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Student Accommodation

  • Most eligible first year Cambridge and Chelmsford applicants are usually offered a room, although there is no formal accommodation guarantee. Eligibility is based on students being further than 35 miles from Cambridge or 15 miles for Chelmsford.
  • Anglia Ruskin manages a range of on-campus halls of residence in Cambridge, as well as several shared houses within 2 miles of the campus, along with off-campus halls managed by partner organisations, where students can share with other Anglia Ruskin students.
  • In Chelmsford, the on-campus Student Village offers flats for 3, 5 or 6 students. Students have their own room and share the kitchen. Most rooms are en-suite, with a shower, basin and toilet.
  • Private accommodation is also an option and the university can provide assistance if needed.

Student Life

  • City Population: 124,000
  • Student Population: 30,000
  • Cambridge's status as a tourist destination and famous university city means there's always a buzz and there's plenty to do and see.
  • Chelmsford offers a warm welcome and has a vibrant feel, with a rich mix of independent stores, recently redeveloped city-centre retail and leisure areas, and loads of restaurants, bars and cafés. It's also compact enough to explore and enjoy at leisure. The Chelmsford campus is the first university campus in the country to be included in the prestigious Purple Flag scheme awarded to Chelmsford city. It officially endorses Chelmsford and the campus as safe places for a great night out.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Cambridge is one of the UK's cultural hotspots with plenty on offer for everyone. The largest arts and entertainment venue is the Cambridge Corn Exchange which hosts a range of events. More underground options exist at the Junction, a popular venue for bands, dance and experimental theatre.
  • The Fitzwilliam Museum offers free admission to its exhibitions of paintings and ceramics, while Kettles Yard Gallery is popular with those who enjoy 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 and novel way to see the sights of Cambridge, and there are official daily walking tours of the city, departing from the Tourist Information Centre.

Anglia Ruskin's main campus is a 10 minute walk from the city centre. The Chelmsford campus is 40 miles away.

  • Chelmsford offers a great mix of retail, dining and leisure within its compact, but jam-packed city centre. Three theatres, live music venues and numerous bars and clubs offer entertainment and nightlife for all interests.
  • The city continues to evolve, with a major new retail area that opened autumn 2016, including shops, restaurants and a 5-screen Everyman cinema.
  • Chelmsford Museum focuses on areas of local history and interests, with frequent event and exhibition updates. Just a couple of miles from the city centre, Hylands Park has over 574 acres of parkland, and is also the home of the annual V music festival.
  • Many opportunities exist to spectate or take part in sport. Chelmsford hosts the Essex County Cricket Ground, Riverside Ice and Leisure which is home of Chelmsford Chieftains ice hockey team, and the Chelmsford Sports and Athletics Centre which also includes Chelmsford City FC.


  • 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.
  • Chelmsford is only 30 minutes away from London by train.