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Get a taste of life at Essex

If you can't visit us in person we've got a few options for you...

We don’t want you missing out on seeing what Essex has to offer, you can visit our Virtual Open Day, take tours of our campuses and accommodation or talk to our staff and students through our live chat where you can get all your burning questions answered. Because coming to university is a pretty big deal, we want to make sure you feel at home before you’ve even stepped on campus.

Scroll down for more information about life at Essex, our campuses and accommodation.


Why choose Essex?
  • We're 42nd in the UK (Complete University Guide 2023)
  • 24th for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023
  • Live and learn at one of our vibrant campuses close to London
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Join our Virtual Open Day!

Get to know our departments and find out what student life is like at Essex all from the comfort of your own home.


Search for courses and discover our departments

Browse our courses, check out our departments, discover our research centres and institutes and find lots of guides and tips on how you can apply to Essex.

Life at Essex

Home to our three university campuses, Essex is a culturally vibrant county stretching between the Eastern outskirts of London.

Explore the local areas of our three campuses and discover the range of facilities and services open to students at Essex. Find societies that match your passion or why not take up a new sport?

Take a look around our campuses

Colchester campus

Our Colchester Campus is a thriving cosmopolitan community, hosting a post office, shops, a theatre, gym, bookstore, salon, library, a buffet of different cafes and restaurants and even a nightclub. We wouldn't blame you if you never set foot off campus. But it's worth it if you do. Steeped in over two thousand years of history, Colchester city and the surrounding villages have so much to offer.

Southend Campus

Southend-on-Sea is situated along the coastline and has the longest pleasure pier in the world. With the campus positioned in the heart of a thriving city centre, when you need a break from studying you'll never be short of entertainment. You can also jet off to Europe through the local Southend Airport.

Virtual tour

Get a feel for the campus and use our virtual tour tool to explore our facilities.

Southend Campus accommodation

Check out our Southend accommodation, University Square and watch our video to explore.

Loughton Campus

For East 15 Acting School students, our Loughton Campus can be found in under 30 minutes from central London. There's loads of rehearsal space, dance studios and a never-ending costume department and prop workshop. 

To find out more about life at East 15, visit the East 15 website.

Virtual tour

Get a feel for the campus and use our virtual tour tool to explore our facilities.

Loughton Campus accommodation

We don’t have accommodation to offer you but we know a lot about living and learning in and around Loughton.

Our Loughton East 15 students live and study in the local area, choose between a shared house, living with a landlord or letting a whole house. Our Student Services Team are here to help with any questions you may have.

Experience our events on campus