Places to study at Colchester Campus

There are a number of places on campus where you can find somewhere to study.


The Albert Sloman Library is open 24/7 and has a wide range of learning resources; books, journals, British and foreign-newspapers, databases, microfilms and audio-visual materials. Quiet study areas are also available.

Individual study spaces

3 individual study pods are available to book in the North wing on floor 2 and 5 individual study pods in the South wing on floor 2.

There are also 4 group study rooms available to book (1 each on floors 2-5) for between 1 and 12 people.

The library has a variety of study spaces that are available without the need to book on all floors of the building, including some for silent study on floor 5.

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Silberrad Student Centre   

The Silberrad Student Centre is open 24/7 and offers several study area options on the ground floor and second floor.

On the ground floor is located the Learning Hub which offers a variety of group and individual study areas, including 26 computers. The SU Creative Studios can be found to the rear of the Learning Hub.

On the second floor of the Silberrad Student Centre can be found the Silberrad Reading Room which is an open study space where you can work individually, collaboratively and quietly.

IT labs and PC study spaces

You can also use the collaborative study areas which house group study areas. These are:

In your department

Additional study space may be available in your department. Most departments also have a common room which is a great meeting space for you to use. They usually have tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable seating and some daily newspapers. You'll need to check with your department whether your common room is currently open. 

Contact your department to find out more. 

Postgraduate study spaces

Postgraduate common room

Essex has a dedicated Postgraduate common room for your use. Found in 5.401, it's open daily and is easily accessible from the Mathematics entrance (2NE) off square 2.

Library postgraduate study room

As a postgraduate student, there's a section on the library's ground floor dedicated just for you. It's a spacious, modern and quiet study room, including desks and seats. It's next to the paternoster and you'll have to scan your student card to enter and exit the room.

There are 21 individual study spaces available to book in the Postgraduate Study Room, including nine with PCs.

In your department

The majority of departments have a common room and also a dedicated space for your use as a postgraduate student. Contact your departmental administrator to find out more.

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