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Student Accommodation in Colchester

Written by Sam | February 15, 2021

In Colchester, there is only one university and that is the University of Essex. The university is spread over three campuses in Colchester, Southend, and Loughton and each of these campuses has its own theatre. I shall come on to student accommodation in Colchester shortly!

The courses available are organised into three faculties: humanities, science and health and social science.

The University of Essex has grown to over 12,000 students and has a lot of international students. Normally, Colchester is never thought of as a major university, however, when you look at the rankings and number of students it really does hold it’s own!

It has some great courses and contributes to a lot of research!

If you want to read more about what it is like to study at the University of Essex, the good bits and bad bits then our university pages will help: University of Essex.

If you want to read what it is like to live in Colchester as a student, it includes nightlife, food, activities, and the surrounding places then our article on Colchester will help: Living in Colchester as a Student

Private Student Accommodation in Colchester

In this section, I look at the purpose built student accommodation that is in Colchester. This is accommodation that is not owned or managed by the university but is owned and managed by a private company. Most of the companies have more than one building and are usually in multiple cities.

In this type of student accommodation you get a lot of added extras, some of these are:

  • Accommodation manager
  • Extra security – CCTV
  • Social events
  • Free breakfasts
  • Gym, cinema, study and games rooms
  • All bills included
  • En-suites in flats

The only downside from this is that the price can be much more than student housing in the areas, however, many choose to live here because of all the pluses.

Map of student accommodation in Colchester

All the student accommodation is based around the university with Host 27 being the furthest away, but closest to the centre of Colchester.

You can still walk to university from all accommodations and located around transport that makes it easy to get in and out!

Some of good student accommodation providers in Colchester areL

If you are searching for student accommodation and want to make sure that find a good student accommodation to live in, here are some quick tips to help you:

  • Always view the property – Check the communal areas are fit for purpose
  • Check the social calendar
  • Make sure there is plenty of storage
  • Read the inventory and tenancy agreement- These will be online
  • Check the furnishings are quality – bed, desk & en-suite

If you want to see more details on how to make sure you end up in good student accommodation, you can find more detail in this article: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation

Student Housing in Colchester

If you are searching for student housing in Colchester then you will want to know the best areas to live, rough prices and who are some good landlords or student letting agents in the area.

Most students in Colchester start searching for their next student house in late November and early December, some students book then and others wait until the new year. Both are fine.

You actually have a lot of choice in Colchester as to where you would like to live and with what provider, the only downside is that all the best ones go first.

Student accommodation costs are on average £145 per week. 

Best places to live as a student in Colchester:

  • Greenstead
  • Wivenhoe
  • Old Heath

These areas are all located around the university. Wivenhoe is the furthest away but arguably the better areas of the three.

All the areas have access to good transport, plenty of shops and good access to the city centre.

Some good student housing providers in Colchester:

If you are searching for student housing in Colchester and want to make sure that you end up in a good student house here are some quick tips:

  • Always view the property
  • Check all rooms
  • Make sure the furnishings and fixtures are quality – bed, kitchen, bathrooms etc
  • Read the tenancy agreement before booking
  • Check the inventory
  • Research online and speak to students

If you want more details on how to find good quality student housing in Colchester, this article will help: How To Find Your Next Student Accommodation

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