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Colchester Institute has a relaxed, informal atmosphere. The student population is diverse and increasingly popular with international and mature students. Our Sheepen Road campus is set in the heart of the historic Colchester town. We have further campuses around the area, including Braintree and Clacton-on-Sea.

While studying at Colchester Institute you can access a wide range of resources and support such as accomodation advice, learning support, financial assistance or visit our Student Union.

Colchester Institute students are automatically members of Colchester Institute Students’ Union and are entitled to use Union facilities, create their own clubs and societies, and vote and stand in Union elections.

Colchester Institute’s degree programmes are validated by the University of Essex and all Colchester Institute Higher Education students are welcome to attend and join Essex University events and activities.

Cycle Spaces
Bus Pass Tickets
Train Passes
Parking on Site
Travelling to our Campuses
Our Campus Locations


If you would like to use the secure cycle parking in front of the main reception at the Colchester Campus, contact the facilities Help Desk on 01206 712111 for further details.

Local organisations supporting cyclists include:


If you are under 19 years old at the start of your course, you may be eligible for help with travel costs through Essex County Council’s Post-16 Transport Assistance Scheme. Full details are available from Essex County Council

If you or your family are claiming benefits and you are on a Further Education course we may be able to support your travel costs through our discretionary support funds. Please contact Student Services for further information.

All students can benefit from discounts on First and Arriva bus services

Bus Pass Tickets – Information and Prices

Please note that First Bus will be increasing the cost of their weekly and monthly tickets with effect from 20th January 2019 ( Termly and Annual fares will remain unchanged)– please see following table for the new price structure:

Colchester Zone 1Weekly old price £11.70Weekly new price £12.20
Monthly old price £44Monthly new price £46.00
Colchester Zone 2Weekly old price £23.50Weekly new price £24.50
Monthly old price £86.00Monthly new price £89.50
All EssexWeekly old price £26.50Weekly new price £27.50
Monthly old price £95.00Monthly new price £98.50
  • First Bus zones and season ticket prices
  • First bus Colchester inner zone carnet ticket 12 single journeys to be used over 1 month – £11.50
  • Arriva – 4 weekly Colchester ticket £33.70
  • Arriva Colchester carnet – 10 single journeys to be used over 2 months £12.50
  • Hedingham – Students 19 and under can receive a Young Person deal directly through Hedingham

Discounted First and Arriva Bus passes can be purchased from:

Discounted First Bus passes can be purchased from:

  • First Bus website – tickets are available via the First m-ticketing app
  • College Shop – (Colchester campus) Term time only
    Monday – Thursday 8.45am – 3.00pm. Shop CLOSED on Friday.
  • Student Services – (Braintree campus) Term time only
    Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 4.00pm / Friday 8.30am – 4.00pm.
  • Information Centre (Clacton Campus)
    Monday – Thursday 8.30am – 5pm / Friday 8.30am – 1.30pm.
  • Colchester Institute on-line store

Payment methods

Why should I switch to mTickets?

Mobile ticketing is the easiest and most convenient way to buy your ticket 24/7. Purchase your mTicket wherever and whenever you like, and activate just before boarding.

  • First m-ticketing app – pay by credit card or debit card
  • College Shop / Student Services / Information Centre – pay by cash, cheque, credit card or debit card
  • Colchester Institute on-line store – pay by credit card or debit card

For more information on fare changes, please contact First Bus Customer Services:

0345 646 0707
0700 – 1900 Monday – Friday
0900 – 1700 Weekends & Bank Holidays

Colchester Travel Centre

26 St Botolphs Street

Tel: 07816 595921

Trains – Greater Anglia passes

Scholars’ passes can be purchased directly from Greater Anglia at the following website:

Please also read the General Transport Policy

Car sharing

Giving friends and classmates a lift to campus is a great way to reduce the costs of travelling as you can share petrol and parking costs.

There are specific parking spaces for car sharers at Colchester campus and you can apply for a car share permit at the Facilities Help Desk in Q House. If you can’t find someone to car share with you can use Essex Car Share to find or offer a lift.

Can I park on site?

There is student parking at both the Colchester and Braintree campuses, however this is limited and there is no guarantee of a space.

Students need to apply for a parking permit to allow them to park on campus. The permit is free and can be obtained from our facilities department at Colchester or the Information Centre at Braintree.  All students enrolled on a full-time course, part-time course or apprenticeship that requires parking from 8am and up to and including 5pm on a week day will require a parking permit.

If parking a car at Colchester, there is a daily pay and display parking charge of £2.30 and a ticket must be displayed alongside a valid parking permit. There is no charge for cars arriving on site after 5.15pm for evening classes. There are ticket machines on site but they take CASH ONLY and do not provide change. In addition there is moped and motorcycle parking at Colchester which is free on production of a valid student ID card.

There is no charge for any student parking at our Braintree Campus on production of a valid student ID.

Please note: all vehicles are left at the owner’s own risk. The College accepts no liability for loss or damage to vehicles or belongings left on premises.

