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Reading College does not have the facility to arrange accommodation directly for individual students but we can refer you to other sources of support locally and nationally. To help you in your search for accommodation we have an information sheet. We would advise that before you begin your enquiries you visit www.direct.gov.uk and search for ‘Student Accommodation’. This will give you valuable information about how to get the best from your accommodation.
Below you will find a list of accommodation types and what you might expect from them.
Quick links to section below :
- Host family
- Local letting agencies
- Hotel accommodation
- Home stay
- Local private halls of residence
- Local letting agencies listing
- Local bed and breakfast hotels
A host family could be a family with children, a couple, or a single person. They will speak English but this may not be their first language. Host families may have pets (always ask so that you are aware). You should be provided with your own room (although there may be other students staying at the same time). Your room should contain a bed, a space for your clothes, and adequate heating and lighting. You should have access to a bathroom, and use of laundry facilities. In most cases meals will be provided but you should always check this arrangement. You will be staying in someone’s home and should therefore be prepared to accept their wishes when it comes to keeping things tidy and clean, having visitors, staying out late etc. Most host families are very relaxed and do not impose too many rules but you should always speak to them first to make sure that you all understand what is expected.
Local letting agencies
Letting agencies provide various types of rented accommodation including rooms, studio apartments, flats and houses, some are fully furnished some are not. The letting agency will inform you of the prices and payment options. Before you sign any agreement you should make sure that you understand how much rent you need to pay and whether utility bills are extra, what furniture if any there will be especially kitchen facilities, and whether there is local transport to college. Please see our links to local letting acencies at the bottom of this page.
We would advise that you only use hotel accommodation if your stay is less than three weeks or as a short term solution until you find somewhere else to stay. Hotel prices vary greatly and can be an expensive option. Before deciding on a hotel you should ask whether your room is double or single, does it have a bath or shower, will you receive breakfast, and/or evening meal or do you need to pay extra for this, what other facilities there are, and is there local transport to college. Please be aware that we do not take any responsibility for any issues that may arise should you decide to use any of the services. We are not recommending these services, but signposting you to what is available.
Please see our links to local hotels at the bottom of this page.
Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call Win Dulai on tel: +44 (0)7958 343981
Approx cost: £145-£160 per week plus a one-off administration charge.
Meet and greet from the London airports can be provided at an extra cost, please contact the above details for information.
Approx cost: £140-£350 a week depending on accommodation type.