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Anglia Ruskin University


Anglia Ruskin University started in 1858 when philanthropist, art critic and patron John Ruskin opened Cambridge School of Art. The art school grew to eventually become Anglia Ruskin University, shortened to ARU. Over the years, numerous institutes and colleges have become part of ARU. These include the Essex Institute of Higher Education, the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and more. Initially, these colleges combined to become Anglia Polytechnic and then Anglia Polytechnic University in 1992.  

The university has four main campuses in addition to Cambridge, they are located in London, Peterborough and Chelmsford. They are continuously opening up new campuses and have invested over £115 million into their campuses over the past few years. They have a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate courses to choose from spanning business, law, computing and technology, engineering, life sciences and more. The arts remain important to them to this day since it is what started the university. They have students from more than 185 countries studying with them and have knowledgeable and experienced teaching staff.  

Postgraduate Programs They Run 

Anglia Ruskin University have more than 100 master’s degrees to choose from, 85 of them offering part-time, flexible study options. These postgraduate degrees are taught by experts and span topics such as animal and environmental science, architecture, finance, art and design, computer games and more. Some of the accreditations they provide include Master of Art (MA), Master of Science (MSc), Postgraduate Diploma (PGDip), Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) among others.  

Admissions Process 

If you are a UK or EU student with pre-settled/settled status, you can apply for undergraduate, full-time courses at Anglia Ruskin University through UCAS. Simply visit the UCAS website, fill out and submit your application. You will hear back from the university once you have applied on the success of your application. International students looking to apply can check out the Anglia Ruskin University website’s international admissions page for how to apply and the entry requirements. For postgraduate students, there is an application link on each full-time and part-time course page on the Anglia Ruskin University website. Once the application has been received, the university will get back to you on whether you have been successful.  


Anglia Ruskin University have accommodation options in their three campus locations – Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough. There is also the option to rent privately. Some of the halls are on the campus while others are within easy walking distance. You can apply on the Anglia Ruskin University website for accommodation. The rooms vary with some being shared and others being single occupancy. Most of them are en suite rooms and the properties usually have a shared kitchen and common room. Some of the properties also have shared bathrooms. The prices vary depending on the property. Usually, you are expected to pay an advanced rent to secure your room. This amount will be deducted from your first rent payment once you have moved in and is non-refundable. Rent is paid in instalments.  

Scholarships and Financial Support 

Anglia Ruskin University have a number of scholarships and bursaries available for UK and international students. These include the Merit Scholarship, open to undergraduate UK students who receive £1,000 toward their studies in addition to the International Merit Scholarship which awards between £1000 and £2000 to international students. There is also the MBA Scholarship, the Sport Scholarship, Alumni Scholarship and GREAT Scholarship. You can find out more about the scholarships and the entry requirements here 

Contact Info 

For general enquiries, call +44 (0)1245 493131 or 01245 686868. You can email –  

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