Shopping

There are food shops on and near campus, including large supermarkets, small specialty shops, and outdoor markets. Remember to take your own bags.

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Supermarkets

Asda – is a very large supermarket in Lower Earley, and you can get there easily on the 21 bus. Here is the bus route from campus. It takes about 15 minutes. Asda is open 24 hours, except during the weekend.

Students say: It’s cheap… It has an international section…

Morrisons – is not quite as big as Asda, but also has a large selection of food products.

Students say:  Best for Chinese ingredients… Good for fish…

Tesco – has a large store north of Reading and smaller Tesco Express branches in town.

Sainsburys –  has a superstore on Broad Street and smaller Sainsburys Local branches.

Aldi – is a well-known discount supermarket.

Students say: Cheap and good quality.

Marks and Spencer – sells clothing but is also well-known for its food section.

Students say: Good supermarket for dessert and high quality food.

Click on the map below for a closer look at supermarkets near the University.

Online shopping

You can order online from one of the large supermarkets or Ocado and have your food delivered to your accommodation. There is usually a charge for delivery, but you should get a discount the first time you order. Students say:

  • Use online shopping – it’s useful for saving time, especially when you can order with friends.  

Supermarket online shopping guide

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On campus

University of Reading Co-op – is a small supermarket with food to cook yourself and prepared hot meals. They offer a student discount. Students say: You can get fresh ready to eat fruits.

Seoul Plaza –  is a Korean shop with lots of Asian food choices in the Students’ Union.

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Market –  takes place every Thursday in the Students’ Union.

Check out the full list of Campus shops and cafes.

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Specialist shops and markets in Reading

See Woo supermarket – specialises in Southeast Asian food and cooking equipment.

Reading Vegan Market – takes place once a month.

The German Artisan Bakery – is in Windsor but their van visits Reading once a week.

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Money-saving ideas

The NUS Extra card (for full time students) gives you hundreds of discounts on food at shops and restaurants, as well as on other products/services. There is an annual fee.

Some supermarkets have their own card that saves you money through discounts, cash back or other rewards. They have different names, for example: Morrisons More, Tesco Clubcard, Sainsbury’s Nectar. Sign up in-store or online.

The website mySupermarket helps you compare prices and save money.

Students say:

  • Shop at a new online supermarket each time to get discounts for first-time users.
  • Go to Aldi. It is cheap and good quality.
  • Shop in the evening when the produce is reduced to keep cost down.
  • Look for big supermarkets outside campus, get the reward cards and keep coupons to save money.