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When does Clearing open and other FAQs

On this page, you'll find information about applying to ARU through Clearing, and making plans for university – such as arranging student finance or looking for accommodation.

Applying through Clearing is quick and easy. From 1 July, you can browse our list of courses with Clearing vacancies and apply online or by phone.

Anglia Ruskin University student pictured in front of a large letter C for Clearing

When is Clearing?

We accept Clearing applications from 1 July. From this date, you'll be able to browse courses with Clearing vacancies and apply online or by phone. The details you need will be on individual course pages.

If you haven't already applied to university, you can apply directly to ARU from 1 July.

If you have already applied to university through UCAS, you can still apply to ARU from 1 July and we may make you an offer. However, you'll only be able to update your UCAS Hub account from 5 July. That's the date that UCAS officially switches to Clearing.

There is no official closing date for Clearing. In many cases you can apply from July through to September, when the new university year starts. However, some courses may fill up before September, so we usually recommend applying earlier if you can.

Who can apply?

You're eligible to apply through Clearing if you:

  • decided to go to university after the UCAS application date passed
  • didn’t quite get the results you expected
  • changed your mind about where you want to study
  • want to transfer to ARU from another university (direct entry to Year 2 or 3)
  • want to return to education.

From 1 July you can browse courses with Clearing vacancies and apply online.

Not everyone has to apply through UCAS or have a UCAS Hub account.

You might be applying through Clearing because you decided to go to university after the UCAS application date had passed. Or perhaps you took your exams a few years ago and want to return to education. That's fine. Once Clearing opens, you can apply directly to your chosen university. You won't need to set up a UCAS account.

Once you know your grades, our Clearing advisers will be on hand to give you some guidance. Give us a call on 01245 686868, email [email protected] or speak to us on live chat.

Courses available in Clearing

From 1 July you can browse courses with Clearing vacancies and apply online or by phone.

Many of our courses offer a number of study options, such as foundation years or industry placements, so you can choose the route that's best for you.

All the details you need will be on individual course pages.

Our BSc (Hons) Biomedical Science, BSc Hons) Medical Science and BOptom (Hons) Optometry courses are all potential routes into studying a degree in medicine. You can apply for these courses through Clearing if places are available.

You'll need to complete your first year to an exceptionally high standard, before applying to transfer to Year 1 of our MBChB Medicine in Chelmsford. We encourage your interest in medicine but ask you to note that places are limited and cannot be guaranteed.

Accepting my offer

If we can make you an offer, we’ll usually try to do this:

  • within a few days of receiving your application if you apply from 1 July
  • on the day, if you apply on A-level results day.

Note that your offer may be subject to some conditions, such as an interview, occupational health check or a DBS check.

We will send you a formal offer email.

As your offer is being processed you may receive a text message confirmation from us as well as an email. If you don't receive a text message please don't worry, your provisional or confirmed offer still applies.

Once you receive a formal offer email from us, you can do one of two things:

  • if you've applied to university through UCAS, you'll have 24 hours to refer yourself to us via your UCAS Hub account
  • if you haven't applied through UCAS, simply follow the instructions in the offer email we send to you.

If you're waiting to be released into Clearing and are concerned that you will miss the deadline that you have been given by us, just let us know and we'll extend the deadline.

If you're expecting an offer email from us, check your spam/junk folder. Sometimes our emails get caught up in there.

UCAS updates the information on its system twice a day, so it may take some time to see any changes.

If you're waiting to be released in to Clearing by your firm (first) choice university, this process can take a few days depending on how far through the individual university's processes you have got. For example, if you have already registered it will take longer than if you've only just accepted your offer.

If you're concerned that you will miss the deadline we've given you, just let us know. We'll be able to extend the deadline.

If you’ve accepted your offer, you'll get a welcome email from us with your student ID number and details on how to officially register as an ARU student. You'll register using a system called e:Vision.

If you've applied for a social care or health course, we may still be processing your Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) or occupational health checks. This should take no longer than a week, but does depend on how quickly you respond to our communications. In the meantime, keep an eye on your email (including spam/junk folder). Visit our Disclosure and Barring page for more information.

Registering as a student

When you accept an offer to study at ARU, we'll send you some information about registering as a student and accessing our systems.

This information includes an email containing:

Once you have these details, you can start your enrolment.

Change your password
It's good practice to change your password as soon as possible. You can register for multi-factor authentication (MFA) at the same time; this helps to ensure it's only you who can access your University account.

Visit our multi-factor authentication page for more details.

Start your enrolment on e:Vision
You'll need to register with us to start your enrolment and let us know how you'll be paying your fees (if applicable). You can do this on e:Vision.

Registering on e:Vision will activate your:

  • student email address
  • library access
  • student ID card
  • teaching timetable, which should be ready four to five days after you register. You can access it in e:Vision.

Log in to e:Vision using your short username and password.


If you have not received your joining instructions after accepting your offer, and there is nothing in your spam/junk folder, please email [email protected].

You’ll get your timetable four to five working days after registering as a student.

You can access your timetable through e:Vision or the ARU app, which you can download from iTunes or Google Play once you've registered.

Deferring my application

Contact the admissions team that's handling your application – details should be in your offer letter.

We can’t accept deferred applicants through Clearing. Please contact us on 01245 686868 and we’ll be happy to discuss your options.

Taking a gap year

If you didn't secure a place at your original choice of university, Clearing is a great opportunity to find a course that suits you and start university in the year you planned.

Clearing is for courses starting this year only.

If you've already made firm plans to take a gap year, you can apply through Clearing in future. You don't have to apply through Clearing in the same year that you sit A-levels (or other exams); it's also open to students who are returning to education.

During Clearing, you can apply directly to your chosen university. There's no need to have a UCAS account.

Student finance and scholarships

Visit our undergraduate student finance page for information about applying for a Tuition Fee Loan (to cover tuition fees) and Maintenance Loan (to help pay for living costs).

There's also information about additional grants and allowances.

You can still make your application after the deadline, but payment of your loan may not begin before you start your course. Please contact us for advice if this will cause hardship for you. Call 01245 686868 or email [email protected].

Yes, and you can visit our scholarships and bursaries page to find out more.

Many of our scholarships and bursaries are awarded automatically if you meet eligibility criteria; there's no need to apply.

Applying for accommodation

You can apply for accommodation online but before applying, take a look at our accommodation options, and frequently asked questions about who can apply and when.

If you have any questions, our Residential Service Team is here to help. Call 01223 698900 or email [email protected] (if you'll be studying in Cambridge); call 01245 683110 or email [email protected] (if you'll be studying in Chelmsford).

You can find all the information you need on our Paying for your accommodation page.

You should receive these dates after you apply for accommodation, in your accommodation offer letter. Soon you’ll be asked to complete our online induction for new students, which gives you more specific information.

Yes. Our House Hunting Team can answer all your questions, and help you find the right place to live. Email [email protected] or call 01223 698900 (if you'll be studying in Cambridge or Peterborough) or 01245 683180 (if you'll be studying in Chelmsford or Writtle).

Our private rented accommodation page has some handy hints and tips, too.

About ARU

We have four campuses in the East of England, all within easy reach of London. They each have a character of their own.

Find out more about our campuses in Cambridge, Chelmsford, Peterborough and Writtle.

There are lots of reasons to study with us:

Questions about studying at ARU?

We're here to answer your questions about courses, applying to university, and studying at ARU.