Colchester Campus Accommodation

The Towers

The Towers accommodation at night

The sky's the limit

Our six iconic Towers always have been and still are, the heart and soul of our Colchester Campus and a local landmark.

With everything on your doorstep, you can roll out of bed and still be on time for lectures.

Don't forget, you can apply for accommodation with us as soon as we're your first choice. 
Rooms & prices 2019-20
  • 1,142 rooms
  • South Towers single enhanced room with shared facilities from £101.50* per week
  • North Towers single room with shared facilities from £99.05* per week

About The Towers

A real sociable atmosphere, the Towers offers a great sense of community where you can hang out with friends and feel the buzz of people sharing a flat together.

The Towers are just a two-minute walk to the centre of campus. The North Towers are located near Essex Business School and the South Towers are close to the Sports Centre and the Students' Union facilities.

Each tower is made up of flats to accommodate 14 to 16 students. The number and size of the facilities, such as rooms, showers and toilets, within each flat, can vary:

  • Central shared kitchen/dining area
  • Bedrooms located on either side
  • Shared showers and toilets on each side of the flat
  • Two lifts in each building and an emergency staircase

There are some smaller flats at either the top or the bottom of each tower, each accommodating between three and seven students and there are some self-contained apartments.

Room details

The Towers are a budget-friendly option and are still the most popular option on campus.

  • Typical dimensions: 3m x 3.1m (9.3m3)

Accommodation Refurbishment Works

Exciting News! Work began in September 2018 on refurbishing one of our South Tower accommodation buildings. The new, modern accommodation is part of our long-term maintenance programme and is due for completion by the summer of 2019.

You'll love it if you...

Like meeting lots of new people
Would rather spend your rent on pizza
Don't have a fear of heights
Want to live somewhere iconic
Accommodation Essex Rainy Day Fund
Students on top of one of the Towers in 1970
"William Morris is the cheapest accommodation available to postgraduates and it's also close to the main campus. For me, one of the best things about it is that I got to meet so many people from different countries. We're 14 people in the flat and we have absolutely different interests, which makes for some very interesting discussions. I also love cooking together with my flatmates; it's a unique opportunity to try new kinds of foods and learn about the other person's culture."
Liudmila Mikheeva PHD Statistics student
student looking at computer
Payments and charges

*Prices are applicable for all new students from April 2019. Find the full list of rent charges for 2018-19 and 2019-20 here.

Find out more
Postal address
Postal address
Name of Tower followed by Flat / Room (e.g. Bertrand Russell Tower 9/4) University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park 
Colchester, CO4 3SQ
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Contact us

For enquiries about accommodation or about an application you're making, contact us at the Student Services Hub. Quote your full name and PRID or PG number on all correspondence.