It’s the time of year we really look forward to at Essex. That time when we get to
meet all you lovely people face to face, and welcome you to our fantastic campuses.
We don’t do things by halves here at Essex, so in addition to the traditional Open Day
activities, we’ve thrown in a few other surprises to make your day extra special and give
you a real taster of life at Essex.
Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members – you’re all welcome, so become our
EssexVIP and book your place today!
- 28 October 2017 (booking opens 2 September)
Not sure which Open Day to attend? Use our subject selector tool to find out
where your course is located and which campus you should come to.
Book online to save time
Though you’re welcome to book on the day, we advise
booking a place online
before the Open Day to make sure you have all the information you need in the
lead-up to the day (including the Open Day programme). It also speeds up the
check-in process, so there will be less time spent queuing and more time spent
sipping tea in our Welcome Café!
Confirmation of your booking
Once you’ve booked your place
we'll send you a confirmation email with
more information on what to expect on the Open Day. No need to print the
confirmation email as we'll have your details at our check in desks on the day – simple!
New contact details?
Should your contact information change, please drop us an email to let us
know your new details so we can make sure you don’t miss out on any important
If you or your guests have any special requirements, please email us in
advance so we can make sure your visit is as smooth as possible. If you're a
visitor with a disability, please let a member of staff know so they can advise
you on accessible routes
around campus. If you would prefer a personal tour of our campus and/or
accommodation, then let us know when you check in and we'll arrange for a Student
Ambassador to guide you.
Our Colchester Campus Open Days run from 9.30am to 4.00pm.
Your Open Day bible, featuring all the need-to-know information on the day including
subject talk and taster timings, accommodation information and details of all the fun-packed
things we have in store for you.
Open Day Booker's Pack
If you book more than two weeks before the event, we’ll send you an Open Day Information
Pack which includes the programme to make sure you’re fully prepared for the day. Please bring
this with you on the day so we can help save the trees! Don’t worry if you book within two
weeks as we’ll be handing out programmes and freebies on the day.
Travel and accommodation
You're welcome to arrive any time from 9.30am to register on the Open Day
(don’t worry, we always put the kettle on earlier than this in case of any early
arrivals!). The Open Day officially finishes at 4pm.
When you arrive head to our friendly staff in the Sports Hall who will register
your arrival. We’ll only ask for your name so there’s no need to bring anything with
you. Next, head to our Welcome Café, grab a free tea and coffee, put your feet up and
customise your Open Day.
Getting to us
Travelling by car
Whether approaching the University of Essex from London and the South or Ipswich
and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133
towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133
then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road. Look out for
the AA road signs which will guide you to our Open Day parking area.
Please follow the 'Open Day Parking' signs which will lead you to the car
park. Our patrol staff will be on hand to show you where to go. The address of our
Colchester Campus is:
University of Essex
Travelling by train
There are frequent trains from London Liverpool Street to Colchester with
connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Felixstowe, Harwich and beyond.
We run a free coach service to and from Colchester's main station (also known as
Colchester North), from 8.45am to 4.00pm. The coaches run on a shuttle service so you
shouldn’t have to wait for more than 15 minutes. There will be Student Ambassadors at
the train station and on the coaches to welcome you, so please look out for them outside
the train station. There’s no need to book, just hop on the coach when you’re ready!
If you arrive later than expected, don’t worry, our Open Days run on a flexible basis
and most subjects run morning and afternoon talk and taster sessions. If you miss a talk,
our academics are on hand to fill you in and answer all of your burning questions from
9.30am - 4.00pm.
Wivenhoe House Hotel
If you've had a long journey and are thinking of staying over, why not book a
stay at our beautiful Wivenhoe House Hotel.
This luxury 4* hotel is situated on our Colchester Campus and boasts free parking, free
wi-fi and an award winning brasserie. Guests visiting our campus can take advantage of our
For further information or to book a room please contact Wivenhoe House Hotel and
quote "UoE visitor rate" when booking to receive our special discounted rate.
Photos of our Colchester Campus Open Days
Please check back here for programme information which will be added in due course.
In the meantime, check our most recent Open Day programme for information about what is
on offer at one of our Southend Open Days.
Our Open Day will run from 10am - 3pm and you can check-in any time throughout the day.
When you arrive, please make your way to The Forum;
the main venue for the day.
When you arrive head to our friendly staff in The Forum who will register your
arrival. We’ll only ask for your name so there’s no need to bring anything with
you. Next, head to our Welcome Café, grab a free tea and coffee, put your feet
up and customise your Open Day.
Getting to us
Travelling by car
Southend is just half an hour from the M25 via the A13 or A127. If you’re
using a sat nav, please use the postcode SS1 1LW for the correct route
directions. The address of our Southend Campus is:
University of Essex
Travelling by train
Trains from London to Southend take less than an hour. There are two railway
stations in Southend - Southend Victoria (opposite our campus) and Southend
Victoria (a short walk away). On the day there will be ambassadors waiting at
each station to guide you to The Forum.
Photos of our Southend Campus Open Days
If you have any queries about our Open Days, please feel free to contact us –
we like a question!
We understand that choosing a university for your studies is a whole new
experience, so we’d be happy to arrange a
campus tour for you guided by a current Essex student to get to know our
Virtual tours and videos
Our 360 degree virtual tours and videos help you to explore our Colchester and Southend Campuses from the comfort of your
home. Check out our accommodation options, facilities and social spaces.
If you’re a UK student with an offer to study with us you’ll be invited
to attend a Applicant Day or interview (if
required). It’s a chance to discover more about your course, life at Essex
and to meet your department.
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environment, and develop the knowledge and skills required for a successful career.