The best three years of my life here at the University of Reading without a shadow of a doubt. Made some great friends, learnt so much about my subject as well as myself, integrated well and am well prepared for the next stage of my life. The course is excellent with a wide range of modules, start off broad in first year and specialize as you go through the years. A really great way of doing things. Lecturers are all really passionate about their research areas and the subject as a whole. Some assignments and modules can be a touch too difficult so your grade often reflects on how well you picked the modules rather than how good you are at the subject so is well worth listening to module reviews from previous years as so to not make the same mistake. Reading is a really great place to live. Vibrate nightlife pretty much every night of the week. Strong selection of nightclubs, pubs, bars, restaurants, shops etc. so there is plenty to do. Can be a bit pricey at times due to Reading being so close to London, especially with drink prices. Student Union probably offers the best value in this regard. Loads of clubs and societies you can join, all really friendly and are worth checking out. Most do taster sessions during freshers week, good if you want to try out a society just to see what it is like. Accommodation is really nice on campus (for the newer halls) but is far too expensive, they charge silly money just because they can. Definitely worth going into halls first year, really good way of making friends but private rented accommodation is probably best for years after, much cheaper. Faculties are pretty good, library has basically every book you will ever need. Could do with a bit more study space and computer access during exam time but is now open 24 hours a day, really useful. Overall I would strongly recommend Reading University to anyone . Its rising year after year on the league tables, has a great bunch of students, strong world leading research carried day in day out from from your own lecturers, great courses, good facilities and provides truly an experience you will never forget.
Well prepared, a great selection of skills I didn't previously have related to both biology and general professional life. Lots of links, contacts, student support etc. Recently built student support center (carrington building) offers great student services of this nature and I believe give a year of help after you graduate which is certainly appreciated. The university is doing well in the rankings which will certainly be good during the job hunting but the fact that it is not part of the Russell Group could be an issue for some employers, limits the impact of the degree a little.
Really interesting course, lots of great practicals. Most lectures are well delivered. Content covered is broad initially but specializes as you go into the final year, an excellent approach. Most lecturers are very friendly and are truly passionate about the subject and this is conveyed during their lectures. All have strong research backgrounds and this is probably one of the best aspects about the lectures, they are at the cutting edge of the research. A large pool of staff, all very talented in their specialist area of research gives each modules its own "personality", not all delivered by just a small handful of lecturers which is great. All lecture material can be found online on Blackboard, excellent for revision, every single one of my lectures was accessible online. A very select few lecturers have quite bare slides, not ideal for studying at a later date.
A really strong and well established students union. Excellent support services, the union building itself is great too. Very little if any faults about the union, a good example of how it should be done. RUSU officers are former students elected at the end of each year, all are very passionate and care about the welfare of students. I run a society and am part of several others, RUSU have been nothing but supportive in all aspects and really do a good job in looking after both sport and non-sporting societies.
Halls are all really nice and well maintained if going for the newer ones. I stayed in Child's my first year, ridiculously expensive for what it is but a great experience and worth doing at least once. Some of the older halls are a bit to be desired. I am now living in rented private accommodation, much cheaper but the quality of the housing is much lower but I personally much prefer it. Much better sense of freedom and responsibility and is much cheaper so is worth doing!
Strong facilities, especially for the sciences. Some very high tech, state of the equipment used for research which we can get to use during our time here. The library has an excellent selection of materials although study space is limited, a slight downside. During revision period in the run up to exams it can be so busy you probably wont get a seat after about 9am which is a shame but the library is now open 24 hours which does help reduce this problem slightly. The gym has a great selection of equipment but is too small for the amount of students. Ideally needs to be expanded, at peak times (5pm) it is unbearable, can have queues for machines/weights several people long! Could have more private study spaces dotted around campus with more computer access. I find its good to change the environment when I study to keep it from getting stale and thats not always possible here. All the buildings are well maintained, plenty of lecture theaters and classrooms spread over campus.
