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
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
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.