Colchester Campus

The world in one place

Colchester Campus
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 over 13,000 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 town centre of Colchester – England's oldest recorded town. 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 centre

The campus squares are always buzzing with life. With shops, a bustling street market, restaurants, bars, a theatre, a cinema, a hairdressers, 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...).


Get your food fix on Campus

As food is, of course, the most important thing in life, you'll be pleased to know that it is 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.

  • Blues - Enjoy relaxed coffee, tasty drinks and snacks as well as Campus' largest salad bar alongside jacket potatoes, soup and homemade stews.
  • Bonds - 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.
  • Buffalo Joe’s - Buffalo Joe's is open until late, seven days a week, ready for when you need a fast-food fix.
  • Bytes - 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. 
  • Canteen - 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.
  • Cantina - Serving Mexican burritos, straight out of an original double decker bus... because why not? 
  • Crumbs - Satisfy your sweet tooth with cookies, doughnuts, waffles coffee. 

  • Crust - Ready when you are... build your own sub roll, salad, or grab a pastry or pie.

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

  • Fusion Wok - Fusion Wok brings wok bowls to Square 4. With so many options to choose from, you can create a different bowl every day. Pop along and grab yourself some tasty food to go!

  • Lakeside Theatre Café - Lakeside Theatre Café 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.

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

  • SU Bar - For when you just want some pub grub, and the occassional kareoke night, pub quiz and screenings of the biggest sporting events.

  • The Oven - Fresh stone baked pizzas, handmade while you wait. 

  • The Vegan Greek - Bringing you exactly what is says, delicious vegan meze. Grab yourself a warm Greek pita, crisp mixed salad with a choice falafel, stuffed tomato dolmades or fried zucchini. 

  • 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. 

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

Creative Colchester

It’s impossible to get bored at Essex. With an extensive arts programme involving music, theatre, exhibitions, and a world-renowned Latin American art collection, we play a major role in the cultural life of the region.

Clubs and societies

Whatever it is that you love to do, or maybe you fancy trying out something new?! Choose from an exciting selection of more than 165 Student Union sports clubs and societies.

And - If you still can't find what you're looking for... you can always set up your own!

A hub of activity

If you want to keep fit, head to the gym - conveniently located on our Colchester Campus (so there's really no excuse). We've got plenty of sporty facilities and fitness classes to help you work up a sweat, and as an Essex student, you can choose a membership package to suit your availability and budget, making it great value for money. Lace up your trainers and get stuck in! 

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Student reading by the lake
"The best place to chill out is without a doubt by the lake. Grab a blanket, take some suncream and a jumper (just in case!) and a good book and you'll be there for hours."
Tricia Beer