There's no place like home

Experience a cosy residential estate, nestled on the edge of the north side of our Colchester Campus, yet close to our main study facilities. The Houses are ideal if you're looking for a quieter living space.


The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate students
Room and Accommodation Type Price 
Standard shared twin £114.66
Standard single £170.80
Enhanced single £174.51
Premium single £185.50
Don't forget, you can apply for accommodation with us as soon as we're your first choice. 
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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 The Houses

If you enjoy a tranquil, relaxing environment with great spaces to read and study in peace, The Houses are for you. Josephine Butler, Thomas Hopper, Isaac Rebow, Swaynes, Richard Woods, and Anne Knight Houses, are located on our beautiful parkland and very close to some of our main study facilities.

As a new student, you will be able to select either a shared twin room, standard, enhanced (refurbished) or premium (larger bed) accommodation within one of our six Houses. Check out images of this accommodation below which includes images of our standard and enhanced flats. Flats are arranged on each floor of the three-storey buildings (no lifts) and accommodate between four and six students per flat with a shared kitchen and there are only fifty students in each house.

  • Tranquil, central location near the Library and Student Centre, Essex Business School, and North campus car park
  • Five-minute walk to central campus
  • Available for undergraduates

Room details

The bedrooms are very homely and each has an en suite toilet and shower facilities.

  • Single bed, premium rooms have a small double bed, and twin rooms have 2 single beds 
  • 18 premium rooms, 86 standard rooms, and 148 enhanced rooms
  • We have 8 adapted rooms for wheelchair uses, which include adaptions for those with hearing impairments
  • We have 6 shared twin ensuite rooms 
  • There is 1 self-contained apartment available
  • Typical dimensions: 3.8m x 3.6m (13.6m3)
  • Check out what else is with your room


The Houses - The Houses 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 8 minute walk to our gym and other sport facilities located on the edge of the University campus.

The Houses
"I love the newly-refurbished modern interior of the room; it makes it look clean and spacious and it allows enough light in during the day to make studying in the room really nice! The kitchen is also great. I tend to be the only one cooking meals, so the space doesn't usually get very crowded. The kitchen is also where all the socialising happens. We regularly catch up with each other there, playing games and listening to music."
Clara Carufel BA Politics and International Relations student
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Adapted flats

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

Postal address
Name of house followed by Flat / Room (e.g. Isaac Rebow House 4/6) University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
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Contact us

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.