Travelling to Colchester Campus

Finding your way to our Colchester Campus, located between Colchester and Wivenhoe in north Essex, couldn’t be easier.

  • Bicycle

    The Wivenhoe Trail, which runs for 3.5 miles from the centre of Colchester to Wivenhoe, provides a safe cycle route to our campus, and there are lots of cycle racks for you to use when you get here.


  • Bus

    The following bus services run through our campus connecting it to and from Colchester town centre, Colchester Station, and Wivenhoe: 61, 62, 74/74A, 75, 76 and 87.

    Most buses are operated by First but some are operated by Hedingham.


  • Car, motorcycle and parking

    Colchester is just off the A12. From London and south Essex, take the Colchester (A133) exit. From Ipswich, take the Colchester (A1232) exit. Please follow roadside signage to our Colchester Campus, which is to the east of Colchester off the A133, and be aware that sat nav directions using our postcode can be misleading.

    Google route maps to Colchester Campus:

    Parking

    Visitor parking

    We have a number of designated parking spaces for visitors:

    Car park Nearest to

    Multi-storey car park

    The multi-storey car park is a pay-on-foot car park. Parking charges are managed by automatic number plate recognition. Before you return to your car, enter your vehicle registration number at one of the pay machines located in the car park stairwells. These machines take coins, notes and credit/debit cards. The multi-storey car park also has electric vehicle charging points.

    Car Park B, Valley and North Towers car parks

    All car parks except the multi-storey are pay and go. Visit a pay station on arrival, enter your vehicle registration number and follow the on-screen instructions. You won't get a ticket to display as the system uses automatic number plate recognition, but you can request a receipt if you want.

    Pay stations accept coins, notes and cards and are located at the:

    • entrance to Valley Car Park (adjacent to the Ivor Crewe Lecture Theatre)
    • entrance to North Towers Car Park, on the causeway
    • foyer of the Essex Business School
    • Information Centre
    • you will also be able to pay for parking in Car Park A and Car Park B at the pay stations in the stairwells of the multi-storey car park

    If you fail to pay on arrival you may receive a parking enforcement notice.

    Parking charges

    • Up to 2 hours: £2.40
    • Up to 3 hours: £3.10
    • Up to 4 hours: £3.50
    • Up to 6 hours: £5.70
    • Up to 9 hours: £8.60

    Parking charges apply from 9.30am to 4.30pm Monday to Friday, except Bank Holidays and Christmas Day. The pay and go machines take coins, notes and debit/credit cards

    Unused tickets are not refundable.

    Wivenhoe House and Constable Building car parks

    Only guests of Wivenhoe House may park in this car park displaying a Wivenhoe House parking permit available from the hotel reception. A row of visitor parking in front of the Constable Building is available for the use of tenant visitors only.

    Motorcycles

    Motorcyclists can park free of charge, but must park in the designated motorcycle spaces.

  • Coach

    National Express coaches link our campus, and Colchester town centre, to London and the rest of the UK.

    To find your nearest coach stop use the National Express Stop Finder tool. You can also track your coach in real-time using the Coach Tracker app.

  • Ferry

    We are 30 minutes by car from Harwich International Port. You can transfer to our campus by car via the A120, or by train.

  • Taxi

    There are taxi ranks in Colchester town centre and at Colchester train station, and the journey to our campus from either takes around 10-20 minutes, depending on the time of day. There are taxi pick-up and drop-off points on both the north and south sides of campus.


  • Train

    There are frequent trains from London Liverpool Street to Colchester (also known as Colchester North), Colchester Town, and Wivenhoe stations, with connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Felixstowe, Harwich and beyond.

    Our nearest station is Hythe (between Colchester Town and Wivenhoe) which is a 20-minute walk from campus.


Travelling from airports

  • London Stansted

    Coach services

    You can use the 133 coach service to travel from London Stansted Airport direct to our Colchester Campus.

    Train services

    Our Colchester Campus is not far from London Stansted Airport, however you cannot travel directly from Stansted to Colchester by train. We therefore recommend that you travel by coach as this will be much quicker.

  • London Heathrow

    Coach services

    New international students arriving at the start of the academic year via London Heathrow can use our airport transfer coach service but you’ll need to book your seat in advance.

    There is also a coach service to Colchester operated by National Express.

    Train services

    From London Heathrow Airport you can take an underground train to Liverpool Street Station in London. You will need to take the Piccadilly line, eastbound, to Holborn, and then the Central line, eastbound, to Liverpool Street Station.

    Alternatively, you can take a Heathrow Express train to Paddington Station in London and then get on the underground (eastbound on the Circle line) to Liverpool Street Station. From Liverpool Street Station you will need to take a train to Colchester. The whole journey takes approximately two and a half hours.

  • London Gatwick

    Coach services

    New international students arriving at the start of the academic year via London Gatwick can use our airport transfer coach service but you’ll need to book your seat in advance.

    There is also a coach service to Colchester operated by National Express.

    Train services

    From London Gatwick Airport you can take a Gatwick Express train to Victoria Station in London, and then either a taxi or an underground train (eastbound on the Circle line) to Liverpool Street Station. From Liverpool Street Station you will need to take a train to Colchester. The whole journey will take about two hours.

  • London Southend

    Train services

    From London Southend Airport you can take a train to Shenfield. From Shenfield take a train to Colchester.

  • London City

    Train services

    From London City Airport you can take the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) to Stratford. From Stratford take a train to Colchester.

  • London Luton

    Coach services

    There is a coach service to Colchester (via Stansted Airport) operated by National Express.

    Train services

    From London Luton Airport you can take the Thameslink train, which will take you to Farringdon. Join the Underground at Farringdon, and take either the Circle Line, the Metropolitan Line or the Hammersmith and City Line, eastbound, to Liverpool Street Station. Liverpool Street Station you will need to take a train to Colchester.

  • Airport taxi services

    We advise you to check the cost before commencing your journey as it can be expensive. We also recommend you book in advance from the list of taxi companies provided below and do not just take a taxi from outside the airport.

    • Airport Express provides airport transfers to and from the University, as well as to seaports and Eurostar stations
    • Minicabs: +44 1206 544544
    • Jetline Express: +44 1206 231131
    • Panther Cabs: +44 1206 525525
    • VP Cars: +44 1206825001 or mobile: + 44 7881422967

Mobility-restricted travellers

Those with restricted mobility can contact our Visitors’ Reception for detailed advice about visiting our Colchester Campus, telephone: 01206 874321.

There is accessible parking in our Valley, multi-storey and North Towers car parks, and we have a guide to step-free routes (.pdf). Our accessible travel guide provides further information.

Our address

The full address of our Colchester Campus is:

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester CO4 3SQ

United Kingdom

Telephone +44 (0)1206 874321

The University is committed to being environmentally responsible and we encourage all staff, students and visitors to consider the environment when travelling to our campuses.