You can see more of our Colchester Campus through photos taken by students, staff and friends.
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.
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.
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.
While we welcome visitors to enjoy our parkland we do ask everyone to be
considerate and to keep dogs on leads and clean up after them.
We have produced a guided tree walk which takes you around the parkland and
describes the trees you see along the way.
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
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 are now underway including the £20 million
building to house Essex Business
School completed in 2015 and the £26 million library
extension and Silberrad Student Centre which opened in Summer 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.