The location is ideal for me as I live in the town, making it easy to get to and from each place quickly either by bus or by cycling. There are to main shopping centres in Reading the oracle and the broad street mall, both have high tier stores which provided me with my every need, I have always thought the amount of good quality food in reading is bizarrely large with restaurants such as Wagamamas, Bella italia and five guys. The night life hit and miss on most nights but there are hidden gems in town, running £2 a drink on Thursday nights, which really helped. Clubs like Wild lime and Popworld always proved to be a reliable motive, with Sub 89 next door the opportunity for lively gigs. Showcase cinema is only a few miles out of town and with a relatively new refurbishment of the whole lobby effectively creating a mini mall.