Immerse yourself in a community of athletes and sports performers
The Athlete Village is a unique part of the Essex accommodation created for undergraduate students competing in the Essex Blades teams to be able to live together in the same area of campus, adjacent to the sports facilities.
By living in the Athlete Village, you will be immersed in a community of athletes and sports performers, and benefit from a supportive, encouraging, and exclusive environment designed to help you achieve your peak performance.
Both returning students who have previously represented the University in BUCS competitions, 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.
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 add 'I want to live in the Athlete Village' in the additional notes field of your application.
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 (capped) £50
- Free Kit Pack worth £125
- Laundry card and credit £102
- 2 weeks free BUCS pre-season training accommodation worth up to £347
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.