We are Essex: home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold. We're a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook.
Here you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intense environment. Our trailblazing research continues to change the world for the better and we’re placed in the top 20 in the UK for research excellence (REF 2014), in the top 5 for social science, and are consistently housing the highest-rated politics department in the country.
Our students love us, voting us top 10 in England for student satisfaction four years in a row (NSS 2016)! This is your chance to become a member of one of the happiest groups of students around. Feeling adventurous? Widen your experience by studying abroad. Explore another culture, develop new skills, and set yourself a challenge for a full year, and we’ll even cover your tuition fees whilst you’re away. Our award-winning accommodation is sure to make you feel at home. And the best bit? It's guaranteed for your first year here.
Join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, astronauts, and over 75,000 other alumni who've gone on to shape the world.
Up for a challenge and want to make a real difference? Welcome home
At Essex, you’re not just a student, but a member of a global community. We’ll help you grow, and give you the confidence and skills to challenge convention and shape what goes on around you. Our students love us so much, they voted us Top 10 for student satisfaction for four years in a row (English mainstream universities, NSS 2016)!
Our Colchester Campus is home to a number of bars, and our night club, Sub Zero, which has won Best Student Venue in the UK. Our full calendar of events each term range from current music acts to themed nights to buffets. Recent guests include DJ Fresh, Jonas Blue, Tom Zanetti, and Jaguar Skills, as well as club nights by the Ministry of Sound, Club MTV, and Pure.
Set in 200 acres of beautiful parkland on the outskirts of Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester Campus is built around five compact and bustling squares, which encourages our academics and students from different departments to work together, nurturing the interdisciplinary nature of our teaching and research.
Transport links to Colchester are excellent - with access to London and the East of England via the A12 or train (hop on a direct train to London Liverpool Street and you’ll arrive in under an hour!). Plus, with Stansted Airport and the international port of Harwich nearby, travelling abroad is easy too.