Halfway between London and Oxford on the River Thames, Reading is a place of
real contrasts offering the buzz of town life with the calm of the countryside.
Set in the Thames Valley, it is within easy reach of the Chiltern Hills to the
north and the Berkshire Downs to the south. Towns and villages on the Thames
from Sonning to Henley and Windsor, are a good choice for afternoon trips with
plenty of country pubs offering good food and real ale. For more information,
see the Reading Tourism site.
(excerpt from The
University of Reading Prospectus)
Direction and Maps
How to find us:
To go to the computer science department, it is important to say
"University, Pepper Lane" (we are a long way from the University main entrance,
see campus map for details). The Whiteknights Hall is located at the
intersection of the Upper Redlands Road and the Elmhurst Road. The distance is
about 4-5km from the Reading Station, and the fare is about 5-7 pounds.
By bus from Reading station
For computer science department, the number 12/20 bus runs from Reading
Station to the University Pepper Lane. For Whiteknights Hall, bus number 41/42
runs from Reading Station to the St. Josephs Convent. After 20:00PM the only bus
services available are the Night bus N3 or N4. Detailed bus schedule can be
found at Reading Bus website at
From the M4 Exit the M4 at junction 10, onto the A329(M), direction
Reading (E). Reading Road Map is attached.
There is a frequent train service (operated by First Great Western and
Thames Trains) from London Paddington to Reading: the journey takes around 25-40
minutes. Reading station is approx. a ten-minute bus ride away from the
A slower, frequently-stopping service operates from London Waterloo to Earley
and Reading stations (South West Trains). This service calls at Richmond,
Bracknell and Wokingham, among other stations.
There are also regular direct train services to Reading from Birmingham,
Oxford, Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Basingstoke, Guildford and Gatwick Airport. Check
http://www.nationalrail.co.uk/ for details.
By coach From Heathrow Airport
From Heathrow Airport the Rail Air Coaches depart from all terminals
every 30 minutes, and set down at Reading station. The journey time is about 45
minutes. For timetable and fare please check Rail
University and Reading,
Reading Town Centre