Accommodation at our Colchester Campus
Make yourself at home
Starting university is about so much more than just studying – it’s about
making lifelong friends, growing in independence, encountering new cultures,
nationalities and experiences.
We've got a wide range of
accommodation to choose from, so you can find the perfect place for you.
We know that for some of you, moving away from home may seem like a daunting
prospect; after all, this might be the first time you’ve lived away from your
family. That’s why at Essex, we try our hardest to help you settle in, starting
accommodation for all our first-year students.
Included in your rent is wifi, heating, hot water,
electricity and the cleaning of communal areas
(such as kitchens) – so no need to worry about
arguments over whose turn it is to vacuum! Rooms
are normally let for the full academic year from late
September to the end of June, which means that
even if you’re away from the University during the
winter and spring vacations, you don’t have to remove
your things from your room.
We understand how important it is for you to
be happy in your new home so we strive to
continually improve the experience we offer. We
are continuously upgrading our residences to
create vibrant living and learning environments.
Everything is at your fingertips with launderettes,
gyms, and convenience stores close at hand.
The purpose of our Residence Life team is to
create a harmonious community in which to live
and learn. A Residents’ Assistant is based in
your area of accommodation and will meet you
soon after you arrive. They ensure that you have
opportunities to get involved in University life and
social activities, and provide support outside of
What our students say
What our students say
Third year BA History and Politics
A quieter life at The Quays
Houses are not automatically homes. A home needs good
friends, a warm welcome, and memories soaked into the walls. The
accommodation at the University of Essex has all of that in
spades – there’s something for everyone.
Those with a taste for good views and company, will slot
neatly into a life in the North or South Towers. If you want a
quieter life, out by the river, as I did,
The Quays will suit you perfectly.
I would do it all over again
I loved my time in campus accommodation, and if I could do it
all over again, I would. To be able to roll back from a night
out without a care in the world and know that my kitchen would
be clean, no matter what horrors student cooking had committed
to the poor surfaces, was a joy I will never again experience.
If at all possible, try to live on campus. The student
experience at Essex is never complete without at least one party
in the early morning, throat sore and howling along to music
I’ve never heard before and never will again. Brief moments in a
giddy arcadia of studenty existence, only slightly marred by the
I never had a problem with my flatmates, or any of the
brilliant people I met in Hawkins Quay, but I was glad to know
that the Residence
Life team were just a phone call away if I ever needed them.
It was a brilliant time, and I sometimes miss it sorely, as I
survey my messy, messy kitchen now.
Living off campus
I now live off-campus, in a small village just five minutes’
bike ride down the road, called Wivenhoe. I share a five-person
house, with mates that I met in the History Society, and working
as a Student
Ambassador. They might make the kitchen messy, but they do
so making stacks upon stacks of glorious, crispy, syrup-drenched
pancakes for everyone, so I can forgive the occasional splash of
batter when I’m nine pancakes in of a Sunday morning. As much as
I miss my first-year flat, I could never give up those pancakes.
What our students say
Third year BSc Genetics
Different types of accommodation
Essex has seven different types of accommodation, falling
into two categories, en-suite, encompassing
South Courts and
University Quays and
Logically, these are more expensive than our non-en-suite
The Towers. The Towers are Grade II listed so are here to
stay! With 13-16 people per flat the Towers, and up to six
people per flat in the en-suite accommodation, there’s more than
enough for everyone!
Loudest, silliest and weirdest places on campus
As an ex-South Towers girl, my heart will always firmly lie
with Eddington and Bertrand Russell. They are undoubtedly the
loudest, silliest, and weirdest places on campus, and it’s an
experience I’ll never forget.
I’ve lived in Greenstead for a year, and I’m just about to
embark on my second. It was incredibly easy to find somewhere to
live; we just used the
SU Lets service provided by the Students' Union.
What our students say
Second year LLB Law
The Meadows accommodation was perfect
There are lots of different types of accommodation offered on
campus. They vary in price and atmosphere, and all have their
own endearing character. I lived in
The Meadows last year and loved it. I’m a bit funny about
toilets so wanted an en-suite, so The Meadows was perfect.
The kitchens were spacious enough to have friends round for
dinner, and there were only seven people to a flat, which was
just enough for me. We all got along really well, and it was a
real community atmosphere. I’d definitely recommend it.
The best things about living in The Meadows for me were my
big bed, the design and decoration of the rooms and having an
en-suite. I was able to make my room my own, which made me feel
at home. I found it really easy to make friends in halls. We had
get-togethers in The Meadows, where I made lots of friends, and
once I’d met some people from my course, we’d often walk to
Good value for money
When you break the costs down, living at university is very
good value for money – bear in mind that rent includes wifi and
all of your household bills. Plus, it’s really safe – you have
24 hour security, which is nice to know.
I can’t really pick just one favourite memory from living on
campus – I enjoyed it all – but, if I had to choose, it’d
probably be my second evening at uni. We had a get-together in
The Meadows to meet new people. I made loads of friends that
night and had so much fun. I even got pushed around in a trolley
for a while (I’d lost my friends) and ended up making a new
friend, who shared a mutual fondness for trolley rides.
I now live in Wivenhoe and I love it! I live with three other
girls from my flat in The Meadows and we all get on really well.
It’s lovely and quiet, which is great for getting an early night
and doing some hard work! Finding a place for our second year
was pretty easy; we visited quite a few different houses but
settled on this one quickly.
I’d definitely recommend living on-campus during your first
year. The experience of living in halls isn’t something you can
put down on paper, you’ve just got to do it.
After your first year
When you return to Essex in your
second, third or fourth years,
non-guaranteed returners can
apply to the waiting list. Colchester Campus
accommodation is guaranteed to
international undergraduates for your
entire course at Essex, provided you
apply by the
published deadline and make a prepayment when you accept an offer. Studentlets is a
service run by our Students’ Union in
Colchester. They maintain a register of
recommended private accommodation
for everyone moving off campus.
"We want all students to enjoy something of the communal life of the
Sir Albert Sloman, founding Vice-Chancellor in the
1963 BBC Reith Lectures