Why study in Reading?
Reading is a dynamic, modern town with an excellent university, one of the UK's best shopping centres (the Oracle), a vibrant centre with a city feel, plenty of cultural attractions and many bars and places to eat. It is the UK home to several multinational companies such as Microsoft and Oracle.
Reading is on the main Great Western railway line to London Paddington, with journey times to both London and Oxford less than 30 minutes. It is also close to Heathrow Airport and major motorways.
It's a historic town that has evolved across the centuries, with the remains of the 12th century Abbey still at its heart, the river Thames and the countryside just minutes away, and plenty of conservation areas, wildlife and nature reserves, and heritage sites.
There's a dynamic nightlife with many bars and clubs as well as theatres and a concert hall. The famous Reading Festival takes place every year in late August and there's a Real Ale and Jazz Festival in July.
Working in Reading
You will find a variety of work available in Reading town centre.
Students from the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland are allowed to work in the UK, although students from Bulgaria and Romania need to apply for permission first.In the Oracle shopping centre there are many shops, bars and restaurants who often need staff.
The Job Centre and employment agencies will offer help.
Leisure in Reading
Reading has many restaurants, pubs and clubs, both on the Riverside and elsewhere in and around the town centre.
There are three cinemas: Vue in the centre and Showcase near Winnersh, which both show current releases, and Reading Film Theatre on the University campus, which shows a variety of older and foreign films.
There is a very good amateur theatre group at the Progress Theatre, comedy at South Street, music in the Concert Hall and various events in the Hexagon, all of which can be found on the Reading Arts website.
You can also enjoy a stroll along the River Thames and the Kennet and Avon Canal.
The Madejski Stadium is the home of Premiership team Reading Football Club (known as 'The Royals') and also hosts the London Irish rugby football team.
Reading Museum is located in the splendid Victorian Town Hall and illustrates the history of the town and its industries. It is well worth a visit.
The Museum of English Rural Life, part of Reading University, has a fascinating collection which illustrates the changing face of agriculture, rural crafts and the countryside. An absolute must.