Student Parents


The Students’ Union also provides a property finding service SUHomes, which helps students secure local, private accommodation. All the properties they work with in Colchester are accredited by Colchester Borough Council. It's best to start looking in November for housing to ensure best choice available. Suitable housing is available later in the year, but there are fewer options.


There are various support services available for you to use here at the Students’ Union. These are:

  • SU Advice
    SU Advice gives free, confidential and impartial advice on a load of issues. This can be Academic, financial, help with Tier 4 visa extensions and various other issues. Find out more here.

  • Baby Changing
    There's a dedicated room available on campus for baby changing. It's in 5A.223 and can be accessed of Square 2 (next to Zest and going up one flight) or of Square 4 (next to The Store and going up the stairs to 5A).

  • SU React
    Have a question or query want answered straight away? An issue on or off campus? Then SU React is here for you.

  • SU Ideas
    Had a brainwave and come up with something you think could benefit students? Submit it as a student idea.

  • Student Support

    If you need practical advice, a confidential conversation or general information, no matter what the issue is, the Student Services Hub is the place to go. Ask them about health and well-being, accommodation, funding, exam stress and much more. Your questions matter and you'll get answers from our team of experts.

  • Money Matters and Policies

    You can find information on money matters and other university policies here.

  • Other Online Support
    Online support networks can put you in touch with a huge group of people with a wide range of experiences. Try The Student Room or Mumsnet. If there are other student parents on your course, you might be able to share childcare during lectures, seminars or exams.

Mature students' network

Mature Student Network is for those students (undergraduate and postgraduate) who are over 21 when starting their undergraduate degrees, over 25 when starting their postgraduate degrees, or anyone that defines them as mature.

The ultimate aim is to ensure that all Mature Students at here at Essex feel welcome and have a dedicated network that they can engage with.

What's on

There are also other various events taking place here at the Students’ Union. Visit:

on campus facilities

There are various facilities available for parents:

  • CHUMS - a holiday club for children at the University
  • Climbing parties
  • Tennis clubs
  • Lakeside Theatre run a variety of productions throughout the year, some of which are suitable for children as well as a Saturday morning youth programme.
  • There's also a Nursery on the north side of the campus (Wivenhoe Park Day Nursery).

local area

There are also various Child Care services available in Colchester. For more information visit.