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Starting university is about so much more than just studying - it's about making lifelong friends, growing in independence, encountering new cultures, nationalities and experiences. 


We know that for some of you, moving away from home may seem like a daunting prospect; after all this might be the first time you've lived away from your family. That's why at Essex we try our hardest to help you settle in, starting by guaranteeing accommodation for all our first-year students

Our accommodation

With a wide range of accommodation options, you'll be able to find the perfect place for you.

Living on campus

Included in your rent is wifi, heating, hot water, contents insurance, electricity and the cleaning of communal areas (such as kitchens) - so no need to argue about whose turn it is to hoover! Rooms are normally let for the full academic year from late September to the end of June, which means that even if you're away from the University during the winter and spring vacations, you don't have to remove your things from your room. Find out more about accommodation facilities and services

Settling in

Our Residence Life team helps to create a welcoming and friendly community for you to live and learn in. You'll have a Residents' Assistant based in your area of accommodation who'll meet you soon after you arrive. They'll make sure that you have opportunities to get involved in University life and social activities, and provide support outside of office hours.

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Guaranteed accommodation in your first year
The Towers are iconic, they were once the tallest buildings of their kind in the world!
A Residents' Assistant helps you settle in, organises social activities and deals with queries
Studying chatting outside the towers
The Towers accommodation
Two students talking in their kitchen
Meadows at University of Essex Colchester Campus
"The best part about the Meadows is that they provide the right balance of privacy and social life. Making friends is easy in the large kitchen or the Pavilion, which includes a common room, cafe, and launderette." 
Shagun Garg