Colchester Campus

Colchester Campus

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Colchester Campus

The world in one place

At Essex there's so much going on that you could never leave campus and still find something new to do every day.

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites, making us one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet - we like to think of ourselves as the world in one place.

The Campus is set within 200 acres of beautiful parkland, located two miles from the historic city centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded development. Our Colchester Campus is also easily reached from London and Stansted Airport in under one hour.


We want you to throw yourself in at the deep end, soak up life and make the most of those special Essex moments. Take a look around.

Historic location

We are located in the historic, 200-acre Wivenhoe Park. The park was originally landscaped in the eighteenth century and was painted by celebrated artist John Constable. Today, the striking landscape provides a tranquil place for all to enjoy.

A bustling campus

The campus squares are always buzzing with life. With shops, a bustling street market, restaurants, bars, a theatre, a cinema, a gym and even a nightclub; it's possible to survive your time at Essex without ever actually leaving campus (not something we recommend, but you get the idea...).


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"I am proud of the Essex values of inclusivity and internationalism. I am a member of our Students’ Union. I lived in South Towers. I got lost on campus but I FoundMyWay. I took the Paternoster. I lost the notion of time in the library. I enjoyed a day by the lakes. It makes my day when I see Pebbles (our campus cat). I celebrate in the SU Bar. I sing at Milk It! I dance in Sub Zero. I grab coffee from Crumbs and popcorn chicken from Cantina. I celebrate National Romanian Day one day and discover other cultures the next. I backed the blades and danced the pole. I met amazing people and laughed along the way. I am Essex because of our amazing community of students, and a campus that I now call home."
Iris Szabo BA Global Studies and Modern Languages student

Food for thought

If you love food as much as we do, you'll be pleased to know that it's a priority at our Colchester Campus. You'll never run out of choice, and it will definitely take you a while to work your way through this lot.


Enjoy relaxed coffee, tasty drinks and snacks as well as Campus' largest salad bar alongside jacket potatoes, soup and homemade stews.

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Blues Cafe
Blues Cafe
Students in Blues Cafe
Students sitting in Blues Cafe


Worth the extra steps to the North side of Campus, Bonds is the perfect place to have some 'me' time with a bagel, coffee and cake.

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Students eating in Bonds

Buffalo Joe's

Buffalo Joe's is open until late, seven days a week, ready for when you need a fast-food fix.

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Located in the STEM building with a large open space and plenty of seating. You can enjoy the likes of pastries, breakfast muffins or breakfast pots in the morning. When lunchtime comes around the likes of salad boxes and wraps will be available. Union Coffee is served from Bytes. 

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You don't want to go into this one half-heartedly; they serve up the best breakfast on Campus and a wide range of wholesome fresh-cooked dishes from around the world.

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Cantina is on a mission to bring you quick and tasty Mexican food on the go.

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Satisfy your sweet tooth with cookies, doughnuts, waffles coffee. 

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Fusion Grill

This stylish restaurant offers a wide range of options with grill favourites, chargrilled burgers, wraps and plenty of veggie and vegan options. 

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Fusion Grill - Top Bar

Lakeside Theatre Cafe

Lakeside Theatre Cafe is a great place to pick up a coffee and pastry en route to campus. This stylish cafe situated in the Lakeside Theatre foyer, offers hot and cold drinks, paninis and pastries, sandwiches, cakes and snacks.

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Lakeside Theatre Cafe


A proper sit down meal with table service (so posh), serving up succulent chicken, wraps, salads and a world of marinades.

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SU Bar

For when you just want some pub grub, and the occasional karaoke night, pub quiz and screenings of the biggest sporting events.

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Student playing pool in the SU Bar

The Kitchen

The Kitchen is fitted just like your kitchen at home and designed for those in a hurry, with a great range of food and drink to take away throughout the day.

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The Mission Cafe

The Mission Cafe is located in the new Innovation Centre and provides an evolving menu of speciality coffee, drinks and food which reflects our diverse local community . 

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The Mission Cafe Colchester Campus

Zest Fresh

A vibrant and stylish café offering a range of homemade hot favourites, a selection of cold grab and go options and Costa Coffee. You’ll be sure to find an abundance of healthy, natural and veggie options. 

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Zest Fresh

Hungry for more? Don't forget to check out the bars and restaurants in the local area, too.

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Come and visit us

Now's the time to get to know us better to really find out what we're all about. And the best way to do it? Come and visit.

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