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Ask prices about living in Reading (england)

by luis.diddl

hello everybody...
i'm from portugal.
i'm traveling to Reading - University (near London) by September to get my PhD.
i would like to know if there is someone that could give prices from the kind of living there so that i can prepare myself...
The information i'm trying to know is the prices of food, clothes, etc... to live there for a year...
thank you...

RE: Ask prices about living in Reading (england)


Ask VT member Kennetrose. She lives there. Although general prices could be answered, I think, by anyone living in the UK.
Good luck.

RE: RE: Ask prices about living in Reading (england)

by leics

Prices of clothes & food are much the same everywhere, depending on which shops/ supermarkets you use. Email me a list of specific items & I'll do my best to price them for you, which will give you an idea. But the UK is not a cheap place to live so prepare to be surprised!

RE: Ask prices about living in Reading (england)

by paulie_natalie

Hi there
i live in reading and its expensive, because ou are paying london prices without the pleasure of living in london!
rent for a single room will be £350 upwards per month
food is fairly basic price, however Tescos supermarket is much cheaper than any other!!
again you can buy cheap clothes or mega desinger expensive clothes so its up to you!
my advice is to save up some pennies before you arrive! but once here you should be able to find work fairly quicky!
i hope this helps and feel free to ask anything esle

Travel Tips for Reading

Berkshire accent (pronounced "Bahrk-shur").

by mwe

People who've never been to Reading, or met anyone from Reading might think they speak with a London, Cockney, 'Estuary' or 'Southern' accent. Not unreasonably so, because, as the crow flies, Reading is only 34 miles from central London and 20 from Heathrow. With the A329(M) and M4 this means central London's about 50 minutes away (less than 40 miles from eastern parts of Reading). Heathrow is half an hour's drive.
Look at a map: towns between Reading and London are noticably closer together than to the west, north or south from Reading.

Infact Reading people speak with a version of the 'rural' accent that exists throughout southern England (except London and the West Midlands).
Pam Ayres is the most famous example of the accent, but she's from the Vale of the White Horse (Faringdon) so speaks more broad.
Ricky Gervais is from Reading (we hear more of him nowadays than Pam Ayres, so he is the best famous contemporary example) and has kept his accent, despite spending a lot of time in London and America.

"Air ace" they mean "Our house" not a Battle of Britain pilot! "Daiown the taiown" means "Down the town" and "Lunden" is the capital, not the Cockney "Lahn-dan".

Like a lot of local accents, it is threatened by outside influences.
Many residents of Reading's suburbs close to the A329M and M4 motorways work in east Berkshire, Surrey, Heathrow, west London, etc. and consequently shop and socialise in these places, so they could live in Reading for years, without meeting a local (or thinking the few locals they meet are probably from the west country, or East Anglia). Newcomers to Reading might correct their children's speech if they find them picking up Berkshire. Teachers from outside the area might similarly try and cleanse or dilute Berkshire from their pupils' voices.
Youngsters might be influenced by London accents from TV, radio, pop-stars, actors, etc. & cultivate it as they might associate the Berkshire accent with 'old' people, bus drivers, postmen, tradesmen and those in dead-end jobs.

Italian anyone?

by dejavu2gb about Zizzi

Zizzi is a chain of restaurants that can be found all over England. However I think they are different in their own way. Upon entering you can see by the decor that its very trendy, yet unpretentions.
Its always got a lovely atmosphere, with friendly waiting staff.
What I like is the trendy decor, combined with the good food and the nice environment that makes this restaurant one of my favourites. Obviously as its an Italian Restaurant, its got the normal Pizza and Pasta dishes. My absolute favourite dish is the Sofia pizza. Basically consists of pepperoni, chicken etc, you know... all the meats.. yum, I usually add lots more garlic and a stack of olives, and then I eat like a king...Their pizzas are quite large in size and very delicous indeed, not the normal manufactured taste you get in other major chain pizzerias.
Price wise, its very good value for money, and you feel you have had your moneys worth after your meal at this establishment.

The Lion In Forbury Gardens

by easyoar

Firstly it is worth noting that Forbury Gardens are closed for renovation until March 2005. The Lion is also being renovated and is currently under scaffolding.

This Lion was designed as a War memorial to men from Berkshire who died fighting in Afghanistan in 1880 (in a town called Maiwand - hence the Lions name of "Maiwand Lion"). The Lion was sculpted by George Blackall Simonds and unveiled in 1886. Unfortunately the sculptor forgot to analyse the way Lions walk, and sculpted him with his legs in such a manner that a real Lion would fall over if he ever tried to walk this way. Urban legend has it that when the sculptor realised this very basic error, he committed suicide.

Note:- To see the Lion without wrapping please see the link provided.

Marie's Reading Pages

by mariegriffiths

"Reading in Brief"

Reading is a bustling town that is almost reaching city status. It has history, chalm, nighlife, excellent shopping and enthuism. It is definitely a town on the up. The student influence helps bring life to the town.


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