Facilities

I.T.ChildcareLibrary and TLRSports, Leisure & GymCatering

Information Technology Facilities

Colchester Institute has an extensive modern computer network with over 1,000 computers available for student use. All students have their own personal accounts with Internet access and email. The network is equipped with up-to-date word processing, spreadsheet, database and graphics applications software.

In addition, some suites have specialist software available such as AutoCAD, Sage Accounting, QuarkXPress and Photoshop. There are a number of areas with high specification computers for e-learning. This type of learning is increasingly popular with students because it adds a new dimension to their course.

Childcare Facilities

Our Sheepen Road campus has a specially equipped on site nursery currently owned and run by local childcare provider “Cheeky Monkeys”. This extremely large, fully equipped, nursery provides professional care for children from birth to 8 years of age, in a relaxed and happy atmosphere that is both safe and secure. The nursery will be open from 8am – 6pm,  51 weeks a year.

If you are interested in using the nursery whilst studying with us and wish to find out more information, please visit www.cheekymonkeysessex.co.uk or call 01206 574402/ 01206 560814

Library and Technical Learning Resources Facilities

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The Library
Technical Learning Resources

Sports and Leisure Facilities

Colchester Campus and The College at Braintree, Church Lane Campus have fully equipped gyms and sports halls on-site.

At the Colchester campus students are able to access a multi-gym during term time for free. The gym is equipped with cardio vascular and resistance machines as well as free weights area. All students who wish to use the gym will need to attend an induction with one of our fully trained fitness instructors which is bookable at the College’s main reception.

The Common Room in Colchester has a friendly atmosphere, with music, pool table, games consoles, table tennis and a seating area with two flat-screen TVs. It is the ideal place to meet up between classes and during lunch breaks. There is also a Quiet Common Room where students can study with access to PCs.

For Higher Education students there is also common room situated in the HE building along with a dedicated Learning Centre. The Student Union office is situated by the Common Room and is the hub of the Students’ Union. Students can come here for accommodation help, information activities for students, learner representation as well as NUS Extra cards.

The College at Clacton has a Student Common Room with TV and pool table. The College at Braintree also has a designated common room area which has recently been refurbished, with a pool table, TV, games consoles and comfy seating.

Catering Facilities

Colchester Institute provides a wide range of catering facilities for students, staff and visitors.

Whether your looking to sit down with a hot meal for lunch or you have to shoot off to a class and have no time to sit down and eat, our refectories offer tasty food at even tastier prices. If your on the move, whatever you fancy, be it a Starbucks coffee, a sandwich, a bacon roll, salad-to-go, some chips, fruit or a bit of cheeky chocolate – you’ll find the treat for you.


Operating hours through Term Time – 08:00 – 14:30 – Monday to Friday / Non Term Time – 08:00 – 14:30 – Monday to Friday

Breakfast: Traditional Breakfast Bar, Toast station, Porridge Bar, Fruit & Yoghurts.

Lunch: Soup Station, Jacket Bar, Home Favourites, Concept Bar, Hot snack counter, Salad Bar, Grab & Go sandwiches, boxed salads, fruit and dessert pots.


Operating through Term time – 08:00 – 15:30 Monday to Friday

Smokin Jacks American grill menu includes chicken wings, Burgers, Hot Dogs with a variety of sides, shakes and floats.


Our familiar favourite Starbucks has received a fresh new look.

Operating times have been extended to Term time – 07:15 – 20:00 – Monday to Friday /Non Term Time – 08:00 – 14:30 Monday to Friday

Starbucks offers an array of hot Starbucks beverage options including Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mocha, syrups and hot chocolates.

Hot and cold food includes a selection of rustic sandwiches, baguettes and Panini’s, and not forgetting those impulse confectionary and complementary baked products such as pastries, muffins, cakes and cookies.

Into the evening Starbucks serves one pot hot meals, jacket potatoes, paninis and soups for those with late lessons and or evening duties.



Operating through Term Time – 07:30 – 15:30, Monday to Friday

The newly refreshed K Block kitchen has seen the introduction of the popular high street brand Costa. Students and visitors are able to purchase an array of hot Costa beverage options including all of your favourites such as Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mocha, syrups and hot chocolates.

Breakfast includes Grab & Go breakfast pots (sweet & savoury), Porridge and pastries.

Lunch sees the introduction of a Healthy Live action station, Grab & Go sandwiches, salad boxes, fruit and dessert pots.

Exciting new food concepts have recently been introduced including Pranzo Pizza, Street Food, Power Boxes and Chicken Shack.


Operating through Term time, 08:00 – 15:00, Monday to Friday.

Offering an array of hot Costa beverage options including Lattes, Cappuccinos, Mocha, syrups and hot chocolate.

Various packaged bread options including sandwiches, toasties and Panini’s, boxed salads, pasta pots, power boxes, as well as confectionery and complementary baked products.