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Commuters

If you travel to one of our campuses to study, socialise and play sport, you’re not alone. We have many students living in the local area and beyond who make that regular daily trip, and it’s important to know that everything on campus is for you too.

From car parking to cafes, study spaces to sports classes, our facilities are here to support you as a member of our community.

If you're local to the area, you can also provide tips and advice to help other new students who aren't from the area to settle in.

New students

Our Housewarming event is a unique opportunity for you to get to grips with our Colchester Campus and really feel at home before starting your undergraduate course in the autumn.

Facilities for commuters

A number of departments have common rooms where you can study or relax throughout the day. They often have hot drink-making facilities and some have fridges and microwaves. Check your department handbook to see where yours is.

Travelling to University

We have plenty of information available about ways to travel to our Colchester Campus, including by car, bus, train and coach.

We also run a car sharing scheme that may make your journey easier and cheaper, worth a look if you’re a regular commuter within Essex or our bordering counties.

Outside the classroom

  • Taking part in sport or joining a society is a great way to meet new people.
  • Try out Just Play, a free way to take part in sport and meet other students. Just turn up, you don’t have to book.
  • The SU Bar is a great place to meet and socialise with friends if you don't live on campus.
  • Keep an eye out for any events taking place on and off campus.
  • Employment and volunteering opportunities on campus can provide you with valuable work experience as well as the opportunity to meet fellow students.

Facilities for commuters

The Gateway Building has a common room (GB.2.32) available for you to study or relax throughout the day, on your own or with friends. The room has:

  • lockers
  • computers and printers
  • sofas
  • television
  • hot drink making facilities

Travelling to University

We have plenty of information available about ways to travel to our Southend Campus, including by car, bus, train and coach.

We also run a car sharing scheme that may make your journey easier and cheaper, worth a look if you’re a regular commuter within Essex or our bordering counties.

Outside the classroom

  • Taking part in sport or joining a society is a great way to meet new people.
  • Try out Just Play, a free way to take part in sport and meet other students. Just turn up, you don’t have to book.
  • Employment and volunteering opportunities on campus can provide you with valuable work experience as well as the opportunity to meet fellow students.
  • The SU Lounge is a great way to meet and socialise with friends
  • Keep an eye out for any events which are taking place on and off campus.

Further information and support

Employability advice

Our Careers Centre

Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.

Get one-to-one help

Two women discussing some papers

Advisers in our Talent Development Centre can offer sessions to develop your writing, referencing, time management, study skills as well as English Language. You can sign up to arrange one-to-one appointments.

Student Services Hub

Lecturer and student

Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.

Students' Union

Students' Union club night

Our Students' Union (SU) is one of the most active in the country and is run by students, for students. Our SU will be there to offer you support, plus the opportunity to join numerous clubs and societies and to enjoy lots of events and nights out.