Find your student accommodation in Colchester

Student Accommodation Colchester

The University of Essex boasts one of the most attractive campus settings and student life is central to the market town of Colchester. Search our website to find the latest student accommodation available.

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Not sure what type of accommodation is right for you?

AFS always has the widest choice of student accommodation available. To help you find the right place to live, read our brief guide to the different types of accommodation below.

University Hall
  • University residences which are generally full of first year undergraduates are a great way to adjust to living away from home and making new friends. Uni halls are usually located close to campus.

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Private Halls
  • Generally offer a higher level of amenities than University Halls, at higher rents. Will be home to a more diverse mix of students and normally located close to campus.

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House
  • A house share with a group of friends is often the lowest cost option and popular as the next step after living in Halls. Typically located in student friendly areas which require some travel to University.

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Flat
  • A flat or apartment is similar to a house share on a smaller scale and will normally have one or two bedrooms. Ideal for smaller groups or couples.

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Studio
  • Either a premium room in a Private Hall of Residence or a self-contained flat or apartment where all of the amenities are in one space. Typically the most expensive option.

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Homestay
  • A room in a house where the landlord or owner currently lives. A good option if you are not too concerned about living with other students and are budget conscious.

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Bedsit
  • A self-contained room, which includes most amenities but with shared bathroom facilities.

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Spare room
  • A room available in a house share, where a group of existing housemates want to fill an empty room. A good way of getting the benefits of a house share without an established group of friends.

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Living in Colchester as a student

Colchester is home to one of the two campuses of the University of Essex with its 15,000 students. Known for its distinct brutalist on-campus architecture and rich history, including a period in which the city was the capital of Roman Britain, Colchester is a welcoming destination for students from around the country and the world.

15 halls of residence, including university and privately managed, make up a healthy accommodation provision for the large student base in the city. University halls offer a variety of self-catered rooms, mostly en-suite, with some communal facilities options too. Private halls are in abundance, with most of the nation’s top providers operating in the area.

The numerous private halls in Colchester provide students with a good range of options. Standard en-suite rooms all the way to larger self-contained studios are on offer, with a good choice of attractive amenities. Most halls are purpose built buildings, some more modern that other to suit everyone’s needs and budgets. Other accommodation options, such as flats and houses are available in town.

House sharing with a larger group of friends is always a popular choice with students of the UoE that want to taste life outside of uni halls. Sharing with 4 or more friends can help drive down individual costs, while gaining flexibility in location, furnishing and size. Smaller flats and apartments can be a good option for those hoping to start living with their partner or preferring company of just one or two flatmates. This type of accommodation is typically managed by landlords or letting agents who specialise in student accommodation and there are many in Colchester that have an excellent reputation.

If you are looking for more information about the city you can have a look at our fantastic online guides which will help you settle in and find the best places around! When you are ready to find accommodation, try our online search tool at accommodationforstudents.com which will allow you to tailor the search results to your various needs, but will also put you in direct contact with the accommodation of your choice—without any unnecessary intermediaries. We currently list a good selection of properties on our website, so you can jump right into home-hunting, but if at any point you feel like you need some additional support, feel free to contact our team—they are always eager to help. Helping students find their dream accommodation is what we do and with 20 years’ experience in the sector we select and list properties that are sure to pique your interest. Always proud of our work, we are looking forward to helping you find your new student home.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are you going to live and study in Colchester? Here are the most frequent questions asked by other students.

When is the best time to look for student accommodation in Colchester?

Most students look for shared housing in Colchester from October, although there will be student accommodation available all year round. First year and international students generally start looking in January for halls of residence.

How much does student accommodation cost in Colchester?

The amount you pay will depend on the type of student accommodation you choose. A shared house in Colchester will cost you £86 per week. A halls of residence will cost, on average £168 per week, but could cost more depending on what type of room you select.

What is the best way to search for student accommodation in Colchester?

Accommodation for Students has the widest range of student accommodation currently available in Colchester. This includes halls of residence, house shares, flats and apartments. You can enquire directly to your chosen accommodation or get more support through our live help team. AFS has accommodation across the whole city including Greenstead and Hythe.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

In Colchester the standard length of contract is 46 weeks. However it is possible to have a longer or shorter agreement than this. Some halls of residence will only offer a 50 or 52 week tenancy agreement for example.

Is it possible to have a short term or summer only contract in Colchester?

Yes, a selection of the student accommodation listed on AFS will offer short term stays. This is most often the case for halls of residence in Colchester. Look out for the properties which have the short term let badge or filter your search by ‘letting period’.

How much do I have to pay for a deposit?

This will depend on the type of property you choose. The most anyone can legally charge is 5 weeks rent. Some accommodation in Colchester halls of residence will not require a deposit at all, while on average the deposit in a shared house in Colchester will be £344.

How can I make sure I get my deposit back at the end of my tenancy?

All landlords and property manages in Colchester are legally required to protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. If you take care of your student accommodation you should have no problem getting your money back. You can check out some further information right here.

Colchester Universities

Colchester is home to the main campus of The University of Essex.