Open Day

Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members – you’re all welcome, so become our EssexVIP and book your place today!

  • Sat 28 Oct 17

    09:30 - 15:00

  • Southend Campus

    Gateway Building

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Open Days team

Think unconventional.

Think meeting world-class academics and like-minded students. Think family. Think home. Think taster lectures. Think making your mark. Think music. Think tea and cake, copious amounts of cake. Think of all this plus lots of free goodies, plenty of entertainment and much more! Think you know open days? Think again.

Two students sitting in deckchairs and laughing
Clearing Open Day, Colchester Campus

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Booking confirmation

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!


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.

Download the 2017 Southend Open Day programme here.

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.

Special requirements

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.

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 information.



Our Open Day will run from 9:30am - 3pm and you can check-in any time throughout the day. 

When you arrive, head to our friendly staff in The Gateway Building 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 by car

Southend is not far 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
Elmer Approach



Southend has plenty of car parks near to campus. The closest is University Square car park, postcode SS1 1LT. Please note that all parking is chargeable at the standard rate.

Getting to us by train

Trains from London to Southend take less than an hour. There are two railway stations in Southend - Southend Central (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 Open Day.