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Colchester

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Colchester is your average larger town really. There's enough shops to go wander around, there's enough variety of choice for quality food and it's easy to get there in 15 minutes from campus via bus. The nights out are okay, not the best, in town, but there is a club and enough to do on campus in the evenings anyway so it's not really a worry.

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By member711775
On 31st July 15

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Colchester is your average larger town really. There's enough shops to go wander around, there's enough variety of choice for quality food and it's easy to get there in 15 minutes from campus via bus. The nights out are okay, not the best, in town, but there is a club and enough to do on campus in the evenings anyway so it's not really a worry.

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By member711775
On 31st July 15

Living in Colchester

The Colchester campus of the University of Essex is perched just on its edge, in some beautiful countryside. It’s a good sized town with a military garrison and a very good zoo!

There’s easily enough shopping to get you by, the Lion Walk and Culver Square centres are the hotspots for shopaholics, with forty big names shops under one roof. For the less picky, the surrounding high street area between Southway and Castle Park is where you’ll find the rest of your shops, including a market along Culvert Street at the end of the week.

There is a modest nightlife in Colchester, largely because of the fact that the university is on the edge of town and has a lot of its own clubs on the premises, but those willing to venture into Colchester town centre will find a selection of clubs and bars including student favourites Karma and Liquid. There’s an Odeon cinema here, and a couple of theatres. The Mercury is the bigger one, drawing tours, bands and popular comedians, while the Headgate Theatre is a bit more intimate. The CMPALive! venue at the Colchester Institute hosts live gigs from across the performing arts, so their yearly lineup can include anything from classical music to rock, opera to musicals.

Colchester also has a castle which, as well as the usual entry, offers tours of the Roman vaults beneath the building. The park around it is a nice place for a picnic or game of football, and behind the castle is a big slope that’s very popular with student sledgers in the winter, so bring a toboggan or a tea tray with you just in case. Just remember to stop sliding before you reach the river at the bottom!

Day trip!

  • That zoo we mentioned: Colchester zoo is is a big one, everyone should visit at least once.
  • London: Colchester sits on the A12 leading into London so getting to the big city for a day out is easy.
  • Beach: Your nearest good beach is as Southwold, which is famous for it’s soft golden sand and is about 90mins away by car. If you’re not so fussy and have less time you could head to busy seaside town Clacton-on-sea or the more isolated Mersea Island.

Good to know

  • Bus: Buses run from campus to town every 15mins, so you don’t have a to walk (although it’s only two miles, and you could if you wanted.) There’s also a 20min bus that goes to the train station
  • Taxi: VP Cars
  • Train: You’re only an hour away from London Liverpool Street.


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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 31st July 15

Colchester is your average larger town really. There's enough shops to go wander around, there's enough variety of choice for quality food and it's easy to get there in 15 minutes from campus via bus. The nights out are okay, not the best, in town, but there is a club and enough to do on campus in the evenings anyway so it's not really a worry.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st July 15

First buses can be annoying but so can buses everywhere. Just wish there was a Primark!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 31st July 15

Plenty of high street restaurants, and most high street stores, however if you want a big shopping day best to go to Stratford or Chelmsford as Colchester is not massive.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 31st July 15

Great buses into the town centre every 10 minutes. Colchester has a variety of shops however there aren't many for people shopping for clothes on a budget. It has all the other essential though.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 25th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th July 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd July 15

colchester is ok, there are some interesting things to do, but there is no need to leave campus as everything you will find is available here.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th July 15

Colchester is a lovely town- lots of shops and places to eat out. Really lovely parks. Not to far away from the uni either, just a short bus ride away. Nightlife is decent- we mainly stuck to the nightlife on campus though!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th July 15

Regular transport (every 10 minutes) between the campus, the town centre and local railways stations (three in total - the closest is a 20 minute walk away). London is a 50 minute train journey away. Shopping is good, with a huge selection of shops, including national brands/stores and more unique shops. There is a huge selection of places to eat, from the fast and cheap, to the higher quality and slightly more expensive meals. There are several clubs and many bars, with drinks being cheap on certain nights (although, they are not too expensive anyway). The buses don't run really late unfortunately, but taxis are relatively cheap and you could even walk (the town centre is about a 15-30 minute walk away). Tesco is a 10 minute walk away, which is the cheapest place to buy groceries and food (it's not too expensive - no more expensive than anywhere else). For a few bits, there is a shop on campus!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th July 15

Regular transport (every 10 minutes) between the campus, the town centre and local railways stations (three in total - the closest is a 20 minute walk away). London is a 50 minute train journey away. Shopping is good, with a huge selection of shops, including national brands/stores and more unique shops. There is a huge selection of places to eat, from the fast and cheap, to the higher quality and slightly more expensive meals. There are several clubs and many bars, with drinks being cheap on certain nights (although, they are not too expensive anyway). The buses don't run really late unfortunately, but taxis are relatively cheap and you could even walk (the town centre is about a 15-30 minute walk away). Tesco is a 10 minute walk away, which is the cheapest place to buy groceries and food (it's not too expensive - no more expensive than anywhere else). For a few bits, there is a bar on campus!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 13th July 15

Everyone looks like they are from Jeremy Kyle, and behaves in a similar way.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

town not far from uni and has everything you need ranging from retail shops to restaurants to clubs

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Yeah it's a pretty nice town :)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Amazing town.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

Colchester has a good-sized high street with a variety of shops, restaurants and activities. However, students will likely use Tesco, Waitrose and Aldi, as they are close to campus - the campus is closer to Wivenhoe than to middle of Colchester.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

Super cheap. Not a lot of shops / 'big' nightlife, but it's easy to get to london and we have other things... zoo, rollerworld...

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th June 15

Enough that you'd need but not superb. Less than an hour from London for anything more you could want.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 21st February 15

Typical Essex Town

All the typical shops and restaurants are easily accessible from the Town railway station Easy access to London via train

Cons?
Relatively high crime levels at night

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