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Student Accommodation in Reading

Written by Sam | March 28, 2021

Reading is a great place that is getting more and more attraction because it is a growing town that is gathering momentum with the university and it’s economy.

It is based west of London, however, you can reach London within 45 minutes. Because it is based in the south and close to London it has a good transport network.

The University of Reading is growing and is ranked 201-250th in the world, which is a great achievement and it has around 15,000 full time students according to the Times Higher Education.

The university has a strong global presence, with a business school located in Johannesburg, an overseas campus in Malaysia and a newly established joint Academy with Nanjing University of Information Science and Technology in China.

If you would like to read more about what life is like in Reading as a student with some parts of history and facts, then this page will help: Reading as a student

Are you wanting to know more about the university, its history, what it is known for, and some of the points you need to be aware of? This page will help: University of Reading

Private Student Accommodation in Reading

In this section I like to take a look at what student accommodation is in Reading that isn’t owned or managed by the university.

This type of student accommodation is referred to as Purpose Built Student Accommodation. The accommodation can come with lots of added extras which make it desirable for students, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • CCTV
  • Social events
  • Bills included
  • En-suites in flats
  • Contents insurance
  • Bikes to use
  • Free breakfasts and coffee
  • Games, study, cinema and gyms

There are more added extras, however, not every student accommodation will offer everything as it depends what space they have.

There are several student accommodations within Reading and most are within walking distance of the university, however, some are slightly further out. Still walkable but will take around 30 minutes. They are all close to train stations.

They all have access to shops where you can go and grab something if you need it, however, for bigger shops it is probably best to get them delivered as it will be cheaper!

Map of student accommodation in Reading

Because of the amount of student accommodation in the area, it gives students plenty of option where they want to live and what added extras they want from their accommodation.

If you are an international student searching for student accommodation in Reading, I would start looking in the January before you start, assuming you are starting in September.

This allows them to re-book current students and then you will be one of the first to book if you find the right place.

If you are moving in to second year, I would start researching in November and December on the accommodation you want to live in and then you can book when it becomes available.

An average price for student accommodation in Reading is around: £200 per week. You will find places below this and some under this, but as an average I would say it is around this mark.

Some good student accommodation providers in Reading are:

There are more student accommodations out there, these are just some that I like.

When you start searching for student accommodation and you want to make sure that you find a good place to live, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Make sure the bedrooms have plenty of storage
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Read the cancellation policy
  • Make sure the bed, desk, bathrooms and kitchens are made out of quality materials
  • Make sure the communal areas are functional and well designed

If you want to see more detail on how to find your next student accommodation, then this article will help with that. How to find your next student accommodation.

Student Housing in Reading

A lot of students in Reading live in university halls for their first year and then move into student housing in their second year.

There is plenty of student housing in Reading, however, you need to make sure that you find good quality places.

Most students when searching for student housing in reading will start their search in late November and December. If they find a good place, they usually book it so that it doesn’t get taken by another group.

This does a lead to frenzy when booking because many don’t want to be left until last.

The best places to live as a student in Reading are:

  • Caversham
  • Cemetry Junction
  • Central
  • Cintra Park
  • Earley
  • Lower Earley
  • Near University

You will find student houses in all of these areas, the most popular area is around the university, because it is the closest to the university, after that it depends what you want from your house.

Living centrally will be expensive, but living in Lower Earley is also popular due to it’s location with the university.

The average rent for students in Reading is around £110 per week with bills included. Some places will have cheaper rent depending on location and what is included in the house.

Some student housing providers in Reading are:

There are more agents and landlords in Reading, these are some that operate in the area!

When looking, please make sure that you do your own research, if you want to find a good quality house in Reading, here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Make sure check the quality of the fixtures and fittings
  • Read the tenancy agreement
  • Check deposit protection scheme
  • Make sure the house is functional and designed well
  • View multiple houses with many agents

If you want more detail on how to find a good quality student house, this article will help: How to find your next student accommodation.

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