Here are some of our students’ favourites. Please add your ideas on the blog or email us at

Places to eat in Reading 

  • Honest Burger – good burgers in town
  • China Palace – also has dim sum and hot pot
  • CAU – steak restaurant
  • Cafe Yolk – recommended for breakfast and brunch: “has a homemade feel” … “good quality food for an affordable price”
  • Bolan – Thai restaurant


The University has a range of cafes and restaurants if you want to stay on campus.


Cooking tips

These websites can help if you are looking for help with your cooking.

Advice from one our students: “Cooking is pretty simple if you know a few basic rules.”


Food-related activities and societies


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.

Some of the restaurants at the Oracle shopping centre offer student discounts.

Photo by Di Lei, 2017