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University Quays, Colchester
Standard Double En-Suite Room - Bedroom
Standard Single En-Suite Room - Bedroom
Standard Single En-Suite Room - Bathroom

University Quays, Colchester

Colchester, CO2 8GY, United Kingdom
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About the Property

Located in the heart of Colchester, the historic gem of Essex, University Quays, Colchester stands out as a prime Colchester student accommodation CO2 8GY offering a variety of room types, including Standard Single En-Suite Room, Standard Double En-Suite Room, and Premium Single En-Suite Room. Each en-suite room is fully furnished and equipped with room storage, ensuring a comfortable living experience. Ideally situated for students, University Quays accommodation in Colchester boasts proximity to esteemed educational institutions such as the University of Essex and University Campus Suffolk, making commutes to classes convenient and hassle-free.

Colchester, reputed as Britain's oldest recorded town, is not merely a beacon of the past but a modern educational hotspot attracting students from across the globe. With the University Quays, Colchester accommodation, learners find themselves in a city teeming with historical legacy and academic prowess. Colchester proudly hosts a robust student population drawn to its reputable universities and vibrant culture. This city is a testament to both ancient heritage and contemporary sophistication, boasting attractions like the Colchester Castle and the contemporary Firstsite art gallery. The Colchester student accommodation provided by Derwent Students seamlessly integrates with this dynamic cityscape offering not only a place of study but a slice of Colchester's rich tapestry. University Quays, Colchester's location is a substantial advantage, placing students within reach of essential amenities, including shops, parking, and laundry facilities, and ensuring a well-rounded and comfortable student life.


At University Quays, Colchester, students are welcomed with a suite of amenities that ensure comfort, convenience, and a vibrant student lifestyle. Each room type, be it the Standard Single En-Suite Room, Standard Double En-Suite Room, or Premium Single En-Suite Room, is designed to provide students with a personal sanctuary that is both fully furnished and equipped with ample room storage to keep belongings organised and out of the way.

The accommodations at University Quays, Colchester student accommodation extend beyond just comfort and privacy. Each room houses a kitchen with appliances, including a microwave and fridge, giving residents the freedom to prepare their own meals and live independently. Besides these in-room conveniences, the University Quays accommodation in Colchester boasts wifi connectivity throughout, ensuring that residents are always connected, whether for study or leisure.

A unique aspect of residing at University Quays, Colchester's accommodation in Colchester is the plethora of common amenities available. The availability of on-site parking delights those with vehicles, while nearby shops cater to daily needs and impromptu purchases. A laundry facility on the premises makes daily chores a breeze, and the included content insurance provides peace of mind for residents.

Strategically located near the University of Essex, University Campus Suffolk, and the University of Suffolk, students at University Quays, Colchester, enjoy substantial location benefits, with academic life right at their doorstep. Managed by Derwent Students, a renowned property management group, the experience of living is not just about housing but enjoying an ecosystem that supports and enriches the collegiate journey.

Location and What's Hot?

With University Quays, Colchester positioned as a prime student accommodation, students will find themselves residing in a neighbourhood buzzing with life and convenience. Just outside your door, you'll be greeted by a myriad of local delights. If you’re in the mood for a quick coffee run or a delightful brunch, Greyfriars and The Nourish Co are the go-to spots. When evening rolls around, areas light up with popular hangouts like The Silk Road bar and Twisters, offering a vibrant nightlife scene.

At University Quays, Colchester student accommodation, residents have a variety of dining options right at their fingertips. Enjoy delicious pizza from Domino's Pizza or savour authentic Vietnamese cuisine at Bambu Vietnamese. Knight Pavilion Restaurant offers a more formal dining experience, while Subway provides quick and convenient sandwiches. Craving Thai food? Naka Thai has you covered, along with Eastern House, for more Asian delights.

Students at University Quays, Colchester, can enjoy the greenery and leisurely activities, as Castle Park is just a stone's throw away. It is perfect for a weekend picnic or an impromptu study session outdoors. Tourist attractions such as the historic Colchester Castle and the Colchester Zoo offer a break from studies and an opportunity to explore the area's rich heritage.

