Anglia Ruskin began as the Cambridge School of Art, opened in 1858 by John Ruskin. Since then, Anglia Ruskin has grown and now has four main campuses - in Cambridge, Peterborough, Chelmsford and London. With 35,000 students it’s one of the largest universities in the UK. But don’t be fooled - despite its size, ARU has a strong reputation for being welcoming and inclusive. All of ARU’s campuses are modern and purpose built, so you’ll be studying in a striking architectural environment, with access to state of the art facilities.
Anglia Ruskin is a very good modern university that deserves to be higher on the league tables. It creates a warm atmosphere that is desirable for students that may be worried about the transition from further education to university life.
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Teaching Excellence Framework Award (TEF)
Our TEF Silver Award means that we consistently exceed rigorous national quality requirements for UK higher education. We are particularly pleased that our assessment highlighted very high levels of student satisfaction and that most of our students achieve excellent outcomes.
Come along to our next Open Day and take in the surroundings at our fresh and vibrant campuses. Here you’ll get a true feel for the Anglia Ruskin way of life, what it’s really like to study here, and why we’ve been named as a global ‘rising star’.
To find out when the next Open Day is, take a look at the Open Day calendar here.
Student Life in Cambridge
Outside of London you’ll be at one of three main Campuses:
An iconic centre of learning, there are tons of art galleries, history and museums to explore. You can go punting down the river if you fancy it, or there are loads of cozy pubs to chill out in.
England’s newest city, Chelmsford has loads going on and is home to V Festival. There’s more than enough by way of nightlife and shopping to be had here, but if you’re still after more it’s only a 35 minute train journey to London.
Peterborough is best known for its imposing Norman Cathedral (which is also where you’ll be graduating). It has plenty of nightlife, with clubs, bars, restaurants and two theatres if you’re feeling more cultural.
Cambridge: Cambridge is the unofficial cycling capital of the UK. You’ll find cycle parking on campus, and the Cambridge Cycling Campaign has a free city map and route planner. It’s a 15-minute walk from Drummer Street bus station, where most local bus services stop. National Express coaches (including services from Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton and Stansted airports) stop at the Cambridge Coach Station on Parkside, a five-minute walk from campus.Trains run frequently between Cambridge and London, Ipswich, Peterborough, King’s Lynn, Birmingham and Stansted Airport.
If you’re travelling from Heathrow or Gatwick, head for King’s Cross or Liverpool Street stations in London; you can catch trains to Cambridge from there. For more information click here.
Chelmsford: This campus is about a ten-minute walk from the centre of Chelmsford with all of its shops and restaurants and landmarks like the impressive 15th-century Cathedral Church of St Mary, St Peter and St Cedd. The bus station on Duke Street is a 15-minute walk from the campus with local bus services run by First Group, and National Express coaches usually stopping there. It’s just a ten-minute walk from the station which is on the main London Liverpool Street to Norwich line. There are up to six trains an hour to London Liverpool Street which take about 35 minutes. Regular services also run to Stratford, Shenfield, Braintree, Witham, Colchester and Clacton-on-Sea. For more information click here.
Peterborough: Guild House campus is just over the river from Peterborough city centre with all its attractions and transport links. Peterborough is easy to get around by bike. It’s flat and has an extensive network of over 200km of cycle paths. There are 11 named and numbered routes surrounded by a 45-mile Green Wheel route which circles the city. East coast main line trains provide rapid rail connections with King’s Cross a 50 minute ride away and Newcastle 2 hours and 15 minutes. For more information click here.
Do you consider coffee an essential companion to those early morning lectures and pesky all-nighters? Have the urge to make coffee every time you open up a new reading? Or simply enjoy the finer things in life? They've got you covered!
Everyone comes to yoga for different reasons. Some come for the time-out and relaxation, but the practice is great for developing and relaxing muscles and so is really beneficial for sportspeople too. If you'd like to see what it's like or give it a try, ARU is a great place to start - you'll be surprised at what you can do.
Alternative Music Society is a society within Anglia Ruskin University Cambridge that orientates to people who have an alternative music preference. Within this society we plan to provide it's members with live music events, socials and much more!
Whether you're a die-hard Pokémon fan, starting or new to the fandom, ARPS allows you to meet fellow Pokéfans of all backgrounds and engage in numerous activities dedicated to one of the biggest video game franchises of all time.
Food lovers is an active community where people share their daily food habits, food pictures and get tips of healthy lifestyle. The community also helps to manage budget on food and any special offers nearby the campuses. It is not a club- it’s a virtual food zone!
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UK Phone Number: 01245 493131
Overseas Phone Number: +44 1245 49313
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