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Find information on how to apply for accommodation as a returning student. 

Returning accommodation applications for Colchester returning students and Southend returning students for 2020-21, are now closed. Applications for 2021-22 will open on 1 December 2020.

Applications will be dealt with on a first come, first served basis. If you would like to live with your friends, please make sure you list all their PRIDs when applying. Each of your friends must also submit their own application and have the same preferences as you. Please note that we may not be able to house you together.

When you fill in your application form, list your choice of locations in order of preference. Don't select any type of room you're not prepared to accept. You can see all the different accommodation options, however, not all areas will be available to returning students for 2021-22.



Returning Study Abroad students

Any returning Study Abroad students will be able to apply for the 2021-22 academic year via the Waiting List, which is currently closed. It will open again in September 2021. We will have a limited number of rooms available, so any applications received once these are filled will be added to the waiting list and a room offered as soon as one becomes available. This will not be guaranteed accommodation, but you will be a priority above other returning students on the Waiting List.

If you are a returning undergraduate Study Abroad student, but have eligible overseas status and applied via the returning applications process that opened in December 2020 and closed in January 2021, you will be guaranteed accommodation.

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