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University of Essex

University of Essex, excellence in teaching, excellence in research.

Since it opened in 1964, the University of Essex has always put student success at the heart of its mission.

We are a supportive and welcoming community of over 17,000 students from more than 140 different countries. Our academics also come from many different countries and we have many partnerships with universities around the world. We are committed to excellence in teaching and excellence in research.

Our three friendly and safe campuses have excellent transport links to the UK and Europe. Colchester and Southend are an hour from central London, and Loughton, home of our E15 Acting School, is in the border with East London.

Come to Essex and join Nobel Prize-winners, award-winning directors, presidents, astronauts, and over 100,000 other alumni who have gone on to shape the world.

  • With more than 38% of all our students coming from outside the UK, we are one of the most international universities in the world – Essex is ranked 1st in the UK and 22nd for international outlook in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021
  • Essex has a world reputation for Politics, Sociology, Economics and Linguistics and we are ranked 52nd for Social Sciences in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2021)
  • Essex is ranked in the top 50 for Politics and International Studies in the QS World University Rankings by Subject (2021)
  • Essex has a strong and flourishing postgraduate community, with over one in five students studying for a higher degree.
  • Essex is a research-intensive university and in the  most recent UK Research Excellence Framework it was ranked on the top 5 for social science research in the (REF 2014)
  • Our three friendly and safe campuses in Colchester, Southend and Loughton have excellent transport links to the UK and Europe and all are within an hour from central London
  • At our main Campus in Colchester, you will find a great number of amenities including restaurants, shops, bars, a theatre, a 6-floor library, a hotel, a modern gymnasium, a sport arena and our own nightclub!
  • At Essex, there are more than 160 sport clubs and student societies to get involved with, covering interests as varied as debating, climbing, video games and Lacrosse.