University of Essex


  • Location: City, Rural

Student life

It's impossible to get bored at Essex. Our campuses are buzzing with life so you'll always find something to do. With lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit community, we provide you with a perfect environment for living and learning. Try something new, rediscover an old hobby or find your voice. You can choose from arts, sports clubs and societies to make your Essex experience unforgettable.


What's it like to live in East of England?
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The East of England is made up of five counties, with its main cities including Luton, Norwich, and Cambridge. The picturesque city attracts droves of visitors, made famous by its namesake university, and alumni like Stephen Hawking and Emma Thompson.

Branch out and you’ll find Europe’s equivalent to Silicon Valley, ‘Silicon Fen’: a burgeoning hub for big tech players and software start-ups.

This corner of England has a star-studded history, too. Iconic movies like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and The Shining were shot at Elstree Studios in Essex. Meanwhile, the University of East Anglia has a formidable campus security – its Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts serving as Avengers HQ in multiple Marvel movies.

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What's it like to live in Colchester?
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Britain’s oldest recorded town – with the ruins and architecture to prove it – Colchester may ‘tell Britain's story’ better than anywhere else.

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Campus and facilities

Essex is the culturally vibrant county that's home to our three campuses: Colchester, Southend-on-Sea and Loughton. Beyond the eastern edge of London, Essex is home to a fascinating mixture of both modern and traditional cities, towns and villages, and has one of the longest coastlines in Britain.

The city of Colchester is steeped in over two thousand years of history, and it's also where our main university campus is located. Southend-on-Sea has the longest pleasure pier in the world, where you can ride on the pier train and taste the best fish and chips you'll probably ever eat. Less than 30 minutes from Central London, our third campus in Loughton can be found just outside the hustle and bustle of the capital. 

Depending on where you are stood in the county, you could easily find yourself surrounded by a backdrop of captivating countryside, lively suburban landscapes, or coastal scenery.

Course locations

Colchester Campus

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ

East 15 Acting School, Loughton

Hatfields, Loughton, IG10 3RY

Loughton Campus

East 15 Acting School, Hatfields, Rectory Lane, Loughton, IG10 3RY

Southend Campus

10 Elmer Approach, Southend, SS1 1LW

Main Site

Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, CO4 3SQ