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More than just a degree

Your time at Essex will be full of opportunities to meet new people, try new things and develop new skills. Your success is at the heart of everything we do, so it might come as no surprise we were University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018.

Your new home

Essex. The culturally vibrant county that's home to our three university campuses, Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Loughton. Stretching between the Eastern outskirts of London, Essex is home to a fascinating mixture of contemporary and traditional towns and villages.

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Arriving on our campuses in October 2020

The University takes the health and wellbeing of our students and staff very seriously and we have been working to ensure students can start on campus – safely – in October. To protect our community on campus once the academic year starts again in October, we will be looking to introduce the following measures:

  • Enhanced cleaning and sterilising regimes
  • Social distancing in line with international guidance
  • Signage and floor markings in key locations to help you move around our campuses safely

We’re asking you to wear face coverings in all public campus areas where social distancing is difficult to maintain or in specifically designated locations. We’ll be supporting you by giving two washable face coverings to all students and staff. We’ll also be introducing training for all students so everyone understands our expectations.

Read more about starting at Essex this October on our COVID-19 page for applicants.

Short course to prepare you for academic success

We know that the disruption to your learning this year has had a significant impact, and we are dedicated to supporting you to success in your future learning. To help you prepare for university, we’ve developed an online, six-week course called the Pre-Undergraduate Short Course. It’s completely optional but if you complete it and enrol with us this year, you’ll be eligible for a £500 bursary.

Find out more information about the bursary

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're a member for life, not just while you're here
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Advice for applicants

Concerned about what the impact of COVID-19 means both for your university application and, for your university experience when you start in the autumn? We are working hard to ensure that you are able to start with us in October – in whatever way possible.

Read our COVID-19 guidance for applicants

All about Essex

As Britain's oldest recorded town, Colchester is steeped in over two thousand years of history after being founded by the Ancient Romans, and it's also where our main university campus is located. But it's not just Colchester that has lots for you to explore. Chelmsford is the first and only city in Essex, showcasing a bustling city centre packed full of shops and restaurants, it's also the birthplace of radio. A little further north of the county you'll find the village Tiptree, so famous for producing jam, The Queen marked their 125th celebration with a visit by Her Majesty.

Situated on one of the longest coastlines in England, Essex has a strong connection to the sea. And with this comes a fantastic array of delicious food. On the outskirts of Colchester, lies Mersea, an idyllic Island known for its world-famous Oysters and finest shellfish. It's a seafood fan's dream. That's not all the coast has to offer. Southend-on-Sea has the longest pleasure pier in the world, where you can ride on the pier train, play crazy golf and taste the best traditional fish and chips you'll probably ever eat. You can also jet off to Europe through the local Southend Airport.

Less than 30 minutes from Central London, our third campus in Loughton can be found just outside the hustle and bustle of the capital. For our East 15 students, this town serves up a buffet of bars and restaurants and lively entertainment. And by being part of the London Underground, Loughton makes it easy for you to travel in and out of London on the Central Line, giving you 24 hour access straight into London on the weekends. For a touch of tranquility, Epping Forest is right on your doorstep so you can go Horse riding, Mountain biking or enjoy spotting all the different wildlife in a picturesque setting. 

Depending on where you are stood in the county, you could easily find yourself surrounded by a backdrop of captivating countryside, lively suburban landscapes, or coastal scenery.

There's one thing for sure, Essex is like no other.

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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.