Colchester is famously Britain’s’ oldest recorded town and in 2022 it became one of the newest cities in the country as part of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
It is a city steeped in history from the largest surviving Roman Gateway (The Balkerne Gate) and Colchester Castle which is home to the largest Norman Keep in Europe.
If history isn’t your thing then don’t worry, modern day Colchester is a fantastic city full of great places to eat, drink and shop. Wander down the cobbled streets leading off of the High Street and you’ll be surrounded by lots of national stores as well as independent shops and cafes.
The city is in a great location, just 1 hour to Central London and the night-life that comes with it. Also, whilst Colchester is located in-land, head 30 minutes south and you arrive at Mersea, a beautiful island which is known for its oysters and shellfish.
Colchester is also home to a campus for the University of Essex which is set within 200 acres of parkland. The campus is the largest at the University of Essex and has 15,000 students on-site. There is so much on offer on campus with shops, bars, a theatre, cinema and even a nightclub on-site.
At CRM Students we offer a wide range of townhouses and studios at Elmstead Place which is just 5 minutes to campus on foot and a short bus ride into the city. Find your perfect Colchester student accommodation today.
Top 5 things to do in Colchester
Take a tour through history at Colchester Castle, home to the largest surviving Roman Gateway
Walk on the wild side at Colchester Zoo which has over 270 species of animals to see
Visit the Colchester Arts Centre for a day of culture
Take a trip to the seaside and eat delicious seafood at Mersea Island
Have a picnic and relax at the beautiful Castle Park in the city centre