Practice Facilities

Owing to the continuing coronavirus situation and following advice from the Head of the Institute of Education, all practice rooms and studios will remain closed until further notice.

Our primary concern is to protect the health of our University community and, by extension, our wider community including visitors and guests. Our Major Recovery Team is meeting regularly to monitor the situation closely and follow Public Health England (PHE) and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advice. Owing to the materials used in piano construction we cannot use alcoholic disinfectant to ensure that the surfaces are virus-free. Therefore, the decision has been made to suspend use of these facilities for all users.

We understand that this news will be disappointing and would like to reassure you that it is not a decision we have taken lightly. We will contact all practice room users when the situation changes and practice facilities reopen.

We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and look forward to seeing you back in the practice rooms soon.

Kind regards

UoR Music


 For Information Only:

Music practice rooms are available for all members of the local area, including students, staff, and community members, in Building L29, London Road campus.

Music Practice facilities:

  • Eight general purpose practice rooms; suitable for up to 5 people.
  • No booking required.
  • All practice rooms have upright pianos, music stands, and mirrors

The facility may be used for individual music practice and ensemble rehearsals, but is not available for private tuition or commercial activity.

Opening Hours:

  • Monday-Sunday: 08:30-21:30
  • University Closure Dates: Closed.


Entry to Building L29 is controlled through your University of Reading campus card, and access can be purchased in our online store. Practice Room Access fees subsidise the cost of instrument repair, and upkeep, cleaning, and security of the building.

Campus gates may be closed out of standard office hours, however access can be gained by entering via the Acacia Road entrance, next to the Museum of English Rural Life.

The tariff for access per academic year (August to July is below. Practice room users are required to reapply for access each year, and an email will be sent out inviting existing users to reapply before the beginning of each academic year.

Please apply in advance, as once you have paid for your access card, it may take up to 7 days for your campus card to be activated. It may take longer for community access to be processed due to postage times.  

Tariff of fees for Music Practice Room access (per academic year, 1 August- 31 July):

  • £15.00 – University of Reading students
  • £25.00 – University of Reading staff
  • £40.00 – Community user

The full fee is required, whatever time of year you join.

The fee for replacing a lost card is £10.00. If you already have a community access card, please type the card number (formatted: Gxxxx) in place of a Student/Staff number when purchasing access.

Rehearsal Studios:

L29 G01 and G03 are only available to students and staff of the University, and must be booked through the central timetabling system. Studios must be booked and confirmed at least 7 days in advance, otherwise the booking will not be permitted and the studio will be locked. 

Due to increased internal usage, we are no longer able to accommodate rehearsal bookings from community ensembles.

Priority is given in the following order:

  1. Lectures and University teaching
  2. UoR Music rehearsals
  3. RUSU Society rehearsals
  4. Individual user rehearsals

Reoccurring bookings are permitted by the system.


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