Our Students' Union

Welcome to the family

We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason.

It’s completely different to anywhere else, because here you’re not just a member of a normal Students’ Union, you’re part of a family. An unconventional family made up of over 13,000 students, all with unique quirks and bold ambitions. A straight-talking family that won’t tell you what to think and will always encourage you to challenge, imagine and create. Join the family @EssexSU.

We believe every Essex student has the power to change the world, to make it a better place, and that by working together we can achieve amazing things. As your Students’ Union we’ll make you four simple promises if you come to Essex:

  • We promise to help you get an amazing degree and job

    The two most important things to you are the two most important things to us. We’re here to inspire and motivate you. To lift you when you’re in the middle of deadlines. To cheer you on as you walk into exams. To pick you up if anything ever goes wrong. To give you skills that will make other CVs weep. To help you wipe the floor with the competition in interviews and land your dream job. We’ll believe in you 100% and won’t rest until we’re celebrating with you at graduation.

  • We promise to give you an awesome membership

    We will give you a Students’ Union experience to make all your friends who aren’t at Essex jealous.

    We run an entire student town on our Colchester Campus for you to explore, complete with student shops, cafés, bars, night-club, restaurants, gaming spaces and even a hair salon and a cinema.

    Imagine being able to find people who are into the same stuff as you really easily. We’ve given students the tools to set up over 100 societies, from an African Caribbean society to a Harry Potter society. These ones are already waiting for you, or we can help you start your own (like Game of Thrones or breakfast foods).

    And if you’re into sport, there’s more good news – we run more than 40 sports teams and unlike other universities ours are free to join, so you can be part of as many as you like. This is just the tip of the iceberg, but we guarantee you’ll never be bored at Essex.

  • We promise to benefit all students

    At Essex the Students’ Union is here for everyone, no matter your age, gender, nationality, faith, sexuality, year of study, or shoe size. We promise to always listen to the needs of every different student and act on them. In our family there’s no pretentious cordoned-off VIP area, we’re open to everyone.

    Mature students make up 37% of our undergraduate community in an average year. Our Mature Students' Network is part of the Students’ Union. Its job is to make sure that you have everything you need. You will automatically become a member and it’s completely free.

  • We promise to shape everything around you

    This is where we’re really different – unlike other Students’ Unions we’ll let you customise everything to suit your personality.

    Whatever you want to do, we’re here to help make it happen. From getting a big idea off the ground to asking for help in finding a house, nothing’s too big or too small. All you need to do is text, tweet or Facebook us and we’ll get on it.

    You choose what drinks we serve in our bar and what products we stock in our shops – just write it on the wall and we’ll do our absolute best to get it in stock for you. You’ll even get your own frame on the SU Bar wall where you can post up a photo of you, your family, next door’s cat, or whatever else you like.

Life at Essex

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Why not find out what life at Essex is really like? See more of our campuses, facilities and accommodation and hear from our students and academics about what it's like to study with us.

Students' Union

Students' Union

Our Students' Union (SU) is one of the most active in the country. Our SU will be there to offer you support, plus the opportunity to join numerous clubs and societies and to enjoy lots of events and nights out.

UG Open Days

Book a place at our undergraduate Open Day. Our department and admissions staff can answer any questions you have, and you can speak to current students about life at Essex while taking a campus tour.

PG events

Book a place at a postgraduate event to find out about studying at a top 20 UK research university. Staff will be available to answer your questions and you can speak to students about life at Essex.