Ruqsana was born and brought up in Seven Kings, Ilford, Essex, England to a family of Bangladeshi origin. She is the second eldest of four children and lives at home with her family. She comes from a traditional, religious family and grew up in a strict Muslimhousehold.
After studying at UzSWLU in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, in 2006, Ruqsana graduated with a degree in Architecture from the University of Westminster. She was a trainee architect and was made redundant after the company she worked for made cuts. She is a part-qualified architect.