Accommodation

Moving in to your Colchester Campus accommodation

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Before you arrive

First you need to print off or your Arrivals pass (which is available at the end of your e-induction) or have it available electronically and have your ID, as you will need this to collect your key. You can arrive from the start date of your contract, which you can find on your offer letter or license (Letter of Allocation). When you arrive, take your Arrivals pass to one of our key collection offices. Information about key collection offices are in the arrival key collection 2022-23 section below.

Travel and parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found on our travelling to Colchester Campus page.  Parking for new arrivals is available at University Quays. Parking for The Meadows, The Copse, and North Campus is via the Knowledge Gateway off of the A133. Parking for South Campus is in Valley Road Car Park and Car Park B off Boundary Road, from the A133 towards Wivenhoe.

Welcome week

As well as moving into you accommodation, we also have a wealth of advice to help you get started on your first few days on our welcome pages.

Collecting your keys

Arrivals key collection for 2022-23

North Campus (North Towers, The Houses, and Wolfson Court)

Where to go

If you will be living on the North of campus (The Houses, Wolfson Court, William Morris, Rayleigh, Keynes and Tawney Towers), please go to the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake, where key collection will be available from 9am on Saturday 1 October and then 24 hours from this venue, until Wednesday 5 October.

Key collection  prior to 1 October and from 6 October will be from 1st Floor of the Silberrad, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you arrive after this time, including weekends, key collection out of office hours, will be from Security at the Security and Safety Centre on Square 3.

You can access this by walking along the North Causeway from the North car park, and continue passed the Tony Rich Teaching centre, then under The Hex building, which will take you to Square 4, leading to Square 5.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley (only available during main arrivals days 1 and 2 October 2022) to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the North Campus car park. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

 

South Courts and South Towers

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Courts (Rowhedge, Thaxted, Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Alresford, Frinton, and Walton) or South Towers (Bertrand Russell and Eddington), please go to the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake, where key collection will be available from 9am on Saturday 1 October and then 24 hours from this venue, until Wednesday 5 October.

Key collection  prior to 1 October and from 6 October will be from 1st Floor of the Silberrad, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you arrive after this time, including weekends, key collection out of office hours, will be from Security at the Security and Safety Centre on Square 3.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley (only available on main arrivals days 1 and 2 October 2022) to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the South Courts car park. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

University Quays

If you will be living in Matthews Quay, Sainty Quay or Hawkins Quay, your keys will be available from the University Quays accommodation office in Matthews Quay 1 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours your keys will be available at the Security Office in Hawkins Quay 2.

If the office is temporarily unmanned please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley (only available on main arrivals days 1 and 2 October 2022) to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

The Meadows and The Copse

Where to go

If you will be living in The Copse (Oaks and Poplars) or The Meadows (Cole, Conway, Arber, Tansley and Godwin) you will be able to collect your key from the main reception in The Poplar building at The Copse. You can collect your key from 9am on 1 October and anytime after this date. If you arrive and the office is unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you. Security are available 24 hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley (only available on main arrivals days 1 and 2 October 2022) to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation. Please also make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.

Important information
  • Where possible bring your belongings in suitcases with wheels so you're easily able to transport it to your accommodation
  • You're not permitted to have any guests to stay for the first 2 weeks of your autumn term contract
  • Please only bring one person with you where possible and arrange off campus accommodation for them.
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