Students Staff

The Towers

Our six iconic Towers have always been, and still are, the heart and soul of our Colchester Campus and a local landmark. With everything on your doorstep you can roll out of bed and still be on time for lectures.

About The Towers

A real sociable atmosphere, the Towers offers a great sense of community where you can hang out with friends and feel the buzz of people sharing a flat together.

The Towers are just a two-minute walk to the centre of campus. The North Towers are located near Essex Business School and the South Towers are close to the Sports Centre and the Students' Union facilities.

Each tower is made up of flats to accommodate 14 to 16 students. The number and size of the facilties, such as rooms, showers and toilets, within each flat, can vary:

  • Central shared kitchen/dining area.
  • Bedrooms located on either side.
  • Shared showers and toilets on each side of the flat.
  • Two lifts in each building and an emergency staircase.
  • Rent charges for the Towers.

There are some smaller flats at either the top or the bottom of each tower, each accommodating between three and seven students and there are some self-contained apartments.

Fire Safety information about The Towers.

New Teaching Centre

Exciting news! We are expanding in North campus and work will begin in August 2018 on the new North Teaching Centre, which will be situated next to Tawney Tower on the Towers Causeway. The new space offers additional modern teaching spaces for our growing community and is due for completion in Spring 2019.

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.

Room details

If you select North Towers as your first choice you might be able to live in one of our creative spaces, where there are boards in the foyer and in your room that you can decorate. Places are limited so you will be selected on a first-come-first-served basis.

The Towers are a budget-friendly option and are still the most popular option on campus.

"I was really lucky with my flat. Living in The Towers you have thirteen instant mates to go out with, and everyone gets on really well - so there's always someone to chat to. Everyone is always surprised by the tidiness of our flat because there are fourteen people living here! My only worry was that I would have to queue for the shower every morning, but it never happens - I guess everyone just has different timetables."
Charlotte King - Third year law student

Join your Facebook group

Meet other new students living in The Towers on Facebook.

2017-18 academic year

2018-19 academic year

Postal address

Name of Tower followed by Flat/Room (eg. Bertrand Russell Tower 9/4)
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.