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University of Essex

We Are Essex. Who Are You?

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We know choosing a university is a big deal. It needs to do more than help you gain a degree; you need your university experience to be filled with memories, friendships and personal development.

Applications for undergraduate study are now open for 2024 entry. Explore our subject pages or search below to find the right degree for you.

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Guaranteed Accommodation

As a first-year student at Essex you are guaranteed on campus accommodation. Plus, our accommodation costs include your energy bills and internet access, so regardless of what happens to supplier costs, you can rest assured you’ll be fine with Essex.

And it isn’t just utility bills, staying at Essex means your rent includes contents insurance, gym membership, 24/7 security, support from well-being teams and easy access to central campus and facilities.

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Career support

We know how important life after graduation is, which is why many of our courses feature compulsory employment modules in each year of study. At Essex, we make sure you stand out in a competitive job market, our careers service offers a wealth of support to jump start your career.

We prepare you for what happens next, we will give you the support to find the career that’s right for you and help you build your CV so that you’re ready for your next challenge. Learn more about all the ways our Careers Service will help you get that dream job.

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With our three campuses, located in Colchester, Southend and Loughton, we’ve got the whole of Essex covered.

Home to 15,000 students from more than 130 countries, our Colchester Campus is the largest of our three sites. Set within 200 acres of award-winning parkland, and just two miles from the historic city centre of Colchester, our Colchester Campus is a lively, self-contained community.

Our Southend Campus is based in the heart of this vibrant and modern seaside city. Our campus is located in the centre of the city, with shops, restaurants and nightlife on the doorstep, and a 10 minute walk down to Southend’s famous pier and beaches.

Studying at East 15 Acting School in Loughton isn’t your average student experience. You’ll be in intensive training at one of the most prestigious and internationally respected conservatoires in the country.

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Financial Support

As the cost of living crisis is making life harder for our students, we want to do all we can to support your finances. Our Essex Futures Bursary is a support package worth up to £3,000 for UK students with a household income of £35,000 or less, check if you’re eligible here. We also support our students struggling with their finances with the Hardship Fund, which offers grants up to £1,500 to help students with living costs, food, travel, IT equipment, sports and societies costs.

To help boost your budget, we have a huge variety of part-time student jobs on campus, all paying the Voluntary Living Wage. We’ve also introduced daily £2 hot meals in all Essex Food outlets on our campus, from fry-up breakfasts to burritos and burgers!

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When you join Essex, you automatically become a member of one of the UK’s top Students’ Unions. Run independently from the University – by students, for students.

Essex SU will help to make your university experience unforgettable. From events, sports clubs, societies, nights out, volunteering and advice – they will be a key part of your university life.

The best part? There is always a stacked timetable of events planned to help you settle into Essex life, help you meet new people and kickstart your university experience with a bang.

Are you ready to take the next step?

Applications for 2024 undergraduate courses are still open, and should be made online via UCAS before 30 June 2024

Make your application today Learn more about tuition fees, loans, repayments and funding Sign-up to our emails to learn more about Essex