Not to forget the close proximity to prominent educational institutions; University of Essex, University Campus Suffolk, and the University of Suffolk are easily accessible for the student community, ensuring that you’re always just a walk away from academic excellence. The University Quays, Colchester accommodation in Colchester truly stands out with its central location, offering a balanced and dynamic student lifestyle. In this lively atmosphere, every convenience is catered for, making it a desirable place to live and study.


Exploring Colchester from University Quays, Colchester is a breeze thanks to its prime location well-serviced by an array of public transport options. Whether you need to hop on a bus at the nearby bus stops or catch a train for a swift journey, you'll find convenient choices within easy reach. Engaging with Colchester's surroundings becomes hassle-free when you have direct access to the essential transit hubs. For instance, the Colchester Town railway station is easily accessible for those longer trips out of town. Closer still, a selection of bus stops offers regular services to whisk you around the city, like the University Quays bus stop, ensuring every outing is as straightforward as possible. In short, University Quays, Colchester student accommodation offers the utmost in connectivity, simplifying your travel so you can focus on your studies and enjoy the Colchester lifestyle.

What will you get

Your Rent Include


Common Amenities

Free WiFi
Walking distance to University
Weekly Communal Cleaning
Secure Bike Storage
Close to Shops

Cancellation Policies (5)

  • Cooling Off Period
    Free booking cancellation in stipulated time
  • No Visa No Pay
    This property allows cancellation due to visa rejection.
  • No Place No Pay
    This property allows cancellation if admission is not secured.

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  • Security Deposit
    Deposit property holds during the tenure
  • Payment Instalment Plan
    This property offers flexible instalment plan.
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    Payment via easy transaction modes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How close is the university?

You will be located on their Colchester campus, it is a 10 minute walk to central campus facilities.

Do I have contents insurance?

Yes! As standard, all students are automatically covered by the #1 Student insurer, Endsleigh. However this cover may not be sufficient for your needs, for example if you have expensive computers and smart phones so we strongly recommend you review your policy and upgrade your cover if you feel you need it.

How far is the city centre?

Colchester city centre is around a 20-minute bus journey from the university. They have many bus stops on campus running every 10 minutes. Alternatively, it’s about a 45-minute walk / 20 minute cycle.

Where is the nearest supermarket?

There is a small shop at The Meadows, nearby for your essentials and they have a Tesco about a 10-minute walk / 3-minute cycle from campus.

Is there a medical centre nearby?

They have our own onsite medical centre which you can register for when you arrive.

Where is the nearest cashpoint?

They have a cashpoint on central campus on square 3 right by the Security and Safety centre.

Where is the nearest police station?

The nearest police station is in the city centre, about 20 minutes from campus.

Where is the nearest post office?

The nearest post office can be found via the Royal Mail site.

Where is the nearest gym?

They have their own sports centre on south side of campus, your accommodation will include an off-peak silver membership.

How far are the bus/train stations?

The bus stops are located all around our campus. The closest train station is Hythe station, they also have Wivenhoe, Colchester town, and Colchester main station nearby.

Where's the nearest bus stop?

There is a bus stop right outside the Copse accommodation on Capon Road.

What's in my room?

The room will be furnished with a small double bed and mattress. You will also get a desk, chair, bookshelves, wardrobe, a bin, mirror and a lamp.

What is included in the kitchen?

All kitchens are self-catered and are provided with a cooker, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, ironing board and storage units. You will need to provide your own crockery and cooking utensils.

Who cleans my flat?

The communal areas such as your kitchen and bathroom will be cleaned once a week. If you have an ensuite these will not get cleaned. Rubbish in bins are removed daily.

Can I bring a pet?

Sorry, pets are not permitted on any of their properties.

Where can I do my laundry?

The laundrette is located on the lower ground floor of the Oaks.

Can I personalise my room?

You can bring rugs, photos and blankets etc but they ask that you do not put anything on the walls as any damage will be chargeable.

Can I have guests to stay?

