Student Services News

News from the Student Services Centre (Carrington Building)

Month: December 2013

Christmas in Reading

The Chaplaincy Centre has put together a very handy list of events that are happening in the Reading area over the course of the vacation. There are traditional events like panto and carol concerts as well as comedy and country walks. The list covers the whole of December and carries on through to the 12 January (just in time for the start of term).

Click here to download the list.


A small number of students have been confirmed as having contracted mumps. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms outlined in the attached flyer it is suggested that you should isolate yourself from other students until you are no longer infectious. If you are in halls please contact your hall Warden.

In order to avoid the infection you should maintain good hygiene and also ensure that you have been vaccinated against mumps. Check with your parents or your GP to see if you have already been vaccinated. If you have not been vaccinated you should contact the University Health Centre (or your local GP if you have not yet registered) to get this done.

For further information about mumps please click here to download and read the leaflet or check the NHS Choices website.

Halls, houses and housemates

Staying in Halls

Each year there are a limited number of rooms set aside in Halls for students. If you enjoyed your stay in Halls first time around it’s your chance to do it all again! There is a wide range of accommodation available including standard single rooms, en-suite rooms, self-contained studios and the Townhouses.

Applications for 2014-15 hall accommodation openson the 7 January 2014 and you can click here to find out more information.

Find a house

If you fancy living out then there is plenty of advice and support from RUSU available on their website, and they even have their own lettings agency

Find a housemate

RUSU are running a session at 17:00 on Tuesday the 10 December 14 January in Cafe Mondial where you can meet potential new housemates. You can find more information on the RUSU website.

Making the most of your Campus Card

Your Campus Card gets you in to buildings, lets you borrow books from the Library, and a whole host of other things.

Just in time for Christmas we’ve added two new features to the Card… You can pay for (and get discounts on) postage and Sheep Poo products.

Postage discounts

In the basement of Whiteknights House Postal Services are working very hard this time of year and want to reward all Campus Card users with two amazing discounts for December!

20% OFF all parcel and courier services to the UK, Europe and the rest of the World for the whole of December!

10% OFF all Airmail services for the whole of December!

Postal Services are available Monday to Friday 09.30 to 16:00 (except on University closure days), and are located in the basement of Whiteknights House (use the stairs by the main reception).

If you need any further information about the Private mail counter please visit their website.

Sheep Poo products

The Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) shop is offering Sheep Poo Paper bookmarks and air-fresheners with a generous 15% discount, if you pay for them using your Campus Card. This offer runs until 21 December, so you can grab some great little gifts for friends and family!

The MERL shop also has a range of other quirky products & gifts available. Students who present their Campus/NUS Card get a 10% discount off all products!

If you need any further information about the MERL shop please visit their website.

More information

For more information on your Campus Card (and how you can make best use of it), please visit the Campus Card website.

If you want to add some money to your Card and take advantage of these offers then head to the Top-up website.

Please feel free to email us at if you require any further help, information or have any future suggestions on how we can improve our service.

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