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University of Essex

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About the University 🏫

University of Essex houses more than 3,000 students from more than 130 countries, with Colchester being the largest of the three campuses in total. It has caused students from all over the world to flock to this campus, making it one of the most internationally diverse campuses on the planet. When studying at the University of Essex, you can also study at their Southend campus or the smaller Loughton campus.

Campus is located in the naturally beautiful parkland, located a few kilometers from the historic Colchester city centre, which is also England's oldest city. Colchester Campus is also brilliantly located from London city centre and the international airports, which are less than an hour away, in case the extended weekend trips are going to be wild.

Colchester campus is constantly filled with life, shops, a busy street market, restaurants, bars, a theater, a cinema and even a nightclub. This mean that it is possible to enjoy yourself without ever leaving campus (although we recommend having the whole experience with off campus areas too).

A saying is that when you accept a letter of admission from the University of Essex, you automatically get over 11,000 new brothers and sisters - a genuine Student Union family. Despite the size of the campus, the atmosphere is intimate and everyone is there to support you, make sure to have your voice heard and help you make the most out of your time at Essex.

It is further supported by the university's Unibuddy scheme, which secures you a local partner from day 1, which ensures that you settle in smoothly in your new circumstances.

You can meet like-minded people or try something new with the university's more than 165 different student clubs and organizations. Are you into sports, fashion, cooking, wine tasting or Harry Potter? There's definitely a student club for your hobby that makes it extraordinary easy to make new friends from all over the world.

About the city 🌇

As Britain's oldest registered city, Colchester oozes of over 2000 years of history after being founded by the historical Romans, and this is also where the main campus, colchester campus, is located. But it's not just Colchester who has a lot to explore. Chelmsford is the first and only town in Essex with a vibrant bustling centre filled with shops, pubs and restaurants.

A bit further up north of the county you will find the village of Tiptree, famous for making jam, which the Queen marked at their 125th birthday party with a visit from Her Majesty. Essex is located on one of the longest coastlines in England and has a strong connection to the sea. And with this comes a fantastic selection of delicious food. On the outskirts of Colchester is Mersea, an idyllic island known for its world-famous oysters and the finest seafood.

There is more to the coast than just world-class sea food. Southend-on-Sea has the longest promenade in the world, where you can ride the pier train, play golf and taste the famous traditional fish and chips. Moreover, Southend airport is amazingly well connected to the rest of Europe, which allows you to extend weekend stays in charming European cities.

With the ever-vibrant London located less than an hour from the city, you are assured shopping, attractions, restaurants and nightlife in abundance.

Housing 🏡

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.

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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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