2020 applicants
Accommodation

Arriving at our Colchester Campus

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Before you arrive

First you need to print off your Arrivals pass (which is available at the end of your e-induction) and have your ID, as you will need this to collect your key. When you arrive, take your Arrivals pass to one of our key collection offices:

Quarantine upon arrival

Please be aware if you are coming to us from overseas and need to quarantine upon your arrival, you'll need to come to the University two weeks early so you can start on time. More information on this and how to let us know can be found on our Applicants information page.

Main arrivals key collection 1-4 Oct 2020

North Campus (North Towers, The Houses, and Wolfson Court)

Where to go

If you will be living on the North of campus (The Houses, Wolfson Court, William Morris, Rayleigh, Keynes and Tawney Towers), please go to the upper foyer of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall (round silver building) on Square 5. You can access this by walking along the North Causeway from the North car park, and continue passed the Tony Rich Teaching centre, then under The Hex building, which will take you to Square 4, leading to Square 5. Opening hours are 10am and 4pm, Security will be available here outside of these hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the car park.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart where possible.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 25 September 2020.

South Towers (Bertrand Russell and Eddington)

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Towers (Bertrand Russel or Eddington), please go to the upper foyer of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall on Square 5. The ICLH is the silver round building near to the car park. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm. Security will be available here outside of these hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the car park.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

After 4pm please collect your key from the Security, at the Information Centre on Square 3.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 25 September 2020

South Courts

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Courts (Rowhedge, Thaxted, Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Alresford, Frinton, and Walton), please go to the upper foyer of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall on Square 5. The ICLH is the silver round building near to the car park. Opening hours are 10am to 4pm. Security will be available here outside of these hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the car park.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

After 4pm please collect your key from the Security, at the Information Centre on Square 3.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 25 September 2020

University Quays

If you will be living in Matthews Quay, Sainty Quay or Hawkins Quay, your keys will be available from the University Quays accommodation office in Matthews Quay 1 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours your keys will be available at the Security Office in Hawkins Quay 2.

If the office is temporarily unmanned please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

University Quays is based on Lightship Way, near to B&Q. Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 25 September 2020

The Meadows and The Copse

Where to go

If you will be living in The Copse (Oaks and Poplars) or The Meadows (Cole, Conway, Arber, Tansley and Godwin) you will be able to collect your key from the main reception in The Poplar building at The Copse. You can collect your key from 9am. If you arrive and the office is unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you. Security are available 24 hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

Access to the accommodation is via the A133 (Clingoe Hill). Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here 

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 25 September 2020

Arrival between 21 - 30 September 

North Towers, South Towers, The Houses, South Courts and Wolfson Court

Where to go

If you will be living in The Houses, Wolfson Court, William Morris, Rayleigh, Keynes and Tawney, Bertrand Russell Towers or South Courts, please go to the SIT desk, which is on the 1st floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5. You can access this from the North by walking along the North Causeway from the North car park, and continue passed the Tony Rich Teaching centre, then under The Hex building, which will take you to Square 4, leading to Square 5. You can access this from the South by heading to the lake, passed the Sports Centre and Arena and down the hill. Opening hours are 9am to 5pm (closed 12.30pm to 1.30pm for lunch). 

After 5pm please collect your key from the Security, at the Information Centre on Square 3.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart where possible.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

University Quays

Where to go

If you will be living in Matthews Quay, Sainty Quay or Hawkins Quay, your keys will be available from the University Quays accommodation office in Matthews Quay 1 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours your keys will be available at the Security Office in Hawkins Quay 2.

If the office is temporarily unmanned please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

University Quays is based on Lightship Way, near to B&Q. Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

The Copse and The Meadows

Where to go

If you will be living in The Copse (Oaks and Poplars) or The Meadows (Cole, Conway, Arber, Tansley and Godwin) you will be able to collect your key from the main reception in The Poplar building at The Copse. You can collect your key from 9am. If you arrive and the office is unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you. Security are available 24 hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

Access to the accommodation is via the A133 (Clingoe Hill). Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here 

Important information
  • Where possible bring your belongings in suitcases with wheels so you're easily able to transport it to your accommodation
  • You're not permitted to have any guests to stay or visitors
  • Please only bring one person with you where possible and arrange off campus accommodation for them.

Quarantine Arrivals

North Campus (North Towers, Wolfson Court and The Houses) 

Where to go

If you will be living on the North of campus (The Houses, Wolfson Court, William Morris, Rayleigh, Keynes and Tawney Towers), please go to the upper foyer of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall (round silver building) on Square 5. You can access this by walking along the North Causeway from the North car park, and continue passed the Tony Rich Teaching centre, then under The Hex building, which will take you to Square 4, leading to Square 5. Opening hours are 12pm to 6pm.

