Royal Agricultural University

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Student Accommodation

  • The RAU offers catered and self-catered accommodation on campus, just a few minutes' walk to the lecture blocks, library and study areas, dining room, café and shop, Student Union bar, laundrette, gym and sports facilities. There is a free shuttle bus in to Cirencester and car parking on site.
  • Rooms comprise of 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 and 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, the accommodation team is on hand to help them find their place in Cirencester or the surrounding area. The RAU student lettings website also supports students in their search.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,586 to £8,167 per year
Self-Catered from £5,261 to £5,261 per year

Student Life

  • Cirencester is a student town with a great sense of history. With its pretty Cotswold stone-cobbled streets it's awash with shops, boutiques, museums and art galleries, with plenty of restaurants, bars and cafés to unwind in along the way.
  • Bath, Bristol, Oxford, and Cheltenham are all within an hour of the university, and London is 90 minutes away by direct train. Attractions include Badminton Horse Trials, Cheltenham Gold Cup, Gloucester and Bath rugby, shopping and cinema at nearby Cheltenham, Gloucester or Swindon.
  • Cotswold Water Park is a 15-minute drive away from the RAU and offers kayaking, canoeing, sailing, rowing, wakeboarding and windsurfing across its 150 lakes, as well as a beautiful setting for walks and bike rides.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Just a short walk from campus, Cirencester offers plenty of unique boutique shops, high street favourites, and a regular market.
  • The university is surrounded by beautiful Cotswold countryside which can be used for recreational activities. There are lots of country pubs to relax in.
  • Students enjoy visiting the restaurants and bars in Cirencester, as well nights out in Seventeen Black and ReVA.


  • The RAU runs a free shuttle bus to Cirencester town centre, just one mile from the university campus, throughout the day and in the evening. There is 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 Mega Bus and is three miles from Kemble train station. 
  • The University is a one hour drive away from Bristol and Birmingham airports and a two hour drive from London Heathrow and Luton airports.