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Why Choose Cambridge?

ARU provide a very welcoming and supportive atmosphere for students in both Cambridge and Chelmsford. Both cities offer a relatively small city environment, providing safe surroundings alongside an atmosphere perfectly suited to study. Many of our courses offer you a choice of city, but some are specific to either Cambridge or Chelmsford. If you’re looking to study one of our courses based in Cambridge, you may be wondering what the city has to offer and why you should choose to study there?

Female student in front of some of Cambridge's impressive architecture

Study in a world-famous academic city

Cambridge is internationally renowned as a centre of learning.  ARU has been in Cambridge since 1858, when the Cambridge School of Art first opened its doors. Our friendly, bustling campus is a five-minute walk from the historic city centre with its vibrant cultural and social scene. Some of the world’s leading minds have studied in Cambridge and you can learn about the rich academic history of the city on one of its many punting or walking tours.



Parkers Place (park) in Cambridge close to the University

Captivating Culture

The unique mixture of old and modern buildings, the rich diversity, and open spaces sets Cambridge apart from other UK cities. The historic city centre is surround by beautiful parks, commons, and courtyards, making it one of the most beautiful cities in the UK. The green spaces and large parks offer a country like feel to the historic city; Parkers Piece is a less than 5-minute walk from campus and is a great place for a picnic or game of rounders.



Cambridge at night

Social life and Activities

Cambridge has a diverse nightlife for students, tourists, and locals. From rooftop bars and nightclubs to live music venues and cosy English Pubs, there’s something for everyone. Cambridge is known for being a student city so you can guarantee there are student nights, so you don’t have to break the bank to have a good time!

During the day, you can hit the shops in the city centre and grab some lunch or dinner in the many restaurants, including those on Mill Road which is a 5-minute walk from Campus.

There are plenty of activities to get involved with in Cambridge including punting, city tours and museum trips. In the winter, you can enjoy a pop-up ice-rink on Parkers Piece. And in the summer months, why not head over to The Lido – an outdoor swimming pool located on Jesus Green.


Overall, Cambridge is renowned for its rich history and is a famous university city. You won’t be lost for things to do here, and you can easily travel around the city by bike, public transport or on foot. We can’t wait to welcome you to the Cambridge and to ARU College.

Want to find out what Chelmsford has to offer? Click here.

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