There are many bus services running to and from the University of Reading, the Halls of Residences and all around Reading. The Reading buses are easy to recognise with their unique colour coded routes and timetables.
The number 20 and 21 buses come from Reading station/town centre and onto campus, in front of Whiteknights House. They run every 10 minutes and go on to ASDA Supermarket in Lower Earley.
The Reading Buses Claret 21 bus route, which serves the Universitry campus, runs 24 hours day and makes getting back to your Hall of Residence safe and convenient after a night out socialising.
You can pick up local bus timetables from RUSU Reception or you can find out complete route details and fare prices on the Reading buses website.
Discounted Bus Travel
Reading buses also offer a simplyUni card, which can offer you unlimited bus travel during your university term for just £112 or throughout the year for just £305.
For those of you that don’t wish to purchase a simplyUni card, single fares are available from the driver for £1.90 each way, or for occasional travel there is the Unisaver10, priced at just £16.00 from the bus shop and on-bus top-up and £15 if purchased online for 10 journeys.
For students working late in the library or who are involved in out of hours activities, RUSU runs a Safety Bus Service that operates on the hour from:
- 6.00pm - midnight Monday to Thursday during the Autumn and Spring Term
- 7.00pm - midnight during the Summer Term.
The bus leaves from the back of the library and students can be dropped off at University Halls of Residence or private accommodation within a defined area. Meet the driver in the library reception 5 minutes before departure time.
As the buses can only take eight passengers at a time, priority is given to lone female students.
You will be required to show your student ID to use the service.
If you miss the bus or cannot wait for the next run, consider phoning for a taxi from Top Cars (tel. 0118 944 2222).
Take a look at the map of the areas the Safety Bus operates in.
Taxis in the UK should be registered with the local government authority. You can hail a taxi (or black cab) from the station. All taxis should know how to get to the University.
RUSU strives to provide you the students with a one-stop-shop for everything you may need during your time at university. Within the Union building you will find an eclectic mixture of student orientated products and services. Explore the union website to find out more.
There is a row of local shops on Christchurch Green, close to the main University entrance on Shinfield Road, including a bakery, cafe, dry cleaners, Natwest Bank branch, hairdressers, pharmacy, an Indian restaurant and some takeaway food outlets. There are also a couple of general stores, some of which sell a range of international foods.
In the Town Centre you will find most standard high-street brands and outlets. Visit Living Reading Shopping for more information on what's available in town.
There are various supermarkets in the local area including Sainsbury's in the town centre (Broad Street and Friar Street), Tesco on Crown Street, Morrisons on the Basingstoke Road, ASDA Supermarket in Lower Earley and The Co-operative on Erleigh Road and London Road. There's also a fruit and vegetable market on Hosier Street (behind the Broad Street Mall) and a fortnightly Local Farmers' Market at The Cattle Market, Gt Knollys Street.
Banks & Cash Machines (ATMs)
The Students’ Union hosts a Barclays ATM, situated opposite our Student Activities Centre and there is also an ATM outside the Campus Central shop and the campus branch of Santander. You can also find them outside most main high street banks in Reading town centre.