University Quays

Enjoy picturesque riverside accommodation with the benefits of convenient transport links to the University campus, town centre and London.

About University Quays

Close to campus, our historical town centre and to the Hythe train station, the University Quays are perfectly located. Attend your lecture, clock in for a part-time job in town, enjoy the bars and restaurants in Colchester when your shift is over or jump on a train to the city with your friends.

Partner that with amazing views of the River Colne where you can enjoy a Sunday afternoon bike ride, pop to the nearby shops for your everyday essentials, just in time to hang out in the great social spaces that form part of the Quays apartments.

Our award-winning University Quays accommodation is around a 15-minute walk to the centre of campus.

We work with Uliving to provide student accommodation at University Quays. Your accommodation contract is with us but the management, maintenance and cleaning services are provided by Derwent FM.

Room details

  • En suite toilet and shower facilities in each bedroom.
  • Five premium rooms available with additional floor space to enhance your living experience.
  • 11 premium rooms available within two refurbished flats which include a social area and larger beds.
  • Double rooms available with a double bed, two desks and chairs, two bedside cabinets and two wardrobes.
  • Check out what else is in your room.
"The Quays are a brilliant place to live. The flats are sociable and the kitchens act as great meeting points; everyone can fit around the table and have a good chat. I also have an excellent view of the river."
Tom Neuhaus - History student

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Postal address

Name of Quay followed by House, flat/room (eg Matthews Quay 2.1/A)
Lightship Way
Colchester CO2 8GY

Virtual tours and videos

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Our 360 degree virtual tours and videos help you to explore our Colchester and Southend Campuses from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Life at Essex

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Why not find out what life at Essex is really like? See more of our campuses, facilities and accommodation and hear from our students and academics about what it's like to study with us.

Campus tours

Student studying

We understand that choosing a university for your studies is a whole new experience, so we’d be happy to arrange a campus tour for you guided by a current Essex student to get to know our campus.