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The University of Reading is a public university found in the city of Reading in Berkshire. It was established in 1892, originally as the University College, Reading which was an extension college of Christ Church College, Oxford and was given a royal charter in 1926. It has a long-standing tradition of research, education and training at local, national and international levels for both traditional degrees and other vocationally relevant ways.

International students

Students from around the world arrive in Reading to study and one of the best places to start is the Student Helpdesk. There are also facilities to help with information about immigration and visas paperwork and support from the International Student Advisor that will be assigned to every student. Before students first arrive, there is an international Pre-arrival E-mentoring scheme to help them prepare for their time at Reading and basic facilities such as a university jargon buster for those to whom English isn't a first language. Cultural awareness programs help international students feel more at home and there is financial and budgeting advice available as well to help learn about the cost of life in the UK. Reading University Students Union (RUSU) is the representative of all students' interests within the university. It also operate a number of Junior Common Rooms, a radio station, newspaper and over 160 different groups and organisations. It operates the Student Union building on the Whiteknights campus, which has seating for 2000 people as well as two bars and a number of shops. Organisations include everything from dancing clubs to musical organisations. There is something for existing interests as well as taking up something new and even Open Mic nights at the bar and Live Band opportunities. There are over 50 different sports clubs as well as fitness facilities and plenty of fun ways to keep fit. Most of these are operated by the Student Union Sports Federation and take part in the inter-university BUCS league.

Campus life

The central area of the university is a 395 acre site that is split into three campuses. Whiteknights Campus covers most of the site and includes the Whiteknights Lake known for its Mandarin Duck population, conservation area and woodlands as well as most of the university departments. The main library is found in the centre of the campus, with nearly one million books. It is also home to the botanic gardens and the Museum of English Rural Life, the Ure Museum of Greek Archaeology and the Cole Museum of Zoology. The London Road Campus is smaller and closer to the city centre, home to the Institute of Education and the Great Hall, used for graduation ceremonies. The Greenland Campus is on the banks of the River Thames and was once the home of William Henry Smith, son of the founder of WH Smith shopping chain. It also owns a farmland area near the village of Aborfield that is home to the flagship Centre for Dairy Research. Student accommodation is provided through a number of residence hall mixing catering and self-catering, most of which are found on the northern edge of the campus. The main halls are arranged into groups: Lakeside, Northcourt, Redlands and St Patricks Hall as well as Estates Management. Within these is Wantage Hall, said to be the oldest purpose built residence hall outside of the Oxford-Cambridge area.

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