The transport is great, there are loads of bus services and the station is huge and always has trains running. I used to love going on nights out in first year, couldn't complain. My favourite club was Sakura, unfortunately it changed to Smash which is a bar with pingpong. I haven't been but I've heard it's fun. I'm now in my fourth year and haven't been to town once on a night out (it's April). However, I think this is more of out of my own preferences rather than a reflection of the nightlife in Reading. Shopping is great - the Oracle shopping centre and shops on the high street have everything you could need. The riverside is really pretty and has so many restaurants which is great. The parking at the Oracle is really expensive unfortunately. Not much other entertainment apart from the restaurants, clubs and cinema.