Accommodation

Moving in to your Colchester Campus accommodation

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Before you arrive

First you need to print off or your Arrivals pass (which is available at the end of your e-induction) or have it available electronically and have your ID, as you will need this to collect your key. You can arrive from the start date of your contract, which you can find on your offer letter or license (Letter of Allocation). You cannot request to arrive early.

If you are planning on arriving late, please let us know, so that we can hold your room. Your offer will be cancelled if you do not advise us in the first 7 days. If you wish to arrive later than two weeks after the start of your contract, you will have to pay your first terms rent, for us to continue to hold your room.

When you arrive, take your Arrivals pass to one of our key collection offices. Information about key collection offices are below.

If you are not able to bring certain items with you, such as bedding and kitchen items, then you have the option to order these from Essex Essentials. If you are an October start student, then you can order these and have them delivered to your room for your arrival (ordering deadline terms apply). If you are ordering at any other time of the year, then these have to be collected, as arranged by Event Essex.

Luggage

Please make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

Travel and parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found on our travelling to Colchester Campus page.  Parking for new arrivals is available at University Quays. Parking for The Meadows, The Copse, The Pastures, and North Campus is via the Knowledge Gateway off of the A133. Parking for South Campus is in Valley Road Car Park and Car Park B off Boundary Road, from the A133 towards Wivenhoe.

Welcome week

As well as moving into you accommodation, we also have a wealth of advice to help you get started on your first few days on our welcome pages.

Collecting your keys

Arrivals key collection 2023-24

North Campus (North Towers, The Houses, and Wolfson Court) 

Where to go

If you will be living on the North of campus (The Houses, Wolfson Court, William Morris, Rayleigh, Keynes and Tawney Towers) please go to the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake.

You can access this by walking along the North Causeway from the North car park, and continue passed the Tony Rich Teaching centre, then under The Hex building, which will take you to Square 4, leading to Square 5.

Main Arrivals Weekend
Key collection
is from 9am on Saturday 30 September and then 24 hours (including Sunday if that is an easier day for you to arrive).

After main Arrivals weekend
Key collection is available 24 hours a day from the Silberrad Student Centre, until Wednesday 4 October 2023.

If you arrive before (as contract starts before this date) or after this time but during the hours 9.15am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, you can continue to collect the keys from the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre. Key collection out of office hours, including weekends, will be from Security at the Security and Safety Centre on Square 3.

South Courts and South Towers  

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Courts (Rowhedge, Thaxted, Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Alresford, Frinton, and Walton) or South Towers (Bertrand Russell and Eddington), please go please go to the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake.

Main Arrivals Weekend
Key collection
 is from 9am on Saturday 30 September and then 24 hours (including Sunday if that is an easier day for you to arrive)  .

After main Arrivals weekend
Key collection is available 24 hours a day from the Silberrad Student Centre, until Wednesday 4 October 2023.

If you arrive before (as contract starts before this date) or after this time but during the hours 9.15am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, you can continue to collect the keys from the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre. Key collection out of office hours, including weekends, will be from Security at the Security and Safety Centre on Square 3.

 

The Meadows and The Copse  

Where to go

If you will be living at The Meadows or The Copse on the North of Campus, please go to the accommodation reception in The Poplars building at The Copse to collect your keys.

Key collection is from 9am on Saturday 30 September and then 24 hours thereafter (including Sunday if that is an easier day for you to arrive)  . If the office is temporarily unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you.

Please turn at the traffic lights in to the north side of Campus (Knowledge Gateway on the A133) and take the third exit on the first roundabout onto Capon Road where you will be guided by security staff on where the best place is to park. For SatNav purposes, please use The Copse postcode CO4 3ZT. The Capon Road car park is just opposite The Copse.  

University Quays 

Where to go

Key collection is from 9am on Saturday 30 September and then 24 hours thereafter  (including Sunday if that is an easier day for you to arrive)  If you will be living in Matthews Quay or  Sainty Quay 4 and 5 your keys will be available from the University Quays accommodation office in Matthews Quay 1 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

If you will be living in Hawkins Quay and Sainty Quays 1,2,3,6,7,8,9, and 10, your keys will be available to collect from the Security Office in Hawkins Quay 2.

Outside of these hours your keys will be available at the Security Office in Hawkins Quay 2.

If the office is temporarily unmanned please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you.

For SatNav purposes, please use the postcode for University Quays, which is CO2 8GY. 

The Pastures

Where to go

If you will be living at The Pastures on the North of Campus, please go to the accommodation reception, which is located on the ground floor of The Saltmarsh building. 

Key collection is from 9am on Saturday 30 September and then 24 hours thereafter (including Sunday if that is an easier day for you to arrive). If the office is temporarily unmanned, please call Security on07385935610 and they will come and assist you.

Please turn at the traffic lights in to the north side of Campus (Knowledge Gateway on the A133) and take the third exit on the first roundabout onto Capon Road where you will be guided by security staff on where the best place is to park. For SatNav purposes, please use The Pastures Saltmarsh postcode CO4 3ZU. The Capon Road car park is just opposite The Pastures.  

Important information
  • Where possible bring your belongings in suitcases with wheels so you're easily able to transport it to your accommodation
  • You're not permitted to have any guests to stay for the first 2 weeks of your autumn term contract
  • Please only bring one person with you where possible and arrange off campus accommodation for them.
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