Open Day

Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members – you’re all welcome, so book your place today!

  • Sat 15 Sep 18

    09:30 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Sports Arena

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Open Days team

Think you know Open Days? 

Open Days are your chance to find the place you will forever call your second home - they're a pretty big deal. You probably think an Essex Open Day is the same as all the rest and of course, we'll show you all the important stuff, but why stop there?

Two students chatting at an open day
Book your place

You can still book onto one of our Open Days once we have them on campus again. Don't want to miss out? We don't blame you.  

Book your place

Booking confirmation 

Once you’ve booked your place we'll send you a confirmation email with more information on what to expect on the Open Day. No need to print the confirmation email as we'll have your details at our check in desks on the day – simple!


See what we have in store! Download the Open Day Programme.

Open Day Booker's Pack

If you book more than two weeks before the event, we’ll send you an Open Day Pack which includes a few things to make sure you’re fully prepared for the day. Don’t worry, if you book within two weeks we’ll be handing out goodies on the day.

Special requirements

If you or your guests have any special requirements, please email us in advance so we can make sure your visit is as smooth as possible. If you're a visitor with a disability, please let a member of staff know so they can advise you on accessible routes around campus. If you would prefer a personal tour of our campus and/or accommodation, then let us know when you check in and we'll arrange for a Student Ambassador to guide you.

New contact details?

Should your contact information change, please drop us an email to let us know your new details so we can make sure you don’t miss out on any important information.

Travel and accommodation


You're welcome to arrive any time from 9.30am to register on the Open Day (don’t worry, we always put the kettle on earlier than this in case of any early arrivals!). The Open Day officially finishes at 4pm.

When you arrive on campus, head to our Sports Arena to check-in. We only need your name at check-in, but remember to bring your wristband.

Getting to us by car

Whether approaching the University of Essex from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road. Look out for the AA road signs which will guide you to our Open Day parking area.


Please follow the 'Open Day Parking' signs which will lead you to the car park. Our patrol staff will be on hand to show you where to go. The address of our Colchester Campus is:

University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

If you are using a sat nav, please use postcode CO7 9HT, which will take you to the correct side of campus.

Getting to us by train

There are frequent trains from London Liverpool Street to Colchester with connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Felixstowe, Harwich and beyond.

Free coach service

We run a free coach service to and from Colchester's main station (also known as Colchester North), from 8.45am to 4.00pm. The coaches run on a shuttle service so you shouldn’t have to wait for more than 15 minutes. There will be Student Ambassadors at the train station and on the coaches to welcome you, so please look out for them outside the train station. There’s no need to book, just hop on the coach when you’re ready!

If you arrive later than expected, don’t worry, our Open Days run on a flexible basis and most subjects run morning and afternoon talk and taster sessions. If you miss a talk, our academics are on hand to fill you in and answer all of your burning questions from 9.30am - 4.00pm.



Overnight accommodation

Accommodation Availability

Accommodation is provided in single en suite bedrooms within self-contained flats of between four and six rooms. If you prefer economy accommodation in one of our towers these are single rooms within flats of between fourteen and sixteen bedrooms and shared facilities.

Economy Room Only - £39 pppn
Economy B&B - £45 pppn
En-suite Room Only - £49 pppn
En-suit B&B - £55 pppn

Book a room online.

For any enquiries contact eventessex@essex.ac.uk or call 01206 872358

Wivenhoe House Hotel

For further information or to book a room please contact Wivenhoe House Hotel and quote "UoE visitor rate" when booking to receive our special discounted rate.

Email info@wivenhoehouse.co.uk
Telephone 01206 863666

Open Day team
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