Welcome to the College of West Anglia

Anglia Ruskin student

Our partnership with the College of West Anglia lets you study Anglia Ruskin degree courses in King's Lynn, Wisbech and Milton, on the outskirts of Cambridge.

You'll join about 10,000 students split between three campuses. If you’re interested in studying animal behaviour, computer science, history and English literature, sociology, equine science or veterinary nursing – to name but a few – we’re sure we’ll have a course that’s right for you.

There have been some major changes at the college over the last few years, with £35million invested in refurbishment and new buildings and facilities. You can now take advantage of state-of-the-art technology centres in King's Lynn and Wisbech, plus a new higher education centre in Cambridge. If you’re interested in the performing arts, TV and film, the creative arts centre in King’s Lynn will allow you to hone your skills. Meanwhile in 2015, a brand new teaching centre will be opening in Wisbech. As well as this, you’ll find useful facilities such as a sports centre, restaurants, coffee shops and a nursery on the college’s campuses.

Living in Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Wisbech

The College of West Anglia has a long history: founded in 1894, it’s considered to be one of the top colleges in the country. If you choose to study here, you’ll have Cambridge, King’s Lynn or Wisbech on your doorstep.

Cambridge

If you’re thinking about studying in Milton, Cambridge, check out our Living in Cambridge page for more information about being a student in this fantastic city.

King's Lynn

If you like the idea of living and studying in a bustling and friendly market town steeped in history but with all the conveniences of modern life, King’s Lynn could be perfect for you. It was one of England’s most important ports from as early as the 12th century, and its maritime past is still very much in evidence today.

The campus is right in the heart of the historic town. When you’re taking a break from your studies, wander down little cobbled lanes, peek at old merchants’ houses and gaze at the water in the quaint harbour. Then, turn a corner and find yourself suddenly back in the 21st century and the central hub of the town, which features the Vancouver Quarter Shopping Centre. There’s a traffic-free area too, for strolling and browsing the many little independent shops, bars and cafes.

The town hosts two festivals each summer. The King's Lynn Festival is primarily a classical music festival, while Festival Too is one of Europe’s largest music festivals -and it’s free. In fact, you’ll always find something going on somewhere in town. Two of the best venues are The Corn Exchange and King's Lynn Arts Centre.

If you enjoy walking there are two parks in King’s Lynn - Tower Gardens and The Walks - which have both been recognised as being among the best in the country by the Green Flag consortium.

Visit West Norfolk has more information about attractions and events in King’s Lynn.

Wisbech

Wisbech is a busy market town, often referred to as the Capital of the Fens. The tidal River Nene runs right through the centre of the town and is spanned by two bridges.

There’s lots of Georgian architecture here, a throwback to Wisbech’s time as booming trade centre, Elgood’s brewery dates from the same time and nowadays, it makes award-wining real ales which you can sample on a brewery tour, in one of the many Elgood's pubs in town. Also dating from Georgian times is The Angles Theatre, which has just 112 seats and offers a variety of drama, dance and music in a cosy performance space. The amateur dramatic group, Wisbech Players, has been performing here for more than 50 years.

Wisbech is also home to one of the oldest museums in the UK. You’ll find the original manuscript of the Charles Dickens novel, Great Expectations, there.

Visit West Norfolk has more information about attractions and events in Wisbech.

Accommodation

We want you to be happy while you’re studying with us, and that means finding accommodation that’s comfortable and safe.

The College at West Anglia doesn’t have any accommodation on campus, but keeps a list of local properties and rooms that you can rent. It’s your responsibility to make sure that the property you choose is right for you before you sign a contract; we recommend visiting properties first, if you can. To help you, the college has put together a guide to student accommodation.