Places to study at Colchester Campus

Group study facilities

Group study pods

Need to work collaboratively and creatively? Our IT-rich group study pods provide an ideal setting for encouraging creative team-working among groups of students. Group study pods are open-access and are first-come first-served; they can’t be pre-booked.

There are 26 group study pods located in:

  • the Orangery (room 4.302) located off square 3 and next to Zest
  • the Limehouse (room 5S.3.4) located at level 3 below the School of Law and adjacent to the outdoor amphitheatre, which also has WiFi. In good weather, you could also study in the amphitheatre
  • the Learning Hub on the ground floor of the Silberrad Student Centre, off square 5
  • a 180-study-space reading room on the second floor of the Silberrad Student Centre, with a mixture of quiet study, IT places, group study and social seats

Albert Sloman Library

Consider the Albert Sloman Library on square 5 as your second home. With long opening hours and 24-hour access in the weeks leading up to exam time, the library has a wide range of learning resources; books, journals, British and foreign-newspapers, databases, microfilms and audio-visual materials.

You can study in groups on the landings of each floor (ie adjacent to the paternoster lifts). Please note that this excludes the areas where computers are located.

Department common rooms

We have 25 academic departments, centres and schools. The majority have a common room at the heart of the department, which is a great meeting space for you to use. They usually have tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable seating and some daily newspapers.

Quiet study areas / silent study

Albert Sloman Library

With over 1,700 reader places, hundreds of PCs, Wi-Fi access and almost two million books and e-publications, our iconic Albert Sloman Library is perfect for quiet study. You'll find many parts of the library and its facilities open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whether you work best during the day or night, you'll always be catered for.

The main areas of all floors (where books are shelved) and the main reading room are for quiet study only. This includes the areas where computers are located. You can check the availability of computers in the library by downloading our app, Pocket Essex.

IT labs

Need to use a computer on campus? We have more than 600 of them. Windows-based computers are here for you to use for study and work. They’re in 16 computer labs across campus, including in the Albert Sloman Library. Many labs stay open until late and some are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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 common 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 opposite the paternoster and you'll have to scan your student card to enter and exit the room.

Places to study within 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.

Teaching rooms

You may use vacant teaching rooms for private study. Please ensure that you’re prepared to vacate the room so as not to delay the start of a scheduled booking or teaching event, and that the room is left in a clean and orderly state.

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