Colchester Campus Accommodation

The Towers

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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 2022-23
  • 1,142 rooms
  • South Towers single enhanced room with shared facilities from £110.18 per week
  • North Towers single room with shared facilities from £107.52 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, Rayleigh, Keynes, Tawney, and William Morris are located near Essex Business School and our newly refurbished South Towers, Bertrand Russell and Eddington 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
  • There are 4 toilets and 2 showers in each flat to share in the South Towers
  • There are 3 toilets and 2 showers in each flat to share in William Morris and Tawney Towers. There are 4 showers and 4 toilets in each flat to share in Keynes and Rayleigh Towers
  • Two lifts in each building and an emergency staircase
  • South Towers are available for undergraduates (and new January postgraduate students)
  • North Towers are available for both undergraduates (Tawney, Raleigh, and Keynes) and postgraduates (Tawney and William Morris)

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.

Find out more about The Towers Facebook group and view full address.

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)

  • Single bed

Accommodation Refurbishment Works

Exciting News! Work is now complete on the refurbishment of our South Towers. Refurbishment work on the North Towers will start soon, so keep checking back for updates.

South Towers virtual tour

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
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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
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Payments and charges

*Prices are applicable for all new students from April 2021. Find the full list of rent charges for 2021-22 and 2022-23 here.

Find out more

Join your Facebook group

Meet other new students on Facebook living in Rayleigh, Keynes, Tawney and William Morris Towers in North Towers, as well as those living in Bertrand Russell and Eddington Towers in South Towers.

2021-22 academic year

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.