Dedham Art & Craft Centre / St Botolph's Priory / James and the Giant Peach at Mercury Theatre

Study in Colchester

Colchester is a great place to study, with award winning schools and a prestigious University. If you are visiting or moving to Colchester as a student, make sure you discover the riches the town has to offer.

The town has a buzzing nightlife, and with its shops and café culture there's everything you need to relax after a long day studying!    


Explore Colchester

Student Discounts

Explore Colchester with your student card and make the most of the many student discount offers for all sorts of activities! With special offers in restaurants, cafes, shops, and attractions, and even events, you will find many great student discounts around Colchester.


Many shops in Colchester offer student discounts and fantastic sales. Explore the town centre’s shopping centres, department stores and independent boutiques for great offers and effective retail therapy.

Find out more about shopping in Colchester

Colchester Day Trips

Take a break from the books and explore the town’s many attractions, and make sure you ask about student concessions!

  • So close to one of the best Zoos in Europe, studying in Colchester means you are ideally located for a day trip to Colchester Zoo.
  • Explore the Castle and Colchester’s museums, and explore the history of Britain’s Oldest Recorded town.
  • Visit the modern art galleries in town, and find local exhibitions and arts events.
  • Find a café or hotspot with free Wi-Fi in the town centre, and get a change of scenery while writing your dissertation.

Find great things to do in and around Colchester

Nights Out in Colchester

Colchester has a buzzing night life, and you will find the town centre active most nights of the week. Enjoy a dinner out with flatmates, with a diversity of restaurants to choose from in town. Explore the trendy bars and pubs in town. Make sure you check out travel options at night if you’re staying out after dark.

Find out more about Colchester Night Life

Places of Study

University of Essex