International students choosing to study abroad in Colchester, UK, will enjoy a thriving international environment, and incredible academic training provided by the local universities and colleges. With a wide range of university programmes to choose from, you are guaranteed to gain the personal and professional skills you will need for the study degree you’re preparing for. Colchester is a city in the East England, included in the Essex county and situated north-east of London.
Colchester has a rich and flourishing economy, and the city’s basic industries are: agriculture, education, pharmaceutical industry, metalworking, plastics industry and the service sector.
Some of the biggest companies located in Colchester are: British Heart Foundation, Penguin Random House, Linklaters, Greggs, British Petroleum, Tesco, Marks and Spencer, British Telecommunications, Halfords, Santander.
International students are encouraged to apply and engage in the internship opportunities available in local companies.
Once a Roman settlement in Britain, Colchester is a fascinating place to explore, discover and learn more about the British history and cultural legacy. With an abundance of cultural attractions, natural spots including beaches and rural areas, there is no chance for you to get bored here.
Some of the places worth visiting in Colchester are:
Whenever you want to see a play or music performance, you have the Mercury Theatre and Colchester Arts Centre available.
A plethora of bars, pubs and clubs are available for you to have fun and enjoy a nice evening out.
You can easily see other parts of UK, as you are about 45 minutes away from Suffolk, a little over an hour away from Cambridge and you can also check the cosmopolitan London –less than two hours away by train or by car.
Colchester is home to several ethnic communities: Asian (Chinese, Indian, Filipino), Polish, Arabs, Turkish people and more.
In terms of international business, since Colchester is close to London, one of Europe’s best investment locations, several multinational companies who want to reach the UK market have set a branch or relocated here. Colchester city has attracted investors from U.S., Sri Lanka and other Asian countries, especially in fields like: advanced manufacturing, engineering, pharmaceuticals and ICT.
Colchester has warm summers and cool to cold winters. Falls of snow in Colchester can occur from November to April, although falls of sleet and wet snow occasionally take place in late October. February is on average the coldest month and August the warmest. The average temperature in summer is around 22°C (71 °F). From December to February the average daytime temperatures are between 7°C and 8°C (44 – 46 °F).
The main types of accommodation available in Colchester:
1. University campus – around 530 GBP/month.
2. Rent apartment – on average, one-bedroom apartment is between 500 and 800 GBP/month, but the prices could get higher depending on location.
3. Home stay – around 800 GBP/month with half board included.
4. Hostel – rates are around 35 GBP/night.
Colchester is a moderately expensive city, so you will have to carefully evaluate you monthly expenses. Prices for accommodation vary greatly depending on what you choose, and all the other living costs would lead to around 350 GBP/month, these including: food bills, social activities, public transportation and books.
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