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get a taste of life at essex

we get that it's not always possible to come and visit us, so why not take a virtual look around?

from virtual open days, to virtual tours of our campuses and accommodation, to our live chat where you can get all your burning questions answered, we won’t let you miss out on a thing. because coming to university is a pretty big deal, we want to make sure you feel at home before you’ve even stepped virtual-foot on campus.


why choose essex?
  • university of the year (times higher education awards 2018)
  • gold for teaching excellence (tef 2017)
  • study abroad at no extra cost for those starting their undergraduate degree in 2020
watch our videos below to see what made us university of the year (times higher education awards 2018).

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.

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 town and the surrounding villages have so much to offer.

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 town 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.

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. 

want to get a feel for what life is like studying at essex? 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?

our campuses

take a look around...

southend campus

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

east 15 acting school

our loughton campus is for east 15 acting school students. to find out what life is like at east 15, visit the east 15 website.


experience our events on campus


watch highlights from our previous open day