Mini Open Day

Join us at our Colchester Campus for a day of talks, tours and a chance to ask our staff those burning questions

Are you a student thinking of coming to University in October 2021 but haven't visited Essex yet? 

Here's your chance! 

Or if you want to get the full experience of an Essex Open Day, why not book on to one of our main Open Days?

For obvious reasons, it wasn't possible to host on-campus events in 2020 so you may well have missed out on visiting us. Well, this Mini Open Day is designed to help you get to know Essex. It does exactly what it says on the tin, it's a mini version of our main Open Days. There may be fewer academics to talk to and not as much accommodation available to view but if you want to take a look around campus, or just get a feel for the place before you submit your application we're here for you. 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 9.00am, and will finish at 4.00pm. Please make sure you check-in at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (the big shiny silver building).

Mini Open Day Programme

Tours of our Campus and Accommodation

9.30am - 4.00pm, Square 5

Tours will depart from the Tour and Accommodation Zone on Square 5. Please head outside and follow signage where staff will be available to talk you through our range of tour options.

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

Meet your Department

10.00am - 2.00pm, Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

Academic staff will be available in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall auditorium to answer any queries you have regarding our courses. Staff from Accommodation Essex, Admissions and our Student Union will also be on-hand to answer any questions.

Academics from most departments will be present but the following subject areas are not in Clearing and will therefore not be present on the Mini Open Day

  • Physiotherapy
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Adult Nursing

General Talks

9.30am - 4.00pm, Silberrad Student Centre 

From 9.30am we will be running a variety of 30-minute talks which will be repeated in the afternoon if you miss the morning slot. Talks will take place outside the Silberrad Student Centre.

  • Welcome: 9.15am and 1.15pm 
  • Accommodation: 10.15am and 2.00pm
  • Student Finance and Funding: 11.00am and 2.45pm
  • Teaching in 2021/22: 11.45am and 3.30pm

Only looking for a tour of campus and our accommodation? 

We’re running tours of our campus and accommodation from Monday 9 August – Sunday 15 August at 12.00pm and 2.00pm. To book a place, click here

To book your place, fill in the form below...

Places for this event are limited so book your place now to avoid disappointment

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.


You're welcome to arrive any time from 9.00am and the Welcome talk is at 9.30am. The Open Day officially finishes at 4.00pm.

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. Parking on a Saturday is free. 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

If you are using a SatNav, please use the following postcode, CO4 3FA as this will direct you to our car parks.

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

All six event ladies, photo in the garden.
Get in touch
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