Life at Essex

Essex Living

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Welcome to Essex

Your time at Essex will be full of opportunities to meet new people, try new things and develop new skills. We work hard to create a living and working environment that helps you make your mark, so it’s no surprise that we’re 22nd in the Times Good University Guide 2018, and have been nominated for the Times University of the Year.

Your new home

The county of Essex is along the South East coast of England, stretching between the Eastern outskirts of London and the North Sea.

Essex is home to a fascinating mixture of contemporary and traditional towns and villages. Depending on where you are stood in the county, you could easily find yourself surrounded by a backdrop of captivating countryside, lively suburban, or costal scenery.

The University of Essex has three campuses in the county, within the towns of Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, and Loughton. One thing that is for sure is that Essex living is like no other.

Whatever your subject, and whatever your passion, we’ve got the space to make it happen.

Finding your way

The location of Essex allows it to benefit from excellent transport connections to the rest of the UK and Europe. Most mainland destinations are well served by motorways and the main train lines provide easy connections into England’s capital city of London. There are also good international links via Stansted airport, Southend airport, and all other London airports.

Why life at Essex
is special

Guaranteed accommodation in your first year
Get involved in hundreds of activities and sports in your spare time
You can learn a language at no extra cost
You're a member for life, not just while you're here
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Community membership
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Languages for All

At Essex you can learn a language at no extra cost alongside your studies. Add a valuable skill to your CV to help you stand out from the crowd. 

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Careers and employability 

We aren't just here to help you find a job whilst you're studying, we'll also help get you get on the career ladder, find that dream job and develop your skills and knowledge. And it won't all stop once you graduate, we'll always be on hand even after you've left Essex.