'A new kind of university…where students could live and learn… and research really mattered' – this was the founding vision of Essex’s first Vice-Chancellor Sir Albert Sloman. The plans were seen as so ground-breaking that Sir Albert was asked to give the prestigious Reith Lectures on BBC Radio in 1963, the year before we opened to explain our cutting-edge approach to study, research and teaching.
At Essex you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intensive environment. We are ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) which means we deliver an excellent educational experience. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we are ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018). We’re loved by our students too; Essex is top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2018, mainstream universities).
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Whatever your needs, we’re here to help. We’ll provide you with all the facilities and support you require to make the most of your time at Essex. Your student days will be exciting, challenging and rewarding, and there may be moments when you need some support and guidance.
Our Student Services Hub provides confidential advice and information on manyhealth and wellbeing issues, including finance and funding, entitlement to benefits, and immigration issues. We administer hardship funds and provide extensive support to students with disabilities.
We like to make things that much easier for our students and that’s why, at either our Colchester or Southend Campus, we’ll guarantee you university-provided accommodation for your first year of study.
Starting from £80 per week, our comprehensive range of award-winning accommodation is sure to make you feel at home – we’ve got something to suit every budget and every personality.
All our university-provided accommodation consists of single study bedrooms, grouped in self-contained flats of various sizes, with communal kitchen-dining facilities. No matter where you live on-campus, you’ll have access to free Wi-Fi.
Find out everything you need to know about accommodation at Essex on our website.
Got a problem with your laptop? Can’t connect your smartphone to our campus wireless network? Want to get your hands on some free software? Our friendly IT Helpdesks are here to make sure you get the best from all the IT resources we have available.
We all need a bit of support and guidance from time to time. That’s where our friendly Student Support staff can help. They offer free, confidential advice and information on all kinds of welfare issues. Whether you’re worried about money, need guidance on immigration, or are struggling with your studies, our Student Services Hub are always on hand to help during your time with us.
Essex is a county in the east of England and is situated to the east of London. From pretty villages set in peaceful surroundings to busy market towns steeped in history, from tranquil walks along wide sandy beaches to town centres brimming with history and culture, there is plenty on offer in the beautiful county of Essex.
No matter which campus you’re based at, you’ll feel like a member of the Essex community. We have three campuses at Colchester, Loughton and Southend. Each campus is different but offers the same world-class education.
We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason.
It’s completely different to anywhere else, because here you’re not just a member of a normal Students’ Union, you’re part of a family. An unconventional family made up of over 13,000 students, all with unique quirks and bold ambitions. A straight-talking family that won’t tell you what to think and will always encourage you to challenge, imagine and create
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