Here you'll find contact details for the ARU Conferences team, and answers to questions we're asked about our conference room hire and meeting room venues.
We're always happy to talk through the details of your event. Contact us today:
Our spaces are hired out both in and out of term time, subject to availability.
If looking to book an event that falls beyond the current academic year we may not be able to offer availability. This is because most of our spaces are teaching spaces, and therefore we have to wait for university teaching to be booked in first, before we know availability for external venue hire. We do have a small number of rooms that are not used for teaching and can therefore be booked beyond the current academic year. Send us your enquiry and we can advise.
Venue hire is not available on bank holidays and over the Christmas period.
Yes, we offer standard and premium day delegate rates.
Standard day delegate rate
Hire of main meeting room
Arrival tea, coffee and water
Mid-morning tea, coffee, water and biscuits
Cold buffet lunch
Afternoon tea, coffee and water
Projector, screen, PC
Chelmsford £25.10 inc VAT
Cambridge £28.10 inc VAT
Premium day delegate rate
Hire of main meeting room
Arrival tea, coffee, water, pastries and fruit
Mid-morning tea, coffee and water
Hot and cold buffet lunch
Afternoon tea, coffee, water and cookies
Projector, screen, PC
Chelmsford £30 inc VAT
Cambridge £33 inc VAT
Minimum numbers apply to day delegate rates.
Yes. Your Event Manager will issue a PIN number prior to your event. Once on campus delegates can then use this PIN number to set up an account for our Ruskin Guest Wi-Fi network.
Yes. All of our classrooms and lecture theatres have both VGA and HDMI ports and we supply cables for both. Presenters who have a Macbook or have a laptop which only has a USB-C port are required to bring the relevant adaptor.
In Cambridge, our campus is a few minutes from the city centre, and easily accessible by public transport. Unfortunately we do not have any parking in Cambridge, except for Blue Badge holders. Find out more about travelling to our Cambridge campus.
Meanwhile in Chelmsford, our campus is a ten-minute walk from the city centre, train station and main bus station. Chelmsford Park & Ride bus service also stops on campus. We have very limited parking which must be pre-booked. Find out more about travelling to our Chelmsford campus.
Unfortunately we have no parking in Cambridge, but we do have excellent transport links and are easily accessible using one of Cambridge’s many Park & Ride services. Find out more about travelling to our Cambridge campus.
In Chelmsford, there are limited parking spaces for events during business hours which must be pre-booked and are chargeable. Please ask your Event Manager for details. There’s parking on campus for Blue Badge holders; this must also be pre-booked.
At weekends and after 4.30pm on weekdays parking is free at our Chelmsford campus and does not need to be pre-booked for conference hire. If barriers are not already up press the button at the car park barrier for a ticket. Keep hold of your ticket and re-insert this on exit to lift the barrier.
There are a limited number of disabled parking bays at both campuses for blue badge holders. These must be pre-booked; contact your Event Manager for more details.
All buildings across both campuses are fully accessible with step-free access. We have passenger lifts throughout all buildings which can accommodate wheelchairs, and there are accessible toilet facilities throughout.
Guide dogs are welcome.
In lecture theatres with fixed tiered seating there are a limited number of wheelchair spaces.
Many of our rooms have permanent induction loops. Please let your Event Manager know if you require an induction loop.
In the unlikely event of an accident we must make sure that everyone can be safely evacuated. If an attendee has a disability which could delay evacuation of themselves or others please let us know before your event so that we can agree a personal evacuation plan.
Our Conferences team will be happy to show you around. Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org (telling us which campus you are interested in) or call Chelmsford 01245 683163 or Cambridge 01223 698583 to arrange a viewing.
Yes, we have a loading bay on each campus.
In Chelmsford the loading bay is located in the Chelmer Building on Hoffmanns Way. In Cambridge the loading bay is located in Broad Street. However, please note depending on where your event is taking place on campus there may be easier places to unload. If you plan to make deliveries before your event please tell your Event Manager.
There are a number of hotels in Cambridge to choose from to suit a range of budgets. The nearest hotels are:
Or search for available hotels in postcode CB1 1PT.
There are a number of hotels in Chelmsford to choose from to suit a range of budgets. The nearest hotels are:
Or search for available hotels in postcode CM1 1SQ.
We have no dedicated cloakroom or storage facilities. Your Event Manager can book an additional room for your event for use as a cloakroom or storage, subject to availability and at an additional charge.
Yes, you can take photographs and film in your hired spaces only. It is not permitted to photograph or film people without their permission. If you plan to photograph or film as part of your event please make your Event Manager aware.
See our standard terms and conditions. We usually invoice after an event has taken place. However, for high-value events, or for new customers with no credit history we may ask for a deposit or full pre-payment. We may also vary the cancellation terms for large or high-value events. Please check with your Event Manager for details.
Smoking and use of electronic cigarettes is not permitted within buildings. There are designated smoking areas around both the Chelmsford and Cambridge campuses.
Yes, we offer a 10% room hire discount to ARU alumni. Let us know that you're an ARU alumni when making your booking.