Accessible travel guide (Colchester)

Our campus access map (.pdf) gives you a guide to step-free access to our Colchester Campus and gives you information to help you during your visit.

Accessible car parking

There are spaces available for disabled drivers in all of the main Colchester Campus car parks.

  • Accessible parking locations

    South side of campus

    Valley car park: Approach via Boundary Road (South), into Park Road. Take the last turning on the left into the public car parks before the road bends sharply right towards Wivenhoe House. Three designated spaces are available in the furthest corner, with access onto campus via the path to the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall.

    Multi-storey car park (visitors only): Approach via Boundary Road (South) and take the second right turn into South Courts Road. There are ground floor disabled parking spaces available on the left of the entrance. This car park is near to South Courts and the Sports Centre.

    North side of campus

    North Towers car park: Approach from Boundary Road (North) and turn left before the barrier for the North Towers entrance. Head right towards the Towers. Two designated spaces are available just before the barrier (alternatively, 10 further spaces are available adjacent to the residential houses, although the route to campus from here is longer).

    Under the podia

    Three visitor spaces are also reserved under the podia (the service road which runs underneath the University) for visitors requiring closer access. However, parking spaces under the podia are severely limited so if you require one of these spaces, contact us in plenty of time.

    Access to central campus

    From the accessible parking bays below Square 1, enter the Network Building and take lift L77 to level 4. From the lift, bear left and continue out of the building, taking the footbridge across to Square 2.

    From the accessible parking bays below Square 4, take lift H5, which is near the Post Room. To use the external lift at this point to avoid the ramp, contact the Information Centre.

    Regular visitors should contact the Estate Management Helpdesk to arrange access to a key.

  • Disabled visitor parking

    Visitor parking charges apply and payment can be made at the pay stations located in:

    The pay stations take card, note and coin payment. You will need to enter your vehicle registration number however, you do not have to return to your vehicle once you have paid for your parking.

    If you have any problems paying to park please contact the Estate Management Helpdesk. Please ensure you display your blue badge when parking in a designated space.

  • Disabled student and staff parking

    If you are a disabled driver you will be allocated a parking space in a car park or under the podia (the service road which runs underneath the University).

    Applying for parking space

    If you have successfully applied for a disabled parking space, your paperwork will be dealt with by the Estate Management Helpdesk. For queries about disabled parking, contact the Information Centre.


    You can apply for a parking space near your residence and under the podia. These spaces are limited and can only be offered to blue badge holders. If you're not a blue badge holder, but have a mobility difficulty please contact the Student Services Hub to discuss the issue.


    Staff should contact the Occupational Health Service to apply for a parking space.


    You will have to pay a registration fee for your allocated space on campus, but you will not have to pay the daily pay and display charges.

    Please remember any vehicle parked in designated spaces without displaying a blue badge and the correct registration sticker may be issued with a parking enforcement notice.

Bus travel

The main bus operators serving Colchester town are First and Network Colchester.

Access to buses serving the University campus

  • Accessible bus routes provided by First - First customer services telephone number 08456 020121.
  • Network Colchester provide information about low floor availability on individual routes and the company claims 85 per cent of their buses are low floor and wheelchair accessible. Their customer services telephone number is 01206 877620.

Train travel

Greater Anglia is the local rail operator. Trains run between London (Liverpool Street) and Colchester at approximately half-hourly intervals. The journey takes under an hour.

  • Disabled travellers, or travellers with other access needs requiring assistance should visit NEEA Assisted Travel, or call free on 0800 028 28 78 (text-phone: 0845 606 7245)
  • Both wheelchair assistance on to trains and wheelchair spaces need to be booked in advance (ideally 24 hours)
  • Station access information for Colchester Town, see under ‘Accessibility and mobility access’

Taxi travel

There are taxi ranks at Colchester Station and in the town centre (High Street). The journey to the University normally takes about 10 minutes.

  • Pick-up and drop-off

    The usual pick-up and drop-off points at the University are:

    • North Towers taxi point - see Campus Access Map (.pdf);
    • South Courts taxi pick-up and drop-off point; and
    • under podia (disabled travellers only), using the Network Centre lift (first building on the right) to access central campus.

  • Accessible taxi hire

    A number of Colchester taxis are wheelchair accessible and can be booked through local taxi companies. All or some of the vehicles used by the operators below are understood to be wheelchair accessible. We recommend that you call to check availability and suitability before travelling.

    • Town Cars: 01206 515 515
    • SAS Wheelchair Taxis: 01206 570 055 / 07860 379440
    • Five-4-one Cars: 01206 541 541
    • Taxinow Colchester: 01206 800800
    • Easy Access Transport: 01206 393309 (Office hours) or mobile 07941 996808

Our address

The full address of our Colchester Campus is:

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park

Colchester CO4 3SQ

United Kingdom

Telephone +44 (0)1206 87432