In accordance with our University Travel Plan we encourage all University staff, students, contractors and visitors to consider alternative modes to single occupant private car when travelling to the University.
For those who do need to drive why not consider Park & Ride? On campus we have limited parking available as well as charging points for electric vehicles. This page outlines some options on offer from the University of Reading to help reduce the environmental impacts (and costs!) of your journey.
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Co-wheels Car Club
Did you know you can hire a car from Whiteknights campus for periods from as little as 30 minutes by joining our Co-wheels car club scheme? Very handy for business trips during the working day or for students to explore the wider Reading area without needing your own car. Membership is free to University staff and students (when using a University of Reading email address to register), and you can even get between £10 and £25 worth of free driving credit when you sign up!
Our campus car is based at Dunsden Crescent in Park Group halls so it's ideal for students in halls to use, but open to all staff, students and the local community. Co-wheels also have further cars around Reading that members have access to onces they have signed up, including on Addington Road, near London Road campus.
Anyone with a year's clean driving licence can sign up as a member of Co-Wheels and hire the car by the hour. For more information see http://www.co-wheels.org.uk/uor
Car Clubs are an excellent initiative where members can hire a car by the hour, minimising the need for people to own their own cars which spend more time parked than being driven, taking up valuable streetspace. Sign up to a car club today to give it a go.
Save petrol, travel with a friend!
The University of Reading is a member of Liftshare, an international scheme which helps to match up people doing similar journeys so they can travel together. It's not just about cars - you can also register walking, cycling and public transport journeys, whether you're looking for company for added safety on your journey, or just want someone to chat to! Car sharers can also share a University parking permit, giving you further cost savings.
Sign up at www.rucarsharing.com
It doesn't have to be a regular journey. You can look for one off journeys, journeys you do once a week, and journeys at times you don't think anyone else will be travelling. The more people that log their journeys, the more potential matches there are! You don't even need a car.
You can select whether you just want to include members of the University scheme to share with, or widen your search to include other Liftshare members too. There could be someone working at the hospital or in town who is your ideal match.
Park & Ride
Park and Ride
Have you considered Park and Ride?
There are a number of Park and Ride options on the edge of Reading
- To the south and west (the M4 corridor) - Mereoak Park and Ride.
- To the north or east - Winnersh Park and Ride
For general park and ride times and prices please see https://www.reading-buses.co.uk/park-ride
Mereoak Park and Ride - direct bus to Whiteknights and London Road Campuses
Mereoak Park and Ride is to the south on the M4, and while the majority of the Greenwave buses go directly to Reading town centre, there are also the Hospital buses that serve the edge of Whiteknights Campus (Christchurch Green) as well as the Hospital (close to London Road campus too). Worth a try perhaps?
The Mereoak-Hosptial route is made up of two buses, greenwave 66 and route 9. See the timetable here.
- For route 66 the stop closest to Whiteknights for both alighting and returning to Mereoak is the Christchurch Green stop on Redlands Road (not the one on Christchurch Road). This route goes on a one way loop within Reading coming in from Mereoak along Basingstoke Road, along Christchurch Road (by Whiteknights) and returning along Redlands Road, Craven Road (for the hospital) and London Road back to Basingstoke Road and Mereoak.
- Route 9 goes along Shinfield Road so the stop to catch this bus towards Mereoak would be the Christchurch Green stop outside the SportPark. Arriving from Mereoak you could use either the Christchurch Green stop on Redlands Road, or the stop on Shinfield Road at the end of Chancellors Way. *Please note that not every route 9 service is extended to Mereoak - only those listed in this timetable (on the 2nd page).
You can look up route maps to help explain the above and show the precise location of the bus stops on Reading Buses website.
Electric Vehicle Charging
Electric vehicle charging is available on Whiteknights Campus.
Two charging ports have been installed in SportsPark car park, with capacity to charge up to four vehicles at once.
To use the facilities, users will be required to sign up to the Polar network - membership is available on a monthly subscription or on a pay as you go basis (note that the pay as you go scheme carries an admin fee of £1.20 per charge). Electricity will be charged at 15p/kwh for both account types in order to cover the University's electricity costs.
Users will be able to charge their vehicles for a maximum of four hours per session, so that we may accommodate as many users as possible each day.
The standard parking policy for the SportsPark car park will continue to apply (University permit, or pay and display fee of £3 per day, up to 2 hours free).
Car and motorcycle parking is available on all our campuses to those with permits or visitor permits. Whiteknights campus has a pay and display car park (1a) for visitors or staff who only occasionally need to bring a car to campus. This car park is free for up to two hours (parking tickets still need to be collected), and £3 per day after that. 20 minute parking bays are available outside our main Whiteknights House and London Road Receptions for brief enquiries.
All parking permits issued are a permit to hunt rather than a guarantee of a space. Please help the University be a good neighbour and only park on campus and do not block neighbouring residential streets. Visit the University parking permits information pages.
Parking permits are available to staff for a monthly fee, which is deducted from salary. Options for those who only occasionally need to park are available. For more information or to apply please see staff parking information pages.
Students meeting strict eligibility criteria may purchase a parking permit. Student parking information pages.
Visitors should be directed to the Pay and Display Car Park 1a. This is free for up to 2 hours, £3.10 per day afterwards. Alternatively the department you are visiting may arrange a visitor or contractor permit for you. For certain larger events separate parking will be arranged – please follow the instructions provided on the day. Further parking information for visitors.
Discounts on New Low Emission Vehicles
University staff can take advantage of the mycar salary sacrifice offer to purchase new low emission vehicles. This can help you buy a flashy new car that creates less of a negative impact on the environment through its emissions.
For more information please see HR's pages for more details.