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About the University 🏫

University of Essex: A Global Epicenter of Academic Excellence

Brief History

The University of Essex, established in the heart of England, has grown to become a beacon of academic excellence and cultural diversity. With its roots in Colchester, England's oldest recorded town, the university has expanded its horizons with additional campuses in Southend and Loughton.

Student Life

With a thriving community of over 3,000 international students from more than 130 countries, the University of Essex offers a unique study abroad experience. The Colchester campus, being the largest, has become a magnet for students globally, making it one of the most internationally diverse campuses worldwide. The university's ethos ensures that every student feels like a part of a larger family, with over 11,000 members in its Student Union.


The Colchester campus, set amidst picturesque parkland, is a blend of historic charm and modern amenities. From state-of-the-art lecture halls to interactive labs, the university provides an environment conducive to learning and innovation.


Life on campus is vibrant and bustling. Students have access to a plethora of amenities including shops, a lively street market, international restaurants, bars, a theater, and even a nightclub. The essence of the campus is such that one can immerse themselves fully without feeling the need to step out, although the historic charm of Colchester is always beckoning.

Career Opportunities

The University of Essex's close proximity to London, an international hub for businesses and startups, provides students with ample opportunities for internships, semester exchanges, and job placements. The university's strong ties with industries ensure that students are always a step ahead in their career pursuits.

Quick Facts

  • Over 3,000 international students from 130+ countries.
  • Three campuses: Colchester, Southend, and Loughton.
  • More than 165 student clubs and organizations.


Strategically located just a few kilometers from the historic heart of Colchester and under an hour from London's city center and international airports, the University of Essex is perfectly positioned for those looking to combine their international studies with the allure of England's rich history and modern vibrancy.

About the city 🌇

Discover Essex: A Blend of Historic Charm and Modern Vibrancy

A Storied Past

As the oldest recorded town in Britain, Colchester is a living museum with over 2,000 years of rich history. Founded by the Romans, this historic city is home to the University of Essex's main campus, offering students a unique backdrop for their study abroad experience.

Bustling Centers

While Colchester is steeped in history, Essex also boasts modern urban centers like Chelmsford. This vibrant town is a hub of activity, featuring a plethora of shops, pubs, and international restaurants, perfect for students looking to explore during their semester abroad.

Culinary Delights

Essex is not just about history and urban life; it's a food lover's paradise. The county is renowned for its long coastline and strong maritime culture, offering a wide array of seafood options. Don't miss out on tasting world-famous oysters at Mersea Island, located just a short drive from Colchester.

Recreational Activities

For those who love the great outdoors, Essex offers more than just scenic views. Southend-on-Sea boasts the world's longest promenade, where you can enjoy pier train rides, golf, and indulge in traditional fish and chips.


Southend Airport provides excellent connectivity to various European cities, making it convenient for students to plan weekend getaways. And let's not forget, the bustling metropolis of London is less than an hour away, offering endless opportunities for shopping, dining, and nightlife.

Student Budgeting Examples

  • Average meal at a mid-range restaurant: £15-£25
  • Monthly public transport pass: £60-£80
  • Average rent for a one-bedroom apartment near the campus: £600-£800 per month

Whether you're here for a bachelor's degree, a master's degree, or a semester exchange, Essex offers a balanced lifestyle that combines the best of both worlds. With its rich history, modern amenities, and proximity to London, Essex is the ideal location for your international studies. Experience the unique blend of old and new as you embark on your academic journey in this captivating county.

Housing Opportunities🏫

On Campus Colchester

The Towers

Just a 2-minute walk from Colchester Campus you will find the symbolic towers that exture the authentic student experience atmosphere. The student housing units are shared housing with shared kitchen and dining room, which means that students automatically socialize.

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South Courts

With its large green areas, south court student accommodations are located in the ultimate area to exercise in green surroundings while being just a 5 minute walk from the Colchester Campus.

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The Houses

The Houses student accommodations are located in quieter surroundings just a 5-minute walk from Colchester Campus.

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University Quays

With the river as a nearby backdrop, University Quays is strategically located so that you are just 15-20 minutes walking from campus while being located in an area with a well-connected public transportation network. It makes it super easy for you to make the trip directly to London without being too far from campus

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The Copse

The Copse student accommodations are located just a 9-minute walk from Colchester Campus. It is known as the slightly newer and more modern student housing built around the University of Essex, Colchester Campus.

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The Meadows

The Meadows student housing is located just a 10-minute walk from Colchester Campus near the Colne estuary River, which is spiritual therapy to take a walk around at. The apartments are modern and many international students call the student housing their home there.

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Wolfson Court

Wolfson Court student accommodations are located just a 3-minute walk from Colchester Campus. Wolfson Court is known as the smallest and most cozy student housing environment for students who have their daily studies at Colchester Campus.

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On Campus Southend

University square

Just minutes from the Southend Town Centre and 2 minutes walk from the Southend Campus, is the ultimate student housing environment, University Square.


Admission Requirements

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What are the Entry Requirements?

To apply for courses and programmes at University of Essex, you must meet the general and specific entry requirements.

Documents required from students to apply to University of Essex are:

  • Official copies of secondary school transcripts showing courses taken throughout the year and grades received (English version of the document)
  • Award Certificates
  • Passport
  • Letter of recommendation
  • A CV and a motivational letter
  • Evidence of English proficiency if you are a non-native English-speaking student.

See more about the entry requirements at University of Essex.

What are the English Requirements?

The English requirements to get admitted to University of Essex in Colchester can be sufficed in several ways. Below are the options for students to prove their English proficiency:

You will be able to provide evidence of your English language skills if you have:

  • completed an English language test such as IELTS, Pearson, TOEFL or Cambridge
  • completed some types of university (tertiary) or high-school (secondary) studies taught in English

See more about the English requirements at University of Essex.

What are the Tuition Fees?

Tuition fees for international students at University of Essex vary depending on the course you choose. The tuition fee at University of Essex ranges from 18.000 GBP to 27.000 GBP per year for international students.

The tuition fee for a study abroad semester at University of Essex for 4 units which equals to 30 ECTS is approx. 9200 GBP.

See more about University of Essex's tuition fees for international students.

What are the Semester Start Dates?

University of Essex uses a semester system for both full-degree students and semester abroad students studying to receive credit towards their home degree system. The semester system is equivalent in course load and duration to a three-trimester system. Students can start their studies in January, April or October.

See more about University of Essex's important dates in the academic calendar.

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What the students say

"I felt a little anxious at first, but I met so many wonderful people during my first week here. It's such an exciting and lively university with beautiful grounds. There's so much to explore on and off campus. What I love the most, however, is the cultural diversity!" - Claire W.
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