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Applying to The Towers
- TEACHING MODE:
- Blended learning.
- OPEN DAYS:
- Colchester on-campus open days on 18th Jun & 17th Sep. Southend on-campus open day on 15th Oct.
- TEACHING NOTES:
- Teaching programmes will be delivered through a blended-learning model. The majority of learning opportunities will be available in-person as long as it remains safe to do so. The University requires the use of face coverings in all indoor spaces, such as student teaching spaces, study spaces, library, all circulation areas, toilets and kitchens, unless you are medically exempt.
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I'm gonna preface by saying that if you are anything less than a complete extrovert who wants to be around people 24/7 and doesn't care about noise then living in the towers may potentially be literal hell for you. Prison cell rooms, absolute lack of sleep due to the paper-thin walls, door slamming and partying in the kitchen. This literally forced me to sleep with construction-grade earplugs every single night for the whole year. Keep in mind that your flat/room is random and if you're unlucky like me you might get placed in flats 1-4 which enjoy the "surround sound experience" hearing every single drunk shouting in the kitchen and slamming the doors at 3-6AM waking you each and every time. Also, the paper-thin walls drive you insane if you have a noisy neighbor. The other cons, which, in my opinion, are not as severe because they don't impact the quality of your life as much are very messy kitchen, unclean showers and the constant smell of w*** which pervades your room.
Such a great experience, defo recommend for first years, its so social and gives you a great opportunity to meet 13-15 other people immediately so there's bound to be some one you get on with. Great value for money as well as its costs under £90 per week! Only issue is freezer space as there's 2 drawers less than the number of people in the flat.
Even the postgraduate flats in the North Towers are very noisy and messy. You have to live with people who don't flush the toilet or collect their hair after shower and throw banana skins, and chicken bones on the floor. Kitchen tables are always dirty. It is a mystery how come people do not get sick there. Walls are very thin, basically all noises travel. Apart from this, people slam doors when coming in and out. Kitchen appliances are very old and when something is broken it takes ages for them to fix. We had so many days with bathroom lights, the hob etc. not working. Also the contract is fixed for a year. So you cannot terminate it. You have to pay the whole year's rent, even if you leave. Room exchange is almost impossible as there are not many people willing for it. Also they charge you an administrative fee if you want to exchange your room with another student. The management is slow, not responsive and their main focus is to keep the costs low and get the rent payments.
Towers are the cheapest on-campus accommodation, yet they're still pleasant to live in, location is fantastic, barely notice the walk to class. Only complaint is that while the ethernet (wired) connection is great, achieving the 70mbps upload/download I pay for, the WiFi (wireless) is adequate to poor, struggling to load 360p videos on YouTube at times, regardless of time of day so I doubt it's network congestion, I expect this is more to do with cheap access points.
If you are looking for a luxurious place to live, this is not the place for you. If however you want to live in the social hub of The University of Essex and do not really care to much about luxuries such as double beds or en-suite bathrooms then Towers is great fun. you get the bare minimum and showers/toilets are communal, however you get used to it pretty quickly. Lectures are only 5 minutes away maximum. Only downside really is lack of communal space, there are no living areas simply the kitchen. Also if you hate noise, DO NOT MOVE HERE. You will not enjoy it, however if you can look past the noise and the bare bones nature of the accommodation, then I have no doubt in saying that living in Towers (South Towers especially) is the most fun you can have at Essex Also, be prepared to come to blows with accommodation.
If you go to the University of Essex, GO IN THE TOWERS! Yes, it's not the cleanest of places since you'll be sharing with over 10 people, but it is the most social place. For your first year of uni, there is always a floor having a party for you to join, it really is the best way to meet people. You're never lonely and there is always someone for you to hang out with or get help from!
Cheap, basic accomodation. Known for the crazy parties and the social life. They get a bit filthy but hey its that party lifestyle you've always wanted!! Best accomodation possible!! Got in the top 10 accomofations in the country!!!
You dont experience essex if you dont stay in the towers! There are always social's going on is any one of the 6 towers. The people in the flat instantly become your family. You do get what you pay for- it is the cheapest accomodation so everything is basic but there is still everything you need there. The friends and experience you have there beats an en-suite any day of the week!