University of Reading

Rank 34
Location Reading, England
Established 1892
International Students 25%
Famous For Business, Food, Agriculture
International Fees £22,350-27,650
Key Information
Location Reading, England
Established 1892
Famous For Business, Food, Agriculture
International Fees £22,350-27,650


The University of Reading has been at the forefront of UK higher education for nearly a century. Over the decades, it has become an innovator and pioneer, pushing academic boundaries and leading social change. Its four guiding principles form the foundation of its strategy: a genuine love of learning, creating new knowledge, embracing and celebrating the diversity of people and ideas, and caring for the environment.

The University of Reading was founded in 1892 and received its Royal Charter in 1926. The main campus, Whiteknights, is situated close to Reading town centre and hosts more than 23,000 students from over 160 different countries. 

The University of Reading has been in the top 20% of world institutions for ten years (QS World University Rankings 2015 - 2024). They offer a wide range of programmes from the pure and applied sciences to languages, humanities, social sciences, business and arts

The University is also known for its many partnerships with overseas universities and institutions, from student exchanges to research collaborations. Its award-winning campuses—in Reading, Henley-upon-Thames, South Africa, and Malaysia—house contemporary study facilities, halls of residence, support services, cafes, and bars.

Services for International Students

Reading offers free courses to enhance English language and academic skills and a Pre-sessional English programme for those who wish to improve their English or have not achieved the required level. Students can book 1-2-1 appointments with career consultants, academic tutors, and immigration advisers whenever they need support.


  • 34th in the Times University Guide 2024
  • 44th in the Guardian University Guide 2024
  • 34th in the UK in The CUG 2024
  • 172nd in the QS World University Rankings 2025
  • 26th in the UK in the 2024 Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024

98% of Reading’s research submitted in the Research Excellence Framework 2021 was found to be of international standard.


The University of Reading is a campus university where most undergraduates and many postgraduates live in university-owned Halls of Residence. All university accommodation is either on campus or within a 10-15-minute walk of the main campus buildings. Private accommodation is also available to rent in the local area.


Located between London and Oxford on the River Thames, Reading is a large town with an urban population of over 300,000 people. The town lies in the southeast of England and is close to major international airports - London Heathrow is 45 minutes away by bus, and London Gatwick is 90 minutes away by train. Reading is less than 30 minutes from London by train and is linked to the London Underground network via the Elizabeth Line.


  • Wilfred Owen (Poet)
  • James Cracknell OBE (Double Olympic gold medallist rower)
  • Claire Taylor MBE (England cricketer and World Cup winner)
  • Dr David Williams (former Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency)
  • Jane Barker (former Chief Operating Officer of the London Stock Exchange)

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