Here’s a list of questions we’re often asked by students who’d like to live in university accommodation.
If you've got any other questions, please contact us.
To apply for University accommodation you need to select Anglia Ruskin University as your first choice university (not insurance choice), and have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer to study a full-time course with us.
Most of our accommodation is for students aged 18 or over. Students under the age of 18 can book to live in Sedley Court or the YMCA. If you’ll turn 18 within three months of the start of your tenancy agreement, you can book any accommodation through ARU, but you’ll need to contact us rather than apply online.
Students starting a course in January
Accommodation options will be available for most students starting in January. We list rooms and eligibility on our website from November. If you have a hospital placement, you may be able to book accommodation at local hospital sites.
If you're planning to start university in September 2019, you can apply online from 19 February 2019.
There are two easy steps:
make sure you've read about all your options
apply online (you'll need your ARU student ID number).
There are full instructions about logging in and how to book a room on our online portal. You can start an application and log back in another time to complete it.
If you need any help, contact the Residential Service.
New, full-time undergraduate students who are joining ARU in September 2019 will be guaranteed accommodation in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
Receive your course offer by 9 August and accept it by 15 August to guarantee a room.
We allocate accommodation on a first come first served basis so, if you have your heart set on a particular room, we recommend applying as soon as you’ve firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer from us. Explore your options in Cambridge and Chelmsford.
We'll help you to find private rented accommodation if you can't book a room through ARU.
We don’t ask students to simply tell us their preferences. As long as you make any required payments within the given timescales, a room in that property will be yours.
In some of our accommodation you can even pick the exact room you want, so check out the floor plans.
When applying online you can select which property you’d like to live in – and in some cases you can pick your exact room. If you’re able to pick an exact room, you’ll be able to see some basic information about the other people you’ll be living with, such as their interests, lifestyle, gender and age.
ARU is home to students from all over the UK and the world, so you’ll live with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. All our accommodation is interfaith, mixed gender and mostly single occupancy (a small number of twin and double rooms are available in certain halls).
If you require food preparation areas that are meat free or free from food allergens, consider booking a studio apartment so you can have your own kitchen. Alternatively, you could look to rent privately. We can help you with this.
If you know someone who’s going to be an ARU student and is eligible for accommodation, you may be able to book accommodation in the same property. In some properties you can pick your own bedroom, so you could even make sure you’d be neighbours.
Most of our students only live in University accommodation for a maximum of one academic year. We make a small number of rooms available for students wishing to return, and we'll email you about this.
If you’re a care leaver or you have a medical condition or disability, you can apply to live in University accommodation for the full length of your degree course.
If you're thinking about moving out, we offer help with renting in the private sector.
If we’ve got rooms available for continuing students for the next academic year, we’ll send an email to all eligible students in early January. We can also offer lots of help on renting in the private sector.
There are a few different reasons:
You can read more details in our Allocations policy.
Go to our private rented accommodation page for help with safely searching for a room, finding temporary accommodation and other useful information about private renting.
We recommend asking your faculty where your placements are likely to be, before you apply for accommodation. We can’t accept cancellations or requests to vacate University accommodation if you decide you want to live closer to your placement.
If you’re going to be studying nursing, midwifery or operating department practice, you may be able to apply for NHS hospital accommodation closer to your placement.
For other courses, you can live in University accommodation and travel to your placement.
Eligible students with hospital placements can apply for any of our accommodation options, but have an additional choice of living at a local hospital site. Often this will mean you’ll be living closer to placements and with students on similar courses. Hospitals can usually offer contracts that fit with your course dates.
If you choose accommodation where your tenancy dates are shorter than your course dates, contact us to find out about accommodation that's available during the summer.
Subject to availability, some University accommodation is available over the summer. You may need to move rooms. NHS accommodation may also be available over the summer for students with hospital placements.