Being a prospective student, you may think you’ve researched everything you need to know about Essex. You’ve read the prospectus, searched the website, seen the virtual tour, what more can be said? Well, what you don’t know, is all the campus secrets that students discover here. A few of which are listed below, but mum’s the word…
Yes, we really do have a pet cat on the Colchester Campus. Her name is Pebbles, but is more commonly known as Campus Cat, and she has over 9,000 likes on her Facebook account.
At the Albert Sloman library we have an extraordinary way to travel between floors. It’s not quite a lift, it’s not quite a dumb waiter, but it is quite hard to explain. Watch this video instead!
Behind Square 3 lies the peaceful Secret Garden. In the summer, there are outdoor movie screenings, as well as stress-relief dogs during the summer exam period.
A little-known shortcut to the bar when you want to be first in line for a pint. You can find it located down the Law corridor, past Lab J. Like the wardrobe to Narnia, there are no signs saying the entrance is here or what is beyond the door – just a lovely surprise when you swing into the SU Bar.
Mix the fun of frisbee with the accuracy of golf and you get the unique game frisbee golf (also known as disc golf). Play along using the 18 goals dotted all over Colchester campus. You can play leisurely, or practice your skills to go pro! We regularly host the European and World Championships in disc golf on Colchester Campus.
A national treasure, a legend on the dancefloor and an Essex alumnus. Yes, that’s right, ‘The Inbetweeners’ star Blake Harrison (AKA Neil Sutherland) is just one of the famous graduates from our East 15 Acting School.
Our Ivor Crewe Lecture Building won an award! Despite being compared to a ‘dustbin’ by Prince Charles, the building was praised during the Civic Trust Awards in 2008.
We were the first in the country to setup Nightline. A volunteer-run service that offers support every night during term time. Whether you’re going through personal troubles, having a rough time, or simply need a reassuring chat, the students on call will always have an open ear for you.
Issued in 1971, the University of Essex stamp was created alongside a set intended to celebrate modern buildings. The commemorative stamp is part of an online gallery for the Royal Mail’s special stamp programme. Seriously though, only 9p?!
So now you know all these secrets, go and check them out. You can tour the campus virtually 24/7 by using our virtual platform, or book yourself onto one of our autumn 2021 open days and see for yourself.