Be part of something special
We have created a new Athletes' Village in our South Courts accommodation on the Colchester campus, which will be ready for the 2023-24 academic year.
The Athlete Village is a dedicated section of campus accommodation within a few seconds walk of our sports facilities, reserved exclusively for undergraduate students who represent University sports teams. As a member of a community of athletes and sports performers, you’ll benefit from a supportive, encouraging, and exclusive environment designed to help you maximise the benefits of being part of our sporting community and achieve your peak performance.
Both returning students who have previously been an active member of one of our sports clubs and new students who can evidence their level of performance in school, county or national level competition are welcome to apply to live in the Athlete Village.
The Athlete Village is located within our South Courts accommodation in Frinton and Walton Court, located next door to our Sports Centre.
By selecting to live in our Athlete's village, you will not only be living with like-minded people but will also receive the following benefits, totalling more than *£700:
- Free upgrade to Essex Sport Gold Membership £50.00
- Free Essex Blades BUCS participation fee £30.00
- Contribution towards one Sports Club Membership fee up to £50.00
- Free Kit Pack £125.40
- Laundry card and credit £102.00
- 2 weeks free BUCS pre-season training accommodation, worth up to £347.20
- Please note the dates for BUCS pre-season are Thursday 14 - Wednesday 27 September.
That's an amazing £704.60 of benefits!
This offer cannot be taken up in conjunction with any other offer (including the £200 cashback).
If you would like to apply to live in the Athletes' Village, then you will need to select South Courts as your area preference in your accommodation application. Please also add 'I want to live in the Athletes' Village' in the additional notes field of your application.
British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS)
If you are a Sports Scholar or are planning on joining one of our BUCS teams and living in our campus accommodation but do not wish to live in the Athletes' Village, then you can still apply for the 2 weeks pre-season training accommodation. However, although this is not free, there is a 50% reduction in the cost of pre-season accommodation, which will be located in South Towers, meaning that you are charged just £116.76. This is for the period 14-27 September 2023 only. You will be contacted directly about your eligibility to apply for this.
Allocations to the Athletes' Village and pre-season training, will be subject to eligibility confirmation by Essex Sport and the Students' Union and will be subject to availability.