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 2022 but haven't visited Essex yet? 

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This Mini Open Day is designed to help you get to know Essex. 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 already 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 4.00pm. Please make sure you check-in at the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (the big shiny silver building).

Our programme

Times Talk/activity

Arrival and Check-in


Welcome to the University of Essex

Information about your day, what to see and who to speak to.

Accommodation Talk

Learn more about the different on-campus accommodation types at the University, for both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students.

How to Apply for Undergraduate Students


Welcome to Postgraduate Study

An overview of life as a Masters or PhD Student here at the University. Including information on fees and funding and how to apply. 

Student Finance for Undergraduate Students


Our Undergraduate Student Panel

Your chance to hear from our current students and ask questions if you’d like!

Our Postgraduate Student Panel

Your chance to hear from our Postgraduate students and ask questions if you’d like!
Available all day (12.15 - 4.00pm)

Campus and Accommodation Tours

Tour our campus, or select which accommodation you’d like to view on a separate tour.
 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm

Essex Business School Tours

A campus tour, led by a member of our Essex Business School staff, including a tour of our EBS building and facilities.

Available all day (12.15 - 4.00pm)

Student Services

Visit our Student Services teams and speak to them about Accommodation, Undergraduate and Postgraduate Admissions, Student Finance, Students Union and Student Development.


On the day you'll be able to visit our Student Services teams and tour our campus and accommodation from the Silberrad Marquees.

Departments and academics will not be available to speak to on the Mini Open Day. However, you can chat with our staff and students online whenever suits you. You can also view our on-demand talks, tasters and tours on our Virtual Open Day Platform.

If you're an undergraduate applicant, looking to join us in 2022, then you will be invited to an Applicant Day later this year where you will be able to meet your department, speak to current students and tour our campus. Alternatively, our 
Visit Us webpages will be updated when our 2022 main Open Day dates and live online events are announced. 


Please note:

Visitors are strongly encouraged to wear a face covering during their visit, particularly in indoor areas. Hand sanitiser stations will be available in all main locations, as well as toilets and hand washing facilities.


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.

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 4.00pm.



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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