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Moving away from home for the first time can be both exciting and scary. Whilst for many it is one of the highlights of university life, there are lots of important decisions to be made and things to consider. This page will provide you with everything you need to know about accommodation during your time at university, from applying for university accommodation for your first year, to renting privately and paying bills. 


Students' Private Renting Guide


Student Accommodation: (Click to expand)

Where can I live on campus?

Check out the university options here
To view other students’ reviews of university accommodation click here.
If you have accepted a conditional or unconditional offer to study on a full-time course you can apply for university accommodation here.

Student Accommodation

If you have a medical condition or disability and you have special accommodation requirements click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

For lots of useful information, such as how to apply for accommodation, how to pay for your accommodation, what you will need to bring with you, and things to consider whilst living in your accommodation, such as whether you can have visitors, what to do if you break something, and where your parcels and letters will be delivered, take a look here.

Private Rentals

To find possible places near all our campuses, take a look here.
Everything you need to know if you are renting privately, including how to avoid scams, securing your deposit, your tenancy rights, and where to house hunt is here.
Here are some living in rented accommodation video guides.
Studentpad is the official Anglia Ruskin University student accommodation search engine. It lets you search for student houses, flats and lodgings in Cambridge, Chelmsford, and Peterborough


Bills: (Click to expand)

Before moving into accommodation make sure you are aware of any bills you many need to pay.


Council Tax

Don’t pay it! If you are living in a house wholly occupied by full-time university or college students, or are living in Student halls of residence, you do not need to pay council tax. If you are a student living with non-students you do not have to pay and the rest of the household’ council tax is calculated as if you do not live there. More information can be found here.


Private Rentals

If you watch a TV or use a laptop to watch or record television programmes as they are being shown on TV, or live television, or to download or watch BBC programmes on demand, including catch up TV and BBC iPlayer, then, by law, you must have a TV Licence. Only one is needed per household, but without one you may face a fine if you are found to be accessing the above services. To learn more, click here.


Utility Bills

Other bills you may have to pay if you are renting private accommodation include water, electricity, internet and phone bills. You should ensure that you have enough money to cover your share of bills before you accept a rental agreement and consider these in the cost of renting.
For tips on which bills you’ll need to pay, how to split bills, saving tips for paying bills, choosing the right provider and contract length, click here.
To get the best deals on bills, you can check these websites out: 

Getting on with housemates: (Click to expand)

Living with friends can be a fun and exciting adventure, however, tensions can arise when sharing a house. Read our top tips on how to be a good housemate and how to tackle common housemate issues.


Problems or further advice

If you find you can’t resolve a problem with your housemate(s) or there’s problems with your accommodation, then you can speak to the Residential Service about possible solutions.


Residential Service - Chelmsford

Ground Floor, Chelmer Building
Anglia Ruskin University
Bishop Hall Lane
Chelmsford CM1 1SQ

Tel: +44 (0)1245 683110

Opening hours in Chelmsford: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm

They can also be found on Twitter or Facebook (Cambridge and Chelmsford).


Residential Service - Cambridge

Eas 001, Eastings Building
Anglia Ruskin University
East Road
Cambridge CB1 1PT

Tel: +44 (0)1223 698900

Opening hours in Cambridge: Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 4.30pm