The local area

Not your average seaside town

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Explore Southend

Welcome to sunny Southend-on-Sea - home to the world’s longest pleasure pier and seven miles of stunning coastline.


With over 300 places to eat, award-winning nightlife, a theme park, museums, sporting opportunities, and even an international airport, we think you’ll discover there’s much more besides the seaside in Southend.


Nightlife and restaurants

When the sun goes down, Southend most definitely lights up!

Live music, theatre, comedy shows, bars, clubs, restaurants and seafront pubs all make Southend’s nightlife like no other. Whether you fancy fish and chips on the beach as the sun goes down, a few quiet drinks at the bar or showing off your best dance moves at a club – Southend has got it all.

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Don't just take our word for it

What's it like to be a student at our Southend Campus? Read student blogger Andriana's top tips for things to do in Southend, both on and off campus.

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Arts and culture

You’d expect a thriving theatrical scene where so many of our acting and drama students are based, and Southend doesn’t disappoint. 

Our Clifftown Theatre and Studios provide rehearsal space for our East 15 Acting School students within a renovated gothic-style church, and host regular public performances which range from the extraordinary to the absurd.

Studying in the centre of town means that you’re immersed in a creative space throughout your time here. We’ve got an incredible live music scene, from classical music at Concert in the Park to fresh talent at Battle of the Bands. The Focal Point Gallery in The Forum, in addition to the many other galleries dotted around town, provide plenty of reason to pick up a paintbrush or camera. And where better to be inspired than on the sunny south Essex coast? All of this, plus numerous film, book, and cultural festivals, make Southend a hotbed of creative activity.

Explore the arts and culture in Southend, starting with Focal Point Gallery)
Explore the arts and culture in Southend, starting with Focal Point Gallery