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Colchester Campus

Colchester Campus

The full address of our Colchester Campus is:
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester
CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1206 873333

  • two miles from the historic centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town
  • set in over 200 acres of beautiful parkland
  • home to sixteen of our academic departments and schools
  • more than 10,500 students (7,700 undergraduates)
  • more than 130 different nationalities
  • just one hour from London
  • watch a video tour of our Colchester Campus

Colchester Campus SAT NAV directions

SAT NAV directions to the University using our postcode can be misleading therefore, it is recommended to follow roadside directional sign posts to the University.

Uniquely international

Students from more than 130 countries come to our Colchester Campus to study at our leading departments, schools, centres and research institutes. This makes Essex one of the most culturally diverse campus universities in the UK.

You can get to the Colchester Campus from Stansted Airport in under an hour by car or coach.

Historic location

We are located in picturesque and historic parkland just outside Colchester so you have plenty of open space to relax in after your studies. The park was originally landscaped in the eighteenth century and was painted by celebrated landscape artist John Constable.

Making student life easier and friendlier

The Campus was originally designed to be a university town with all facilities on one site. Within easy walking distance you will find teaching buildings, award-winning student accommodation, shops, banks, a gallery and a theatre, bars and cafés, and sports facilities.

This helps create the friendly and diverse campus atmosphere of which we are extremely proud. One of the advantages of a compact campus is that you will quickly get to know people, can easily get around and can get involved in a whole range of activities without having to travel too far.

Our parkland

Wivenhoe Park, in which our Colchester Campus is set, has a fascinating history. Today, its striking landscape of more than 200 acres provides a tranquil place for all to enjoy. The parkland is home to a range of plants and wildlife including some extraordinary and historic trees. We have produced a guided tree walk which takes you around the parkland and describes the trees you see along the way.

Our buildings

Our Colchester Campus was originally built in the 1960s and the bustling, inter-linked squares were designed by architect Kenneth Capon to encourage academics from different departments based around them to work together. This helped nurture the interdisciplinary nature of teaching and research at Essex.

In the past decade we have been creating innovative spaces to enhance the educational experience for our students - converting our old boiler house into the state-of-the-art Tony Rich Teaching Centre and opening the award-winning Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall. Further ambitious projects now underway include the £20 million building to house Essex Business School due to be completed in autumn 2014 and the £26 million library extension and Student Centre expected to open in Spring 2015.

Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

In October 2006, we opened the award-winning 1,000-seat Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, named after former Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Ivor Crewe. This oval shaped building is a central part of the Colchester Campus. It can be divided into two independent parts to allow us to organise and host exhibitions, conferences and other examinations.