In and around Southend

Oh, we do like to be beside the seaside!

Welcome to sunny Southend-on-Sea: home to the world’s longest pleasure pier and seven miles of stunning coastline. But this isn’t your average seaside town.

With over 300 places to eat, award-winning nightlife, a theme park, museums, sporting opportunities, and even an international airport, we think you’ll discover there’s much more besides the seaside in Southend.


  • Shopping

    Southend and the surrounding area is a shopper’s paradise. In the town centre, you’ll find all your popular high street names, as well as plenty of quirky independent shops and markets. Shopaholics will have a field day.

    What our students say

    Beatriz Alarcon Zlatkis

    Second year BSc Marketing

    Southend is really good for shopping. There’s lots of variety, with the shops on the High Street, shopping centres, and markets, selling everything from handmade chocolates and bread, to fresh fish and meat.

    Loads of the shops in town accept student discount, so it’s easy to find a bargain. There’s a costume shop (I know, very random!) just five minutes away from halls. Seriously, they have every costume you could imagine. Needless to say that it’s packed during Halloween!HhIG

  • Arts and culture

    If you’re after more than just traditional seaside entertainment (we’ve got that in buckets), you’ve come to the right place.

    Watch a show at the Cliffs Pavilion, enjoy some classical music at the Concert in the Park, discover fresh new talent with the Battle of the Bands, or soak up some history and culture at one of the many galleries and museums.

  • Eating out

    Award-winning ice cream, tea in the park, a slap-up meal somewhere swanky, or chips on the beach – you won’t go hungry in Southend.

  • Nightlife

    When the sun goes down, Southend lights up. Recently awarded a prestigious Purple Flag, a night out in Southend-on-Sea is hard to beat.

    Live music, theatre and comedy shows, and more bars, clubs and seafront pubs than you can shake a stick of rock at, help make Southend’s nightlife brilliant.

    What our students say

    Zsolt Gergely

    MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

    My favourite kind of night

    My favourite kind of night would probably start at the cinema with my friends. After the film we’ll be hungry, so we’d go and grab some food (probably pizza from one of the nearby restaurants), and then head out for a few drinks at Bar Bluu. Then it’s time to show Southend my sweet dance moves, so straight next door to Talk for some Afro Beat music and (and a couple of well-priced drinks) – we always have the best time there.

    One of the best nights out I’ve had, was when we went bowling at the Kursaal. It was an epic night and a close competition, but as usual the champion (me, of course!) won in the end.

    What our students say

    Beatriz Alarcon Zlatkis

    Second year BSc Marketing

    Having a great night out

    You don’t have to drink to have a great night out in Southend – there are plenty of places to play pool, go bowling, watch a show, or if you want a real laugh, have a go at karaoke!

  • Out and about


    What our students say

    Zsolt Gergely

    MSc International Business and Entrepreneurship

    A great place if you're adventurous

    Southend’s a great place if you’re adventurous. Head down to the seafront and take a ride on the rollercoasters at Adventure Island.

    The beach is beautiful, but it’s normally a bit too chilly to go swimming, however, if you’re a fan of windsurfing, powerboating, jet skiing or canoeing, try the Marine Activities Centre.

    There’s plenty of historical delights tucked away everywhere – a Roman Wall (adjoined to a fantastic pub), Jumbo the water tower and the Town Hall (which you can spot from a few of the Towers’ windows!) and St. Botolph’s Priory ruins.

    I’m a massive football fan, so I like to go and watch Southend United at Roots Hall – the atmosphere’s always great!

    In my opinion, the best view in Southend is at the end of the High Street. It’s at the top of a hill and you can see the whole coastline – breathtaking!


    What our students say

    Ancuta-Florentina Savu

    Ancuta-Florentina Savu

    Second year BSc Marketing

    The pier

    I think the best-loved tourist attraction in Southend is the pier – it’s the longest in the world! It’s an amazing sensation to be in the middle of the sea, surrounded by water.