College Expectation

Colchester Institute College Expectations set out what we expect of our students from the outset, and these feed into the learning agreement that all new students sign up to:

As a Colchester Institute student it is expected that, at all times, you will

  • Set yourself challenging targets, and push yourself to do your best work
  • Take responsibility for your own behaviour, showing consideration and respect to others
  • Take pride in your College environment and follow all Colchester Institute policies and procedures
  • Attend all sessions on time with the correct equipment to learn, and report all absences to the College in a timely manner
  • Participate fully in all aspects of your programme, including tutorials and progress reviews, and submit coursework by the set deadline
  • Contact your tutor to discuss any concerns or issues which affect your programme of study

In return, Colchester Institute will provide

  • An appropriate induction to the College and your course, with the opportunity to read and understand your learning agreement
  • A programme of study designed to meet your learning needs, delivered by suitably qualified and experienced staff
  • An Individual Learning Plan, and regular tutorial reviews, to help you monitor your progress and maximise your achievement
  • Timely and appropriate feedback on all assignments and assessed work
  • Opportunities to access materials and additional information through the Virtual Learning Environment
  • A named member of staff who will be your main point of contact during your studies to raise concerns and complaints
  • Access to impartial information, advice and guidance on educational, career and personal matters, including discussing your options after your course.

Student Activities

At Colchester Institute there is a wide variety of activities for students to join in. This varies throughout the year and from campus to campus. Based at the Colchester campus, The Sports Federation deals with all competitive sports teams at the college.

In addition to our sports team there are fitness classes such as Street Dance, Self Defence, Volleyball, Cheerleading and Boxing, as well as team sports including Dodgeball, Basketball and Football.

As well as sports activities students are able to attend a range of events, starting with Fresher’s Fair which is an event focused on introducing students to both the college and our surrounding area as well as a range of student trips and enrichment activities such as first aid classes.

Higher Education students are also able to join University of Essex’s sport teams.

For more information on any of our activities please contact the Students’ Union

Colchester Institute Students’ Union is an autonomous organisation run for students, by students. Their main priority is to represent all students in all matters. Colchester Institute students are automatically members of Colchester Institute Students’ Union and are entitled to use Union facilities, create their own clubs and societies, and vote and stand in Union elections. The students union actively works within the college to improve the student experience as well as organising trips and events.

Anyone can get involved with any aspect of Colchester Institute Students’ Union. Members of the Executive Committee include the President, Vice-President of Communications, Vice-President of Events and Activities, and Vice-President of Learner Voice.

The Students’ Zone and College Shop

The Students’ Zone houses the Colchester Institute Students’ Union and the College Shop. There is plenty of comfy seating and a quiet area for learners to relax or study in, a cyber zone and the entertainment zone including a pool and table tennis table. Both our Clacton and Braintree campuses have common rooms for students to use between lessons, and there is a newly furnished cyber zone.

The College Shop is situated in the student zone on the second floor above the main refectory.The shop is well stocked with sketch books, paints , pens and lots of art products.

The College Shop also provides a wide variety of stationary, folders, USB sticks, CD’s and DVDs, personal products, paracetamol and also has a selection of greetings cards and postage stamps.

Higher Education Students

All Colchester Institute Higher Education students are welcome to attend and join Essex University events and activities, as well as those arranged by Colchester Institute.

The University of Essex offers a wide selection of clubs and societies. If you are looking for a new hobby or trying something you have never thought of, there is plenty of choice!

If you like sports and are trying to find a sports team, the Essex Blades runs over 40 sports teams to let people train, compete, coach and support, and you don’t have to be a University of Essex Student to join!

The vTeam is the volunteering branch of University of Essex student activities and a core part of The Students Union. We love to volunteer and believe it is a fantastic opportunity for everyone to meet new people, find friends, give something to the community, and gain valuable careers skills on top of it!

The vTeam is for everyone who is interested to get involved, whether you have volunteered all your life or just want to try it out.

NUS Extra

Students Union | NUS Extra
NUS Extra is the official student discount and lifestyle card from the National Union of Students and has been purchased by over 1.4 million students since its launch in 2006. Currently the card costs £12 and offers over 150 exclusive discounts from a variety of Top Brands.

Buying an NUS extra card is easy and you can do online. All you need is your debit/credit card and a photo of yourself. Your NUS card is valid from 12 months from when you order it. Then get ready to start saving!

The NUS Extra card is NOW available to order online.

Clubs and Societies

The Students’ Union runs clubs and societies, which have included the International Society, Christian Union, Games Club, Pool Club, and Table Tennis Club. If you are interested in joining or creating a club or society or for more details just contact the Students Union

The Student Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching

The Ambassadors for Learning and Teaching (S.A.L.T.S) are made up of 10-12 students from across the college who work with the Students’ Union representing students and arranging events.

SALTs meets once every half term to ensure the Student Union is acting in the interests of the Student Body as well as ensuring the work of the Course Representatives is being maintained and developed where possible.

Contact Us

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