Reading is a nice enough place, not the biggest but equally not the smallest. Essentially is a town that deserves city status. The people are friendly and there is quite a lot to do with some great nightlife, shops and restaurants. Could do with some more "touristy" elements though, very little to see or do unless you want to eat, drink or shop. Some areas can be a bit dodgy but in general very little trouble and is quite safe for the most part. The Oracle (the shopping center) is a really great addition, one of the better aspects of Reading. Nightclubs are quite good in reading, excellent selection of pubs (great if you like proper real ale!) but some can be a bit pricey due to our location just outside of London. Buses are frequent but can be considered a bit pricey. Many students including myself cycle around, city is quite welcoming to cyclists with bike racks located in most places. Impossible to drive around Reading in the evenings, complete gridlock so avoid if you can. Really good train links to the rest of the country from Reading station, quite expensive however.
A really great selection of clubs and societies, something for everyone. If you cant find at least one you are interested in then you are doing it wrong! Academic societies, cultural societies, volunteering, hobbies and interest societies sporting societies...all very friendly and really welcoming to newcomers. Most hold weekly events and are an easy way to make some good friends if you stick with it and keep going throughout the year. I was a part of numerous societies throughout my years, loved every minute of it. Now running my own society in my final year and am on the committee for another. Really worth diving in to everything Reading has to offer in terms of societies, RUSU do a really great job at looking after and managing them all. All are run by students, no one is just out to make money off of you, its all about forming communities based on you interests.
Career support is great, the Carrington building on campus is perfect offering a wide variety of support, classes, workshops, contacts and a year of pastoral support. Academic support is a little to be desired however. You are given a tutor but most are very busy so contact time for most people is very low or non-existent but if you are reasonably independent then you should be fine.
Very good, much extra help classes.Very socialistic. I have been interesting. And very funny. I can recommend it to others now. I started in 2014 and I will graduate soon
Some socializes more than other
Very good, much extra help classes.
Private heading is generally poor in reading. Lecturers are very helpful. I will recommend it to others. I started in 2012 and will graduate in july 2015 I'm full time
Lecturers are helpful and approachable.
Private housing is generally poor in reading.
I loved the University - Quite - Everyone is friendly to each others. There is a variety of clubs and societies. The accommodation is very bad. I can recommend i.
Interesting and clear
I don't have enough info about it
There is a variety of it
Absolutely amazing. Would not have had it any other ways than this. I would recommend it to others. Good teachers, who are good at helping everyone and get people prepared.
WIde range of teaching technology
Comfortable and affordable. Lovely
The teacher are always there to help and to get everyone involved and prepared.
Good night life, but small and boring clubs in the city. Not much culture in the city. They have a modern library witch have open 24/7 Small houses for 7 students
Career & CV center.
Lecturers - easy to access - quick response to emails/friendly
Good night life. Variety of food.
Expansive -Small house with 7 students
Modern 24/7 library
Small and boring clubs. Not much culture
Range, Nettball and polefitness
mentor free counselling
I made life long friendships. It was the best year of my life. Large range. I can really recommend it to others. Good shopping places and good night life Best thing
Courses + help lectures provide.
Best year of my life.
Good shops and nightlife. Not much auteur
I was brilliant. But also calling and academically. Plus it was socially, but wroth it. I would recommend it to others. Very interesting and challenging to me
Very engaging lecturers, for the most part. Course is challenging + interesting.
Have other involvements currently, might do it the next 2 years.
Good value for money
Just a phone call away. Ready to meet with you and help you with everything.
It was great, i liked it. There where help if we needed it. Great nights out. And a lot of good shops, all you needed. I can recommend it to my friends, if they ask
The breadth of subjects there is something for all interest.
In first year st pat. Very good. Food not so much.
Great nights. All the shops you need.
I am now secretary of classics. some if you wont to get involved
There is help, if you want it. But finding it, is quite hard.
Fun! I would recommend Reading university, and would give it 5 out of 5 for most categories. I feel supported by my tutor and it's a lively city to be a student in.
The interaction is very active.
It's good. Sherfield hall.
Badminton and many clubs look fun.
Very supportive tutor.