Colchester is the major town within the fast-growing borough of the same name in Essex county. The town has a population of around 105,00 while Colchester borough's population is 173,100. It is positioned between Chelmsford and Ipswich to London's north east.
Colchester is famous for being Britain's oldest recorded city, with settlement noted as early as the 5th century BC. Centuries later, in AD 43, the Romans came, saw, conquered and constructed their capital, Camulodunum, which was razed by Boudicca in AD 60.
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park campusThe University of Essex is effectively based at Colchester since its main campus is at Wivenhoe Park on the town's edge. However, the campus, which is attended by more than 9,000 students, is highly self-contained. Students mainly stay on campus - both resident and commuting students - despite the historic town being close by.
Student accommodation consists of single rooms grouped in self-contained flats of varying sizes. A standard room costs around £3,200 for 40 weeks.
The university has 15,215 students in total, with other students attending campuses at Loughton and Southend. The overall course satisfaction rating for the university is 4.7 / 5.0. It charges international students £11,500 in annual tuition.