Guests are permitted for up to 3 nights, but if you would like any longer then you will need to ask for permission.

Can I bring my car?

Students who are living in their accommodation are not able to have a parking permit on our site unless you require disabled access.

Is there anywhere I can store my bike?

Yes, they have multiple bike stores all over the campus which are free to use.

Where do I collect my post from?

Post is normally delivered on weekdays to the flats. Large items or those requiring a signature will be stored at the Meadows reception for collection. The post room staff will email you to let you know when it has been delivered and to confirm where to collect it from.

How do I report maintenance issues?

If you have any maintenance issues that you need to report then you can contact the reception on mail.

Can I change my room?

Room exchanges and transfer to vacant room applications usually open around November.

Do I need to have a TV Licence?

You will need to purchase a TV licence if you wish to watch or stream live TV in your flat.

What events do you arrange on the site?

Your Resident Assistant will advise what events are happening on campus.

What facilities are there on site?

They have many facilities on campus.

Can I store my possessions in the summer?

No, you cannot store them in your room. However, the university does have Central Stores where you can pay to keep your belongings in storage if needed. You can contact them.

Can I book for summer?

The university does offer summer vacation bookings however, it is unlikely it will be in the same room. Applications will open in April 2024.

Can I arrive early?

Unfortunately, they only accept arrivals from the agreed contract start date.

What about safety and security on site?

They have 24 hour security on our campus.

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Student Accomodations in Colchester

Colchester Student Accommodation

Finding Colchester student accommodation can be tedious, but it can also be smooth and hassle-free. Amber offers comfortable student accommodation in Colchester at a reasonable price. Students can find student accommodations around many renowned universities, such as the University of Essex Colchester Campus, University of Suffolk, and Anglia Ruskin University etc.

The City of Essex has everything, from opulent student accommodation in West Colchester to cost-effective accommodation for students in Greenstead, Colchester. The student accommodation is designed keeping in mind students' comfort. Everyone can find something interesting to do in the city. The colchester student houses offer accommodation options like private accommodations, shared accommodations, customised accommodations etc.

Colchester offers student accommodations  with the best amenities and facilities. Students seeking short-term rentals in Colchester can opt for accommodation alternatives as well. Some of the most preferred options for student accommodations in Colchester are 27 Magdalen Street, The Maltings, and Elmstead Place etc.

About Colchester

Colchester is a town in the county of Essex, in southeast England. In Castle Park, Colchester Castle is a vast Norman Castle built on the foundations of a Roman temple. Colchester is situated on the River Colne and is located 80 kilometres (50 miles) northeast of London. Colchester is also close to the city of Ipswich. Notable universities around the area include University Campus Suffolk, Regent Cambridge, University of Essex, etc.

The Jumbo Water Tower and Colchester Town Hall are noteworthy landmarks. The Colchester City Council looks after the governance of the city. Colchester is famous mainly for its culture, which is depicted in various museums, arts, sports, and archaeological parks. Colchester is the land of upmarket department stores that include brands like H&M, Primark, boots, and many other independent stores where one can shop.

Best Student Accommodation in Colchester

Finding the right Colchester student accommodation is one of the top priorities for students in the midst of several challenges. Proximity and distance from the university are some of the highly determining factors for booking student accommodation in Colchester. Students usually consider sustainability, lifestyle, and transit options before finalising student accommodation for themselves.

Colchester is the ideal option for students because it is home to numerous prestigious institutions and universities. When considering Colchester student houses, students must stick to their preferences. Amber offers some of the best options for Colchester student accommodation. Colchester student houses consist of several amenities that live up to the calibre of infrastructure found in Essex and the places around it. Here are some of the best student accommodations in Colchester to make your student stay comfortable.

  1. The Maltings
  2. 27 Magdalen Street
  3. Enso
  4. Hythe Mills
  5. Elmstead Place
  6. University Quays
  7. The Meadows
  8. The Copse

Cost of Living in Colchester

Colchester is an expensive city to live in for students studying at the university. Although prices differ according to localities, students must prepare their finances well. Careful assessments and planning can prevent last minute expenses. It is advised to keep around £1,000 - £1,500 aside every month for personal expenses.

