Books Plus

Books Plus

Help with the cost of study

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

Some undergraduate students are eligible for £400 Books Plus credit per year (pro-rata for part time students) from Anglia Ruskin. It's also available to new postgraduate taught students from the UK and EU

Take a look at our eligibility section to see if you qualify.

Using your Books Plus credit

You 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.

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 (UK) or EU student
  • Be on a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate course or part-time course
  • Be on a course which is not being sponsored by an employer
  • Be a HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Council) countable student paying the full tuition fee for your course, pro-rata for part-time students (Please note: HEFCE's responsibilities have now been taken over by the Office for Students (OfS))
  • Be studying at our core campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough (Guild House)

You’ll also receive Books Plus if you’re starting a nursing, midwifery or an allied health professions course in the 2017/18 academic year. These courses were previously eligible for NHS bursaries, but are now eligible for maintenance loans and bursaries.

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.