Immerse yourself in a community of athletes and sports performers

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. 



The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate students, Sports scholars
Room and Accommodation Type Price 
Standard shared twin £114.73
Standard single £188.16
Enhanced single £190.89
Premium single £194.74

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 Walton Court, located next door to our Sports Centre.

If you would like to apply to live in the Athlete Village, then you will need to select South Courts as your area preference in your accommodation application. Please also select the option to live in the Athlete Village on the application form..

Living in the Athlete Village you will also receive a comprehensive package of benefits worth over £700* to support your sporting endeavours, including:

  • Free upgrade to Essex Sport Gold Membership £50
  • Free Essex Blades BUCS participation fee £30
  • Contribution towards one Sports Club Membership fee up to £50
  • Free Kit Pack worth £125
  • Laundry card and credit £100
  • 2 weeks free BUCS pre-season training accommodation worth up to £376
  • Please note the dates for BUCS pre-season are TBC.

This offer is not available in conjunction with any other offer.

There is a dedicated section within the Athlete Village for our undergraduate sports scholars, but the above package is not available. See below for alternative offer.

New student applications    Returning student applications

Please note that contract lengths vary in line with course dates. Undergraduate courses are normally 39 weeks, however, some courses start earlier or finish later than others.

About Athlete Village, South Courts

Green pitchesAthlete Village is located within South Courts accommodation in Walton Court and is near lots of green space to go for a jog and only a five-minute walk to the centre of campus. This accommodation is ideal if you want the perfect balance between your academic studies and sporting activities.

Each of the the courses are arranged into flats with shared kitchens for four to fourteen students, providing a great social hub for our sports scholars to make friends and chat about your day. The larger flats accommodating up to fourteen students have two or three kitchens shared between the flat.

South Courts accommodation were built at different stages and, therefore, can be different in appearance, as well as the size of flat. Equally, rooms may slightly vary in size and layout, depending on where they are situated in the building.

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South Courts is located just a 5 minute walk from the centre of campus where you will find the Albert Sloman Library, SU bar, SU Shop, eatery outlets and plenty more. It is also only a 2 minute walk to our gym and other sport facilities located on the edge of the University campus.


Our Performance Sport and Scholarship programme has been created for talented undergraduate and postgraduate athletes playing at regional, national or international level, and offers a range of benefits. We want students competing in our focus sports (basketball, volleyball, tennis and football), as well as other team sports and individual athletes, to contribute to our ambitions for the performance sport programme.

Our scholarships can include fee discounts up to 100% or a cash bursary to help towards various costs, offered to athletes who demonstrate sporting excellence. Those awarded a scholarship may also receive a host of other benefits, including free kit, access to state-of-the-art facilities, performance coaching, the option to live in our Athlete Village (accommodation fees may vary) and a support package valued up to £1,500. These benefits are designed to help athletes focus on their training, and development, and to enable them to reach their full potential alongside their studies.

Accommodation: South Courts
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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.