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 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.
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 selfcontained flats of various sizes, with communal kitchen-dining facilities. No matter where you live on-campus, you’ll have access to free Wi-Fi.
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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