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Airport transfer service

To safely transport our students from airports to the university, we're running a coach transfer service for new students arriving from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London Luton airports.

The University is unable to run coach services from London Stansted airports, but you can book a ticket through National Express to take you Colchester town, where you would have a short taxi journey or bus ride to the University.  

If you aren't able to use an airport transfer service, take a look at how to get to our Colchester, Southend and Loughton campuses.

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Early arrivals information

Find out the arrivals dates for new and new and returning students arriving from overseas, that are required to quarantine on one of our campuses.

Coaches are currently scheduled as follows from the airport to the Colchester and Southend campuses, but these are subject to change dependant on government guidelines relating to COVID:

Airport transfer to Colchester Campus

 Dates  Times  Airport
1-4 October  7pm  Heathrow
1-4 October  7pm  Gatwick
1-4 October  7pm  Luton

Airport transfer to Southend Campus

 Dates  Times  Airport
3-4 October  12pm and 5pm  Heathrow
3-4 October  12pm and 5pm  Gatwick
WebShop closes at midnight on 27 September for coaches running 1 to 4 October.

Please note: Tickets are £50 each and there is a maximum luggage allowance of 3 cases.

When selecting your coach time, please allow adequate time after you land to check in for your coach transfer. The coach will leave promptly at its designated time slot.

You are required to wear a mask for the duration of your travel, these will not be provided.

If you are showing any symptoms of coronavirus the driver may refuse your onward travel and you will need to arrange your own transport to campus. The coach company reserve the right to refuse travel for any reason, if you are refused travel you will need to arrange your own transport to campus.

 If your flight is delayed or you are held up at customs and you miss your coach we will try and place you on another but do not guarantee this. You should assume you need to arrange your own transport to campus.


Get in touch
Airport transfer help Transport Policy Manager
Telephone: +44 1206 872939