Outside of these hours you can collect your key from the Security, at the Information Centre on Square 3 (not before 12pm on the first day, 17 September).

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near to the upper area of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall (car park).

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 11 September 2020.

Quarantine Support

To help support you during your quarantine period Essex Essentials have created non-perishable food packs, which you can order now and have delivered to your room before you arrive. They also have bedding and kitchen packs you can order, to reduce the number of items you need to bring with you when travelling. Your SU have also set up an order and collect grocery shopping service, which has the addition of some fresh items, as well as a choice of standard, vegan, gluten free or international boxes.

Alternatively, we would recommend that you use online shopping from a local supermarket, such as Tesco, Asda or Iceland.

South Towers (Bertrand Russell and Eddington)

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Towers (Bertrand Russell or Eddington), please go to the upper foyer of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall on Square 5. The ICLH is the silver round building near to the car park. Opening hours are 12pm to 6pm. 

After 6pm please collect your key from the Security, at the Information Centre on Square 3.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near to the upper area of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall (car park).

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 11 September 2020

Quarantine Support

To help support you during your quarantine period Essex Essentials have created non-perishable food packs, which you can order now and have delivered to your room before you arrive. They also have bedding and kitchen packs you can order, to reduce the number of items you need to bring with you when travelling. Your SU have also set up an order and collect grocery shopping service, which has the addition of some fresh items, as well as a choice of standard, vegan, gluten free or international boxes.

Alternatively, we would recommend that you use online shopping from a local supermarket, such as Tesco, Asda or Iceland.

 

South Courts

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Courts (Rowhedge, Thaxted, Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Alresford, Frinton, and Walton), please go to the upper foyer of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall on Square 5. The ICLH is the silver round building near to the car park. Opening hours are 12pm to 6pm. 

After 6pm please collect your key from the Security, at the Information Centre on Square 3.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near to the upper area of the Ivor Crew Lecture Hall (car park).

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 11 September 2020

Quarantine Support

 To help support you during your quarantine period Essex Essentials have created non-perishable food packs, which you can order now and have delivered to your room before you arrive. They also have bedding and kitchen packs you can order, to reduce the number of items you need to bring with you when travelling. Your SU have also set up an order and collect grocery shopping service, which has the addition of some fresh items, as well as a choice of standard, vegan, gluten free or international boxes.

Alternatively, we would recommend that you use online shopping from a local supermarket, such as Tesco, Asda or Iceland.

University Quays

Where to go

If you will be living in University Quays (Hawkins, Sainty and Matthews) and arriving on 17 or 18 September, you can collect your keys between 9am and 5pm from the Accommodation office in Matthews Quay 1.

If you are arriving after 5pm on 17 or 18 September or arriving between 19 and 20 September you can collect your key from the Security Office in Hawkins Quays 2. If you arrive and the office is unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you. Security are available 24 hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

University Quays is based on Lightship Way, near to B&Q. Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 11 September 2020

Quarantine Support

To help support you during your quarantine period Essex Essentials have created non-perishable food packs, which you can order now and have delivered to your room before you arrive. They also have bedding and kitchen packs you can order, to reduce the number of items you need to bring with you when travelling. Your SU have also set up an order and collect grocery shopping service, which has the addition of some fresh items, as well as a choice of standard, vegan, gluten free or international boxes.

Alternatively, we would recommend that you use online shopping from a local supermarket, such as Tesco, Asda or Iceland.

The Meadows and The Copse

Where to go

If you will be living in The Copse (Oaks and Poplars) or The Meadows (Cole, Conway, Arber, Tansley and Godwin) you will be able to collect your key from the main reception in The Poplar building at The Copse. You can collect your key from 9am. If you arrive and the office is unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you. Security are available 24 hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart from other people where possible.

Travel and Parking

Access to the accommodation is via the A133. Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here

If you are flying to Heathrow, Gatwick or Luton airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service (between 10am and 4pm). For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

Seats must be booked by midnight on 11 September 2020

Quarantine Support

To help support you during your quarantine period Essex Essentials have created non-perishable food packs, which you can order now and have delivered to your room before you arrive. They also have bedding and kitchen packs you can order, to reduce the number of items you need to bring with you when travelling. Your SU have also set up an order and collect grocery shopping service, which has the addition of some fresh items, as well as a choice of standard, vegan, gluten free or international boxes.

Alternatively, we would recommend that you use online shopping from a local supermarket, such as Tesco, Asda or Iceland.

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