Sitting above the country’s capital, Colchester is Britain’s oldest recorded town, bordered by a Roman wall and proving an increasingly popular destination for prospective university students.

With award winning tourist locations, the town combines a quaint heritage charm with a termly student influx encouraging modernity and enhancing the appeal of this former Roman capital. Small specialist shops and big-name stores contribute to the shopping appeal for students and visiting families, whilst the fast growing town continues to satisfy an appetite for good food with award winning eateries on the menu.

Wondering how to spend your weekends away from the textbooks? If shopping isn’t on the revision-break schedule, indulge in childhood nostalgia with a trip to Colchester zoo, or discover your uni town’s history with a visit to the castle. Discovering the past and present of Colchester is a great way to feel a part of the town’s community, alongside semester studies, so get involved and get chatting to your neighbours beyond the walls of halls!

Poised with the coast on its doorstep, the town is an ideal location to indulge in past and present whilst enjoying the surrounding scenery. For filling your spare time, the amenities continue: Jump Street is the perfect pit stop for excitable freshers, an urban playground for adults and children, Firstsite is one of the country’s leading contemporary art galleries, and the Mercury Theatre is the most active producing theatre in East England, home to top touring productions from live music to opera and magic – sure to keep your evenings jam packed.

Colchester is synonymous with history and heritage owing to its art and architecture, but with a cosmopolitan mix of bars and restaurants blended into the mix, it’s the perfect cocktail for a prospective student looking to combine education with enjoyment.

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