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It’s the time of year we really look forward to at Essex. That time when we get to meet all you lovely people face to face, and welcome you to our fantastic campuses.

We don’t do things by halves here at Essex, so in addition to the traditional Open Day activities, we’ve thrown in a few other surprises to make your day extra special and give you a real taster of life at Essex.

Undergraduates, postgraduates and family members – you’re all welcome, so become our EssexVIP and book your place today!

Colchester Campus

Southend Campus

  • 28 October 2017 (booking opens 2 September)

Which campus?

Not sure which Open Day to attend? Use our subject selector tool to find out where your course is located and which campus you should come to.

Book online to save time

Though you’re welcome to book on the day, we advise booking a place online before the Open Day to make sure you have all the information you need in the lead-up to the day (including the Open Day programme). It also speeds up the check-in process, so there will be less time spent queuing and more time spent sipping tea in our Welcome Café!

Confirmation of your booking

Once you’ve booked your place we'll send you a confirmation email with more information on what to expect on the Open Day. No need to print the confirmation email as we'll have your details at our check in desks on the day – simple!

New contact details?

Should your contact information change, please drop us an email to let us know your new details so we can make sure you don’t miss out on any important information.

Special requirements

If you or your guests have any special requirements, please email us in advance so we can make sure your visit is as smooth as possible. If you're a visitor with a disability, please let a member of staff know so they can advise you on accessible routes around campus. If you would prefer a personal tour of our campus and/or accommodation, then let us know when you check in and we'll arrange for a Student Ambassador to guide you.


Our Colchester Campus Open Days run from 9.30am to 4.00pm.

Your Open Day bible, featuring all the need-to-know information on the day including subject talk and taster timings, accommodation information and details of all the fun-packed things we have in store for you.

Open Day Booker's Pack

If you book more than two weeks before the event, we’ll send you an Open Day Information Pack which includes the programme to make sure you’re fully prepared for the day. Please bring this with you on the day so we can help save the trees! Don’t worry if you book within two weeks as we’ll be handing out programmes and freebies on the day.

Travel and accommodation

  • Arrival

    You're welcome to arrive any time from 9.30am to register on the Open Day (don’t worry, we always put the kettle on earlier than this in case of any early arrivals!). The Open Day officially finishes at 4pm.

    When you arrive head to our friendly staff in the Sports Hall who will register your arrival. We’ll only ask for your name so there’s no need to bring anything with you. Next, head to our Welcome Café, grab a free tea and coffee, put your feet up and customise your Open Day.

  • Getting to us

    Travelling by car

    Whether approaching the University of Essex from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, take the exit marked Colchester (A133). Follow the A133 towards Clacton, ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway, continue along the A133 then take the B1028 for Wivenhoe before turning right into Boundary Road. Look out for the AA road signs which will guide you to our Open Day parking area.


    Please follow the 'Open Day Parking' signs which will lead you to the car park. Our patrol staff will be on hand to show you where to go. The address of our Colchester Campus is:

    University of Essex
    Wivenhoe Park
    CO4 3SQ

    Travelling by train

    There are frequent trains from London Liverpool Street to Colchester with connections to Ipswich, Norwich, Felixstowe, Harwich and beyond.

    We run a free coach service to and from Colchester's main station (also known as Colchester North), from 8.45am to 4.00pm. The coaches run on a shuttle service so you shouldn’t have to wait for more than 15 minutes. There will be Student Ambassadors at the train station and on the coaches to welcome you, so please look out for them outside the train station. There’s no need to book, just hop on the coach when you’re ready!

    If you arrive later than expected, don’t worry, our Open Days run on a flexible basis and most subjects run morning and afternoon talk and taster sessions. If you miss a talk, our academics are on hand to fill you in and answer all of your burning questions from 9.30am - 4.00pm.

  • Overnight accommodation

    Wivenhoe House Hotel

    If you've had a long journey and are thinking of staying over, why not book a stay at our beautiful Wivenhoe House Hotel. This luxury 4* hotel is situated on our Colchester Campus and boasts free parking, free wi-fi and an award winning brasserie. Guests visiting our campus can take advantage of our preferential rates.

    For further information or to book a room please contact Wivenhoe House Hotel and quote "UoE visitor rate" when booking to receive our special discounted rate.

Photos of our Colchester Campus Open Days

Colchester Open Day 2015

We can’t wait to welcome you to our Southend Campus on 28 October!


Programme information will be added in due course, but if like us you can’t wait that long, check out our most recent programme for information about what's on offer at one of our Southend Open Days.


  • Arrival

    Our Open Day will run from 10am - 3pm and you can check-in any time throughout the day. When you arrive, please make your way to The Forum; the main venue for the day.

    When you arrive head to our friendly staff in The Forum who will register your arrival. We’ll only ask for your name so there’s no need to bring anything with you. Next, head to our Welcome Café, grab a free tea and coffee, put your feet up and customise your Open Day.

  • Getting to us

    Travelling by car

    Southend is just half an hour from the M25 via the A13 or A127. If you’re using a sat nav, please use the postcode SS1 1LW for the correct route directions. The address of our Southend Campus is:

    University of Essex
    Elmer Approach
    SS1 1LW

    Travelling by train

    Trains from London to Southend take less than an hour. There are two railway stations in Southend - Southend Victoria (opposite our campus) and Southend Victoria (a short walk away). On the day there will be ambassadors waiting at each station to guide you to The Forum.

Photos of our Southend Campus Open Days

Southend Open Day June 2016

If you have any queries about our Open Days, please feel free to contact us – we like a question!

Our Open Days team

Campus tours

Student studying

We understand that choosing a university for your studies is a whole new experience, so we’d be happy to arrange a campus tour for you guided by a current Essex student to get to know our campus.

Virtual tours and videos

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Applicant Days

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