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Travelling to Colchester Campus

Colchester Campus

The full address of our Colchester Campus is:
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1206 874321

You can get to our Colchester Campus by bicycle, bus or car. There are regular coach connections from Stansted Airport to the University. Information is also available for International travellers.

Mobility-restricted travellers

Our Accessible Travel Guide provides information for mobility-restricted travellers.


You can cycle to our Colchester Campus easily from Colchester and Wivenhoe and there is plenty of bicycle parking. There are cycle routes off Boundary Road and Valley Road which let you park your bike at either end of campus. There is also a cycle route linking the University to the riverside trail between Wivenhoe and Colchester.

Further information for cyclists:


You can catch buses to our Colchester Campus from the town centre and the train station. The main University bus stop is at the Valley Road junction, near Square One, there are other stops for North Towers and South Courts.

The University is served by the following buses:

  • From Colchester North Station (Forecourt): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78, Combined frequency: every 10 minutes weekdays during the day, 3-4 per hour weekday evenings. Weekends less frequent.
  • From Colchester Town Centre (High Street stops V and Z): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78/78A. Combined frequency: 8 per hour weekdays during the day, 3-4 per hour weekday evenings. Weekends less frequent.

Depending on the time of day, you should allow 20 to 30 minutes for travelling by bus from Colchester town centre to the University, and 45 minutes when travelling from Colchester rail station to the University.

There are also frequent buses between the University and Wivenhoe, and two buses per hour to Clacton.

Most buses are operated by First, for more information call First on 01206 366911. The 78 and 78A are operated by Horizon. Please remember that return tickets purchased on Horizon routes cannot be used on First buses, and vice versa.


If you are driving to our Colchester Campus from London and the South via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). 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.

If you are driving from Ipswich and the North on the A12, take the exit marked Colchester.

From Colchester, the University is off the A133 to Clacton.

A pay and display system is in operation at our Colchester Campus. Please display a valid Pay and Display ticket inside your car when you are parking. Unfortunately if you fail to do so you may receive a Parking Fine. Further information about our Pay and Display scheme is available on our transport policy pages.

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.

More information about getting to our Colchester Campus is available on our Traffic updates and route planners web page.


A taxi from Colchester Rail Station to the University normally takes about 10-15 minutes outside rush hour. You can also find a taxi rank on Colchester High Street near the Red Lion Hotel.

Minicab Services Ltd (formerly Micraline Taxis) (telephone 01206 544444 / 01206 544544) is a Colchester-based company.

VP Cars are another taxi company in Colchester (telephone 01206 825001/07881422967, e-mail info@vpcars.co.uk).

Airport Express (telephone 01206 251122 / AirportExpressCars.co.uk) provide airport transfers to and from the University. They also offer transportation to sea ports and Eurostar train stations. Please Note: the company does not offer local taxi services. For booking enquiries, please use the quotation form on the website.

Further information: on Local Taxis in Wivenhoe and Colchester.


Trains run between London Liverpool Street and Colchester station approximately every 10 to 20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Train services from Colchester also run to Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich. Local bus and taxi services connect Colchester station to the University. (Note: Colchester has three stations - these directions refer to the main station (North) and not Colchester Town or Hythe.)

Some trains from London Liverpool Street also stop at Wivenhoe Station. If you are travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations and use the local bus and taxi service to travel to the University.

Further information is available on our Traffic updates and route planners web page.


If you are flying into Stansted Airport – London's third international airport you can get to our Colchester Campus by car or taxi in around 45 minutes via the A120 and A12. You can also take the 133 coach service from Stansted Airport direct to the Colchester Campus.

Airport transfer coach

If you are a new international student starting in October and are arriving at London Heathrow or London Gatwick airport, you can take advantage of an airport transfer coach service that will take you to our Colchester Campus. You must book your place in advance.

International Ports

The University is only 30 minutes by road from the port of Harwich. If travelling by car from Harwich follow the A120 to Colchester. If travelling by train get off at Colchester station.

Further information is available on our Traffic updates and route planners web page.


There are three coaches, operated by National Express Coaches, each day to/from London direct to the University (Valley Road stops). If you are travelling from other areas in the country, you need to change at Victoria Coach Station in London.

National Express also offers a dedicated coach service to University of Essex from a wide variety of destinations across the UK. The 133 bus service links Stansted Airport directly to the Colchester Campus.

The National Express website contains information on cheap travel. To find your nearest coach stop use the National Express' Stop Finder tool. You can also track your coach in real-team by using the Coach Tracker app.