About University Quays
Close to campus, our historical city centre and to the Hythe train station; University Quays are perfectly located. Attend your lecture, clock in for a part-time job in the city, enjoy the bars and restaurants in Colchester when your shift is over, or jump on a train to the city with your friends.
Partner that with amazing views of the River Colne, where you can enjoy a Sunday afternoon bike ride, or pop to the nearby shops for your everyday essentials - just in time to hang out in the great social spaces that form part of the Quays apartments.
Our award-winning University Quays accommodation is around a 15-20 minute walk to the centre of campus.
- Matthews, Sainty, and Hawkins Quays are arranged into flats for four to eight students with shared kitchens
- Launderette on site
- Large supermarket just a short walk away
- There is one self-contained apartment available in this area
- Lifts are available in Sainty Houses 4 and 5 only
- Some shared accommodation available
- Available for undergraduates and postgraduates
We work with Uliving to provide student accommodation at University Quays. Your accommodation contract is with us but the management, maintenance, and cleaning services are provided by Derwent Students.
University Quays is included within Derwent Students ANUK/Unipol National Code accreditation.
We are expanding our accommodation portfolio and our new development, The Pastures is well underway. It consists of 1262 rooms, a laundry, social hub, and post room.
The position of our new accommodation is opposite the current Meadows site, to the side of University Quays, on North campus. Work will continue over the next year, with completion set for September 2023. We will work with contractors to mitigate any impact on our students living nearby and will provide alternate study space if required.