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Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane, CM1 1SQ Chelmsford
0845 271 3333
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Student life at Anglia Ruskin

Although we pride ourselves on the quality of our courses and learning facilities, here at Anglia Ruskin we know that this is only one aspect of the university experience.

In this section you can learn more about our campuses and the cities they are based in, find out about the excellent support we offer, and about all the things you can enjoy in your free time when you become an Anglia Ruskin student.

Everything you need for work...

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University Library

The library has a huge collection of books, journals, audiovisual and web-based materials. If you need guidance using the library, or advice about the best sources of information, our specialist librarians will be on hand to help you. The library also offers individual study booths, reading areas and smaller rooms for group work, so it's an ideal environment for personal study - it is even open late at night and at weekends.

Computing services

Anglia Ruskin offers open access IT facilities for all students, including wireless broadband. Most departments also have their own specialist computing facilities including software related to their disciplines. And if you need help developing your computer skills, we offer that too, whether you're a novice or an expert user!

Communication systems

The University's E-vision service will give you direct access to your personal and academic record from any location, whether you're on campus, elsewhere in the UK, or overseas. You can also update personal information such as addresses, and check up on your marks and grades.

You will also have your own Anglia Ruskin email account to which we will send news and information.

The Language Centre

The Language Centre at Anglia Ruskin is open to all students of the university to enhance their language learning through self-access facilities. The facilties on offer include English language learning materials, computer programmes and CD-ROMs, satellite television channels in a number of languages, and mini audio labs with recording facilities for language pronunciation practice.

...and play!

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With a wide range of things to do both on and off campus, you'll never be bored in your free time!

On campus

There's always something going on on campus - whether it's a live music event, a show at the Ruskin art gallery, or a charity run!

For day to day socialising, there are cafes, snack bars, self service restaurants and the Student Union bar, all great places to meet friends, relax over a cup of coffee, or even catch up on some work! With a varied mix of clubs and societies, it's easy to make new friends and explore new activities.

Off campus

Both Cambridge and Chelmsford are packed with things to do: cinemas, theatres, art galleries and other cultural attractions mix with restaurants, cafes and vibrant nightlife. There are also beautiful green parks in which to relax with friends, or just sit and enjoy the sunshine!

Further afield

The University is close to London and many students go there regularly for shows, concerts, sightseeing or to meet friends. Anglia Ruskin is also well placed as a base from which to explore continental Europe, as cheap flights operate from Stansted International Airport, less than an hour away.


Anglia Ruskin students can enjoy a wide range of team sports, and many teams have achieved outstanding records of achievement, both locally and nationally There's easy access to local football, rugby, hockey and cricket pitches, as well as on campus and local multi-gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres.

Advice and support

At Anglia Ruskin, we offer comprehensive advice and support services for all students, including specialist guidance for international students, before, during and after your studies with us. Below are just a few of the services available.

Before you arrive

Guide for International Applicants

The Admissions Service will send you a detailed information guide once we have received your application and an offer has been made. This guide contains advice on accommodation reservation, payment of fees, health and medical insurance, the cost of living as a student, immigration advice, transport options to the University campus, and arrival arrangements. The guide is updated annually to ensure the information is current.

Arrival and orientation

Our International Student Support team organises a free Orientation Programme for undergraduate students before the main Welcome Week and holds information sessions as part of the Induction programme for new postgraduate students. You will receive a comprehensive information pack and advice on the academic system and registration procedures, an overview of support services, and practical advice on organising your life in a new city, such as opening a bank account.

During your studies

Specialist advice

There are International Student Advisers available at both campuses to offer advice and support to international students. The services offered by the International Student Support team include visa and immigration advice, welfare advice, and guidance on working in the UK.

English language support

We recognise that your level and use of English is a key element in your success. Therefore we offer an English language evaluation on arrival to determine the level of support you require, and then provide both free in-course English language and study skills support and credit-bearing English language modules as part of your programme of study

Health care

We have medical centres located on each campus as well as qualified counsellors based in Student Support Services. International students studying on courses lasting 6 months or more are entitled to free medical consultations, free treatment at hospitals and free emergency treatment for any new health problems.

Religious practice

The University is an open community of students and staff from a diverse range of faiths and cultures. In Cambridge and Chelmsford there are communities representing the major religious faiths with their own centre, mosque or church. The University Chaplain is the first point of contact on campus for students who wish to practice their faith. Each Chaplaincy provides prayer rooms including a dedicated facility for students of the Islamic faith.

After you finish your course

Working in the UK after your studies

When you come to the end of your studies you may wonder whether it is possible to stay in the UK and work. Depending on your nationality and immigration status there are different entitlements. The International Student Advisers can guide you as to the entitlements and Government schemes (including the International Graduate Scheme) and point you in the right direction for further information.

Career advice and job opportunities

Our Careers Service is here to help you negotiate the job market and make the most appropriate choices at all stages in your career. Each campus has a well established information library, housing a wide range of materials on occupations, professional qualifications, employers, further education, funding, vacation and temporary work. Videos, computer packages, CD-ROM facilities and Internet access are also available.

Specialist advisers can help you look at ways of building your experience to give you the best chance of getting the job you want. They can also help you identify occupational areas for further research, as well as giving advice on application and interview techniques. You can develop your presentation skills in mock interviews, practice psychometric tests and take part in simulated selection exercises.

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