Reading Interns - Where to Live #throwbackthursday

Hey everyone,

Welcome day is approaching ! Are you all excited ? We thought it will be a good idea to share with you a post that the BYF team last year wrote regarding places to live in Reading. Enjoy :)

By Laura Born Navarro and Oliviero Iurcovich

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What now ?

We’re sure most of you will be thinking- where do I live??!
Reading interns have pretty much taken over London Road. So, lets take you through the area…


Reading London Road Map
These are the roads most of us live on, it’s extremely convenient as there are supermarkets, pubs nearby and the free shuttle bus to TVP stops here too – by Cemetery Junction and also near Cholmely Road (we’re close enough to walk….but with a free bus, who are we kidding!)

How far away am I from town?

Very close! There are bus routes constantly going into town (13 and 14 routes stopping near Cementery Junction) and a taxi ride would be around £6-8. Close to town and work, best of both worlds!

Okay, I now have an idea of the area- but who to contact?

Websites we all know such as Rightmove and Zoopla will be very handy. Reading is a student town so there will be affordable student housing around (average price is from £325-400pcm no bills incl.). BUT– you have to be quick! There’ll be constant competition over the best houses. London Road is also a common area with Reading students as it is relatively close to their campus.

In terms of local Estate Agents here are the most common;

Cintra Estates

•78 Christchurch Road, Reading, RG2 7AZ
•Tel: 01189311211

Adams Estate Agents

•140 Wokingham Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG61JL
•Tel: 01189 351616

Parkway Properties

•46 Erleigh Road, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 5NA
•Tel: 01189668001

(We will have a chat with you during our Accommodation Q&A at the Welcome Day– we’ll be ready to give you our personal opinions of them all!)

Although the norm is for Estate Agents to ask for a 1 month rent deposit. We do know there’s a couple of EU/International students coming this year. So, as a heads up, most will ask for around 3 months rent deposit (unless you have a contact in the UK, family member or close friend, that is willing to be your guarantor – which basically means if you disappeared into thin air; they would have someone to contact!)

What can I find near London road?


The most convenient park in reading is Palmer Park near Cemetery Junction. It is around the area where most of you will live and have some 5 a side pitches that you can book quite cheaply.

Harris Gardens on Reading Uni campus is a lovely place to get lost among some amazing trees and flowers. It is the best place to chill and (rarely) sunbathe. If you go at quieter times you may even meet some of the local fauna such as deer, hedgehogs or some rare birds

If you’re the adventurous type, I suggest you have a walk around the many channels, artificial lakes and mini islands that are around Thames Valley park and West Reading:


The market road (all by the river) is full of places to relax, have a kick about and organise some amazing BBQs.


Around the Cementery Junction area there are two Co-ops and a Tesco Express. However, if you’re after those super bargains and vast choice, you have a wide selection of super stores:


Chalfont Way, Lower Earley,

•ALDI (behind the train station)

Unit 1A Vastern Court
Reading RG1 8AL

•Tesco (walking distance from London Road)

Napier Road
RG1 8DF England

Cheap Food

Wokingham road is full of greasy fast food shops that are open until late at night. From your favourite 7″ £1 pizza to the juiciest fish & chips, there is plenty of choice for the … most ‘refined’ tastes.

Good luck with the House search, and remember we’re here to help – just post on Yammer!! 

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