Thinking of Leaving?

Thinking of Leaving?


If you are thinking of leaving or changing course or applying to another university, this page will help you to obtain appropriate advice and support in making a decision about your future career or programme of study.


First of all, don’t just drop out, talk to someone. We don't want to lose you and will do all it can to assist if you are experiencing difficulties.


Why do I want to leave?

Many students feel unsettled during the first few weeks of coming to university.  It may take some time to adjust to being away from home, living with new people and making new friends. Or it may be that you feel that you are on the wrong course, or that you would prefer to be at a different university.  Whatever your reasons, it is important to talk your concerns through with someone.


Who can I talk to?

There are a number of people you can talk to depending on what your concerns are.


A first point of contact is a university Student Adviser. You should also be allocated to a Personal Tutor during your first year at undergraduate level – s/he will be able to help you identify the best sources of assistance. Your Course Group Leader will be able to help you think through any academic concerns you may have. The Students’ Union Advice Service can give you contact details for all of these people.


Within the university’s Student Services

The Employability Service is available to offer advice and guidance and to help you look at all your career options, if appropriate.


The Counsellors are there to help you work through any personal issues that may be involved in your reasons for thinking of leaving. 


The Money Advisers will be able to assist you and provide information on many issues relating to finances.


For independent advice about leaving

The Students’ Union Advice Service is available to any student for information, support and advice relating to any aspect of their time at Anglia Ruskin University. If you need to talk to someone, contact us for an appointment.


What other options are available?

Intermitting. It may be that you are experiencing health or financial difficulties and you may wish to consider intermitting. This means that you can leave your course for a while (up to one year), and resume at a later date, i.e. during the current registration year or at the beginning of the next (keeping any credits you have already accumulated). University Student Advisers are responsible for arranging periods of intermission and they, along with your Course Group Leader, are the people you need to talk to if you are considering this course of action. You will remain a registered student of the university and you will have access to the university’s facilities, i.e. the library etc.

Changing your course or applying to another University are other options.  If you are considering these options, speak to your Course Group Leader as soon as possible who will advise you whether this is viable and the steps you need to take.


What about the financial implications?

It is important to think about the financial implications as early as possible.


Fees and Student Loans

If you leave during the first three weeks of your course you will not have to pay fees. But you must see a university Student Adviser first and submit a properly authorised and dated withdrawal form (R1a). If you withdraw after the first three weeks and/or do not complete the form you may still be liable for fees even though you have not attended.

However, the regulations regarding fees are complex. The Money Advisers in the university's Student Services will be able to help you with this.


Council Tax

If you intermit, you will no longer be exempt from Council Tax.



Check the contractual arrangements for your accommodation with the Accommodation Office. 


If you do decide to leave or intermit 


If after taking advice you decide to leave Anglia Ruskin University or intermit, there are a number of administrative steps that you need to take.


Intermission must be authorised in writing and it is important that you make sure the paperwork is completed before you leave.


Remember: Deciding to leave university is an important decision and should not be rushed. Ask for help and advice from whatever source(s) you feel comfortable with, but do ASK!