Whether you want to save before you start university, take a mini gap year, or fit study around other commitments, there are lots of reasons why starting a degree in January makes sense. Here are ten of them.
Perhaps you've already started university but things aren’t quite working out as planned. Time to look at a different uni or a change of course? January could be the perfect time to transfer.
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Do you want the good news, or the good news? If you’re looking for accommodation, we have spaces in our student halls and houses for January. Find your home away from home in Cambridge or Chelmsford.
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Gap years are great but 12 months can seem like a long time. Maybe a mini gap year suits you best: take time out, volunteer or travel for a few months – then start your course in January. Voila! No need to wait until the following September.
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Start in January and what do you know? You’ll be graduating and entering the job market at a different time to those who started in September. Less competition, more chance to shine.
Career and employability support at ARU
As a January starter, you’ll meet students who started in September 2019 and those joining in 2020 – making you better connected. You can also get to know people through our Facebook group for applicants. Is there a collective noun for groups of friends? You’re going to need it.
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If you simply need a bit more time to get organised, save money, arrange a visa, take an English language course or prepare for uni, a January start could work perfectly for you.
Handy tips on preparing for uni
Life gets busy sometimes – especially if you have work or family commitments (or both). Starting a course at the beginning of the year, when everyone’s hibernating after Christmas and things are relatively quiet, could be just the ticket.
Family and study: an average day
The beginning of a new year makes us reflect on all sorts of things. Exercise (or lack thereof). Healthy eating (or, ahem, lack thereof). Career choices... If it’s time to make a change in your working life, join us in January and get started in your dream vocation.
Find your perfect course
You love your career, but perhaps you need an additional qualification or want to build your skills. Take a look at our part-time courses starting in January. Many are professionally accredited, and they can help you take the next step.
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Start a course in January and you'll enjoy all the benefits that other ARU students do.
You'll automatically become a member of Anglia Ruskin Students' Union when you start your course, too. Your NUS card entitles you to a range of brilliant deals and discounts.
We have social events happening all year round, and you can also join a society or sports club, become a volunteer, sign-up for discounted gym memberships, and enjoy a range of arts events. In other words, you'll never be bored.
See you in January!