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Loads of things to do, nightclubs, swimming, golf, bowling, cinema, sports, travel to London or the beach.

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By member647539
On 26th April 20

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Loads of things to do, nightclubs, swimming, golf, bowling, cinema, sports, travel to London or the beach.

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By member647539
On 26th April 20

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 member752039 On 11th November 20

The city is beautiful, has many shops. The center has many attractions and beautiful nature.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By TheBadUsernane On 12th August 20

Colchester isn't a town made for students rather there is actually a conflict here between student and resident population where I find can he quite unsettling studying with people talk behind your back. I especially had this when studying in the library at town or, shopping. You can find more even looking at the local news agency where people are make comments that students are ruining the town. It could be true but the council and university needs to work on improving local community outlook. Other than that the shopping is okay but limited amount of shops but primarily a night out on campus is better with dating out being one of Colchesters best assets.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member449751 On 7th July 20

I guess my city is ok. At least is not expensive

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member849684 On 6th July 20

a very good student life gives room to manoever.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Anisha Al-firdous On 9th June 20

Colchester is meh, you can get to London quick which is a plus side

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Student Review: 2 /5
By karensmith On 2nd June 20

Get the bus pass if you live quite far from campus. Buses can be late sometimes/not come at all. Not much to do in town but honestly depends on the company you keep. Uni club is fun to go with friends

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member548908 On 1st June 20

FIRST BUS IS DOGSHITE, i couldn’t name a worse bus service in the country. Very good links to london with 40 mins to Stratford and 50 mins to LST on the high speed service.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By fvckthemaltings On 29th May 20

Honestly, not much to do in town. It is very quiet and peaceful though (obviously some crime but it's nice to be away from the city)

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member1048841 On 29th May 20

Not much to do in this small town. However, if you find the right group of friends, it'll be all worth it

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1048840 On 29th May 20

Cost of living is expensive for students regarding the quality of living offered

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Johng On 29th May 20

Very good town, lacks on nightlife and activities

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Alex21 On 27th May 20

Colchester is only 40 minutes by train to London and has everything a town needs.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By julijazilinskaitw On 22nd May 20

Small but great place to live for few years

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member548565 On 21st May 20

Public transport is so unreliable. There’s barely anywhere to eat or shop. There are places, but being from London it’s very basic

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Welshy On 21st May 20

Colchester is lovely and historic with plenty of places to eat and do

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Hamze7327 On 21st May 20

Other than busses and not having the quality you get in other places for shopping , it’s a nice place to live

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member548507 On 20th May 20

Colchester is not the best town to live but can be interesting at times. Cheap place.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member848389 On 18th May 20

Colchester is such a great town to be in so many parks and outdoor places to visit.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member848386 On 18th May 20

need more buses and better nightlife

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Emily18301 On 18th May 20

It’s not massively expensive in Colchester. There are lots of restaurants (wagamamas, turtle bay, Taco Bell, etc), but not fantastic for nights out. ATIK is fun when you’re a fresher but soon gets boring. Sub zero on campus is pretty good and very convenient. Buses are very unreliable, Normally late.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member12483801 On 18th May 20

The city is small and there are not so many things that you can do there.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1048354 On 17th May 20

Colchester has everything I need

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member748331 On 17th May 20

I like Colchester, like any big town it can be robust at night.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1048326 On 17th May 20

Good busy town with good amenities and nightlife

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Student Review: 2 /5
By ChannelPupYT On 14th May 20

I've lived in Colchester my whole life and there was a time when Colchester was a nice place. Colchester sucks. The living costs beyond student accommodation are very steep and a lot of lettings agents are highly extortionate and cruel. Really really read those contracts, folks. There are a lot of nice places to eat though and Colchester Castle, as well as the Hollytrees Museum are great attractions. Nights out are vulgar and disgusting, partially thanks to the kinds of people the clubs in Colchester attract. If you want to see some jumped up angry guys smack each other and walk on sticky vomit laden floor, a night out in Colchester is for you. Shopping is fine, there's some nice shops. Public transport...no, just, no...First Bus arrives whenever it wants but they put schedules up anyway. Abellio Greater Anglia usually have rail replacement on Weekends but that won't stop them from charging you full rate.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member548178 On 14th May 20

This city is very basic. Nothing much to do. You will get bored and depressed easily and very quick.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member648164 On 14th May 20

Colchester is a big town and there are some nice sides.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1248108 On 14th May 20

It is a very quiet place, but the nightlife is awesome University also does a lot of fun events

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1048077 On 13th May 20

Popular town with lots of shops, restaurants, pubs and clubs. Always plenty to do and lots to see

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member947972 On 12th May 20

needs more buses and routes to town. Town centre not that great for night life

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Member8293040 On 12th May 20

Love colchester and love how friendly the people are around here!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member647539 On 26th April 20

Loads of things to do, nightclubs, swimming, golf, bowling, cinema, sports, travel to London or the beach.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member746956 On 26th March 20

cute small town, not the best option as a city if you looking for fun

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Ias2020 On 4th March 20

Southend is a chill city to study, but not very attractive for artistic people.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1145597 On 12th February 20

Worst public transport in the history of the world . At least there’s wagas and Nando’s to eat in town but good luck trying to find a bus on time after 7pm. Very very expensive cost of living: public transport, food, drinks, it might as well be called London 2.0. Castle park in town closes by 5pm, and anytime after that is when the homeless and crazy people come at u begging or screaming and u fear for ur life. Town is very dangerous, full of acid attacks, people with knives, fights happening all the time, drug deals, homeless people. Nothing nice to actually see in Colchester , it’s just a dead boring town

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member1044871 On 17th January 20

Why even bother with this s*** town? sure the university is good, Do not bother commuting for university though, this town knows how to test your patience by putting roadworks on the same roundabout for over a year now...like wtf?? what's taking so long? the town went from being slow to unbearable. the traffic is no joke. Avoid where you can, and to be honest, everything is expensive compared to other towns, violence has started to rise as well.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By Misturah On 29th November 19

Could so with more eating spots & shops near the accommodations

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member643953 On 23rd November 19

Trains don't run past 12, taxis aren't cheap and food isn't the cheapest but there is a nice place to shop

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Student Review: 2 /5
By Jay On 14th July 17

Colchester does not cater well to students. There is very little nightlife or activities for students to get involved in. I felt that accommodation off campus was either affordable and dismal or anything worth living in was overpriced. It is certainly not the safest town to live in. Can be difficult to live in if you are used to a big, lively city.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member711775 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 member1111771 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 member1211762 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 member1211756 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: 3 /5
By member911493 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: 4 /5
By TastyHerbivore101 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 member811202 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 member811202 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 member511173 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 member1211158 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 member1111153 On 13th July 15

Yeah it's a pretty nice town :)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1111136 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: 4 /5
By member511119 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: 4 /5
By member129531 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: 3 /5
By Dominic 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

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Relatively high crime levels at night

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