Popularly known as the town for commuters, Colchester is situated in the county of Essex, further going southeast of England. Built on the foundations of a Roman temple, the city has the most visited museum displaying artefacts up to 2,500 years old. It is, therefore, known as a historic market town with the largest settlement in the county of Essex. Colchester is also home to the University of Essex and is accommodating large numbers of students in well-developed purpose-built student accommodations (PBSAs) exemplifying modern standard of living.
We at University Living offer off-campus student housing that are located within close proximity to the city’s top universities and offer campus-like facilities catering to everyday needs of students. There are modern style student apartments with easy transport connectivity and access to popular attractions within walking distance to the place of stay. When compared to on-campus student halls, private student accommodation offers more choices and best living standards.
Colchester at a Glance
Once in Colchester, students find themselves opportune enough to visit several places of interest within the city limits. Don’t forget to add the Hollytrees Museum displaying 3 centuries of clothing, Colchester Castle that contains this historic town’s main museum, alongside other historical sites including St Botolph's Priory, and the Dutch Quarter. The close by attractions such as the Roman Circus Centre and Old Siege House tell more of Colchester's story, Whilst exploring further into the borough, students can delve deeper still, with historic houses, mills, and churches to explore.
What makes Colchester Unique?
Known as Britain’s first city, Colchester is noted for its Victorian architecture. Significant landmarks include the Colchester Town Hall and the Jumbo Water Tower. Rich in Roman history and home to ruins of the bygone era, Colhester has many sites that tell us more of its lengthy but great history with plenty to discover from other eras of English History like that of the Normans, Victorians, and Tudors.
Guide to Student Life in Colchester
Student life in Colchester is a dream for many as they are assured of staying in purpose-built student accommodation with loads of additional facilities offered to students at no additional price. There are a wide range of room choices in student flat, student apartment, student studio, as well as a shared and en-suite room. Students can choose from many different student housing options with well-equipped rooms having a spacious bed, designated study spaces, and closets to keep belongings intact.
Where to Study in Colchester?
Colchester is notable for sharing the campus of The University of Essex including another institution for Tertiary education namely Colchester Sixth Form College and Colchester Institute. The University of Essex, a public research university in Essex received its royal charter in 1965. The institution imparts education and abides by their motto, ’Thought the harder, heart the keener’. It has Essex's largest campus is the Colchester Campus within Wivenhoe Park. The university faces massive surge of university enrollments each year. It has been ranked 251–300 in the world by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2020and 37th in the UK in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2020
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the different types of accommodation?
University Living offers private accommodation close to universities with fewer restrictions and more options. Take your pick from shared and private rooms, studios, and apartments. We also offer short-term stays for students in summer school and exchange programs.
What are the different types of rooms?
The major room types are:
Sharing: This is where 2 or more students share a single room, washroom, kitchen, and other communal spaces.
Ensuite/Private: This includes a private bedroom and bathroom, while the kitchen and living areas are shared.
Studios: This is a self-contained unit with a bedroom and cooking space along with a private washroom. Two students may book a single studio together, subject to the policies of the accommodation provider.
How do I know my accommodation is safe?
All properties listed by University Living are personally verified by the team or their representatives. Each accommodation has foolproof safety measures in place, including CCTV, secure door entries, restricted access, and more.
Does my accommodation offer meals?
Most accommodations are self-catered, but you can always ask the reception to connect you with local food delivery vendors!
Will I get cleaning and laundry services?
Most properties have on-site, coin-operated washing machines that make laundry a breeze. Students are expected to keep their rooms clean while common areas are looked after by maintenance staff at regular intervals. If you’re unwilling to get your hands dirty, contact the reception for professional cleaning services at an extra fee.
Is there Wi-Fi?
Yes, all our accommodation have strong internet connectivity.
Does my accommodation offer parking facilities?
Most properties have bike storage available. Please contact your Servicing Manager to request car parking facility.
What items should I bring while moving in?
Students are expected to bring their own bedding, kitchen utensils, cutlery, and bathroom essentials. If that’s too much, our good friends at UniKitOut will deliver all these and more to your UK accommodation even before you move in!
What if I don’t like my accommodation after moving in?
We try our best to find accommodation that meets all your needs. If you still don’t like your accommodation due to unforeseen circumstances, we will try to replace your room within 30 days for a one-time fee of £250.
Where do I report any issues with my accommodation?
Please contact the on-site maintenance office or reception to report any issues.
Do I have to vacate my room during holidays?
Never. Your room belongs to you for the entirety of your tenancy period!