Undergraduate Mini Open Day - CANCELLED

This event has been cancelled.

Are you an undergraduate student thinking of coming to University in October 2020 but haven't visited Essex yet? 

Here's your chance!

Perhaps you want to take a look around campus, view our accommodation or just get a feel for the place before you submit your application. Maybe you've applied but haven't visited us yet, whatever the reason, everyone is welcome. Bring your friends and family along too!

Our Mini Open Day will begin at 9.30am, and will finish at 1.30pm. Please make sure you check-in at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (the big shiny silver building). The day will include:

  • Welcome talk - 10.00am
  • Tours of our campus and accommodation - 9.30am - 12.45pm
  • Accommodation talk - 10.45am
  • Tour of Copse, Quays and Meadows accommodation - By coach, departing from the accommodation talk - 11.10am
  • Student Finance Talk - 11.15am
  • Subject Fair - Meet at 11.30am at the Sport Arena reception - 11.30am - 12.30pm 
  • Student Life Talk - 11.45am
  • Employability Talk - 12.15pm
  • Tour of Copse, Quays and Meadows accommodation - By coach, 12.45pm

As this is a Mini Open Day, we are sorry that there won't be any departments present. 

We cannot guarantee that all accommodation will be open but we try to ensure a wide variety is available for guests to visit. 

Wondering why there are only specific tours to Copse, Quays and Meadows?
Our accommodation is spread across the campus and whilst The Houses, Towers and South Courts are within a 5 minute walk, the Copse, Quays and Meadows are between a 15-20 minute walk from the centre of campus. To help those tired legs and to stop you getting lost, we will be running two organised tours through the day. 

Booking confirmation 

Once you’ve booked your place we'll send you a confirmation email. There's no need to print it as we'll have your details at our check in desks on the day – simple! 

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 (don’t worry, we always put the kettle on earlier than this in case of any early arrivals!) and the Welcome talk is at 10.00am. The Open Day officially finishes at 1.30pm.

When you arrive, head to our friendly staff in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall who will register your arrival. We’ll only ask for your name so there’s no need to bring anything with you. Next, head to our Welcome Café, grab a free tea and coffee and put your feet up before the tours and talks! 

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. 


Please follow the Valley Car Park signs which will lead you to our allocated visitor parking which is free if you display this permit in your windscreen. Our patrol staff should be on hand to show you where to go. The address of our Colchester Campus is:

University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

Getting to us by train

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

Overnight accommodation

Wivenhoe House Hotel

Long journey? Stay at our beautiful Wivenhoe House Hotel. This luxury 4* hotel is situated on our campus and offers free parking, free wi-fi and an award-winning brasserie. 

Email info@wivenhoehouse.co.uk
Telephone 01206 863666

Image of Valley Car Park at the Colchester Campus
Driving onto campus?

Planning to drive to our Colchester Campus? Good news, parking will be free! Please park in Valley Car Park or Car Park B (our parking attendants will be on hand to help) on the south-side of campus which are both close to our Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall. You will need to print and display a parking permit in your windscreen.

All six event ladies, photo in the garden.
Get in touch
Our Open Days team Our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/uniofessex
Telephone: 01206 876818