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Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University is one of the top 350 institutions in the world (Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2019), and welcomes students from over 185 countries to study there.The University is spread across campuses in Cambridge and Chelmsford. The University has impressive state-of-the-art facilities and has invested £100 million over the past years. 

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Anglia Ruskin’s story starts in 1858, when the art critic, patron and philanthropist John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University, and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus in Cambridge. 


ARU has two main intakes for most of the bachelors and masters degrees, September and January, the blended learning courses take place in May. Some of the bachelors degrees include a one year work placement during the third year. The MBA now includes a 1 year UK placement with other business courses due to launch this year.


Twelve of the 15 subject areas we submitted were rated as generating world-leading research; Allied Health Professions, Dentistry, Nursing and Pharmacy, Architecture, Built Environment and Planning, Art and Design: History, Practice and Theory, Business and Management Studies, Communication, Cultural and Media Studies, Library and Information Management, English Language and Literature, Geography, Environmental Studies and Archaeology, History, Law, Music, Drama, Dance and Performing Arts, Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience, Social Work and Social Policy. 


Students have the opportunity to seek careers advice during their time learning through the University's Employability Service, which offers everything from information on writing a stand-out CV to succeeding in an interview. This can be done face-to-face with an advisor, while additional help is also available online.


Student services

  • During their time studying towards their degree, students are encouraged to get involved in a club or society in their spare time, to meet new friends, gain another skill and add something different to their CV. These range from dance class to the alternative music society. Students can also start their own to demonstrate their leadership skills.
  • Anglia Ruskin University offers students support in a wide range of areas. These include a dedicated service for those with a disability, including a mental health condition, medical condition or specific learning difficulties. There is also a counselling service, advice on finances, and an International office focusing on the queries and needs of overseas students.

Housing services

  • At Anglia Ruskin University we have student accommodation on both our Cambridge and Chelmsford campus all within a short walk to classes on campus. All of our university accommodation has 24/7 security. 
  • The accommodation off campus is still close to the university and is a short distance to the city centres and close to good transport links such as buses and trains to London. 
  • Private en-suite rooms are available in most accommodation housing and we have a wide variety of high quality, conveniently located accommodation, including catered halls, self-catered halls and houses. 

Library services

  • Both libraries combined in Cambridge and Chelmsford have around 1,400 study spaces, over 260,000 items held in our libraries in print and e-journals and e-books and provide 24-hour access during semesters.
  • The Library team provide advice and support through one-to-one or group sessions, self-help guides, online support and face-to-face contact. 

ICT services

Both campuses at Anglia Ruskin are fully Wi-Fi enabled. There are many student PCs available across both campuses and open study areas accessible to all students. 

Medical services

We have a medical centre on our Cambridge campus and a GP surgery open to students and the public on our Chelmsford campus. 

Student Life

Campus life

Anglia Ruskin campuses are close to the city centres of both Cambridge and Chelmsford. Both include a student union shop, book shop, gym, employment bureau and student bar and social spaces. Both ARU Cambridge and Chelmsford have supermarkets and restaurants within minutes of the campus.  

Sports facilities

  • Sport halls, fitness suite and fully equipped gyms are available at ARU Cambridge and Chelmsford. Whether you want to try something new or continue an activity you've been doing for years, there's a wide range of sports on offer.
  • At ARU, you'll find the sport that's right for you, from American football to volleyball and everything in between. Join a sports club if you want to compete in your chosen discipline, or one of our Campus Sport activities if you prefer to play at a more recreational level for enjoyment, social or fitness purposes.
  • There is also opportunities for students to volunteer, become part of our sports club committees and train as part of our Coach and officials academy. 

Student clubs

The Students’ Union supports over 120 different societies, from course-specfic groups to hobby clubs and special interest meetups. It’s a great way for students to meet new people, build friendships and expand your horizons. 


ARU's overall satisfaction score has increased to 84% – above the sector average of 83%.Anglia Ruskin University is one of the top 350 institutions in the world (Times Higher Education's World University Rankings 2019)

Cambridge, England, United Kingdom

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