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Food and drink

You won’t go hungry at Essex; we offer a wide choice of cafés, restaurants and bars on our campuses and close by. In addition, our high-quality self-catering accommodation offers you the chance to cook for yourself or share meals with your flatmates.

Our Colchester Campus has nine busy restaurants, cafes and food outlets that include:

  • Blues Café which overlooks Square 4 and offers a serene place to enjoy a coffee or smoothie and a freshly prepared sandwich;
  • Blues Salad Bar, situated within our Blues Café and featuring fresh seasonal salads, plus pasta, soup and jacket potatoes;
  • Zest on Square 3, our colourful and continental café that specialises in coffee, tea, sandwiches and cakes, with an innovative adjoining learning space;
  • Canteen, our convenient canteen serving traditional English breakfasts and international cuisines;
  • Happy Days Diner, serving burgers and shakes within a fabulous fifties retro diner setting;
  • Refresh on Square 3, a takeaway outlet providing sandwiches, pastries, salads and drinks for those on the go;
  • Lakeside Theatre Café, next to our Library on Square 5, that specialises in freshly prepared sandwiches, paninis, cakes and drinks; and

Musa

We also have MUSA café restaurant at firstsite, the major new arts facility in the centre of Colchester.

Fusion and Top Bar

Fusion and Top Bar, opened in January 2012, our latest project in partnership with the Students' Union, involved the refurbishment of Top Bar and creation of a an exciting new adjoining Asian restaurant, Fusion.

Students' Union outlets

Alongside these venues the Students’ Union (SU) manages the SU Bar – offering affordable drinks and food, Frango's – specialising in marinated chicken, and the SU Kitchen – providing freshly baked snacks.

If you are cooking for yourself, then our Campus Shop is open 24-hours a day, Go-Go Global is stocked with food from around the world and a large supermarket is within easy walking distance of our Colchester Campus.

Corbett Theatre Café Bar

The Corbett Theatre Café Bar at East 15 Acting School offers the perfect place for East 15 directing and acting students to meet up, relax and enjoy films. There is also a stage area within the café for student performances, comedy, mime, music and open mic nights.

Our modern accommodation in Southend also provides excellent self-catering facilities and there are lots of shops in the town centre to pick up ingredients.

If you want to eat out, there are plenty of cafés, sandwich shops and restaurants within easy reach to suit all tastes and budgets. Westcliff-on-Sea, particularly the Hamlet Court Road area, offers a wealth of independently-owned eating outlets from countries around the world including China, Italy, Greece and India.

When you are relaxing on Campus there are vending machines offering cold drinks and snacks in The Gateway Building and facilities for hot drinks in our Student Common Room.