Accommodation at Colchester Campus

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Make yourself at home

Starting university is about so much more than just studying - it's about making lifelong friends, growing in independence, encountering new cultures, nationalities and experiences.

We know that for some of you, moving away from home may seem like a daunting prospect; after all this might be the first time you've lived away from your family. That's why at Essex we try our hardest to help you settle in, starting by guaranteeing accommodation for all our first-year students and all our undergraduate international students for the duration of their course (subject to conditions). 


Our accommodation

Where you live is a very important part of your experience here at Essex. Our flats and houses are the perfect launch pad for this new and exciting chapter in your life. We have a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities.

Our single accommodation is arranged into self-catering flats, complete with fully equipped shared kitchens. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available, so you'll be able to find the perfect place for you.

Included in your rent fee is wifi, heating, hot water, contents insurance, electricity and the cleaning of communal areas (such as kitchens) - so there's no need to argue about whose turn it is to hoover!

Rooms for undergraduates are normally let for the full academic year, from late September to the end of June, which means that even if you're away from the University during the winter and spring vacations, you don't have to remove your things from your room. Postgraduate students let rooms for 50 weeks, until mid-September.

Our Colchester Campus is just under an hour from London.
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Settling in

Our Residence Life team helps to create a welcoming and friendly community for you to live and learn in. You'll have a Residents' Assistant based in your area of accommodation who'll meet you soon after you arrive. They'll make sure that you have opportunities to get involved in University life and social activities, and provide support outside of office hours.

Code of Student Conduct

You are required to maintain a standard of conduct within the accommodation that promotes a good order and the reputation of the University. 

In accepting a place within our accommodation, you agree to be bound by the University's rules and regulations, which include the Code of Student Conduct (.pdf).

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Shared accommodation

We have a variety of shared and self-contained accommodation which is suitable for single or double occupancy. We cannot guarantee accommodation for first-year students who are accompanied by a partner but we will do our very best to help. Just make sure you get in touch as early as you can if you think you need to chat any of this through with us.

Single gender flats

Most flats are mixed-gender, although single-gender flats are available, and we offer some single-occupancy adapted rooms. When applying for your accommodation you will have the option to select a single-gender flat.

Non-smoking accommodation

The University's no smoking policy covers all University buildings including all residences. Smoking (including e-cigarettes) is strictly prohibited in all and within 5m of all student residences including public areas and shared facilities. Smoking shelters are provided near to the accommodation residences.

Guaranteed quality

The Student Accommodation Code

Accommodation Essex is a member of the Universities UK Student Accommodation Code (SAC) which sets out the quality and standards (.pdf) that students can expect from our accommodation.

The Student Accommodation Code protects your rights to:

  • a healthy, safe environment
  • timely repairs and maintenance
  • a clean, pleasant living environment
  • a formal, contractual relationship with your landlord
  • access to health and wellbeing services and
  • a living environment free from anti-social behaviour

UUK and ANUK accommodation codes

To make sure we comply with the Housing Act 2004, Accommodation Essex adhere to the UUK Student Accommodation Code, which has been designed to protect your rights to safe, good quality university-managed accommodation.

Derwent, the management company for The Quays and The Meadows, adhere to National Code Assured Accommodation (ANUK).

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Essex Sport membership

For students applying for accommodation in Colchester in 2022/23, we’re including an Essex Sport Silver membership package within your rent. See what's included within the Silver student membership package.

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