Short stay and vacation

Term-time short stays

Applications for Colchester and Southend short-stay accommodation are now closed.

Revision and resit bookings

Applications for revision and resit accommodation will open on 5th August 2019.

Accommodation is available for you during the late summer revision and resit examinations period. We have rooms available in The Towers and University Quays at our Colchester Campus and in single en-suite rooms at University Square, Southend Campus.

Bed linen and towel hire are included in the price of all rooms. You're welcome to book for one or more nights. These rooms will be available from 12th August until 16th September.

How to apply

Applications are now open.

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  • University Quays, Colchester Campus: £23.52 per night
  • Towers, Colchester Campus: £17.58 per night
  • University Square, Southend Campus: £25.09 per night


Summer vacation bookings

Vacation accommodation offers will be sent out from the beginning of June 2019.

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 19 August 2019 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 for vacation accommodation are now open. Prices for vacation accommodation can be found on our Colchester and Southend rent pages.


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In date

The last possible in date for vacation bookings is Monday 9 September 2019 (does not apply for resit bookings).

If you're living in private accommodation you won't be able to move in until Tuesday 2 July 2019. 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 16 September 2019.

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.

Apply for student graduation accommodation

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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