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

Students arriving for the new academic year 2021-22 will be offered free quarantine accommodation for a period of 10 days prior to the start of welcome week. You will need to apply for this accommodation in addition to your full year requirements and an application form will be able here nearer the time. You will also need to order a quarantine pack. Details on how to do this will be available nearer the time.

 All students arriving from overseas from 4am on Monday 18 January 2021 will be required to isolate for 10 days, even if you have tested negative for Covid-10, as per theGovernment guidance. We will provide you with a basic quarantine pack for when you arrive. Further information about what is expected of you whilst you are isolating, including how to order food online can be found on our isolation pages.

Arriving from April 2021 

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 Security at the Information Centre on Square 3,  You can get to them 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, taking the stairs down to Square 3. You can access this from the South by heading down hill via the path opposite the Sports Centre, which takes you past the Towers to Square 3. Security are available 24 hours a day. 

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. It is fine to take you luggage if you have arrived alone.

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 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 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 

Main arrivals key collection Oct 2021 TBC

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. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

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 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. Please use the entrance at the top to enter and exit. 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 South Courts car park. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

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 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. Please use the entrance at the top to enter and exit. 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 South Courts car park. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

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 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. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

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. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

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

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.
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