Royal Agricultural University

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Student Accommodation

  • The RAU offers catered and self-catered accommodation on campus, just a few minutes' walk from the lecture blocks and study, social and sports facilities. There is a free shuttle bus in to Cirencester and car parking on site.
  • Accommodation comprises standard rooms with shared bathroom facilities, en-suite rooms and twins, as well as quiet bedrooms. All accommodation includes a housekeeping service, out-of-hours security, Wi-Fi in all bedrooms and common areas. Accommodation is allocated on a first-come-first-served basis.
  • If students wish to live off campus or campus accommodation is full, the accommodation team is on hand to help them find their place in Cirencester or the surrounding area. The RAU student lettings website Urban Fox also supports students in their search.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,700 to £8,300 per year
Self-Catered from £5,400 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Cirencester is a thriving cultural hub. With plenty of restaurants, country pubs, unique boutique shops and popular night spots, many students make it their home even after graduating.
  • The campus is in walking distance of the historic market town, surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside. Bath, Bristol, Oxford and Cheltenham are all within an hour of the university and London is less than 90 minutes away by direct train.
  • The bustling town has an eclectic, artisan feel popular with all ages, with visitors attracted by the Bathurst Estate, Abbey Grounds, Black Jack Street, Market Place, Brewery Arts Gallery and the Corn Hall indoor market. Head to Cheltenham for its numerous festivals and world-famous racecourse or visit the fashionable designer outlet villages in nearby Swindon and Bicester to grab a bargain.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Cirencester offers a great night out, with many clubs, pubs, bars, cafés and restaurants catering for all tastes. Popular haunts include The Tunnel and The Wild Duck, offering delicious pub grub and local drinks – including the university's own Muddy Wellies ale. Firm favourites are student club nights at Seventeen Black and ReVa. 
  • Shopping and cinema can be enjoyed at nearby Cheltenham, Gloucester or Swindon. 
  • Sporting entertainment includes the Cheltenham Festival, Badminton Horse Trials and point-to-point meetings, and Gloucester and Bath rugby. Cotswold Water Park is a 15-minute drive away from the RAU and offers kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rowing across its 150 lakes, as well as a beautiful setting for walks and bike rides. Tucked behind the parish church, Cirencester Abbey Grounds is a fantastic open green space to take a stroll and relax. Many students enjoy swimming in natural spring water at the park's lido, one of the oldest open-air swimming pools in the UK dating back to 1869.


  • Cirencester town centre is just 1 mile from the university campus; RAU's free shuttle bus runs there throughout the day and in the evening, and there's also a special route to Harnhill Manor Farm. Students living off campus can also catch the shuttle bus to and from university, as the route covers areas in Cirencester which are popular with students.
  • Cirencester has bus links with nearby towns (Cheltenham, Swindon and Stroud), a coach station for National Express and Megabus, and is 3 miles from Kemble train station. 
  • The university is a 1-hour drive from Bristol and Birmingham airports and a 2-hour drive from London Heathrow and Luton airports.