Mini Open Day

Join us for a day of talks and tours, and get answers to your questions about studying at Essex.

  • Sat 25 Nov 23

    12:00 - 16:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Open Days team

Our Mini Open Day is a chance for you to see the true spirit of Essex, the place you might be calling home.

Our Mini Open Day is designed to help you get to know Essex. The day will be shorter than one of our main Open Days, but if you want to go on a guided tour around campus, or just get a feel for the place before you submit your application, we're here for you.

Everyone is welcome, so bring your friends and family along and discover more about studying at Essex.

The day will begin at 12pm (midday) and finish at 4pm. When you arrive on campus, head to the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall to check in.

Unfortunately staff from our academic departments will not be available to speak to on the day, but there will be lots of useful talks and activities allowing you to learn more about studying at Essex.


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, or conduct a separate tour if necessary.

Speaking to academic staff

As this is a Mini Open Day members of staff from our academic departments will not be available to speak to. However, you can chat with many of our departments on Unibuddy via our website. 

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Book onto our Mini Open Day

If you're interested in coming to our in-person Mini Open Day on our Colchester Campus, then just complete this short form and we'll make sure you'll have everything you need for the day.

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What can you expect on the day?

  • Talks - take a look at the talks below to see which you would like to attend
  • Tours - we will be running campus and accommodation tours to showcase our campus and wide range of accommodation
  • Chat with Student Services - ask any questions you have around becoming a student
  • Experience student life - we will have a range of activities to show you our vibrant student community 


We're still working on the final details of the day, but you can expect something similar to the below.

General talks:

Time Activity Location 
12.15pm - 12.45pm 

Welcome to Essex talk

You’ll receive a warm welcome and an overview of the University of Essex, as well as a rundown of the programme for the day.

ICLH Auditorium A
1.00pm - 1.30pm 

Accommodation talk

We’ll give you an overview of each type of on campus student accommodation available to undergraduate and postgraduate students and will let you know what is available to see.

ICLH Auditorium A
1.30pm - 2.00pm

Mature learners talk

This talk has been specifically created for mature students (a mature student at undergraduate level is someone who is over the age of 21). We'll discuss alternative routes into education, student finance that's available for mature learners, the support services available for mature learners, as well as student development and employability.

ICLH Auditorium A 

Undergraduate talks:

Time Activity Location
2.00pm - 2.30pm

Applying to Essex for undergraduates talk

We’ll give you a run through of the application process including how to apply to study with us at Essex

ICLH Auditorium A
2.30pm - 3.00pm

Student finance for undergraduates talk

We’ll give you lots of useful information on things related to student finance, such as tuition fees, and sources of financial support including student loans.

ICLH Auditorium A
3.00pm - 3.30pm

Undergraduate student life talk

Our student life talk will be given by a current Essex student so you’ll be able to hear about student life directly from someone living and leaning at Essex right now. They’ll cover topics such as support services for students, budgeting and finance, social life and getting a job on campus.

ICLH Auditorium A

Postgraduate talks and activities:

 Time Activity Location 
2.00pm - 2.30pm

Applying to Essex for postgraduates

Join us for a complete guide on the postgraduate application process and how you can apply to study with us at Essex.

ICLH Auditorium B
2.30pm - 3.00pm

Funding for postgraduate studies

We will provide a detailed insight into the ways you can fund your postgraduate studies, including tuition fee loans and available financial support.

ICLH Auditorium B
3.00pm - 3.45pm

Postgraduate student life and campus tour

Join one of our postgraduate students on a tour of our campus and hear about their experiences of studying at Essex. Find out more about living and learning on campus as well as the facilities available to you.

ICLH Auditorium B

Travel bursary

We appreciate that travelling to university events can be expensive and with rising costs, we want to ensure that as many of our prospective students as possible are able to visit us. We are therefore offering a travel bursary of up to £75 to help with travel costs.

You can view the terms and conditions and reimbursement form.

To be considered for the travel bursary, you must have attended the Mini Open Day.

Getting to us

Travelling by car

Whether approaching our Colchester Campus from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton-on-Sea, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right onto Boundary Road.


Please follow the Open Day car parking signs which will lead you to our allocated visitor parking, in Valley Car Park. Parking during our Open Day is free. Our patrol staff should be on hand to show you where to go. The address of our Colchester Campus is:

University of Essex
Wivenhoe Park

If you are using a SatNav, please use the following postcode, CO4 3FA as this will direct you to the south side of our Colchester Campus, where you'll find Valley Car Park.

Travelling by bus or train

There are frequent trains from London Liverpool Street Station to Colchester with connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Felixstowe, Harwich and beyond.

We have three train stations in Colchester: Colchester Town, Colchester Hythe and Colchester North Station (also referred to as Colchester Main Station). Colchester North Station is the largest and has the best bus and taxi links so we recommend using this station. There is a taxi rank and bus stop at the station. The following buses will lead you to campus:

Further information about bus travel in Colchester can be found on the First Bus website and more information about travelling to our Colchester Campus can be found here.

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Get in touch
Open Days Team
Telephone: +44 (0)1206 876818