Mini Open Day

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

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

Here's your chance! 

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. The day will be shorter than a main Open Day, 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 12.00pm, and will finish at 3.00pm. Please make sure you check-in at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (the big shiny silver building).

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?

Travel bursary

It's been a tough year for us all, so to make things a little easier, we'd like to offer you a bursary to cover the costs of your travel to the Mini Open Day (up to £100). You can view our terms and conditions here and download the form to complete here.


Please note:

Due to extended building works, we unfortunately are unable to show any rooms in The Copse accommodation tomorrow at our Mini Open Day.

If you are due to attend this Mini Open Day specifically to see The Copse, we do sincerely apologise and would recommend rebooking for one of our later Mini Open Day dates; Wednesday 1 September or Wednesday 8 September.

If you want to reschedule, please drop an email to opendays@essex.ac.uk, and we will rearrange this for you.

The rest of the day will remain unchanged. You can also view a 360 tour of The Copse here.

Mini Open Day Programme

Wednesday 25 August

  • 12.00pm - Arrival and refreshments
  • 12.30pm - Welcome Talk
  • 1.00pm - Campus and Accommodation Tours
  • 2.00 to 3.00pm - Visit our information stands to find out about Student Finance, Student Support and more
  • 3.00pm - Mini Open Day finishes

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

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, or conduct a separate tour if necessary.

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 12.00pm with the Welcome talk starting at 12.30pm.

When you arrive, head to our friendly staff in the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall who will register you. 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! 

The Mini Open Day officially finishes at 3.00pm.



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, at Valley Car Park. 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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