Open Day

Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members - everyone is welcome

  • Sat 18 Jun 22

    09:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Sports Arena

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Open Days team

Welcome to Essex, a home for those who are impatient to make a difference in the world.

At Essex we're impatient for change, we strive to support and encourage our students and staff to be that change in the world that we believe in, and our Open Day is a chance for you to get a taste of what life at Essex could be like. Think meeting world-class academics and like-minded students. Think family. Think home and where you could live. Think taster lectures. Think making a change. Think art. Think music. Think tea and treats. Think you know open days? Think again.

View the programme for the day here.

Two students chatting at an open day
Register for an Open Day

Book your place for our next Open Day and we'll make sure you have all the information you need to make the most out of your day.

Book your place

Booking confirmation

Once you’ve booked your place we'll send you a confirmation email. No need to print the confirmation email as we'll have your details at our check in desks on the day – simple!


Here's our full programme.

Or take a look at our general talks for the day:

Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall - Auditorium

Talk Time
Welcome to the University of Essex 10.00am and 12.30pm (repeated)
Student Accommodation  10.30am and 1.00pm (repeated)
Applying to Essex (UG) 11.15am and 2.30pm (repeated)
Student Finance for Undergraduates 12.00pm and 3.15pm (repeated)
Student Support and Wellbeing 1.45pm

 Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall - Seminar Room

 Talk Time
Applying to Essex (PG) 10.45am
Meet our Students' Union 11.30am
Funding for Postgraduate Studies 12.15 and 3.00pm (repeated)
Information for Parents and Guardians 1.00pm
Student Life at Essex 1.45pm
Student Development: preparing you for your next steps at Essex 2.30pm

When is the Open Day?

Our Open Day will be held on Saturday 18 June on our Colchester Campus. Check-in will open at 9.00am and the day ends at 4.00pm. Feel free to drop in when suits you, but we recommend you arrive by 12.00pm to get the most out of the day.

Where is the Open Day and how do I get there?

The address of our Colchester Campus is:  

University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ 

For SatNav purposes please use CO7 9HT, which will take you to the main Wivenhoe Entrance. Then follow the yellow AA road signs from this point to access the Open Day car park. When you arrive, our Traffic Officers will be on hand to help you park. Next, please follow signage to the Sport Arena which will be the main venue for the Open Day.

Arriving by train?

Take a look at our travel pages for full information on how to get to us.

Arriving by bus?

If you're catching the bus to the Open Day, the main bus routes (87 and S1 routes) leave from Colchester Station layby on North Station Road and travel to The Universtiy of Essex. You will need to get off the bus at 'Essex University South Courts' where you will be able to follow signage to check-in at the Sport Arena. Here are the bus route maps, they may come in handy!

87 Bus Route Map

S1 Bus Route Map 

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. On the day, if you need time to step away from the buzz of the Open Day please find a member of staff in a branded polo top and let them know. 

Quiet check-in

We recognise that our Open Days can be jam-packed with activities, and you might need a quieter check-in option. If so, please email opendays@essex.ac.uk for more information and to book a quiet check-in.

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.

This photo shows six members of our events team, six smiling women, standing in a line, all dressed in coats on an autumn day
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Our Open Days Team