Your guide to getting to campus

P, our address is University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ, United Kingdom.

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Moving to a new county, city, town or village can be daunting, especially when you can’t figure out how to get from place to place. Here’s a guide on how to find your way to your new home. 


Probably the easiest option as you don't need to stick to someone else's timetable. There are car parks for use on campus, but bear in mind that they may be busy during the first few weeks with others being dropped off. If you’re planning on commuting to campus everyday by car because you live locally, look into parking permits.  


First Bus is the main bus service in Colchester, and a lot of the local routes come through our campus. If you’re travelling from outside of Colchester, other services include Hedingham & Chambers and Stephenson’s of Essex. Once you've settled into your new home, if you are living off-campus you might want to get a pass or search through the wide range of tickets the bus services offer. It’s a good idea to speak to SU Reception about the bus pass though, as you can get a heavy discount on your pass through them. 


The closest station to campus is Hythe (Essex). You will most likely come into Colchester North, where you will need to change onto the line to Clacton-on-Sea. 

The other closest stations are Wivenhoe (walkable to campus), Colchester Town (an ambitious walk to campus) and Colchester North (you really don’t want to walk from here). 

If you’re going to be using the train a lot, definitely check out the weekly or monthly tickets. 


You can get dropped off easily at North Towers or South Courts taxi points.


National Express coaches run services from around the country to Colchester (drop off and pick up point is currently East Hill close to Colchester Castle) including from London and UK airports. Please note, for some journeys you may need to change buses before continuing to your destination. 


There is a cycle park adjacent to Rayleigh Tower at the end of the cycle path between Boundary Road and the North Towers causeway. There’s also cycle racks in the following locations: EBS, Innovation Centre, North Towers causeway, North housing, Copse Boundary Road, Copse Courtyard, Meadows Courtyard, Under podia under Square 5, Parkside, Constable car park, Sports Arena, Old Sports Arena, South Courts. 


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