How to get here
Don't panic... SU staff will be on hand to help you settle in to your new uni life!
What to bring
The following is a little checklist of things that you should bring with you, but don't blame us if you forget something!
• University Welcome pack
• Any info from your University School or Department
• Any info from your hall of residence
• UCAS acceptance form
• Birth Certificate / Passport
• Evidence of grant / student loan / award (if applicable)
• Bank account details
• Passport photos
• Hard cash
• Sports equipment / Musical instruments
• Bedding (unless you like the idea of hall sheets and blankets!)
• Clothes - obviously!
• Mobile phone / Phonecard
• TV / Stereo / Computer/ Laptop (if you have one!)
• And a cuddly toy ?
Manage this lot and we'll be amazed but it'll make your life much easier if you can!
Stansted (London's third international airport) is just 45 minutes away by road via the A120 and A12. Coach and bus services run between Stansted and Colchester every hour during the day. There is also a regular bus service from Stansted Airport to the Colchester campus.
The main University bus stop is at the Valley Road junction, near Square One, there are other stops for North Towers and South Courts. The University is served by the following buses:
From Colchester Rail Station (Forecourt): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78 Combined frequency: every 10 minutes weekdays during the day, 3-4 per hour weekday evenings. Weekends less frequent.
From Colchester Town Centre (High Street stops V and Z): 61, 62, 74/74B, 76, 78, 78X. Combined frequency: 8 per hour weekdays during the day, 3-4 per hour weekday evenings. Weekends less frequent.As services can, at times, be irregular and not always direct to the campus, 30 minutes should be allowed when travelling from the town centre to the University, and 45 minutes when travelling from the rail station to the University.
If approaching the University's Colchester Campus from London and the South via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). If approaching from Ipswich and the North on the A12, take the exit marked Colchester. From Colchester, the University is off the A133 to Clacton. The University visitors' car park operates on a pay and display basis.
The University is committed to being environmentally responsible and we encourage all staff, students and visitors to consider the environment when travelling to our campuses. We provide managed car parking at our Colchester Campus and people wishing to use this must abide by the regulations of a pay and display scheme. Drivers who do not adhere to these regulations will be liable to have their vehicle clamped and be required to pay a fee to have this released. Further information is available in our transport policy.
More information about getting to the Colchester Campus is available on our Traffic updates and route planners web page.
Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester Station approximately every 10-20 minutes. The journey takes around an hour. Services also connect with Colchester from Norwich, Ipswich, Felixstowe and Harwich. Local bus and taxi services connect Colchester Station to the University. (Note: Colchester has three stations - these directions refer to the main station and not Colchester Town or Hythe.) Some trains from London (Liverpool Street) also stop at Wivenhoe Station. When travelling from the Clacton/Walton direction, alight at Wivenhoe or Hythe Stations and use the local bus and taxi service to connect to the University.