University of Essex


  • WE’VE BEEN BREAKING THE RULES SINCE 1964. Ever since opening our doors fifty years ago, we’ve been pushing boundaries, asking difficult questions and challenging the status quo. We’re rebels with a cause.
  • WE’RE WORLD-LEADERS. We’ve got an international reputation for excellence in research, and excellence in teaching. In 2014 we were ranked in the top 20 for our world-leading research, coming a fantastic top 5 for social science.
  • WE ARE THE WORLD IN ONE PLACE. From the outset, we’ve embedded internationalism in our DNA, and with over 12,000 students from more than 130 different countries, we’re one of the most internationally diverse universities on the planet.
  • WE’VE GOT THE ROYAL SEAL OF APPROVAL. We were awarded the prestigious Queen’s Anniversary Prize: Human Rights (2010) and the Queen’s awards for enterprise: Sustainable Development (2008).
  • WE’RE HOME TO SOME VERY HAPPY STUDENTS. They love us so much, they voted us top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction two years in a row.
  • WE’RE PRIZE-WINNERS. We’re proud to have been awarded the 2013 Times Higher Education Award for Outstanding Support for Students, for our unique placement scheme, Frontrunners.
  • WE OFFER LIFE-CHANGING OPPORTUNITIES. Fancy studying abroad for an entire year? With Essex you can, and the best bit? We’ll cover your tuition fees whilst you’re away. 

Location and Transport

  • SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. We’re split over three campuses, each with a unique student experience.
  • COLCHESTER. Set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester Campus is built around five compact and bustling squares, which encourages our academics and students from different departments to work together, nurturing the interdisciplinary nature of our teaching and research.
  • THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER. Transport links to Colchester are excellent, with a good road (A12) and several train stations (hop on a direct train from London Liverpool Street and you can be in Colchester in under an hour!). Plus, with Stansted Airport and the ferry port of Harwich nearby, travelling abroad is easy too.
  • SOUTHEND. Live and learn in the lively seaside town of Southend-on-Sea. With cutting-edge learning facilities, including the brand new Forum at Southend, high-quality accommodation just minutes away from Campus, allocated just off the High Street, it’s a brilliant place to be a student.
  • THE WORLD ON YOUR DOORSTEP. A train to London will get you into the city in around 50 minutes, and Stansted and Gatwick airports are just over an hour away. Southend Airport is only three miles from campus, and offers direct flights to a whole host of European destinations.
  • LOUGHTON. Home to East 15 Acting School, Loughton is the ideal setting for acting and theatre students. With fully-equipped studios for dance, technical theatre and radio, rehearsal spaces, and costume and prop shops, there’s everything you’ll need to prepare you for a career in the performing arts. What’s more, with Debden underground station just a couple of minutes’ walk from campus, you can be in central London in no time!