Books Plus

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Help with the cost of study

Our Books Plus scheme helps most students from the UK or EU with study-related costs such as textbooks and equipment including stationery, art supplies and digital equipment.

Any student can pick up a Books Plus card from our on-campus bookseller John Smith’s. Topping up the card with credit is a great way for you to budget or for your friends and relatives to offer their support. Your Books Plus credit can be used at the Cambridge or Chelmsford campus bookshops or online.

Some undergraduate students are eligible for £400 Books Plus credit per year (pro-rata for part time students) from Anglia Ruskin. From September 2017, the scheme will also be available to new postgraduate taught students from the UK and EU. Take a look at our eligibility section below to see if you qualify.

Using your Books Plus credit

You can use Books Plus credit at John Smith’s to buy learning materials such as:

  • Books and digital texts
  • Art supplies
  • Laptops and tablets
  • ARU branded clothing and gifts
  • Apple products.

You could also choose to put some of your funds towards Sport and Active Anglia Memberships, Students’ Union clubs and societies memberships, ARU branded goods or even an official NUS Extra card and, if you study at our Cambridge campus, vouchers for the Professional Music Technology shop. In your final year of an undergraduate degree you can also trade in your credits for clothing vouchers and driving lesson vouchers. You’ll be given more information when you register on Welcome Week. 

Contact John Smith’s to find out more about what can be purchased under the scheme.


To be eligible for ARU funded Books Plus you must:

  • Be a Home/EU student
  • Be on a full time or part time undergraduate or postgraduate taught course (not distance learning or degrees at work) that is at least 50% intensity, not sponsored by an employer
  • Be studying on a course that is HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council) accountable i.e. not funded by the NHS (students on the undergraduate social work are eligible)
  • Be starting your first year of study in the Academic Year 2017/18
  • Be paying the full tuition fee (or part-time fee) academic year
  • Be studying at our core campuses in Chelmsford, Cambridge or Peterborough Guild House

If you fit the criteria for university funding there’s no application form to complete, you’ll receive your Books Plus card at registration.

Watch our video on Books Plus

What other students think of the scheme

Our Books Plus Scheme has proved popular, with 86% of students we surveyed told us they love the scheme and 82% felt that the ability to buy more books had a direct positive effect on their module performance.

It made a huge difference to me as a single mum with limited funds, I could readily buy the resources I needed."*

How can I find out more?

*Feedback from a 2015 survey of 449 first-year students.