University of Essex Accommodation

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University of Essex Accommodation

University of Essex Accommodation


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Our accommodation

Whether you want the centre of campus on your doorstep, the beach nearby, or a quiet spot, we have the accommodation to suit your needs. Make yourself at home and get a glimpse of what we have to offer.

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.

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Choose your accommodation

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. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available.

Colchester Campus

All our single accommodation is arranged into self-catering flats with fully equipped shared kitchens. Use our interactive 360 degree tours of the Colchester Campus to see inside our accommodation residences.

The Towers

The Towers
  • 3-minute walk to campus.
  • 13 to 16 students in each flat.
  • Shared bathrooms.
  • Smaller flats available.
  • Located in the heart of campus.

South Courts

South Courts
  • 3-minute walk to campus.
  • 4 to 12 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Adapted rooms available.
  • Close to Sports Centre.

The Houses

The Houses
  • 5-minute walk to campus.
  • Quiet, central location near library and Student Centre.
  • 4 to 6 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Adapted rooms available.

The Meadows

The Meadows
  • 10-minute walk to campus.
  • 10 to 12 students in each flat/townhouse.
  • En suite bathrooms in flats.
  • Shared bathrooms (one between two students) in townhouses.
  • Common room in social pavilion.

University Quays

The Quays
  • 15-minute walk to campus.
  • 8 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Premium and shared accommodation available.
  • Near train station for travel to London.

Wolfson Court

Wolfson Court
  • For Edge Hotel School students only.
  • 3-minute walk to central.
  • 7 students in each flat.
  • Shared bathrooms.
  • Washbasin provided in each bedroom.

Southend Campus

University SquareUniversity Square, Southend.

University Square flats all have en suite bathrooms and shared kitchens. We also offer self-contained studio flats. Use our interactive 360 degree tour of the Southend Campus to see inside our accommodation.

  • 3-minute walk to Gateway Building and town centre.
  • 8 to 10 students in each flat.
  • En suite bathrooms.
  • Adapted rooms available.
  • Large common room, gym, launderette and courtyard.

More about our accommodation

  • 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

    All our University accommodation is non-smoking. There are designated smoking shelter facilities near accommodation residences for students who wish to smoke.

  • 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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