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Royal Agricultural University

The Royal Agricultural University is located in Cirencester England. It was established in 1845 as a agricultural college and was the first of its type in the English speaking world. The univesity welcomes over 1000 students each year.

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Royal Agricultural University

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the Royal Agricultural University.

  • Rankings

    The Royal Agricultural university was placed 10th in the University of the Year category in the WhatUni Choice Awards 2019. It also had a score of 89% in the National Student Survey and a ranking of 7th for overall satisfaction in the Times Higher Education ranking for 2019.

  • Employability

    The Royal Agricultural University ranked 6th in the Job Prospects category in the What Uni Choice Awards 2019.

  • Fees

    As of 2020/21, full time fees for UK and EU students were £9250 and £10,200 for international students studying a Bsc, Foundation and Top up course.

  • Bursaries

    For undergraduates 2020/21, there are 7 bursaries listed from £1000 a year to £1500. Also available are the FE Turner Award of £1500, the Pilkington Farms Partnership Prize of a final year's tuition fee, and 5 others as well as 2 external awards which can all be found on the website.


The Royal Agricultural University offers catered and self catered accommodation, with flexibility to half half as well and upgrade. Rooms are shared and en suite as well as twins and quiet rooms. Individual prices range from £5985 (Standard single half board room) a year to £8435 (large en suite full board) and can be found here.

Students' Union

The Students union offers 13 societies and 15 sports societies.

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Royal Agricultural University Students' Union
Royal Agricultural University Students' Union

Famous for

Alumni include James Buckman, Charlotte Clark, John Pullin and Arthur Nichols.


On the 7th October, the university announced that two of its student had received The Centenary Award which was awarded to only 3 students in the whole of the UK!

AFS says

"The largest town of the Cotswolds, located on the beautiful River Churn, Cirencester is home to 1,100 students of the Royal Agricultural University, the oldest agricultural college in the English speaking world. Those interested in the Roman period will benefit from the town’s Corinium Museum which has an extensive Roman collection. Its location in the rolling hills of the Cotswolds, a country feel, and good rail connection to London and other parts of the west from the nearby Kemble rail station makes Cirencester an attractive location for students".

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