Southend Campus

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Visiting us

Famous for its beach resort and pier, Southend-on-Sea stretches along seven miles of award-winning coastline, providing plenty of opportunities for a wide range of water sports and leisure activities.

Our Southend Campus is a vibrant town centre base offering courses from four of our departments. We have iconic buildings with exceptional facilities for our students and the local community.

Travelling to our Southend Campus

By car and parking

Southend is just half an hour from the M25 via the A13 or A127. For sat navs, postcode SS1 1LW provides the correct route directions.

There is plenty of town 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.

There is currently a parking offer at the Victoria Shopping Centre whereby University of Essex students (once registered) can sign up for term-time parking of £3 a day, Monday to Friday. Payment is by cheque for your initial pass card which costs £35 (includes a one-off £5 charge for the card) and then can be topped up at the car parking payment machine. All you need to do is to go to the parking management office on the first floor of the Centre with University ID and the pass can be set up immediately.

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.

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

By coach, bus or taxi

Travelling from airports

Southend Airport

Our Southend Campus is just 1.7 miles (2.8km) from London Southend Airport. You can travel from the airport by bus or train.

Stansted Airport

Our campus is not far from London Stansted Airport, the quickest way to travel is by coach. Journey time is about 1 hour 30 minutes.

Heathrow and Gatwick Airports

New international students arriving at the start of the academic year via London Heathrow Airport can use our airport transfer coach service to travel to our Southend Campus. You’ll need to book your seat in advance.

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Contact us for more information about visiting us
University of Essex, Southend Campus Elmer Approach, Southend-on-Sea, SS1 1LW
Telephone: +44 (0)1702 328200