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We understand that choosing a university is an exciting experience, but it can also be a time when you have a lot of questions. We run both self-guided and guided campus tours, allowing you to get inside knowledge about what our campuses have to offer.

We run campus tours throughout the year and at our Open Days.


Students on the hill at the University of Essex Colchester Campus
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Colchester Campus tours

Visiting our campus is going to feel a little different at the moment and keeping staff, students and yourself safe is our top priority. Please read our current guidance and policy regarding COVID-19 and visitor’s agreement before visiting. Upon booking a tour you’ll receive a confirmation email with further details, plus information on travel and how to book parking.

Self-guided tours

You are very welcome to visit and take a self-guided tour around our beautiful campus. Self-guided tours must be booked at least 24 hours in advance and are available Monday to Friday, at 10am-12pm, 12-2pm and 2-4pm. Tours are outdoor only and our accommodation remains closed to visitors. Please only visit in groups of six or two households in accordance with government guidance.

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Guided tours

July 2021

Throughout July 2021, we are delighted to invite prospective students and up to two guests to our Experience Essex events on our Colchester Campus. During the event you'll join a small group for a tour of our campus, select accommodation and departmental facilities.

A travel bursary is available to cover the costs of your travel (up to £100). View our terms and conditions (.pdf) and download the travel bursary form (.pdf).

Book Experience Essex

From August 2021

From 6 August 2021, you are invited to book a guided tour of our campus and select accommodation. You'll have the opportunity to meet a member of the Essex team and ask any questions you may have about life at Essex. Tours must be booked at least a week in advance and are available each Friday at 12pm. Tours are conducted in line with government guidance, therefore you may have other visitors in your group.

A travel bursary is available to cover the costs of your travel (up to £100). View our terms and conditions (.pdf) and download the travel bursary form (.pdf).

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Virtual tour

If you are unable to visit us or would like to get a feel for the campus ahead of your visit, use our virtual tour tool to take a look around.


Colchester Campus virtual tour
 

Southend Campus tours

We run guided tours of our Southend Campus on Tuesdays at 12pm.

Visiting our campus is going to feel a little different at the moment and keeping staff, students and yourself safe is our top priority. Please read our current guidance and policy regarding COVID-19 and visitor's agreement before visiting. Upon booking a tour you'll receive a confirmation email with further details, plus information on travel and parking.

Guided tours

A travel bursary is available to cover the costs of your travel (up to £100). View our terms and conditions (.pdf) and download the travel bursary form (.pdf).

Please email tours@essex.ac.uk to book your Southend Campus tour.

Virtual tour

If you are unable to visit us or would like to get a feel for the campus ahead of your visit, use our virtual tour tool to explore our facilities.


Southend campus virtual tour
Students in the Squares at Colchester campus
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Any questions about our campus tours?
Any questions about our campus tours?
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