Open Day

Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members - everyone is welcome

  • Sat 26 Oct 19

    09:30 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Sports Arena

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Open Days team

Welcome to the unconventional

Think meeting world-class academics and like-minded students. Think family. Think home. Think taster lectures. Think making a change. Think art. Think music. Think tea and cake, copious amounts of cake. Think of all this plus lots of free goodies, plenty of entertainment and much more! Think you know open days? Think again.

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!


Download the October Open Day programme here.

Special requirements

If you or your guests have any special requirements, or would like to view an adapted room as part of your accommodation tour, please email us in advance so we can do everything we can to make  your visit 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.


"I had a lovely visit to campus, it really opened my eyes to university life and I fell in love with it! 
2018 Open Day Attendee

Travel and Accommodation

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

Wivenhoe House Hotel

We have organised a special Open Day visitor rate at the Wivenhoe House Hotel which is situated on our Colchester Campus. For further information and to book a room, please contact Wivenhoe House Hotel and quote "UoE visitor rate" when booking to receive our special discounted rate.

Telephone 01206 863666
Email info@wivenhouse.co.uk

Open Day team
Get in touch
Our Open Days Team
Telephone: 01206 872800