Your Guide to Chelmsford


There so much to do in Chelmsford and the modern spacious Riverside Campus is the pride of ARU.

Why not go and watch the Chelmford Chieftans ice hockey team, get tickets for V Festival at Hylands Park or take advantage of the great transport links to London for exciting days out! 

The Lounge hosts some fantastic events throughout the year including a great welcome back. 

On campus we run volunteering, advice, loads of evening events and over 30 societies. Come and find us in Chelmsford on the 1st floor of the Tindal building.

We've put this handy guide together to help you make your way round your new home.

Getting around

Click here to download our full size map of Chelmsford with all the best places on.


Park & Ride - Many students travel into the city on one of two Park & Ride bus services, serving the Town Centre, Chelmer Valley and Sandon. Find out which one is best for you here.

Trains - The train station is a 10 minute walk from campus. Essex has a good rail network, with most services operated by either Greater Anglia or C2C. Some areas of west Essex also have London underground stations. 



You can fish, play football, cricket, netball, and even golf in some of these parks.

Admissions to these parks are free. Our top 6 are:

Random Facts about Chelmsford

It might help you in a quiz one day!
  • Chelmsford is a city! The decision to award Chelmsford a city status was announced by the Queen on 13th March 2013, making Chelmsford one of the UK’s newest cities
  • It is the birthplace of radio after Marconi opened the world's first wireless factory in the town in 1899
  • It has the second smallest cathedral in England
  • Chelmsford hosts V Festival which sees thousands of people pour into the city of one weekend! 
  • Chelmsford was once the capital of England in 1381
  • It's home to Essex County Cricket Club
  • Harry Judd from McFly was born here. 

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