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Term-time short stays

Applications for Colchester and Southend short-stay accommodation for 2019-20 are temporarily closed during the Government imposed lock-down period

If you need a room for a few days then we can offer short-stay accommodation bookings of one or more nights within our accommodation, during the spring and summer terms.

It is not possible to book any short stay accommodation that ends later than Friday 5 June 2020. Details about which accommodation options are available and prices, are on the application form.

Apply for Colchester

Please complete the colchester-campus-short-stay-application-form and email it to

Apply for Southend

Please complete the southend-campus-short-stay-application-form and email it to


Revision and resit bookings

Applications for revision and resit accommodation has now closed.

Summer vacation stays

Applications for Colchester and Southend summer vacation accommodation are now closed and will open in late April 2020.

Vacation accommodation offers will be sent out from the beginning of June 2020.

Some students, such as the majority of postgraduate students and a small number of undergraduate students will have a letter of allocation to mid-September. Other students will be required to vacate their accommodation at the end of the academic year in June/July and make a vacation booking if they require accommodation over the summer.

Bookings will normally be subject to a minimum charge of three days.

If you require a booking that is for 29 nights or more, the tariff is set at a lower rate equivalent to the term time rent. In this case the same letting conditions apply as for students who have been resident all year, in particular, notice cannot be given once the keys are collected.

If you require a booking of 28 nights or less or you are uncertain about required dates, the short-term rate applies. In this case three days notice may be given. Any booking which commences on or after Monday 17 August 2020 will be deemed a short-term booking.

Before making a booking ensure you read the Vacation Accommodation Terms and Conditions of Residence below.

Applications can be received Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm but may not be processed immediately. If you are planning on arriving over the weekend, please apply well in advance.

Apply for accommodation

 Applications are currently closed.


Apply for accommodation

Applications for vacation accommodation are now closed until next year. Prices for vacation accommodation can be found on our Colchester and Southend rent pages.

In date

The last possible in date for vacation bookings is Monday 7 September 2020 (does not apply for resit bookings).

If you're living in private accommodation you won't be able to move in until Tuesday 30 June 2020. We will contact you if you're currently living in University accommodation and let you know when your summer room is ready.

Out date

Last possible out date is Monday 14 September 2020.

End of contract

All accommodation contracts end in mid-September to allow for cleaning and essential maintenance work to be completed. There can be no extensions of accommodation beyond this time.

However, if you are in University accommodation over the summer and have accommodation the following academic year you may remain in your current room until your term-time room is ready. You are not required to make an additional booking for this, as we will invoice you for this automatically in September. You will be expected to move as soon as you are notified in order that your vacation room can be prepared for new students arriving


Graduation bookings

Accommodation available during graduation week

Applications for  Graduation accommodation are now closed.

Before making a booking ensure you read the Vacation Accommodation Terms and Conditions of Residence.

Apply for accommodation

Applications for Graduation accommodation are now closed.

Non-student bookings

Residential accommodation is available for let during the summer vacation to groups and individuals who are not students of the University, including accommodation for Graduation guests and family members.

You can book this accommodation through Event Essex.

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Terms and Conditions of Residence

Our terms and conditions give details of the terms of your tenancy agreement. By accepting a room when it is offered you are accepting these terms and conditions and you will be entering into a legally binding contract.

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