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Living in Reading as a student


Reading is a town in Berkshire, England, and it is home to over 163,000 people. It is located on a low ridge between the River Thames and River Kennet, half an hour away from London by train, and 39km southeast of Oxford. Reading has one university, the University of Reading, which was founded in 1892 and is categorised as a red brick university. The university has about 15,000 students studying at its campuses.

Reading is known for being the site of Reading Abbey, one of the richest monasteries in medieval England, as well as its development as a manufacturing centre during the 19th century. Currently, the town is home to many information technology and insurance firms, with.a high rate of economic success and wellbeing for its residents. The town is also known for the annual Reading Festival, which is the largest music festival in England, apart from Glastonbury, as well as the Reading Comedy Festival, which attracts scores of aspiring comedians in the area. Sports fanatics also descend on the town for the Reading Half Marathon and the legacy of England’s first ever triathlon and oldest triathlon club. For literature fans, there are numerous literary spots and history, from Jane Austen’s time at Reading Ladies Boarding School in the Abbey Gateway, to Oscar Wilde’s crafting of his letter De Profundis while imprisoned in Reading Gaol. Besides the popular riverside nightlife area of the Oracle shopping centre, the student union of the University of Reading also holds student nights where the university turns into a nightclub twice a week.

The University of Reading’s campuses are located around the town, with the original site on London Road and the largest campus at Whiteknights within the town itself. There is a smaller campus located on the banks of the River Thames. Popular student living options in the town include spots near the university, including areas such as the Wokingham Road area.

 

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