University of Essex – home to the daring and the tenacious, a place for the ambitious and the bold!

University is a close-knit, supportive and welcoming community, with a powerful and pioneering global outlook. There you’re taught by world-leading academics in a supportive and research-intensive environment.

They are ranked Gold in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF 2017) which means we deliver an excellent educational experience. Their trailblazing research also continues to change the world for the better and we are ranked 25th in the UK for research quality (TGUG 2018). They’re loved by their students too, Essex is top 15 in England for overall student satisfaction (NSS 2017, mainstream universities). This is your chance to become a member of one of the happiest groups of students around. Now’s your chance to join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, well-loved actors, astronauts, and over 75,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world and a little bit of the Essex Spirit.


The Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK. The Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex provides industry-led hospitality and events management degrees with hands-on experience in a real 4* hotel on the campus

The hospitality industry can take you all over the world. From airlines, to cruise ships, to hotels and restaurants – there are hundreds of amazing careers waiting for you and Essex can provide the best possible start.

The Edge Hotel School at the University of Essex provides industry-led hospitality and events management degrees with hands-on experience in a real 4* hotel on the campus.

University has a diverse academic community where different levels of industry-relevant experience and academic expertise are brought together by shared passions and interests.

Wivenhoe House, a striking 4* country house hotel on the University of Essex Colchester campus, is where students and professional staff come together to learn and deliver exceptional service.

If you don’t want to be spoon-fed a degree, if you want to gain the real experience you need to succeed, if you want to make the industry connections and get ahead, welcome home.


They like to make things that much easier for our students and that’s why, at either our Colchester or Southend Campus, they’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 – they’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.

  • Colchester Campus

Home to over 13,000 students from more than 130 countries, Colchester Campus is the largest of Essex’s three sites, making them one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet. With shops, a bustling street market, restaurants, banks, a theatre and even a nightclub and a hairdressers, it’s possible to survive without ever leaving campus.

  • Southend Campus

The Southend Campus is based in the heart of this vibrant and modern seaside town.  Famous for its beach resort and pier, Southend-on-Sea stretches along seven miles of award-winning coastline, providing plenty of opportunities for a wide range of water sports and leisure activities.

If you’re joining the School of Health and Social Care, East 15 Acting School, Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies, or Essex Business School, you may well be studying at Southend Campus. Lively, state-of-the-art facilities and a close-knit international community, Southend is the perfect environment for living and learning.

  • Loughton Campus

Loughton Campus is perfectly located, providing both access to the rich, cultural diversity of London and an attractive and peaceful setting in which to study.

Campus is just a five-minute walk from London Underground station, Debden, where you can travel in only thirty minutes to Central London, West End theatres and mainline train stations including Eurostar. Essex often presents students’ own work at theatres and studios in London.

University has three sites at the Loughton Campus – Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. Hatfields is a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study, relaxation and performance.