayed in for first year was very nice. It had an en-suite bathroom and a double bed and massive desk space. There was also a lift in the accommodation which was good as someone in my flat was physically unwell so that helped them throughout the year. Library is massive. Has an abundance of computers and study space. There are even private soundproof study booths to help students focus. Classrooms are big. The lecture halls are massive and has surround sound speakers so we can hear the lecturer from the back of the room. I didn't use any of the sport facilities but there is a tennis and squash dome on campus, a gym on campus, and two astroturf field. The student union was where we had our club nights. Cheap and fun. I've loved geography forever so for me I've loved every second of it so far. All of my lectures were enjoyable and the assessments were relatively straightforward and not complicated. Lecturers were always available if I needed any help. Reading's town centre is quite big and has a massive shopping mall with an abundance of shops. The nightlife is fun and definitely accommodates for students.
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Biology / Biotechnology, Graduate

(5)·By Chi C·Biology· Jul 2021
It was amazing. I was in a hotel as there wasn't enough accomodation, but my university did a good job at still making my experience fun It was quite nice. I moved three times and all three of my accomodations were nice Good My lecturers knew me by name. The course gave flexibility for me to take modules different to my subject area Great. Up beat. Busy but not to busy
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Philosophy, Year 2

(5)·By Chloe J·Philosophy· Jul 2021
It was insane, met some of the most amazing people. Glad I made the choice to come, it's an absolute bash. Living it up! It was pretty sweet honestly, I shared bathrooms with 10 people and you really get to know people quick when you do. Made some amazing memories there. I go to the library nearly everyday. It's the best space to get your head down and focus. The student union nights out are the ones for live for ! The lecturers really have passion. You can tell each one of them loves what they do so much. That's inspiring. Felt really safe while out in town, amazing atmosphere loved going to Maccies after ! That's where it's at. I've taken Maccies so many times into Qclub for a snack in the night
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