University of Essex

About the university

The University of Essex enjoys an excellent reputation for top-quality teaching and research and offers one of the best student experiences in the UK.

The University was founded in 1965 and have got campus is in Colchester, with a second campus in Southend and the East 15 Acting School in Loughton. Essex performed well in areas including social science, science and the humanities

University of Essex is one of the few universities in the UK to be awarded the International Accommodation Quality Mark, with 90% satisfaction amongst international students living on University of Essex based accommodation.

Key information

% of graduates in work or further study
Overall student satisfaction
Average graduate salary (£20k=100%)
Student score
Undergraduate / Postgraduate
UK / Non-UK students
Male / Female
Main advantages

Performed well in areas including social science, science and the humanities. Creativity and innovation in teaching. Well developed campus. Strong international orientation. Great reputation among employers. An hour by train from central London.

Entry standards

Polish Matura with average results around 70% and three extended level exams passed with a score between 60-70% (each exam).

IELTS with score 6.5 or certificate 2B.


There are different types of scholarships for Poles depending on: the department in which we study, whether the University of Essex is in our administration as the firm choice , or earnings parents.

To find available scholarships the best way is to use a scholarships’ search engine at the university page. (link below).

Work during studies

The University encourage our students to develop their skills and experience through part-time work, alongside their academic studies. Students can serch for a job in  Employability and Careers Centre offers JobsOnline. In addition, the University has a well-developed Student Ambassador scheme, and our Students’ Union offers a range of part-time job opportunities in roles across our campuses. If you’re after an exciting opportunity to volunteer, get involved with SU’s vTeam, and make a difference to the world around you.



The University of Essex guarantees on-site accommodation for all full-time, fully-registered undergraduate students at either the Colchester or Southend Campuses. Single-study rooms at the Colchester Campus range from £73.15 – £133.14, and at Southend, prices start at £128.59.


The University of Essex’s largest campus is based in beautiful parkland at Colchester, the UK’s oldest recorded town. At the time of the census in 2011, it had a population of 121,859.  As the oldest recorded Roman town in Britain, Colchester is claimed to be the oldest town in Britain. Colchester is bursting with attractions and activities to suit every taste. You can explore nearby countryside for a ‘breath of fresh air’ including ‘Constable Country’ in the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Mersea Island, home of the famous ‘Colchester Native’ oysters. Colchester also offers great retail therapy and fantastic places to eat and drink.