Living on campus

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Study bedrooms

All of our single study rooms are fully furnished with a single bed and mattress (four foot wide bed in The Meadows and The Copse) and double beds in premium or self-contained rooms plus a desk and chair, bookshelves, a wardrobe (double the items in twin or double room), a bin and a lamp (integrated desk light not lamp at The Copse and University Quays).

You will need to bring your own:

  • bedding, towels and homely items such as rugs, posters and personal items

If you want to bring a mini-fridge with you then you need to fill in an application before you arrive. You can only request to have a mini-fridge for medical reasons. We will also require medical evidence to support your request. Please email the Student Information Team for further information.

We have a rolling maintenance programme in place to continually review and improve our accommodation, so some areas may have older facilities than others, depending on when they were last refurbished. 


Kitchens are equipped with a cooker (induction hob at The Copse), refrigerator, freezer, microwave oven, kettle, ironing board, and storage units.

You will need to either bring with you or purchase when you arrive:

  • crockery (plates, cups etc)
  • cutlery (knives, forks, spoons)
  • saucepans and frying pans (you will need magnetic pans to use on the induction hobs at The Copse)
  • other cooking utensils (tin opener, whisk etc)
  • iron - but only if you really need one!

Why not chat with your new flat mates via Facebook and make a plan on who is bringing what item? This way you can share and don't all have to bring a full set of everything. Facebooks groups are available on our accommodation area pages for Colchester and Southend.

Essex Essentials

If you need to buy new stuff for when you arrive, you can get your essential first-week items online before you arrive at the University and have them delivered to your room. We provide a range of bedding, kitchen and electrical packs containing all the items you will need in your student accommodation.

Services provided


The cost for utilities is included in your weekly rent. This covers:

  • central heating
  • hot water and
  • electricity

Internet access

ASK4 Accommodation Internet

If you are living in University Square Southend or South Courts, Towers, The Houses, and Wolfson Court in Colchester, you'll have access to up to 1Gb/s broadband internet speeds at your accommodation. Your internet services are provided by ASK4 at no extra charge, who have replaced Glide Student. You will be able to use a wired connection for your devices using the cable provided.

ASK4 also provide, at no extra cost, a superfast Wi-Fi service with a seamless coverage across your accommodation. Additionally, you will be able to link all your devices together to create your own private and secure network. As ASK4 provide a fully-managed internet service, you won't have to worry about buying your own equipment. To ensure the best service and to avoid causing and problems and interference with your neighbours' connection, personal routers and access points are not permitted for use within your accommodation.

When you arrive at your accommodation, simply connect to the ASK4 wireless network and create your account within a few steps. Please use the link below to find out more about ASK4's service at your accommodation:

Glide Accommodation Internet

If you are living at The Meadows, The Copse or University Quays, enhanced 100Mbps broadband internet access (minimum speed) is provided in your bedroom at no extra charge by Glide Student. You will need to bring your own device and connect via the cable provided.

Glide Student also provides at no extra cost, a comprehensive Wi-Fi service which has excellent coverage. To ensure you all benefit from the best possible wireless connection, personal Wi-Fi routers used to connect to Glide Student are now prohibited within all accommodation on campus as they can affect coverage.

You can now register for your internet service from home, making internet access available as soon as you move in to your University accommodation. Why not register at home for your accommodation internet service and remove the hassle when you arrive? 

Glide Student provides fast easy access to a range of entertainment and IT facilities including music, gaming, Freewire TV and Freewire Softphone and file backup. Please make sure that you read the Glide Student Usage Policy before you register for Glide Student services.

Parking for cars and bikes

Colchester Campus

Regrettably, students (other than disabled students) that live on campus may not register a vehicle for parking on our Colchester Campus.

There is a bike shelter facility available near the accommodation on North and South campus as well as at The Meadows, The Copse, and University Quays.

Please be aware that you park your bike at your own risk so always remember to lock it before you leave.

Southend Campus

There are no dedicated student car parking spaces at our Southend Campus.

Pay and display facilities are available in public car parks, but please note that these are aimed at short-term parking only and security is not guaranteed.

There is a bike shelter facility available on the podia in the central courtyard.

Please be aware that you park your bike at your own risk so always remember to lock it before you leave.

Cleaning, laundry and maintenance

Communal areas

The communal areas of our single accommodation flats are cleaned by our housekeeping staff. They will clean surfaces, cooking facilities and bathrooms, but they will not clean or tidy personal belongings. It is also your responsibility to keep these areas clean and tidy.


Rubbish in bins is removed daily by our caretaking staff.


There are laundry facilities located in each area of our accommodation in Colchester and Southend.


Confirm your contents insurance

Your contents. Covered.

By partnering with Endsleigh, the No.1 student insurance provider, we've arranged contents insurance for all of our students staying with us, in our residence, at no cost to you.

It is important you confirm your cover to ensure you understand what is and isn't covered.

You can do this by downloading the MyEndsleigh app and registering. Once you do this you will be entered into a prize draw to win £50 a week for a WHOLE YEAR!

Visit MyEndsleigh to:

  • What is and isn't covered
  • Get claims support
  • Personalise cover
  • Access rewards
  • Access wellbeing support


Post is normally delivered on weekdays to the flats.

Large items

Large items or those requiring a signature for University Quays, University Meadows, The Copse and University Square are retained at reception for collection. Larger items for the Towers, South Courts, The Houses and Wolfson Court are delivered to the University post room. The post room staff will email you to let you know when it has been delivered and confirm where to collect it from.

Keycards and fobs

When you arrive you will receive one or some of the following - single key/keycard/fob which gives you entry into your building, flat and your room.

Look after them because if you lose any you will have to pay a £15 fee for a replacement key/keycard or £5 fee for a replacement fob.


Medical Centre

There is a medical centre at Colchester campus for you to visit when you are unwell. However, you will need to register before you can see a doctor. You can register online either just before or when you arrive.

There are also details available for you to find your nearest medical centre if you live in Southend.

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