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Reading city guide: student life

Reading is a town seeped in history and home to a vibrant student community. There’s tons to keep you entertained, from riverside restaurants covering all cuisines to trendy clubs and the annual Reading Music Festival if you want to check out the latest talent.

Aparto Queens Court student accommodation is nestled in the city centre with quick access to everything Reading has to offer. With Reading train station only a ten-minute walk away, it’s easy to travel further afield too.  The train to London only takes around 25 minutes if you fancy exploring the big city!



There are loads of great restaurants on your doorstep suitable for all taste pallets. From independent gems to high street favourites, here are a few of our top picks:

Pepe Sale: An authentic taste of Sardinia, Italy, at an affordable price. A mix of fresh breads, fish and meat dishes with a selection of house wines.

China Palace: Offers affordable oriental cuisines, with all your favourite buffet foods for fixed, affordable prices.

Indian Buffet: A vibrant restaurant offering a taste of India, including some old Indian favourites.

Mr Chips: A taste of England with a hint of Taiwan (some great bubble teas!) Our tip? Say yes to the salt and vinegar on your chips – treat yourself!

Sushi Mania: Traditional Japanese food ranging from sashimi, sushi, traditional and modern makis - to grilled seafoods and meats, tempuras, rice and noodles.


Bars and clubs


The main bars and clubs can all be found between a 5 to 10-minute walk away from Queens Court. Most of them are located along Friar Street or The Riverside – the main entertainment, nightlife and socialising spots around Reading centre. Here are some of our picks:

Revolution Bar: Comfort food classics and nightly happy hours - an oldie but goodie for students.

Revolucion de Cuba: Take your pick of latin-inspired food, tapas, cocktails and nightlife, with an authentic cuban bar experience.

Lola Lo:  Cocktail bar and club with a Pacific Island theme, bamboo shacks and Island-style decor.

Milk: Great cocktails, amazing rum selection and a range of beer and ciders. Perfect for chilling out with pals after a busy day of lectures.

Be At One:  Great atmosphere and drink selection at this popular bar. Also offers great mixing master classes.

Purple Turtle: Another of our funky favourites for a student night out! A student favourite.

Cocktails and Caffeine - Specialising in coffee cocktails, the bartenders are always looking for a challenge. Not on the menu? Test their knowledge, or let them create a personal drink designed especially for you.


Culture and history 


When you need a break from wining and dining, there’s plenty of things to do which don’t break the bank.  Reading has some great historical and cultural sites to check out on a rainy day where you can learn more about the history surrounding the town. Reading Museum is home to a variety of collections spanning art, history, and regular exhibitions. Take your pals and have an enriching day out!


Green spaces


Having a stroll in the great outdoors is a great way to unwind and luckily there’s plenty of green spaces on the doorstep of Reading. 

Prospect Park: is the largest and most popular park in Reading, perfect for exercise or maybe a study session in the warmer months. You can even have a peak at the regency style house known as Prospect Park Mansion – sounds fancy!

Caversham Court: located on the North bank of the River Thames this tranquil park and gardens is park of a conservation area.  Only 2 miles away from central Reading, it’s easy to escape city life and reset in a beautiful setting.

You certainly won’t be stuck for things to do in Reading and don’t forget to check out Queens Court for student accommodation that feels like home.