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Activities for Reading, England

The Reading Students’ Union (RSU) organizes a varied calendar of events for students, including live bands, DJs, and comedy nights. The Union also produces its own newspaper and radio station. With more than 140 clubs and societies, students can do almost anything – from photography to boxing, swing dancing to debating, and cosplay to choir. Joining a club allows you to meet people and experience new things, while pursuing your own interests.

The University of Reading is a great place for sports enthusiasts, with some of the best-equipped facilities of any U.K. university. Available for all levels, from the casual participant to the serious athlete, the Fitness Studio is a state-of-the-art facility on campus. SportsPark, a multipurpose sport complex that was used as a training camp for the 2012 Olympics, boasts the best selection of group exercise and dance classes in the area.

The Students’ Union runs a year-round program of activities as well; the university participates in national and local leagues covering all major sports, including basketball and American football. There are excellent indoor and outdoor facilities and over 50 sports clubs available to join. For those interested in rowing, canoeing, and sailing, the university offers excellent facilities on the nearby River Thames.

You are also encouraged to participate in the opportunities listed below.

Cultural Immersion Opportunities

  • Explore the multiple museums on campus, including the Ure Museum and the Museum of English Rural Life.
  • Take a riverside stroll along the River Thames or River Kennet.
  • Shop and dine at The Oracle, one of the best entertainment and shopping venues in southern England.
  • Immerse yourself in Reading’s history by visiting the Reading Museum and walking among Reading Abbey Ruins.
  • Attend a film screening at the trendy Reading Biscuit Factory.
  • Spend an afternoon in one of the city’s public green spaces, including Forbury Gardens, Caversham Court Gardens, Thames Valley Park, and Christchurch Meadows.
  • Taste a variety of cuisines at Blue Collar Corner, Reading’s new street food venue.
  • Cheer for Reading FC at a football match.
  • Visit one of several English castles in the surrounding area, including Windsor Castle and Highclere Castle.