Accommodation for English language students

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If you're taking an English language course at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge, we can find accommodation for you on campus, or nearby. Read about your options on this page.

We always try to meet your preferred choice, but please note this is subject to availability. We may have to suggest alternative options.

Accommodation options

In Cambridge, there is plenty of university accommodation on campus, or close by. Find out more about accommodation in Cambridge.

In Chelmsford, our Student Village is on campus and has around 500 rooms. Find out more about our Student Village.

If you'd prefer to rent privately, we can help you find a place to live.


If you are studying English with us in Cambridge, you can choose to stay with a host family. This is a great way to integrate into British culture and practise your English.

There are different options including half and full board (we can’t guarantee that you’ll be able to prepare or cook your own meals). If you need wi-fi, this may incur an additional cost.

The homestay company will try to place you close to Anglia Ruskin University, but you may have to use public transport to travel to campus.

We offer advice and a referral service for homestay. While we make every effort to help students find suitable and secure accommodation, any arrangement that you enter into is at the discretion of you and the accommodation provider.

Booking your accommodation

Pre-sessional English or English for University Studies

If you would like to book university accommodation during your course, please contact our Residential Service team. They will send you a booking form.

Once you complete the form, we'll send confirmation of your accommodation booking. Please note: this may take a few days. We'll include details of your accommodation and how much you need to pay. This may include your first rent instalment.

If you are planning to progress on to a degree course with us, after your English course has finished, you can book accommodation online. To book accommodation for your degree course:

English language and culture courses - summer and winter

If you have applied for one of our shorter English courses, accommodation may be included in your course fee. If this is the case you’ll just need to confirm your place and pay your course fees. We will then confirm your accommodation.

If accommodation isn’t included in your course fee and you would like to book some, contact our Residential Service team or email

Arriving on campus

If you arrive at Anglia Ruskin during office hours (Monday-Friday, 9.30am-4.30pm), staff in our Residential Service will issue your accommodation keys.

If you plan to arrive at another time, contact our Residential Services team. Your keys will be available from our campus security team.