Southend Open Day

Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members - everyone is welcome at our on-campus Open Day.

  • Sat 12 Oct 24

    10:00 - 15:00

  • Southend Campus

    The Forum

  • Event type

    Open Days

  • Event organiser

    Corporate events

  • Contact details

    Open Days team

Our Open Day is a chance for you to learn what life at Essex is really like.


Academics will be available to chat to one-on-one so that you can learn more about the courses you're interested in, and you'll be able to learn more at a subject talk with an academic teaching on the course. For a real taste of the student experience, pop into a taster lecture too!

Our Southend campus is in the heart of Southend's town centre, join one of our current students for a Campus Tour and take a look around our student accommodation at University Square.

We'll have a wide range of activities to show you our vibrant student community so you can soak up the atmosphere of life on campus.

The Open Day will begin at 10am and finish at 3pm. Bring your friends and family and get to know Essex. We can't wait to meet you!

Book onto our Open Day

Book your place for our on-campus Open Day and we'll make sure you have all of 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!


To make the most of your day, please arrive by 10.00am. Head to The Forum where our friendly staff will be on hand to register your arrival.    

What can you expect on the day?

  • Talks - general talks and subject tasters will run throughout the day.
  • Tours - we are running campus tours and accommodation viewings to showcase our campus and accommodation led by Student Ambassadors. Tours will be available from 10am-3pm and will include a standard en-suite room. Studio Flats will not be available.
  • Discover your subject - meet academics from your subject and chat informally.
  • Student services will be staffing stands and available to answer your questions on: accommodation, fees and funding, undergraduate and postgraduate applications, careers and employability, as well as student wellbeing and inclusivity.
  • Experience student life - we'll have a wide range of activities to show you our vibrant student community and you'll get to meet students and chat with them about their experience.

There will also be lots of interactive activities to take part in throughout the day and don't forgot the free things to get your hands on too like mocktails and merchandise!

Where is the Open Day?

The address of our Southend Campus is:

University of Essex

Elmer Approach

Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1LW

United Kingdom

Free Greater Anglia train tickets

We've partnered with Greater Anglia to provide our prospective students with a free train ticket to attend our Mini Open Day. You can claim one Greater Anglia off-peak day return ticket on the date of the Mini Open Day from your nearest Greater Anglia home station to Colchester. Applications for the train ticket must be made at least 5 working days before the date of the Mini Open Day. You will be able to add on accompanying tickets for any guests you're bringing with you. These tickets will be charged at the correct and current journey price.

To find out more information and apply for your ticket, visit the Greater Anglia website. You'll need a discount code for the free ticket so keep an eye out for this in your Open Day booking confirmation email or email us for the code. 


If you or your guests have any special requirements, please email us in advance so we can make sure your visit goes as smooth as possible. We want to ensure you feel welcomed and comfortable throughout your visit. The University is set across various levels, so please check out our Access Guide for further information or step-free routes on campus. Staff and Student Ambassadors will also be based in all the main areas to assist you on the Open Day. Toilets will be located in all main venues.

Ask us anything

We want to make sure you have the best Open Day so if you have any questions about your visit or need any information ahead of the day please feel free to contact us.

Getting to us

Travelling by car

For SatNav purposes please use SS1 1LW.

There is plenty of city centre parking in public car parks. The closest car park is located underneath University Square student accommodation which accessed via College Way and is payable by phone only.

Blue badge holders with Southend on Sea issued blue badges can park for free. Badge holders with badges issued by other authorities will need to pay the appropriate car park charges, however on street parking bays remain available and free of charge to all badge holders.

Travelling by train

There are frequent trains from London to Southend which is served by two different rail lines, with journey times of 45 minutes to one hour:

  • Southend Victoria (0.3 miles from our campus) to London Liverpool Street - operated by Abellio Greater Anglia
  • Southend Central (0.2 miles from our campus) to London Fenchurch Street - operated by c2c

Both London Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street have underground and bus connections available for connections with Stansted, Gatwick and Heathrow Airport.

Bus, coach or taxi

  • National Express operate services to Southend bus station from all over the UK.
  • As the campus is located in the city centre, most local buses stop nearby. Buses are run by Arrivabus and tickets can be bought online or via their app. Take advantage of their Student Saver tickets, available to anyone in full-time education.
  • There are also a number of local services based in Southend. Below are some of those available:
    • 333444 Taxis
    • Southend Airport taxi transfer, call 07427 095060
    • Steve's Radio Cars, call 01702 559519