Anglia Ruskin University
Cambridge | East Anglia
Ucas code: A60
What students say about this university592 comments (171 students)
the library is a busy place, many students defy the code of good conduct with group talkin in quiet zones and eating strong...
the library is a busy place, many students defy the code of good conduct with group talkin in quiet zones and eating strong smelling foods, although some staff do patrol and ask students to behave, penalties could be introduced to help eradicate the problem×
Expensive city to live. Rent very expensive and no student rate bars. Easy to get around as cycling is very popular and easy....
Expensive city to live. Rent very expensive and no student rate bars. Easy to get around as cycling is very popular and easy. Lots of part-time work opportunities in retail. A very cultural city lots of free Museums and events such as fairs in the parks. Lots of open spaces and the river is very scenic.×
can be an expensive area if not carefulReport
I didn't stay in halls of residence as I lived within the 35 miles radius of the campus, anyone living with 35 miles of the...
I didn't stay in halls of residence as I lived within the 35 miles radius of the campus, anyone living with 35 miles of the campus were not given the choice of student halls. I privately rented a room in a house in Arbury, which was about half an hour away from campus. I found the place via the StudentPad link the university gave me. I didn't want to be responsible for a whole house with new people I've never met in a city I've never lived in so I opted to stay in a house where my landlady lived herself with her husband. There was another two students in the house but as my bills were included in the rent and with my landlady living in the same house if anything was wrong I could easily get it fixed. Cambridge is an expensive place to live in, I was lucky in finding a room for 100 a week, bills inclusive, house was maintained very well and my own bathroom. If you're thinking of looking for private accommodation I highly advise going through StudentPad and looking at the recommended sites/agencies the university offers. A few notes about private accommodation: - Make sure you view the place, you need to be able to feel at home in your new place. You might not end up staying in often but it's good to be comfortable in there when you are home - If you decide to move in with other students be careful, studentpad has a forum where you can find other students. I suggest meeting them beforehand and make sure you'll get along. - If you can, try to find place where bills are inclusive of rent. From my experience most houses with student rooms do offer it. - Think about distance, there might be better and cheaper accommodation but they might be 20/30 minutes walk away. How far away would you want to be? But also, be realistic just because a house 50 minutes away is so much cheaper does not mean you should go for it when you know you can't walk 50 minutes to and from uni every time. Are you a person likely to be out every night? You don't want to be wasting money on taxi all the time. - Think about what shops are close. As I didn't stay in halls, my knowledge of them are very limited. I had a friend who lived in Peter Taylor, in my personal opinion, it is not the best one and would have not wanted to stay there myself. Although if you're not very picky, it is an on-campus halls and only a few minutes walk away from lectures. The room my friend stayed in had an en-suite but I'm not sure how much she was paying for it. A couple of other friends stayed in Swinhoe Hall, which, compared to Peter Taylor, seemed better. Most of their rooms seemed a little bigger, perhaps because of the lack of en-suite bathroom? One friend had a room in the top floor, although her ceiling was partly slanted (because of the roof, it's basically an attic room) she had a lot of floor space compared to everyone else. So if you're one for floor space, I suggest Swinhoe Hall right at the top. Everyone seemed to get on quite well in there too. Again, on-site halls so you're never far from lectures etc. Sedley Court is the only other accommodation I've been to, it is one of the off-site accommodation about 20/30 minutes away. The place itself and my friend's room was nice, like Peter Taylor this hall is en-suite but is a lot better in appearance and just in general. The possible downside to this accommodation is that you have to walk down Mill Road to get to it and from what I've heard Mill Road might not be the best place to walk down at night sometimes. Don't let it put you off, it's just a caution, my friend, who is a girl, has walked down it a number of times before after socials and whatnot and have not had anything serious happen to her. There's also Bridget's and Nightinagle's Halls in the town centre, about 15/20 minute walk away from campus. This one is opposite a Cambridge University College (you might like the idea of living near it?) From what I've seen from my friend's room, I wouldn't suggest it. She had problems with the showers, some didn't work properly, some didn't work at all and when she tried to get it fixed it took them a good while to get around it. The place didn't look too inviting and she had problems with other people in her accommodation (some were stealing people's food) and had resorted into buying a mini fridge for herself. There are other halls such as CB1, which is newly-built, from what I've heard from some CB1 can be quite loud, however, it does also seem like the nicest accommodation out of the others. It's right next to the train station so it is about 20/30 minutes walk away from university.×
There are a number of cafes on campus, which are very good places to meet friends and to discuss lectures or projects. There...
There are a number of cafes on campus, which are very good places to meet friends and to discuss lectures or projects. There are plenty of areas outside where you can just go to sit and chat. The gym is also on campus and is very popular with students.×
Student accommodation can be extremely close to the University, some are withing Uni grounds, and others just over the road. As...
Student accommodation can be extremely close to the University, some are withing Uni grounds, and others just over the road. As it is in Cambridge there is also a vast amount of student accommodation, not done through the university.×
How students describe this university
Overall student satisfaction85%
of students are very or quite satisfied with this university
Number of students20,700
students attended last year
Undergraduate / Postgraduate84%
of students are undergrads
Full-time / Part-time27%
of students are part-time
Male / Female61%
of students are female
Young / Mature27%
of students aged over 21
UK / Non-UK15%
of students here are from outside the UK
Student union satisfaction63%
of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union
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