Be part of our community

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We celebrate difference and diversity and can provide specialist support when you need it. Whether you are a student parent, need support with adjustments, careers advice as a gay student or help with faith matters. We want you to feel engaged and supported as part of our community.

Students who live locally or commute to University

A lot of you have chosen to study at Anglia Ruskin for a number of reasons in addition to your choice of course.   You may have had to take into account other things like finance, work and family commitments. Use the support network you have around you to your advantage.

However, this doesn't mean you have to miss out on a great university experience - you just have to make it work for you. Use the support network you have around you to your advantage and try some or all of the following:

  • Make an effort to make friends with those on your course or by joining a club or society. You'll find it valuable to have the support of others who understand what you're going through when you've got deadlines coming up.
  • Find alternative routes for getting to uni - this will relieve stress levels if you find that trains or buses are cancelled or roads are closed. It's also useful to have travel enquiry and taxi numbers already on your phone for emergencies.
  • Arrange a regular social event with other students - even if it's just a coffee and cake before you head home. This'll make it easier for you to support each other when needed.
  • Make use of any free time during your day by taking advantage of University facilities available to you (Library, Campus Sports, Cafes, Study Spaces, Workshops). This'll mean that when you get home, you'll have more time to concentrate on family or work commitments.

Remember, you're investing your money, time and effort into getting the qualifications you need for your future, but what you'll get by making the most of the opportunities on offer and the people you meet at university is invaluable.


Our multi-faith chaplaincy hosts many activities where you can just come along and join in. There are events such as the weekly International Cafe; in Cambridge and the Chelmsford International Club where our International and British students mix and make new friends from all over the world.

If you're a Cambridge student you could start by joining our iCafe Facebook group. Contact the Chaplaincy team for details.

Each semester there are discussion groups, walks and events and even a trip to Arran in Scotland for you to join. There are normally one or two major lectures or debates a year as well as regular daily and weekly prayer or meditation sessions.

Have a look at the Chaplaincy webpages for details of the events we've got planned.

Community Engagement Events

Throughout the year you can attend free events on campus;

Take part in the Cambridge Festival of Ideas and the Chelmsford Ideas Festival which offers free-of-charge arts, humanities and social sciences talks, debates, workshops and performances.

Participate in Cambridge Science Festival which offers hundreds of free-of-charge science events.

Celebrate Mill Road Winter Fair (Cambridge), Essex Book Festival (Chelmsford), Black History Month, Interfaith Week, International Women's Day and many more awareness raising events with us.

If you're passionate about a topic and would like to get involved, speak, perform or perhaps exhibit your ideas at a public event then please contact us. Everyone is welcome. Find out more about Community Engagement events.