University of Reading


The University of Reading is a public university located in Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom. The university was established in 1892 as University College, Reading and received its Royal Charter in 1926. It is based on three (formerly four) campuses in, and around, the town of Reading. The university owes its first origins to the Schools of Art and Science established in Reading in 1860 and 1870. In 1892 the College at Reading was founded as an extension college by Christ Church, a college of the University of Oxford. The first President was the geographer Sir Halford John Mackinder. The Schools of Art and Science were transferred to the new college by Reading Town Council in the same year. The new college received its first treasury grant in 1901. Three years later it was given a site, now the university's London Road Campus, by the Palmer family of Huntley & Palmers fame. The same family supported the opening of Wantage Hall in 1908, and of the Research Institute in Dairying in 1912.


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  • Average tuition fees - £14,900                               The Times: 32
  • Estimated living costs - £12,000                             The Guardian: 29
  • Minimum IELTS score - 6.5                                     QS World Rankings: 188
  • Student satisfaction - 87                                          Complete University Guide: 27
  • Employment prospects - 70.2  
  • International student ratio - 17.3%