It has been a tough year, but RUSU is excited to release our provisional roadmap to re-opening after lockdown.

We know many students are still here in Reading and we want to make sure we are doing all that we can to support you during the remainder of this academic year. For those of you not in Reading we will continue to offer online services and so do check out our website for details.

All of the activity below will still be subject to national guidance on social distancing, testing and self-isolation rules. Please remember the Hands, Face, Space guidance at all times. Further information and guidance can be found on the University website.

This roadmap may change subject to government guidance. We will keep this page up to date as soon as any changes are confirmed.

RUSU is a non-profit charity and our income streams have been severely hit by COVID. We are pleased to have a path to reopening but we also need your support – remember the money you spend at RUSU goes back into providing services for you, our students. So please do come and see us when you can. We are proudly student-led and we look forward to providing a safe and welcoming space as students return to campus.

  • From the start of term – 19 April
    • Nationally
      • You can meet outdoors in groups of 6, or in 2 households of up to 30 people.
      • Households only indoors.
      • Formally organised outdoor sports can re-start.
      • Retail, most outdoor attractions, indoor leisure (including gyms) and outdoor hospitality open. Check out the SportsPark website for their opening times.
      • Government advice remains to seek regular testing, working from home if possible, social distance and stay local.
    • RUSU
      • Reception re-opens 09:00 until 17:00 for all your general RUSU queries. Pop in to see us or email enquiries@rusu.co.uk
      • Café Mondial / Starbucks open for takeaway and outdoor seating
        • Monday – Friday 10:00 until 18:00
        • Saturday 12:00 until 18:00
      • Our new outdoor venue ‘Mojo’s on the Meadow' opens. We’ve taken the legendary Mojo’s Bar and moved it outside – our new stretch tent, outdoor seating and festival lighting provides a safe and welcoming space to catch up with friends.
        • Monday - Tuesday 12:00 until 12:00
        • Wednesday - Saturday 12:00 until 01:00
        • Sunday 16:00 until 12:00
      • RUSU Advice Services are open. You can access RUSU advice services digitally for support with any academic, housing or money issues you might be facing. Email advice@rusu.co.uk or fill in their online form. You will be able to speak with your adviser either by telephone, via email or Teams.
      • RUSU Representation Team continues to operate digitally. Get in touch with the team via academicreps@rusu.co.uk.
      • Nominations for our Summer Elections are now open and close at 3pm on 7th May. Voting takes place from 17th May to 21st May. Email elections@rusu.co.uk if you have any questions.
      • Students can submit their ideas for RUSU campaigns and policy. This term’s deadline for new ideas is 8pm on 27th April.
      • All students are encouraged and welcome to our termly Student Voice event, taking place at 6pm, 11th May.
      • RUSU Awards season kicks off from Weds 12th May with the RUSU Excellence Awards Ceremony, which will take place online to congratulate the winners and those staff and student Reps nominated for these much-anticipated awards.
      • Bagelman Open; 8am to 5pm
      • Unicuts Hairdressers; 9.30am to 6pm
      • MailboxEtc; 10am to 5pm
      • Soul to Seoul; Oriental Food Shop 9am to 6pm
      • Bubble Tea; 11am to 6pm
      • RUSU Merch Shop open Monday to Friday between Noon to 4pm and online for delivery or click and collect.
      • Little Learners, RUSU’s Nursery has been open throughout the lockdowns and continues to offer excellent childcare on campus 8am-6pm. Visit our website for more details.
      • Thursday Fruit and Veg Market returns to 3sixty
  • No earlier than 17 May
    • Nationally
      • Indoor entertainment and hospitality re-open with table service.
      • Domestic overnight stays are permitted.
      • Some larger events can re-start with capacity limits.
      • International travel is permitted – subject to review.
      • Up to 6 people indoors or a larger group from 2 households only.
      • Organised indoor sport to commence.
    • RUSU

      All the services above to continue being open, in addition to this:

      • Knights Café will open for indoor and outdoor seating.
      • Mojo’s on the Meadow will increase its provision from Monday 24th May for a three week period to include an open-air stage, additional outdoor seating and an entertainment programme – Full event schedule to be confirmed but likely to include cinema screenings, live DJ’s, Drag Nights, Quiz & Karaoke, Mini Beer Festival
      • Mojo’s and Monterey will be available indoors as a wet weather alternative
  • No earlier than 21 June
    • Nationally
      • No legal limits on social contact.
      • Nightclubs and larger events can re-open.
      • No legal limits on attendees at life events e/g/ weddings and funerals.
    • RUSU

      All the services above to continue being open, in addition to this:

      • 3sixty reopens – the home of Wednesday and Saturday Union, the biggest student club nights in Reading.
      • RUSU Events have created ‘Freedom Fest’, your “better late than never” Freshers Week:
        • Freedom Party ft. Joel Corry – Monday 21st June – 22:00 until 02:00
        • Glitterbomb ft. Baga Chipz – Tuesday 22nd June – 22:00 until 02:00
        • Wednesday Union – Wednesday 23rd June – 22:00 until 03:00
        • Freedom Ball ft. Jordan North – Thursday 24th June – 22:00 until 02:00
        • PLUR ft. Darkzy and Widow Kid – Friday 25th June – 22:00 until 03:00
        • Saturday Union – Saturday 26th June – 22:00 until 03:00
      • Get tickets and more information here
  • From 28 June onwards (Summer Period)
      • RUSU reverts to summer opening hours. Services will continue to be available online and in person.
      • We will welcome our newly elected officers who will spend the summer working on their plans. Check out our website for more details over July and August.
  • 20 September
      • Welcome Week! Watch this space for more information on our line-up and tickets! We all missed out last year and so we’ll be working hard to provide a programme that welcomes both our new students but also provides an opportunity for current students to celebrate in style.
      • Freshers Fayre Dates:
        • Tuesday 21st September – Volunteering and Sustainability Fayre
        • Wednesday 22nd September – Societies and Media Freshers’ Fayre
        • Thursday 23rd September – Sports and Dance Freshers’ Fayre
  • 27 September
      • Term starts. Regular club & society activity to commence.