'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.
We're one of the leading research-intensive universities in the UK. Our researchers are daring, visionary thinkers; people who are constantly asking difficult questions. Our research is shaping thinking, and influencing policy.Some centres and institutes:
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 have a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities. We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available.Colchester Campus
All our single accommodation is arranged into self-catering flats with fully equipped shared kitchens. Use our interactive 360 degree tours of the Colchester Campus to see inside our accommodation residences.
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.
Your Student Services Hub provides advice, information and support on a range of health and wellbeing issues.
We can provide you with support and advice to help you to stay healthy physically, mentally and emotionally. Please make sure you register with a doctor while studying with us. The NHS also provides lots of other services to support you.
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