Writtle University College and ARU have merged. Writtle’s full range of college, degree, postgraduate and short courses will still be delivered on the Writtle campus. See our guide to finding Writtle information on this site.

World-class facilities

You'll benefit from award-wining facilities at ARU and ongoing investment on all four of our campuses: Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and Writtle.

Teaching and learning spaces

We’re home to students of medicine and healthcare, business, art and design, psychology, computing, agriculture and much more.

As you’d expect, our campuses house an array of specialist facilities.

  • Campus farm that's home to sheep, pigs and cattle – and grows its own wheat to support livestock bedding
  • Research glasshouses and regenerative agriculture demonstration areas
  • Tropical greenhouse and ornamental gardens
  • A wide range of tree and plant species
  • Postharvest Unit, which which undertakes research and trials in conjunction with commercial companies

Find out more about these facilities.

  • Equine Training and Development Centre featuring stables, riding arenas and a therapy barn
  • State-of-the-art Lordship Canine Centre including hydrotherapy clinics, and a modern dog grooming centre
  • The Titchmarsh Animal Centre, which is home to a range of reptiles, birds and small mammals
  • Dedicated Pet Behaviour Academy
  • Veterinary nursing clinical skills area

Read more about these facilities.

  • Design studios and workshops
  • Computer games development studio
  • Recording studios, audio-visual studio and recital hall
  • Professional music therapy centre
  • Fully-equipped film and TV studios
  • Ruskin Gallery
  • Floristry centre

Read more about art and design, and music, film and performing arts facilities.

  • Financial trading room
  • Mock law courts
  • Campus law clinics where students work with legal professionals to offer advice to clients

  • Early years resource room
  • Primary education room

  • Mechanical, electronic and civil engineering workshops

  • Equine Training and Development Centre featuring stables, riding arenas and a therapy barn
  • The Titchmarsh Animal Centre, which is home to a range of reptiles, birds and small mammals
  • Dedicated Pet Behaviour Academy
  • Veterinary nursing clinical skills area

Read more about these facilities.

  • Two dedicated Science Centres with specialist labs and teaching spaces
  • Two sports science centres with labs to measure fitness and performance, and strength and conditioning areas
  • Cisco lab with routing and switching equipment
  • Virtual Netlab

Study spaces and campus libraries

All our campuses have libraries where you can access extensive collections of materials relevant to your course.

There are plenty of study spaces in our libraries and elsewhere on campus, including open-access computer areas, group work zones, and silent study areas.

All students at ARU have Office 365, Microsoft Teams and Adobe Photoshop CS6 as standard. Students on creative courses also have use of Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Shared and social spaces

Visit our campus pages to find out more about places to eat, drink, relax and socialise – both on campus and in our cities.

We offer an exciting programme of social sport on all four campuses, and you’ll also find campus gyms in Cambridge, Chelmsford and Writtle.

There’s also a range of student services including Students’ Union spaces, wellbeing hubs, chaplaincy or multi-faith rooms, employability and careers services, and accommodation offices.

Come and explore

If you’d like to take a look around ARU:

  • book your place at our next Open Day
  • drop-in to our campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford or Peterborough on Fridays for a campus tour