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The red brick, common on Reading buildings, makes for picturesque street scenes.

What's Reading like?

The quaint, yet urban environment of Reading provides students and visitors alike with a calendar full of fun community activities and events. Reading, with a population of 233,000, has a vibrant music scene with numerous live music venues and events each week. A highlight among these events is the world-renowned Reading Festival that takes place in August of each year. In addition to the music scene, you can enjoy various pubs, cinemas, and nightclubs. The Oracle, known as the town center and heart of the shopping district, is situated along the modern waterfront, and is a great place to people watch, enjoy an afternoon coffee or tea, take care of any shopping needs, or grab a bite to eat.

In addition, the Thames valley, the region in which Reading is located, offers multiple opportunities for boating and other outdoor activities, such as a serene stroll along the banks of the River Thames. At the University of Reading you can wander the paths that traverse the campus, while enjoying the wildlife, lakes, and nature at your doorstep. The university campus and Reading residential neighborhoods provide quiet areas perfect for a joggers and picknickers alike. No matter what your taste, studying abroad in Reading is sure to provide you with many fun times and wonderful memories.

Region and Population

Located a short 30 minutes by train to the West of London, residents and visitors alike enjoy the fresh air and flowing waters of the Rivers Thames and Avon.

Reading is a beautiful and quaint city, with a population of 233,000.


A mild and damp climate is typical for Reading weather. It is not strange however, to witness a complete change from rain clouds to sunshine in a matter of minutes.

Average monthly highs and lows (degrees Fahrenheit) and rainfall (inches) in Reading:

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