  1. Food: £100- £150 /week
  2. Gas and electricity: £50- £70 /week
  3. Internet & mobile phone: £30- £50 /week
  4. Dinner at a restaurant: £50- £150 /week
  5. Laundry: £25- £40 /week
  6. Stationery and Textbooks: £20- £30 /week
  7. Clothing: £30- £55/month
  8. Travel (buses, trams, and trains): £60- £100/month

Student Travel Colchester

In general, the English transportation network is among the world's most efficient. Colchester, being an English city, is not an exception. Due to its location in a prestigious county like Essex, the region has excellent access to a comprehensive public transportation system.

One can explore the other parts of the city via public transport and experience hassle-free travel. There are various ways to commute from one place to another via train, bus or cycling. Students can go through the transportation options to travel given below.

  1. Train: Colchester has a dedicated metro rail system that runs from Colchester to Cambridge to London and many UK cities, starting from Colchester railway station and nearby stations. These stations are concisely well-connected train stations, so students don't have to worry about travelling to nearby cities on weekends.
  2. Bus: Colchester's bus network runs 24 hours a day, with more than 100 buses running up and down the city. Students can take buses from Colchester City Interchange near the City Centre that connect to all national highways of England. There are hundreds of local bus stops present at every corner of the city, designed to cater to local and national travellers. The average bus fare in Colchester is around £1-1.20/day. Students can also choose a 'Colchester Borough Card' bus pass that heavily reduces local transport expenses by significant margins.
  3. Cycling: You can also explore local parts of the city by cycling. For example, you can visit Colchester's exclusive cycling areas, like its famous Lexden Park.

Student Lifestyle and Living in Colchester

Numerous students and adults agree that the county of Essex is among the most tranquil and pleasant locations to live. The well-known Essex community of Colchester undoubtedly benefits a lot from Essex. Your life and study in Colchester will be extraordinary as a student.

Visitors can visit various restaurants, museums, and parks and catch a glimpse of the city's culture and history. The city also offers a vibrant and dynamic student life.

Due to the university's location on the outskirts of the city, Colchester has a small but self-contained nightlife. Numerous bars and clubs are exclusively for students and are located on campus. Three Wise Monkeys is a gin bar and tap house, and ATIK is a popular nightclub among students.

Along with a few theatres, there is an Odeon movie theatre where one can watch movies. While the Headgate Theatre is a little more secluded, the Mercury is the larger venue, attracting tours, bands, and well-known comedians. The Colchester Institute's Creative Arts Live showcases live performances from artists in all branches of the performing arts.

As a result, their annual lineup covers everything from rock to classical, opera to hip-hop. Thus, getting student accommodation in Colchester is a smart choice. Students get to enjoy a vibrant atmosphere while living in student properties in Colchester. Further, students can hangout in exotic places like Zizzi, The Playhouse located nearby on weekends.

Colchester Tourist Attractions

There are many tourist attractions in the Colchester neighbourhood, located in Essex. In order to relax and take a break from classrooms, students can go to various locations like Castle Park, Colchester Zoo, etc. Students can visit these locations for much less cost if they have their respective student ID cards on them. Students can collect their ID cards from their respective universities. Students may visit Colchester tourist attractions like:

  1. Colchester Zoo
  2. Beth Chatto's Plants & Gardens
  3. Castle Park
  4. Cudmore Grove Country Park
  5. Colchester Castle Museum
  6. West Mersea Beach
  7. Marks Hall Estate
  8. Highwoods Country Park
  9. Firstsite
  10. St. Botolph's Priory

Universities in Colchester

Many students travel to Colchester every year to pursue higher education at some top-notch universities. The universities offer a high education quality and an excellent student life with the various activities that are conducted on the campus, making sure the student learns everything theoretical and practical application of the same. There are some of the best Universities in Colchester.

  1. University of Essex, Colchester Campus
  2. University of Suffolk
  3. Anglia Ruskin University
  4. Regent Cambridge
  5. St. Giles, Cambridge
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