About Reading

Reading is a market town in the county of Berkshire. It lies west of London and actually sits on the River Thames. The town has medieval roots but is now known for being a commercial hub. The town is home to the University of Reading and is home to almost 20,000 students.

It’s close proximity to London means the capital is close enough to explore and the Berkshire countryside is also full of some lovely villages and AONB (Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty).

Popular Student Areas of Reading


To the north of the city centre is the area of Caversham. The area offers all the benefits of being outside of the city while remaining accessible. Popular with families and benefiting from a strong community vibe alongside all the amenities you need on a day to day basis.


A little further from the town centre and just east of the University campus is the large suburb of Woodley. The area has a lot to offer, from outdoor spots to shopping to community events, including the annual carnival. Woodley town centre has a wide range of cafes and restaurants to enjoy while still offering convenient access to Reading town centre.

Reading Town Centre

Great if you are looking to live right in the action. The centre offers lots of pubs, bars and restaurants as well as easy access to the University as well as regular trains to London. The perfect mix of action and convenience.

Top Universities in Reading

  • University of Reading