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
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
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.
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.
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’
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
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
The full address of our Colchester Campus is: