University of Essex

Essex, England

We’re a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.

The University of Essex has three campuses within the towns of: Colchester, Southend-on-Sea, and Loughton. One thing that is for sure is that Essex living is like no other. 

Whatever your subject, and whatever your passion, we've got the space to make it happen.


Wivenhoe Park
United Kingdom

About University of Essex

Factsheet about: University of Essex

Please provide us with a short blurb about the university.

We were named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018  for our determination to do things differently and put student success at the centre of everything we do. At Essex we believe a person’s potential is not simply defined by grades or background but by an attitude of mind: a willingness to question, to collaborate and to push the frontiers of knowledge.

University Alumni?

(Any well known or successful alumni?)

David Yates – History Grad – Director of the Harry Potter film series

Brief outline of the university’s facilities

State of the art human performance unit, Eye tracking facilities for Psychology students, and state-of-the-art interpreter training lab and UN-style conference interpreting booths.

Closest airport to the university?
(How long does it take to get from the airport to the main university campus?)

Stanstead (Colchester campus) – there is a direct airport bus that takes you form the airport to the university

Southend (Southend campus)

City airport (Loughton campus)


Student Union activities & societies?

Rugby, Cheerleading, Fencing, Harry Potter society, Disney society and debate society. Over 40 sports clubs and over 100 societies.


Scholarships & Bursaries
(Any specifically for NI students?)

IB excellence scholarship £2000
Internships/Placement/Study abroad opportunities?

Essex offer a year abroad option and a placement year option with most of our degrees. Placements are integrated into some of our other degrees E.G Speech and Language Therapy and Nursing.


For those interested in studying law we have a law clinic on campus where students are able to get first hand work experience whilst studying.


What accommodation is available & what is the average cost?

We have a wide range of accommodation from shared bathrooms to en-suites. You can share with 4 other people or 16 other students its up to you.  All full-time undergraduate students studying at our Colchester Campus are entitled to accommodation for the first year of study as long as they apply by the August deadline.


3 Fun Facts about the university

We have an awesome campus cat called Pebbles. Every spring we have a derby day against our rival university

Link to university website