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Get a taste of life at Essex

If you want to visit one of our campuses in person, you can book on to one of our Open Days. If you're unable to visit or want to visit us virtually, read on...

We've got several options for you! You can visit our Virtual Open Day, take Virtual 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, and don't miss our subject introductions and taster talk videos.



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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.

Why choose Essex?
  • We're top 30 in the UK (Complete University Guide 2022)
  • Gold for teaching excellence (TEF 2017)
  • Learn a language at no extra cost, for one year

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