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Student accommodation at Colchester Campus

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

We have a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities. Our single accommodation is arranged into self-catering flats, complete with fully equipped shared kitchens. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available, so you'll be able to find the perfect place for you.

Welcome home

Where you live is a very important part of your experience here at Essex. Our flats and houses are the perfect launch pad for this new and exciting chapter in your life.

Included in your rent fee is wifi, heating, hot water, contents insurance, electricity and the cleaning of communal areas (such as kitchens) - so there's 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.

Settling in and living on Campus

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.

Find out more about living here

Shared accommodation

We have a variety of shared and self-contained accommodation which is suitable for single or double occupancy. We cannot guarantee accommodation for first-year students who are accompanied by a partner, but we will do our very best to help. Just make sure you get in touch as early as you can if you think you need to chat any of this through with us.

Single gender flats

Most flats are mixed-gender, although single-gender flats are available, and we offer some single-occupancy adapted rooms. When applying for your accommodation you will have the option to select a single-gender flat.

Non-smoking accommodation

All our University accommodation is non-smoking. There are designated smoking shelter facilities near accommodation residences for students who wish to smoke.

Guaranteed quality

The Student Accommodation Code

Accommodation Essex is a member of the Universities UK Student Accommodation Code (SAC) which sets out the quality and standards (.pdf) that students can expect from our accommodation.

The Student Accommodation Code protects your rights to:

  • a healthy, safe environment
  • timely repairs and maintenance
  • a clean, pleasant living environment
  • a formal, contractual relationship with your landlord
  • access to health and wellbeing services and
  • a living environment free from anti-social behaviour

UUK and ANUK accommodation codes

To make sure we comply with the Housing Act 2004, Accommodation Essex adhere to the UUK Student Accommodation Code, which has been designed to protect your rights to safe, good quality university-managed accommodation.

Derwent, the management company for The Quays and The Meadows, adhere to National Code Assured Accommodation (ANUK).

Why
live here?

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