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Student Accommodation

  • Most full-time first-year applicants are offered a room at both ARU's Cambridge and Chelmsford campuses, although there is no formal guarantee.
  • ARU offers on- and off-campus halls of residence and houses within two miles of the campus in Cambridge. In Chelmsford there is accommodation in the on-campus student village.
  • Students can choose from en-suite, shared bathrooms or studio living. All accommodation is self-catered.
  • Private student accommodation is also available near both campuses; ARU provides assistance to students wanting this option.

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £4,132 to £7,477 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Cambridge has shaped the world, from Newton's law of universal gravitation to the discovery of the structure of DNA by Crick and Watson. As a student here, you’ll immerse yourself in this world-famous centre of learning. Cambridge is also a technology hub, with corporates through to start-ups making the city their home.
  • Chelmsford is a busy, welcoming riverside city, set in the beautiful Essex countryside just a 35-minute train ride from London. Plenty of bars and restaurants, great shopping and a lively calendar of events make Chelmsford a popular student destination.
  • Peterborough is a small, attractive city with excellent links to the capital and countryside surroundings. The ARU student community in Peterborough is strong, and there are plenty of independent bars and cafés for students to spend time with their friends.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Cambridge is a cultural hotspot; its largest arts and entertainment venue is the Cambridge Corn Exchange, while the Junction is a popular venue for bands, dance and experimental theatre. The Fitzwilliam Museum exhibits paintings and ceramics, and Kettles Yard Gallery offers modern art and sculpture. Independent cinema can be enjoyed at The Arts Picturehouse, which also hosts the two-week Cambridge Film Festival in July. The Strawberry Fair is held each June, and the Cambridge Folk Festival at the end of July. Punting is an excellent way to see the sights; and daily walking tours of the city depart from the Tourist Information Centre.
  • Chelmsford offers a great mix of retail, dining and leisure within its compact, but jam-packed city centre. Three theatres, live music venues, a cinema and numerous bars and clubs offer entertainment and nightlife for all interests. Chelmsford Museum covers local history, with frequent event and exhibition updates. Just a couple of miles from the city centre, Hylands Park has over 574 acres of parkland. Local sports venues include Essex County Cricket Ground, Riverside Ice and Leisure (home to Chelmsford Chieftains ice hockey team), and the Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre, known as Melbourne Community Stadium when home to Chelmsford City FC.
  • At Peterborough there's an array of pubs, cocktail bars and night clubs, along with a diverse selection of restaurants. The Embankment hosts various outdoor gigs and events throughout the year; there are also three theatres and a cinema. Peterborough Beer Festival is the biggest undercover real ale event in the UK. For sports enthusiasts there's Peterborough United Football Club, a Premier League ice hockey team and an Elite League speedway team; as well as open-air swimming at the Lido, an ice rink, bowling alley and go-karting.


  • Anglia Ruskin's main campus is a 10-minute walk from Cambridge city centre. Cambridge is a small city with most amenities accessible by foot or bike and a good bus service. Cars are not recommended in the centre as most areas are pedestrianised. The city is well connected by rail with trains to London taking about an hour. London Stansted International Airport is 30 minutes away by train.
  • The Chelmsford campus is only 35 minutes away from London by train, and 40 miles from Cambridge where the main campus is based.
  • In Peterborough, the Guild House campus is just over the river from the city centre with all its attractions and transport links. London King's Cross station is a 50-minute train journey, while Leeds is 1.5 hours by train.