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Benefits of studying in Reading: from the viewpoint of an international student

As you all know, A-level results are coming out soon… For those who have wondered where and what you should study next, I would like to list out some benefits on studying in Reading as to give you some suggestions.

  1. Living costs

When compared to London, the living costs in Reading are significantly lower. Rents in London are much higher than in Reading. The lowest rent possible in London starts from about £140 per week while the rent in Reading goes down to £85 per week. You can also save up bus fares as the town is just 30 minutes of walk from the university.

  1. Living pace

For those who prefer a slower and much relaxing living pace, Reading is suitable for you. Life in Reading is less stressful than in busy cities. If you ever want to enjoy a relaxing afternoon, you can always take a stroll along River Thames or even sit back and relax on a patch of grass in Harris Garden.

  1. Meeting new people

University of Reading provides you a good load of opportunities to meet interesting people. Meeting international students that come from different countries and cultures teaches you how to treat everyone with respect and learn to cooperate with them.

  1. Henley Business School

For those who intended to pursue business courses, University of Reading has a good reputation for its business department, Henley Business School. Henley Business School is well known for its MBA and education programmes. For those who do not intend to pursue business related courses, you can always drop by and enjoy the coffee provided in Henley Business School!

  1. RED Award

RED Award is a scheme that the university provide to help their students stand out from the crowd in the job market. RED Award will help you make the most out of your time in university. RED Award provides you an opportunity to involve yourself in interesting things. You might be fundraising, teaching local primary or secondary school students or even be the university’s open day guide for the RED Award scheme.


Whether it’s furthering your studies overseas or studying in local university, the most important thing that you should keep in mind is keep forcing yourself out of your comfort zone. Most people are reluctant when it comes to stepping out of your comfort zone. So do I but once you take the first step, you will find that life in university will become much more interesting.

About Yi Wen Lee

Year 2 International Business and Finance student.

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