There are many different dining choices on campus and around Reading. To get advice on where to eat, ask other students, read online reviews such as TripAdvisor, or check out the student-run Spark Newspaper food section.

On campus

The University has a number of cafes and restaurants to choose from.  If you live in catered accommodation you will have a Meal Plan allowance loaded onto your Campus Card that you can spend at specific locations on campus. All other students can purchase a Meal Plan online. Students like:

  • Eat at the Square – has a diverse range of foods, including noodles and burritos, and large servings.
  • Bagelman – is the place for bagels in the Students’ Union: “prices and convenience and lovely customer service.”

In Reading town

Student recommendations:

  • Honest Burger – good burgers in town
  • Bakery house – Lebanese cuisine:“high quality Mediterranean food.”
  • Top Table – the nearest fish and chips shop to  campus (197 Wokingham Road)
  • Papa Gee – quality Neapolitan pizza and pasta in Caversham, recommended by Italians
  • Panino Cafe – Italian food and sandwiches on Duke St.
  • China Palace –  has dim sum and hot pot
  • China Garden  – near campus; has spicy food
  • CAU –  Argentine steak restaurant: “Great price point and variety.”
  • Cafe Yolk – recommended for breakfast and brunch: “has a homemade feel” … “good quality food for an affordable price.”
  • Bolan – Thai restaurant: Relatively authentic Thai food that tastes good.”
  • Cosmo – World buffet restaurant near the Oracle: lots of students like the price and the choice.
  • Nando’s – Chicken: “It’s tasty.”
  • The Everest Tandoori – Nepalese food: “The food has a really good taste.”
  • House of Flavours“Indian cuisine with various spices” … “the quality of the food is very nice.”
  • Pho – Vietnamese street food.
  • Sushimania – Sushi:“cheap, delicious, fulfilling.”
  • Wagamama – Japanese food near the Oracle: “Affordable and good food.”

This student video tour of Reading shows restaurants around the Oracle shopping centre in town.

Edible Reading has a wide range of restaurant reviews to give you additional ideas of good places to visit.

The getreading website has an A to Z list of international restaurants in Reading.


Halal Food

There are a number of Halal restaurants in Reading and many of them are not too far from the University. Here is an up-to-date list (from the Muslim Society) as of June 2018: Halal Restaurants in Reading


Delivery and Takeaway

If you don’t want to cook, you can get a takeaway meal from a restaurant. Students recommend using an online delivery service, such as Deliveroo or Just Eat,  that delivers food from local restaurants right to your door.

In 2017, the most popular Deliveroo delivery item in Reading was Chicken Japan Katsu Curry from the Coconut Bar & Kitchen.


Money-saving ideas

Eating in restaurants can be expensive, so take advantage of student discounts when they are available. You can find discounts through the StudentBeans or UniDays websites and it’s free to register online. Full-time students can buy the NUS Extra card for discounts on a range of products and services that include food. Some restaurants at the Oracle shopping centre offer student discounts if you show your University ID.

Use your Campus Card to get discounts on drinks and food across campus.

You can also try out Too Good To Go. It’s a free app that tells you which local restaurants or stores have extra food that you can buy at a discount and pick up the same day. You get to help stop food waste and save money.

Photo by Di Lei, 2017

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