Applying for accommodation

Here’s a list of questions we’re most often asked by students who’d like to live in university accommodation.

If you have any other questions, please contact us.

How do I apply?

There are two easy steps:

  • make sure you've read about the accommodation we offer

  • apply online

You can start an application and log back in another time to complete it, but we are unable to change your accommodation choice once you have submitted your application.

Logging in for the first time

You'll need your ARU student ID number and a password to login. Click on the ‘Email me my Password’ link if you don’t know your password. This will be sent to the email address you registered with UCAS (or with ARU for non-UCAS applicants). If you do not receive an email, please check your junk mail folder.

If you have any questions or require further information about any aspects of living in our accommodation please contact the Residential Service.

When can I apply for accommodation?

If you're planning to start university in January 2019, you can apply online now.

Who can apply for accommodation?

Students starting their course in January 2019
Cambridge: all full-time students can apply for accommodation through ARU. Nursing, midwifery and operating department practice students have the additional option of accommodation at hospital sites.

Chelmsford: full-time EU and international students can apply for accommodation through ARU. All nursing, midwifery and operating department practice students have the additional option of accommodation at hospital sites. If you’re a UK student starting in January and not studying nursing, midwifery or operating department practice, you’ll need to look in the private sector for accommodation.

To apply for University accommodation you must select Anglia Ruskin University as your first choice university, and have firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer to study a full-time course with us.

You also need to be 18 or over at the time the tenancy agreement begins.

Is accommodation guaranteed?

We can usually offer rooms to most new, first-year students, but we can’t guarantee accommodation.

It’s best to apply for accommodation as soon as you’ve firmly accepted a conditional or unconditional offer from us.

We can also help you to find private rented accommodation.

Can I monitor my application?

You can track your application online, all the way through to the moment you arrive with us.

Why would my application not be successful?

There are a number of possible reasons:

  • our accommodation was already full at the time you applied
  • Anglia Ruskin University isn’t your first choice
  • you’re planning to study part-time 
  • you’ve lived in our student accommodation before
  • you’re under the age of 18 on the date you start your course, and can't be offered a place in university accommodation (your parent/guardian has responsibility for where you live)

You can read more details in our Allocations policy.

Allocations policy

If my application is unsuccessful, what other accommodation options are there?

Go to our private rented accommodation page for help with searching for a room, finding temporary accommodation and other helpful information.

In Cambridge, if I apply online for a property managed by a partner of Anglia Ruskin, is the process different?

The application process is the same. We’ll check that your application meets our requirements of our Allocations policy, then pass it on to the property manager. They will contact you by email with an offer.

This relates to: CB1, The Railyard, the YMCA and Sedley Court. You may need to pay an administration fee to cover things such as reference checks and contracts. This fee is generally non-refundable.

Allocations policy

I’ll be going on a placement during my course. What accommodation should I apply for?

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.

I’m already studying at Anglia Ruskin, but have never lived in university accommodation. Can I apply?

If you’re eligible then yes, you can apply for a room.

If you’d like to live in university accommodation during the next academic year, apply in early January. Spaces are limited. If you want to move in part way through the academic year, please contact us to find out if rooms are available.

Who can I expect to live with?

Anglia Ruskin is home to students from all over the UK and the world, so you’ll live with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. University accommodation is interfaith, mixed gender and culturally diverse. We promote a tolerant, socially diverse community.

Students requiring food preparation areas that are meat free or free from food allergens may want to consider booking a studio apartment where available, or look to rent privately which we can help you with.  We are unable to offer meat-free or allergen-free kitchens.

Where can I live if my course starts in January or June?

Accommodation options can be limited for courses starting in January or June. Some NHS accommodation is available for students with hospital placements.

In Cambridge, we hold a small number of rooms for full fee paying international students who are starting in January. If you’re a UK or EU student, you’ll need to rent privately. Visit our Cambridge page for more details.

In Chelmsford, we have a small number of rooms available for international, EU and UK students. See our Chelmsford page for details.

In Peterborough, you'll need to make your own arrangements in the private sector. Take a look at our Peterborough page for details.

I’ll be doing a hospital placement as part of my course. What accommodation option should I choose?

Eligible students with hospital placements can apply for any of our accommodation options, but have an additional choice of living in NHS accommodation. 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 apply for non-hospital accommodation, please take tenancy dates into consideration when applying as medical courses tend to have course dates that extend beyond the standard academic year. ‘Summer let’ accommodation may be available if you need to stay at University beyond the standard academic year, please contact us if you wish to know more about this.

You can also apply for Anglia Ruskin’s university accommodation. However, please take tenancy dates into consideration when submitting your application form.

What options are available if my course runs beyond June?

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.