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A brand new purpose-built university in a city steeped in history

Honouring History, Shaping Futures

Welcome to ARU Peterborough, ARU’s newest location. We’re excited to offer pre-masters level courses at this brand-new, purpose-built university, featuring state-of-the-art facilities designed with industry needs in mind.

Peterborough is a nationally hyperconnected city, with train journeys to London taking less than 45 minutes. Known for its iconic cathedral, the city also boasts extensive green spaces, large shopping centres, and a lido (outdoor managed swimming pool) close to campus. Peterborough is one of the fastest-growing cities in the UK and ARU Peterborough has already made its mark on the city. It is also on average, 20% cheaper to live in Peterborough than in London (numbeo)

Why Choose Peterborough?

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Business Hub

Peterborough boasts one of the highest business start-up rates in the UK and Over 7,800 businesses from across all sectors call Peterborough home (

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A Connected City

Located in the East of England, Peterborough is slightly north of Cambridge but offers excellent rail connections. You can reach London’s King’s Cross directly by train in just 39 minutes (
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Affordable Living

Compared to London, Peterborough is on average over 20% cheaper to live in*, with rent for a one-bedroom flat in the city centre being more than £1,500 cheaper per month ( 2023)


What's on in Peterborough?



For those eager to explore Peterborough’s nightlife, there is something to suit everyone. Live music venues such as The Met Lounge, and clubs like Flares and Red Room, are popular spots for those wanting a song and dance. There’s also Glo-Golf, a space-themed indoor crazy golf course hosting live DJ events and offering a range of special cocktails. If you’re looking for somewhere to chill and have a drink in, check out bars like Argo Lounge, Charters, The Stoneworks Bar and Blind Tiger.

Food and Drink

There’s a diverse selection of restaurants serving cuisine from around the world. These include well-known chain restaurants as well as independent eateries. You won’t need to go far to find Italian, Turkish, sushi, Indian or even just some dessert. There are also regular food and drink markets held in Cathedral Square. These stands will offer delicacies from all around the world for you to try and buy. In surrounding villages you’ll find many quality country restaurants, and pubs with beer gardens and local ales.


Peterborough city centre


Peterborough boasts a variety of ways to spend your free time and amazing travel links. The city theatres host live plays, comedy shows, and well-known music acts. The Embankment and Peterborough Arena also provide open-air events throughout the year. Queensgate Shopping Centre is close to campus and is a great place to shop, with over 100 stores for you to visit. Travel ten minutes from the city centre and you will find Peterborough Ice Rink. This is open to the public and the hosts local ice hockey team, Peterborough Phantoms, who are in the National Ice Hockey League.

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