University of Essex Colchester

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University of Essex Colchester

University of Essex Colchester

About us

University of Essex

Colchester Campus



You can see more of our Colchester Campus through photos taken by students, staff and friends.

Uniquely international

Students from more than 140 countries come to our Colchester Campus to study at our leading departments, schools, centres and research institutes. This makes Essex one of the most culturally diverse campus universities in the UK.

Historic location

We are located in historic, 200-acre Wivenhoe Park just outside Colchester. The park was originally landscaped in the eighteenth century and was painted by celebrated landscape artist John Constable.

Today, its striking landscape, which is home to a range of plants and wildlife including some historica trees, provides a tranquil place for all to enjoy.

We ask everyone visiting our parkland to be considerate, and to keep dogs on leads and clean up after them.

Making student life easier and friendlier

Our Colchester Campus was designed as a university town with all facilities on one site. Within easy walking distance you will find teaching buildings, student accommodation, shops, banks, a gallery and a theatre, bars and cafés, and sports facilities.

This creates a friendly and diverse atmosphere of which we are extremely proud. It helps our community get to know one another, get around easily, and get involved in a whole range of activities without having to travel too far.

Our buildings

The original, inter-linked squares were designed in the 1960s by architect Kenneth Capon to encourage academics from different departments based to work together. It helped nurture our interdisciplinary teaching and research.

More recently we have created innovative new spaces to enhance the educational experience for our students including:

  • our £20 million, carbon neutral Essex Business School which in 2016 won the Design through Innovation category at the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors east of England awards
  • our £26 million Silberrad Student Centre and library extension, which brings together all our student services under one roof and which in 2016 won a national Royal Institute of British Architects award
  • our 1,000-seat Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall, named after former Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Ivor Crewe