Owned and loved by students

Students run the Students' Union. 

You become an automatic member when you become an Essex student. You decide what gets stocked in our stores, what drinks we serve in our bars, and what we campaign for together. Whatever you want to do, we're here to make it happen. Nothing is too big or small.

Colchester Campus

Our SU run an entire town on our Colchester Campus, complete with shops, cafes, bars, a nightclub, and even a hair salon.


SU Bar is the main place to meet on campus, it's a space everyone can enjoy. Order some hot food, have a few drinks whilst watching big sporting events, you can even find a quiet corner for some study. It's right in the centre of campus, so you won't miss it! If you fancy a game of darts over lunch, then head over to our second Bar on campus, Top Bar.

For your mid-morning coffee pick-me-up, head over to The Kitchen.

Visit the Students' Union website for more information on SU Venues.


We've got a few shops at our Colchester Campus; The Store, The Extra Store and The Eco Store in the centre of campus, and The Mini Store near the Meadows student accommodation. Across these shops you can grab lunch on the go with a meal deal, tuck into a hot snack at the bakery, or pick up ingredients for dinner with friends. You’ll even find those Essex hoodies you’ve seen around, currency, birthday cards and a host of sustainable products from self-care to a new plant for your room.


Not sure where to go or what to do? You'll probably find your answer at the SU Reception. Drop in for help with bus passes, lockers, lost property, freebies, prescriptions, event tickets and expenses.

Get free, confidential and impartial advice at SU Advice. We can help with appeals, academic queries, immigration, student conduct, housing, harassment, health and well being, money and more, just drop in or give us a call.


Cine10 is our very own on-campus cinema. Here you'll get the same High Street cinema experience but from the comfort of campus, at a fraction of the price. See the latest blockbusters and indulge in the classics.

Southend Campus

The SU Lounge is the perfect place to catch-up with friends over a coffee and cake, or chill out between lectures on the Xbox or Playstation.

Two students playing table football in the Lounge)
Two students playing table football in the Lounge

Loughton Campus

Check out the newly refurbished SU Corbett Theatre cafe and bar in the main building.