student accommodation in colchester

about colchester

Colchester is an historic town, and one of Britain’s fastest growing, with a population of approximately 173,100. As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain, built by the Romans after Boudicca destroyed it in AD 60, about a mile of the original wall is still remaining. Today, it is an exciting, modern town that attracts over 4.5 million visitors every year. There are a number of tourist attractions including Colchester Zoo and Colchester Castle.

Colchester is 51.2 miles North East of London and is seen as a popular town for commuters plus is home to 10,500 students who attend the University of Essex


  • Colchester has Britain’s only military ‘glasshouse’, where, during the days of National Service, men went before being dismissed from the Army. Graduates included the Kray Twins, one of whom broke the jaw of a corporal who shouted at him.
  • The best known nursery rhyme in the world, ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star’, was written by Jane Taylor (aged 23) in 1806, in her attic, which still exists in Stockwell Street, Colchester.
  • The oldest Hot Cross Bun in the world was baked in Wyre Street, Colchester, on Good Friday 1807. The bun which is now rock hard, is owned by a couple in Wormingford.
  • Probably the oldest visible church remains in Britain are the foundations of a church built for a Christian cemetery in Roman Colchester in around AD 330. To date over 800 hundred burials have been excavated at the site.
  • The least known archaeological site in Britain is Gosbeck’s Archaeological Park, Colchester. It was the royal centre of Camulodunum and the Iron Age fortress of King Cunobelin.

our village

The Maltings

The Maltings is just a 15 minute walk away from the University of Essex campus and has a Co-op, gym and restaurant on-site. From socialising to studying, it provides everything you need to make the most of your student experience.

Room types include standard en-suite flats with three to seven rooms and studio rooms for open plan living with your own kitchen and larger bed.

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