University of Essex

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
5.6 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The location is good in terms of getting from the airport to campus but the town centre is quite far away and it is very expensive to get to the nearest cities. The campus is good as everything is in one place. As for facilities, the library is good but there are always queues for the books when coursework tasks are published. The quality of rooms both on campus and from the private sector is acceptable, as it is suitable for living, but there are still areas for improvement."
"More healthy food options should be available like fresh salads."
"There's not much to do unless you like spending the day in the town centre where all the shops are. If you're a party animal then there's not much to do. However, there is an Odeon, lots of shops and some historic sites etc. It's not a boring town, just small."
"I like how the campus is out of town as this means the university has a sense of community. The town itself does not offer much for students to do since it's a small historic town."
"There are plenty of spaces to go during the day and my department has its own study space, which is nice. Getting into town can be difficult as it’s a bit too far to walk and there are a lot of hills."
"Even the cheapest accommodation is still pretty alright and there are a lot of bars, cafes and shops on campus. This means you don't need to leave campus often if you don't want to as everything is close. There are also a lot of sports opportunities."
"There are many accommodation options on campus as well as many cafes and restaurants and also a big sports centre with a lot of facilities."
"The university is not close to town so you need to use public transport, which can be expensive and some busses are very irregular. Accommodation is good but there is not enough."


"The campus is brilliant with outlets to eat everywhere and computer labs dotted around. There's a post office, ATM cash machines and everything else you would want and need from a campus. I think student accommodation ranges from being very affordable but not very nice to live in to very expensive but really nice. I don't know of much that falls in the middle though."
"It's pretty close to London and there's a large shopping centre to purchase things. Accommodation is large and pretty affordable."
"It's a great campus where you can find everything you might need."
"Facilities are close to each other and the town is an hour from London."
"We're near to the town of Colchester and student accommodation is a few minutes walk from the uni."
"The location was good and so were the facilities."
"The campus is fairly secluded and is a 25-minute bus ride to the city centre. There is a supermarket nearby and it's possible to live on the campus without ever leaving it. The accommodation I'm in (The Towers) isn't very nice. Places like South Courts are better but extremely expensive, which puts them out of the price range of a lot of students."

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