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No Halls, No Problem!

Halls of residence are automatically everyone’s first choice when coming to university. However not everyone is always guaranteed their first choice or even a place on the main campus, leaving many students unsure of where to live during their university years.  Don’t panic as we have put together an easy guide to help those who are looking for other options.

University of Reading

University of Reading

  1. Make sure you start looking after you get your exam results.

Places will fill up quickly so it is best to already have an idea of where you would like live if you do chose halls. Like most universities, Reading has the choice of self-catered or catered halls and there are numerous options on and around Campus for you to choose from.


Catered Halls:  

Dunsden Crescent

St Patrick’s Hall

Wantage Hall

Windsor Hall

Self-catered Halls:

Benyon Hall

Bridges Hall

Childs Hall


Greenow and McCombie

Mackinder Hall

St George’s Hall

Sherfield Hall

Stenton Hall

Stenton Town Houses

Wessex Hall


University of Reading

University of Reading

University of Reading

University of Reading

  1. Do your research!

Sometimes you won’t get your first preference. Make sure that your second choice of halls is somewhere you would also be happy to live. Do some research online looking at what sort of room you would like to be in such as an en-suite or sharing a bathroom with other students. The university hosts many open days throughout the year for you view your potential new home as well as the rest of campus. Talking to students is also handy as they will have hands on experience on what it’s like being in different halls.

  1. Have a back-up plan.

Unfortunately some students don’t manage to get a place on campus so be sure to look at different types of accommodation online. This may mean having more time to get to class but some alternatives to halls are very keen on providing customers with the real student experience.

Kendrick Hall & Crown Place:

A good 15 to 20 minute walk to campus. Situated near London Road Campus and a mini Tesco these two places are great for students looking to still be involved in freshers week. With friendly staff and cosy rooms you are sure to feel at home here.

Fawley Bridge Accommodation: Fawley Bridge Kings Road and Fawley Bridge Loddon House. Both offer fantastic purpose built blocks, with a range of facilities to cater to all. We have a helpful and efficient management team who are here to assist students with any queries or problems and they are easily accessible as they are based in the student accommodation buildings.

Saxon Court: Students can enjoy a wide range of amenities, from handy essentials to superior facilities like a private gym, the Sony Cinema Room and the Club Lounge. Each studio also comes fully equipped in terms of kitchen facilities and en-suite shower rooms, along with plentiful space to work and to store possessions.

Fresh Student Living:  Situated closer to town but easy access to the university bus service with buses running 24/7 every 7 minutes to Campus. Complete with studio rooms consisting of comfy double beds, lots of storage, a sparkling en-suite shower room and smart kitchen area with breakfast bar. When you feel like hanging out with friends or making new ones there’s a great social area with TV, comfy sofas and table football! There are two recently refurbished roof terraces with stunning views over Reading, perfect for those summer days!

Queens Court: Around 15 minutes away by bus from Campus. With fully fitted kitchens, comfortable double beds, an on-site laundry and TVs in all accommodation types. Broad Street Mall is right on your doorstep and The Oracle shopping center is a 5 minute walk away offering a cinema and lots lovely restaurants to hang out at with friends.

  1. Find a house share.

Current students are always keen to welcome new people into their student digs. It might not be the halls experience but at least you will have a tight community with people you know you can keep an eye out for. There is the occasional tiff with landlords and estate agents so be careful when looking at your student home for the year.

Reading University Student Union Find A Housemate: Your first port of call. This Facebook group has lots of students advertising rooms for potential roommates and are keen to meet new people. You can often find a picture of the accommodation as well as important information on who you will be sharing with and prices on rent.

Useful Estate Agents: It is far better to call the agencies rather than email as you are more likely to have a quicker response.

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About Manon Jones

Sports Print Editor and previously Head Of Photography 2015/2017 . Currently studying Joint Honours Art and English Literature for her final year. You can often find Manon working hard on some project or thinking up wacky ideas. When she's not bogged down with work she's a force to be reckoned with on the rugby pitch. Contact Email : sport@sparknewspaper.co.uk Facebook Group: The Spark Sport

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