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University of Essex Reviews

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I am an ex-mental health nursing student of this university and was treated appallingly by The School of Health and Human Sciences. I have a mental health condition and was unfairly kicked off of my course with only 8 months remaining of my degree because at this point I owed a mere 40 placement hours! