Colchester Campus and the local area

Colchester Campus

University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1206 874321

We are located in beautiful parkland just outside Colchester – famous as Britain's oldest recorded town and former Roman capital.

The picturesque village of Wivenhoe is also less than a mile away. The village has a lively quayside and a variety of pubs and restaurants, making it a popular choice for students living off campus in their second and final years.


Colchester is an exciting and modern town with a thriving cultural, arts and entertainment scene including music venues, theatres, a cinema and art galleries. It is popular for shopping, with a mixture of large department stores and smaller individual shops.

There is also a huge range of restaurants, coffee houses, wine bars, pubs and nightclubs.

Venues and attractions

  • firstsite – £16.5 million contemporary visual arts facility designed by world-famous architect Rafael Viñoly. firstsite will feature exhibition space for the University's collection of Latin American art.
  • Colchester Arts Centre – a busy venue for live comedy, touring bands, modern jazz and theatre. It also has a reputation for cutting-edge contemporary performance arts.
  • Mercury Theatre – leading theatre featuring a packed programme of the best plays, music and dance.
  • Colchester Castle – largest surviving Norman keep in Europe, now a popular museum.
  • Castle Park – award-winning green oasis in the town centre where you can take a walk and enjoy a picnic.
  • Colchester Leisure World – includes swimming pools, saunas, spas and water flumes.

Restaurants and nightlife

Colchester has a range of places to eat, ranging from national chains to independent restaurants. The choice of restaurants include Italian, Chinese, Indian, Spanish, Portuguese and Greek.

If you are going out there are a whole range of places to meet friends for drinks from cosy, traditional pubs through to stylish bars.

To complement Sub Zero nightclub on our Colchester Campus, there are also a variety of clubs in Colchester, offering an ever-changing mix of music and styles.

Gateway to East Anglia and Constable Country

Colchester is the gateway to the beautiful countryside and coastline of East Anglia. The seaside resorts of Frinton, Clacton and Walton are nearby and our Colchester Campus is on the edge of 'Constable Country', the rural areas around Dedham and Flatford made famous by the artist John Constable.

Quick transport links

Colchester is served by excellent transport links with the A12 running into London and trains into the City typically taking less than an hour. Stansted Airport and Harwich International Port are also easily accessible.