University of Reading

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"The University of Reading has a lot of greenery so it's perfect for sports. There are a number of societies from music to arts etc."
"There are a lot of societies to join at the University of Reading. The university has varsity teams against Oxford Brookes every year during the summer term. It's also known for having a Quidditch club that appeals to a lot of Harry Potter fans. Students should be informed about the variety of societies and sports clubs they can join. There is also a society for non-drinkers, which is really useful for those that prefer not to drink but would still like to socialise with other students."
"The African and Caribbean society does great charity work and hosts fun parties. The law society is great for people thinking about a legal career in the future."
"The University of Reading has a great vibe when it comes to sports clubs and societies, especially when it comes to varsity! I joined many clubs over three years including badminton, the geography society, zumba and even the scuba diving society (which I regret not joining earlier). The students' union is a great place to chill during the day with three different bars and the option of going to numerous other eateries on campus as well. The students' union offers varying themed nights throughout the term with a weekly quiz and karaoke night along with student nights at the union every Wednesday and Saturday for a cheap entry price and cheap drinks."
"There is the football club that a lot of boys are usually interested in. There is also the African and Caribbean society that the majority of Africans and more are part of, they throw some of the best events. In addition, there is also the Nigerian society that throws various large-scale events and workshops with a lot of people in attendance. There is also the radical youth fellowship or society where we just share Christian life issues that Christians face."
"There are hundreds of societies that suit almost everyone at the uni. Most are really reasonably priced and are great as a place to make friends in the first year or to learn a new skill. There are loads of sports facilities that are great for people of any ability."
"There is a variety of societies that you can join ranging from basic ones, such as maths and drama, to more unique ones, such as belly dancing."
"There are loads of different clubs and societies that aren't expensive to join."
"There are over 160 sports clubs and societies. There is lots of green space to relax in with friends, as well as plenty of coffee shops and restaurants on campus to go to. Every Wednesday and Saturday is a night out at the campus' club, 3sixty."
"There are so many clubs, from cheerleading to board games."


"The students' union is really active in organising activities that help students to mingle. The university also takes care of international students' needs by organising various talks, activities, dinners etc to help us to settle down and blend in with the locals. There's a variety of choices for sports clubs and societies. Some of them are really interesting, such as pole fitness, kickboxing etc. Even though the town is a bit boring, joining these activities will make your university life a good experience. However, the food on campus is unsatisfactory."
"The University of Reading's Whiteknights campus is one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. It has a lake and beautiful wildlife at the heart of the campus! The location of Reading itself is great, it's only 25 minutes away from London by train and has easily accessible train links to other cities such as Oxford, Slough and Southampton. The facilities, such as the library, are brilliant and student accommodation is good but varies a lot from hall to hall – no two halls are alike."
"The sports here are fantastic, ranging from football and rugby to Quidditch! There is an option for everyone with other societies too, such as film societies and more."
"Loads of different sports and other societies that are all inclusive. You can make a new society if the one you want to join isn't there. I was in the feminist society, the veg society, model United Nations and swimsoc."
"Sports are worth getting into. A Wednesday union night is lively with sports and there are lots of societies to join."
"Over 100 sports clubs and societies, which is where I found many great friends. Great way of meeting people."
"There is a sports park and gym. LOTS of effort is put in by the union to make students feel welcome and to support their learning and overall experience."
"The social environment is generally pretty good and pretty friendly. You can meet people from all walks of life and start up a casual conversation – since the university atmosphere is so friendly it won't feel strange. Societies are pretty good and active, hosting different events from time to time, and there's a huge range too!"
"Loads of sports and societies. You can play Quidditch and tennis or go to the gym. You also have the option of rock societies and video games. Stuff for everyone."
"Societies are very much geared towards sports and the subjects have decent society nights. However, there's not much else if that's not for you."

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