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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 and University Centre Colchester 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.

IT Service Desk

Service Desk how to contact us:

The Service Desk is open to support Staff and Students during the following times in term time.

Monday to Thursday from 08:00 to 18:30

Friday 08:00 to 16:30

To contact the Service Desk,

When you log a call we will update you using email or a phone number if you have provided one.

Please note that the Service Desk team are not able to resolve IT issues that are related to your own personal computer equipment or network connections outside of the college.

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 Bus services

First Bus Pass Tickets – Information and Prices

Colchester Institute New 2020-21 rates
 (All tickets available as paper pass and as m-ticket)
Zone 1 – Annual£276.00
Zone 1 – Month£46.00
Zone 1 – Week£12.80
Zone 1 – Term 1£108.00
Zone 1 – Term 2£84.00 (price to be confirmed)
Zone 1 – Term 3£84.00 (price to be confirmed)
Zone 2 – Annual£513.00
Zone 2 – Month£89.50
Zone 2 – Week£24.50
Zone 2 – Term 1£201.00
Zone 2 – Term 2£156.00 (price to be confirmed)
Zone 2 – Term 3£156.00 (price to be confirmed)
All Essex – Annual£690.00
All Essex – Month£98.50
All Essex – Week£27.50
All Essex – Term 1£270.00
All Essex – Term 2£210.00 (price to be confirmed)
All Essex – Term 3£210.00 (price to be confirmed)
  • 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
  • Hedingham – Students 19 and under can receive a Young Person deal directly through Hedingham

Discounted First Bus passes can be purchased from:

Discounted First Bus passes can be purchased from:

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 cardYou will need your student email address to verify your purchase.  Student emails are activated once you enrol on your course and follow this format: Email: First name + first initial of surname + last four digits of student ID number + student ID numbere.g. Joe Bloggs, student ID 1234567 would have an email address of ; password 1234567.  Emails can be accessed via the weblink ‘’.  If you experience any problems with your student email account, please contact the IT Helpdesk by calling 01206 712222 or emailing

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


Arriva tickets available for Students and Staff – purchase through the online store:

Term Tickets      (photo required for bus pass)

 Autumn Term       – £148.00 per ticket

Spring Term         – £112.00 per ticket (price to be confirmed)

Summer Term      – £66.29 per ticket (price to be confirmed)

4 Weekly tickets  £40.00

Arriva Weekly Saver £12.40

Arriva Daily Saver £3.20

Collect a travel voucher from the college and exchange it on the bus for your ticket.

Arriva tickets available directly from Arriva

Annual Student Saver Tickets (for students only)

The Annual Saver Tickets can be paid for by direct debit, with the cost spread over 12 monthly instalments. The direct debit can be stopped and recommenced at any time and you are not tied into a contract.

The additional benefit of this ticket is that it can be used evenings, weekends and during term holidays and can be used on Arriva’s mobile M-Ticket app.

Can be used in the Colchester Zone – click on link for the Arriva map

 Annual Cost – £455.00 payable at £37.92 per month by direct debit (£1.25 per day)

For further information about the Annual Student Saver ticket, please click here.


Trains – Greater Anglia passes

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

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 £2.50 for the 2019/20 Academic Year, 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
  • Always wear your ID at College

In return, Colchester Institute will provide

  • A thorough 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
  • Access to industry-standard facilities and resources
  • Access to employers, quality work experience and a careers service appropriate to your programme of study
  • Clear information about your timetable and how to access support.

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.

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.



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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

Contact Us

Call us on 01206 712560 or email us: