Students Staff

South Courts

South Courts is our largest accommodation area and an ideal choice for any sports enthusiast as you are located next to our Essex Sport gym and Sports Centre.

About South Courts

South Courts is near lots of green space to go for a jog and only a five-minute walk to the centre of campus. This accommodation is ideal if you want the perfect balance between your academic studies and social life.

Each of the 8 courts are arranged into flats with shared kitchens for 4 to 14 students, providing a great social hub to make friends and chat about your day. There larger flats accommodating up to 14 students have two or three kitchens shared between the flat.

Room details

The rooms in South Courts are spacious and modern,

  • Standard or enhanced rooms available.
  • Shared twin ensuite rooms
  • En suite shower and toilet facilities in each bedroom.
  • Four wheelchair-adapted rooms with kitchens designed for wheelchair users and adapted bathrooms.
  • Check out what else is with your room.
  • Typical dimensions: 3.9m x 4.8m (18.7m3), however, room and flat sizes can vary throughout South Courts.

Accommodation Refurbishment Works

Exciting News! Work will begin in September 2018 on refurbishing one of our accommodation blocks in the South Towers area. The new, modern accommodation is part of our long-term maintenance programme and is due for completion by the summer of 2019.

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2017-18 academic year

2018-19 academic year

"Living in the South Courts is great! Spacious rooms, well-equipped kitchens shared with 6 people, nice bathroom, and cosy atmosphere. In other words, the South Courts are probably the University's best accommodation. Highly recommended!"
Alexia Melanie Paschalidou - Law student

Postal address

Name of Court followed by House.Flat/Room (eg. Harwich Court 3.1/D)
University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
Colchester CO4 3SQ

Virtual tours and videos

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Our 360 degree virtual tours and videos help you to explore our Colchester and Southend Campuses from the comfort of your home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

Life at Essex

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Why not find out what life at Essex is really like? See more of our campuses, facilities and accommodation and hear from our students and academics about what it's like to study with us.

Campus tours

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We understand that choosing a university for your studies is a whole new experience, so we’d be happy to arrange a campus tour for you guided by a current Essex student to get to know our campus.