Accommodation at Essex

Your new home

Looking for the best university accommodation? Well, you've found the right place!

We offer a variety of exciting and comfortable accommodation, from studios to single en suite rooms and retro Towers to Townhouses, to suit all budgets.

Want the bustling centre of campus on your doorstep? Or just a quiet spot? Take your pick. Make yourself at home and get a glimpse of what we have to offer.

For more information on how we are preparing accommodation for students joining us this year, take a look at the Accommodation and Living on Campus FAQs below.

Find out more about our quality standards and the Student Accommodation Code of Practices (SAC) we follow.

How to apply for accommodation?

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Why live here?
  • We have a community atmosphere and friendly environment. 
  • Centrally located to residences, to close to all facilities, with dedicated and experienced staff here to support you.
  • We have 24 hour security to ensure everyone is safe at all times.
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Download your welcome pack and find all the information you need to help you settle in, including contact details for accommodation and emergency numbers for out of hours support.

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Accommodation and living on campus

How to apply for accommodation

Applications for the current 2021-22 academic year are available via our waiting list.

Applications for the 2022-23 academic year for new undergraduate and postgraduate students are now open.

Returning accommodation applications for 2022-23 are open now but will close on 28 January 2022.

About your accommodation offer

We are working through waiting list applications now and will send you an offer of accommodation as soon as possible.

Accommodation offers for returning students for the 2022-23 academic year, will be sent from the beginning of February.

Accommodation offers for new students for the 2022-23 academic year, will begin being sent from April. You will only receive an offer, once any conditions have been met.

Please make sure you check your email account regularly for updates, including your junk folder and accept any offers within the given deadline.

Requesting to study remotely

Essex is a campus-based university and we know that our students value being together on campus. On our campuses we can better support you to achieve success, and you can also experience all the benefits of being part of our diverse, global and inclusive community. It is these experiences, both academic and cultural, that play such an important part of your time at Essex.

For these reasons, in academic year 2021-22, we are expecting all our students to learn, in-person on our campuses at Colchester, Southend and Loughton.

We know that COVID-19 restrictions may still affect many of you. That’s why we will offer a level of flexibility for those who are unable to arrive at our campuses for the start of term.

Check out our frequently asked questions to learn more about requesting to study remotely

What to do if you need to quarantine on arrival

Students arriving into University owned or administered accommodation for the current academic year 2021-22 that need to self-isolate, can do so in their term-time room. We will provide you with a free quarantine pack but you will need to order this. Details about this are available on our Colchester and Southend arrivals pages.

Information relating to travel restrictions and Covid-19 testing, is available on the University travel pages.

Please then make sure you read the guidance on self-isolating, so you are aware of what support services are available to you, including how to order food deliveries. However, if you do have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Student Information Team

If you are moving into private accommodation, please contact your landlord or student housing provider directly for information on how they can support you during your quarantine period.

Support if you have to self-isolate in your accommodation

If you live in University accommodation and need to self-isolate due to COVID-19, appropriate arrangements will be made by our dedicated Residence Life team to provide you with advice and practical support. Information regarding how to self-isolate, who to inform and how we can further support you will be made available for you, with further information in your Welcome Book.  

What to do if you are arriving late

If you have booked University owned or administered accommodation and are not able to arrive for the start of your contract, please let us know your arrival date as soon as possible.

If you have not requested to study remotely, you will need to let us know your late arrival date or your contract will be cancelled. If you want your room held, you will be required to pay your first terms rental fees upfront, in order for us to continue to hold your room.

Activities on campus before the start of term

Our friendly Residence Life team host a range of social activities for students living on and off campus, for you to participate with and meet new friends and make new connections.

The Students’ Union will also be organising a broad range of virtual and in-person activity; further information will be available nearer the beginning of the new academic year.

Your accommodation contract if there is another lockdown

We know that you might be worried about incurring costs should a national/local lockdown happen in the UK and you want to return to your home address. The University has an Accommodation COVID-19 commitment for the academic year 2021-22 which should be read alongside the standard terms and conditions of tenancy document. This commitment is designed to provide you with clarity and guidance on how pandemic-related events may affect you, your accommodation agreement and your rental liability.

Social distancing on campus and in University accommodation  

Protecting the health and wellbeing of our students while delivering a high-quality education guides everything we do. Despite very positive signs that the vaccination programme is limiting COVID transmission in the UK, we cannot guarantee that we will be unaffected by pandemic-related restrictions at any point during the next academic year.

Our approach to planning for the academic year 21-22 will ensure that we will be able to offer all of our students a transformative, campus experience; with flexibility to adapt to periods of heightened COVID security if needed. Our priority will always be to ensure your safety while supporting you to continue with your education - irrespective of any further disruption caused by the pandemic 

We will comply with all Government guidance, and in addition to this will make our own additional judgements about what works in our campus environments. We have all learned a great deal from our experiences of the last year, and we will be ready to flex our approach to if the circumstances require.

Cleanliness and hygiene within shared accommodation 

Our housekeeping team will be busy undertaking enhanced cleaning, to ensure your accommodation is as hygienic as possible. All kitchens will be cleaned weekly, and shared bathrooms cleaned 3 times a week. We will be regularly cleaning all high level touchpoints in accommodation entrances and communal areas. We will also clean all lifts daily.

Hygiene is a key factor in controlling the virus, therefore it is important that all residents play their part in ensuring your accommodation remains safe. To help with this, we will also provide you with how-to guides and advice on hygiene. 

COVID-19 protection measures on campus

The University takes the health and wellbeing of our students and staff very seriously and this has been one of the focuses to ensure students can study on campus – safely.

To protect our community on campus we have introduced the following measures:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilising regimes
  • Social distancing in line with UK Government guidance
  • Signage and floor markings in key locations to help you move around our campuses safely

We’re asking you to wear face coverings in all public campus areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain or in specifically designated locations. 

We also have a comprehensive system of Covid-19 testing on campus to help keep everyone safe.

We’ll also be introducing training for all students, to make it easier for everyone to understand our expectations.


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For enquiries about accommodation or about an application you're making, contact us at the Student Services Hub. Quote your full name and PRID or PG number on all correspondence.

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