Hit a home run

The second largest accommodation area on offer here at Essex, South Courts is an ideal choice for sports enthusiasts or gym goers, as you're located right next door to our Sports Centre.

As part of the University’s focus to reach net zero carbon emissions, in line with the 2008 Climate Change Act, by 2035 we will be installing new solar panels to our South Courts accommodation.

The works will be completed between 17 June and 11 November 2024.

We endeavour to mitigate any disturbance but there is likely to be some noise due to the installation of scaffolding, therefore, please do use the alternative study spaces on campus, should you find it difficult to study in your room.



The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate students
Room and Accommodation Type Price 
Standard shared twin £114.73
Standard single £188.16
Enhanced single £190.89
Premium single £194.74
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Please note that contract lengths vary in line with course dates. Postgraduate courses are normally 50 weeks and undergraduate courses are normally 39 weeks, however, some courses start earlier or finish later than others.

About South Courts

South Courts is near lots of green space to enjoy a walk or 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 social life.

Each of the eight courts, Rowhedge, Thaxted, Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Alresford, Frinton, and Walton are arranged into flats with shared kitchens for four to fourteen students, providing a great social hub 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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Building Works

Necessary works to House 6 of Alresford Court, in South Courts on our Colchester campus, are likely to start in September 2024 and will be completed within a 10 month period of commencement.

The noise from the works are likely to affect Harwich Court Houses 16-23 the most, due to the proximity of the building. However, everything will be done to mitigate the impact on those living in South Courts.

Although there will be some noise and disruption during these works, there will be no disturbance during the evenings, weekends, or Bank Holidays unless absolutely necessary.

Alternate study areas are available for you to use, if you are not able to study in your room.

Room details

The rooms in South Courts are spacious and modern.

  • Standard, enhanced (refurbished) or premium (bigger bed) rooms available
  • Single bed (apart from premium rooms and self-contained)
  • 1 Self-contained flat
  • 26 shared twin en suite rooms 
  • 57 premium rooms
  • 219 single enhanced rooms
  • 912 single standard rooms
  • En suite shower and toilet facilities in each bedroom
  • Available for undergraduates
  • 4 wheelchair-adapted rooms with kitchens designed for wheelchair users and adapted bathrooms
  • No lifts available
  • Typical dimensions: 3.9m x 4.8m (18.7m3), however, room and flat sizes can vary throughout South Courts.
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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.

Accommodation: South Courts
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Adapted flats

We offer a number of studio flats adapted for wheelchair users. Find out more.

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Postal address
Name of Court followed by House. Flat/Room (eg, Harwich Court 3.1/D) University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
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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.