You’ll find Writtle University College (WUC) on the edge of the charming village of Writtle, in the middle of the Essex countryside.
Writtle University College and ARU will be merging. We’re aiming to complete the merger on 29 February 2024, when WUC will become part of ARU.
Set among 150 hectares of open fields, farmland and landscaped gardens, the Writtle campus features a host of specialist teaching facilities and classrooms, and attractive buildings including the ivy-covered Main Building and Hall.
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Established in 1893, Writtle is one of the oldest specialist institutions in the UK. It offers courses in agriculture, horticulture, animal management and care, sport and wellbeing.
As well as undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, there's a range of further education courses, CPD and hobby courses, and degree apprenticeships.
Some of the highlights of the campus include:
In its peaceful countryside location, Writtle is a great place to be. It offers plenty of outdoor space, a friendly and supportive community, and loads of social activities.
As well as university students, many living in halls on campus, you'll meet college students, adult learners and professional learners here.
The campus is home to students of agriculture, horticulture, animal management and science, canine therapy, sport science, conservation, and equine science.
It's a great mix and, whatever you choose to study, you'll be able to work towards your ambitions.
If you’re a first-year undergraduate, you may live on campus in one of the Halls. Students love the fact they’re just a few minutes away from all the action whether that’s lectures, cafes, the library or Students’ Union fun.
Here's an overview of some of the facilities and events on campus.
You'll find several great places to eat and socialise on the Writtle campus. Here's a quick look at what's on offer.
The Garden Room is the main campus restaurant serving a variety of meals, snacks and drinks throughout the day. With inside and outside seating next to the landscaped gardens, it's a great place to relax.
The Garden Room is also open for Saturday brunch and Sunday lunch during higher education term times.
Also on the main campus, Thyme Out is open 8am-3pm Monday-Friday. It offers Grab & Go breakfast items, pastries, sandwiches, panini, cakes, confectionery and hot and cold drinks. At lunchtime burgers, wraps, pizza, chips and pastries are available.
Thyme Out has indoor and outdoor seating.
Or 'bar', if you prefer. This is the social hub of the Writtle community, and it plays host to Freshers' Week events, weekly themed nights, the Christmas Ball, and the renowned Summer Ball. There's a beer garden too which is popular during the Spring and Summer months.
For students based at Cow Watering Campus, the Watering Hole is open 8.30am-1.30pm Monday/Wednesday/Friday, and 8.30am-2pm Tuesday/Thursday.
It offers Grab & Go breakfast items, hot and cold drinks, pastries, sandwiches, panini and cakes. At lunchtime you can buy burgers, wraps, pizza, chips and pastries. There's also a vending machine if you want to grab a quick treat.
There's always something happening on campus at Writtle, with the College Baa (bar) and student-led societies being great places to socialise and meet new people.
There's a wide range of student-led clubs and societies which welcome new members. They're a great way to settle in to life at Writtle and meet like-minded people.
All societies are supported by the Students' Union, which organises a busy calendar of social events.
The Students' Union social officers at Writtle are always thinking up ideas to make sure your time is as fun as possible. From Freshers' Fest to the annual Summer Ball, there'll be something for everyone.
Nearly all the social events that happen on campus take place in The Baa, which is on the main campus and features:
Every week, The Baa plays host to Mega Mondays, a weekly themed event that could range from 90s nights to Luau parties, and everything in between.
Some of the social highlights of the academic year are:
Away from campus there are several restaurants in Writtle village, and loads of places to go in Chelmsford including cinemas, theatres, restaurants, clubs and bars, and music venues.
On Wednesdays, the Writtle Students' Union runs buses to EVOKE 2.0 nightclub in Chelmsford, where Writtle students get VIP and free entry. EVOKE also offers free entry and VIP to Writtle students for their Saturday Club.
If you stay on campus over the weekend, the Students' Union is starting to run more activities such as day trips to London. Keep an eye out for more information when you start at Writtle.
All students in Writtle can make use of the sport and fitness facilities on campus. There's something for everyone.
At the heart of the Writtle campus, the recreation centre features a gym, two squash courts, a sports hall and a fitness suite with running machines, exercise bikes, rowing machines and a free-weights area. There's also a range of fitness classes on offer.
If you're interested in playing competitively, consider joining one of Writtle's sports clubs. They're a great place to meet like-minded people, work on your fitness and achieve personal goals. Clubs at Writtle currently include netball, women's rugby, men' rugby, women's hockey and mixed equine.
All of the clubs' home fixtures take place on the extensive sports fields. Some clubs also compete in BUCS (British Universities & Colleges Sport) competition.
As well as competitive sport clubs, Writtle runs Sport Wednesdays every week: perfect if you just want to have some fun and try new things.
Activities vary and may range from dodgeball and kwik cricket, to bench ball. No experience is needed, and everyone's welcome.
There's good local hacking around the Writtle area. If you're using the DIY Livery Yard for your horse(s), you'll have access to all Equine Centre facilities when not in timetabled sessions, including three indoor arenas, a floodlit outdoor manége, oval horse-walker, and hacking on campus.