Welcome to our Cambridge campus

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Our friendly, bustling campus is a stone’s throw from the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

Cambridge has been renowned as a centre of learning since the 13th century. It’s a beautiful city with outstanding architecture, a picturesque riverside setting, bags of history and culture, and a buzzing social scene.

Our campus: past, present and future

We’ve been here since 1858 when Cambridge School of Art first opened its doors. The art school grew to become Anglia Ruskin University and it’s still at the heart of our modern-day campus on East Road. Surrounding the red-brick Victorian building, with its vaulted ceilings and light-filled studios, is a host of new facilities. You’ll find:

Our campus benefitted from a £35m redevelopment in 2011, and we’re committed to investing millions more.

In 2014, we completed work on our dedicated healthcare site on Young Street. It houses state-of-the-art clinical skills labs including mock hospital wards, and a child nursing and midwifery ward. Young Street is also home to our Music Therapy Centre, where students train and therapy is offered to individuals, groups and services. Future developments include a brand new Science Centre with a ‘super laboratory’ that will serve students of computing and technology, psychology, life sciences, and biomedical and forensic science.

A great place to study

Our Cambridge campus has a personality all its own. We have more than 10,000 students here on a mix of undergraduate and postgraduate, full-time and part-time courses. About a quarter of our students come from outside the UK. 

As well as the internationally renowned arts courses offered by Cambridge School of Art, we’re home to students of English language and literature, linguistics, film and television production, and music.

Cambridge is also home to our Law School, which recently celebrated its 50th anniversary; our international business school; our Health Building which trains the nurses, midwives and paramedics of the future; and an array of science, psychology, computing and technology courses.

It’s an eclectic mix – and we love it.

Whether you’re interested in English or economics, fine art or finance, we’ll help you work towards your ambitions. Our courses are recognised by industry, with a large number being professionally accredited. Nine out of ten of our graduates start their careers within six months.*

World-class teaching and research

As well as our students, the Cambridge campus is home to a large academic community.

We think you’ll be inspired by our bright and highly motivated tutors. Our teaching staff hold or have been nominated for a number of prestigious higher education awards, either for teaching itself or their subject expertise.

Add to this our growing reputation for world-leading research. You’ll find two high-profile research institutes here: the Global Sustainability Institute (GSI) and the Cultures of the Digital Economy (CoDE) Research Institute. The GSI focuses on issues surrounding climate change and sustainability, while CoDE explores the effects of the digital economy on art, culture and society.

Alongside these two institutes is a range of research units, dedicated to subjects as diverse as music therapy, business and enterprise, and political history. Our Vision and Eye Research Unit carries out groundbreaking work on eye disease – and can offer you free eye tests at its campus eye clinic.

Life on campus… and off

If you’re a first-year undergraduate, the chances are you’ll live on campus in halls. With fellow students living nearby in private accommodation, you’ll find there’s always plenty going on.

You can pop into our Students’ Union lounge, The Academy, which hosts live music and club nights. The SU also organises a weekly club night – Midweek Mashup – and supports around 100 clubs and societies.

You can also enjoy a year-round programme of exhibitions, plays and shows at the Ruskin Gallery and Mumford Theatre. We regularly show students’ work in the gallery, and our theatre hosts everything from musicals and comedy, to children’s shows and pantomime.

And then, of course, there’s sport. We don’t like to brag, but Cambridge are the current Varsity champions (Varsity being our annual competition between sports teams from Cambridge and Chelmsford). We have a proud tradition of sporting success and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved – and get active!

Meanwhile, the centre of Cambridge is a five-minute walk away. There’s a wealth of things to do in our city; visit the Living in Cambridge page for more information.

Visit us in Cambridge

Interested in seeing Cambridge for yourself? Come along and explore. Book on to one of our open days or join one of our weekly campus tours. We’d love to welcome you to our campus.