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Why Choose Essex in 2022?

Choosing a university is never an easy task. But rest assured, if you’re thinking about joining Essex in 2022 it’s the perfect time to make the most of all the wonderful things we have to offer. 

At Essex, we’ll work with you to discover your Essex spirit, helping you develop your passions and ideas and giving you the tools to make your mark on the world. Essex students and graduates have always been committed to changing the world around them, in big and small ways, and we will empower you to do the same. Maybe this is why we're ranked in the top 40 for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2022 (Broad discipline English universities).

Accommodation costs that include bills

From our iconic Towers (great if you love socialising), to our newest accommodation; the Copse (great if you love the finer things in life) we’ve got accommodation to suit a range of budgets and tastes. We also recognise the cost of living challenges that will impact our students which is why our accommodation costs include your energy bills and internet access so regardless of what happens to supplier costs, you can rest assured you’ll be fine with Essex.


The Essex Preparation Programme Bursary

We want to make sure you feel as confident as possible in taking the next step in starting university. So we have developed an online pre-arrival course to help you make a flying start with your learning.

The six week Essex Preparation Programme has been specially designed to help students who have experienced disruption in their final year at school or college towards success. Completion of the course is optional, but we believe it will really help you get ready to succeed in your studies if you choose to study with us at the University of Essex. We believe in it so much that we’re awarding cash bursaries of £250 to all new students that complete the course by 5 October 2022 and register with us for the 2022-2023 academic year

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Learn a new language at no extra cost, for one year

Languages for All is an award-winning programme which gives Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost, for one year. Additional tuition in subsequent years is available for a fee.

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Pioneering free data science course for all our students

Data analytical skills are needed increasingly across many disciplines. Every Essex student will be offered the new Data Science for All course at no extra cost.

The ten-day Data Science for All online course is open to all Essex undergraduates who do not have a computer science background but want to improve their skills in data science and data analytics and help themselves to be more employable when they graduate.

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An Essex education

The quality of your education and enjoyment of your time with us are crucial, which is why we work so tirelessly to ensure that your Essex education and experience is nothing short of exceptional. An Essex education will equip you with the skills and knowledge to leave us and make a difference in the world. We have always been a home for free thinkers and those who challenge convention; working together to find solutions to difficult problems. In these unprecedented times, the world needs Essex graduates more than ever. We can’t wait to help nurture your creativity, courage and talent; you’re going to do amazing things.

Study abroad

If you join us in 2022 and take advantage of our study abroad scheme you won’t pay any tuition fees for that year of your course to your host university, and only 15% tuition fees to Essex. What’s to lose?

We’ve got links to universities all around the world - it’s a great way to experience not only a totally new education system, but also a new culture and to surround yourself with incredible new people and immerse yourself in experiences you simply can’t replicate at home.

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Employability and Careers

When applying for University you might not have your future mapped out, but it’s important to know that we're here for you every step of the way. We will support you not only when you are a student at Essex, but as a graduate too, helping you to achieve your career aspirations.

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Our Campuses

Whether you’re thinking of joining us in Southend, Loughton or Colchester, we’re confident you’ll feel right at home. We know you may feel nervous about joining us, but it’s important to remember that university will be your home for the next 3 or so years of your life so it’s worth thinking about campus as a long term base for you.

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Courses in Clearing

Better grades, worse grades, exactly what you were expecting grades. Maybe you just want to change your mind about the course you want to study. - We currently have places available in clearing. Most of our courses are accepting at BCC - CCC or equivalent, but with some flexibility.

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