University of Essex - Home to the curious, brave and bold !
Essex is a university where curiosity prevails, and where exploring new ways of thinking and pushing boundaries, isn’t just encouraged, it’s expected.
They’re proud to be Gold rated in the Teaching Excellence Framework 2017 and ranked 22nd in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide (TGUG 2017) - our highest ever ranking. They're also in the top 20 for research excellence in the Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF 2014) and in the top 15 in England for student satisfaction. (NSS 2017).
Essex is committed to two things: excellence in teaching and excellence in research. The students are members of a unique, transformational living and learning community which empowers them with the skills to make a difference to the world around them.
'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. His commitment to research and education remains at the heart of our mission.
- 14th for student satisfaction out of English mainstream universities. 88% of students expressing overall satisfaction with their course (National Student Survey 2017). This is the fifth year running we are in the top 15 out of all English mainstream universities.
- 15th most international university in the world (Times Higher Education April 2017)
- Top ten in the world for both political science and international relations (Centre for World University Rankings 2017).
- Top 50 in the world rankings for social sciences and law (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2018)
- Top 50 in the world rankings for politics and international studies and sociology (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017).
Become a part of their community and share a little bit of the Essex Spirit.
The Edge Hotel School is the first hotel school of its kind in the UK, where you can access a unique learning experience. Not only do you study the theory to achieve a degree in Hotel Management, you also work within a hospitality team – putting your knowledge into context right away - helping to run Wivenhoe House, a real-life, four-star country house hotel.
Our undergraduate courses are two-year accelerated degrees involving around 45 weeks of study each year with six weeks of annual holiday. You can either study for a BA (Hons) Hotel Management, with start dates in September and February, or for a BA (Hons) Events Management with Hospitality with one intake in September.
We also have a FdA (foundation degree) route which can be completed in just sixteen months and, subject to satisfactory academic and practical achievements, offers you the opportunity to progress to the BA (Hons), which would take a further eight months to complete.
Based in beautiful parkland on the University of Essex Colchester campus, you will graduate from a leading university while developing your industry knowledge and professional skills at the same time. You will also benefit from living on campus, with access to all the student facilities.
Your time at Essex will be full of opportunities to meet new people, try new things and develop new skills. Always wanted to test your ultimate frisbee skills? See yourself dazzling under the bright lights of the stage? With over 165 sports clubs and societies to join, they'll make sure your Essex experience is completely unforgettable.
From cosy social spaces to a brand new student centre and library extension, our campus facilities and services will enhance your time at Essex. Whatever your subject, and whatever your passion, They’ve got the space to make it happen.
- 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.
An estimate of living costs for a typical Essex undergraduate student is shown below. The figures are intended as a guide, will vary depending on individual lifestyle and circumstances, and assume you live on campus.
Living cost - Per year (Colchester - 39 weeks) / Per year (Southend - 42 weeks)
- Accommodation: (single campus room for 2017 entry) £3,090 to £5,591 Colchester accommodation / £5,715 to £7,218 Southend accommodation
- Food: (at £30 - £50 per week) £1,170 - £1,950 / £1,260 - £2,100
- Books and stationery: £596 / £596
- Clothing, toiletries etc.: £484 / £520
- Local travel: £310 / £410
- Leisure / socialising: £995 / £1,070
- Miscellaneous eg mobile phone, insurance, healthcare, unexpected costs, emergencies: £918 / £990
- Total: £7,563 - £10,844 / £10,561 - £12,904
- Average: £9,204 (over 39 weeks) / £11,733 (over 42 weeks)
- Average weekly cost to budget for: £236 / £279
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