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Student Accommodation

  • New full-time students at either the Colchester or Southend Campus are guaranteed university-provided accommodation for their first year of study, so long as they apply by the specified deadline.
  • Starting from just over £80 per week, there are accommodation options to suit every budget and every personality. Single study bedrooms are grouped in self-contained flats of varying size, with communal kitchen-dining facilities. International and home students are mixed throughout the residences. Most flats are mixed-gender, although single-gender flats are available. Rooms are let for the whole academic year, so students do not need to move out during Christmas and Easter vacations. 
  • A Residence Life network creates a harmonious, community based environment. A Residents' Assistant (RA) is based in each area of accommodation ensuring students have opportunities to get involved in social activities, as well as dealing with any complaints or queries they might have.
  • Residences at Colchester Campus are located within 15-minutes' walk of the centre of campus, while at the Southend Campus, accommodation is just a couple of minutes' walk to the main buildings.
  • Please refer to the university website for details. 

Accommodation Costs

Self-Catered from £82 to £180 per week

Student Life

  • The Colchester campus hosts its own bars, cafés, nightclubs, restaurants, health centre, banks and even a hair salon, so it's unlikely that students will need to leave campus often – but if they do, it's only a 10 minute bus ride to Cochester town centre.
  • The Southend campus is modern and lively with a close-knit community. It is based in the heart of the seaside town, so no matter where students choose to live they will never be too far away.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Colchester is brimming with history and culture. Colchester Castle offers the chance to learn about Colchester's history, Colchester Arts Centre is in an old converted church and the Mercury Theatre plays host to everything from Grease to Macbeth. In the town, there's a mixture of retro clothing shops, cafés for afternoon tea and old-school sweet shops. Colchester also hosts an array of bars and nightclubs in the centre of town, so whether you like a quiet drink by a fireplace with friends or prefer to dance the night away, you’re sure to find your perfect spot.
  • Southend is affectionately known as 'London’s playground’, with the opportunity to sail, kitesurf or cycle along the coast. Thrill-seekers can take a ride on the rollercoasters at Adventure Island and then stop off for fish and chips on the beach. Awarded a purple flag for night time safety, students can enjoy nightlife, comedy and theatres shows.


  • The Colchester campus is a short bus journey from the town centre or from the railway station, with trains to central London taking less than one hour – or take a bus journey to Brightlingsea for a day at the beach.
  • London Stansted airport is nearby with connections across Europe, and coach services to Colchester or Southend.
  • The Southend campus is less than one hour by train to London, and also close to London Southend Airport with flights to Spain, France and more.