Overview of Anglia Ruskin University

Anglia Ruskin University began as the Cambridge School of Art founded by William Beaumont. It was then merged with the Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and the Essex Institute of Higher Education and was renamed Anglia Polytechnic. It was then given university status in 1992 and renamed Anglia Ruskin University in 2005.

The university has campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough, university centres in Kings Lynn and Peterborough and partnerships with universities from the around the world including Berlin, Budapest, Trinidad, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur.

Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge campus has only one of nine optometry schools in the UK and has its own optometry clinic.

The university also has its own public art gallery, the Ruskin Gallery. Exhibitions include historic and modern art and works from staff and students too.


Location Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and London, UK
Established 1858
Popular majors Business and economics, Engineering and technology, Computer science, social science
International Students 10%
School fees £12,500 – £14,500

Anglia Ruskin Ranking

Anglia Ruskin has been listed in the Times Higher Education’s World University Rankings – being named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world and joint 38th best in the UK. Anglia Ruskin University has also been named as one of the most upwardly mobile universities in the world. It is the only UK University to feature in the top 20. Its academic excellence has been recognized by the UK’s Higher Education funding bodies, with 12 areas classed as generating “world-leading” research.

Anglia Ruskin Location

Anglia Ruskin has campuses in three vibrant cities: Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough. Each one is a short journey from London and easily accessible by train or bus from the capital.

Below you’ll find some guidance on how to get to the UK and the best way to reach the campuses once you land in the country.

Travelling by air

The best airports to fly to are all major London airports including Stansted, Luton, Heathrow and Gatwick. Which one you fly to will depend on where you’re coming from.

Travelling by train

If you’re in continental Europe, you can take the Eurostar straight into London St Pancras train station, from where you can simply take another train to get into the campuses.

By train

To Cambridge from

Heathrow Airport: 2 hours 10 minutes

Luton Airport: 2 hours 10 minutes

Gatwick Airport: 2 hours 15 minutes

Stansted Airport: 30 to 50 minutes

By train

To Chelmsford from

Heathrow Airport: 1 hour 55 minutes

Luton Airport: 1 hour 55 minutes

Gatwick Airport: 1 hour 55 minutes

Stansted Airport: 1 hour 35 minutes

By train

To Peterborough from

Heathrow Airport: 2 hours 10 minutes

Luton Airport: 2 hours 10 minutes

Gatwick Airport: 2 hours 5 minutes

Stansted Airport: 1 hour 40 minutes

By bus

To Cambridge from

Heathrow Airport: 2 hours 30 minutes

Luton Airport: 1 hour 44 minutes

Gatwick Airport: 3 hours 50 minutes

Stansted Airport: 50 minutes

By bus

To Chelmsford from

Heathrow Airport: 3 hours 5 minutes

Luton Airport: 3 hours 20 minutes

Gatwick Airport: 4 hours 50 minutes

Stansted Airport: 1 hour

By bus

To Peterborough from

Heathrow Airport: 4 hours 5 minutes

Luton Airport: 3 hours 25 minutes

Gatwick Airport: 5 hours 5 minutes

Stansted Airport: 1 hour 45 minutes

Accommodation at Anglia Ruskin University

Around 90% of first year full-time students will be able to get a room, of which just over half is university-owned.

At the Cambridge campus, self-catered single occupancy accommodation starts at £93.87 per week (all bills included) and cost a maximum of £187.08 per week for a single occupancy studio flat (all bills included).

Chelmsford students pay between £118.51 and £126.63 per week (all bills included).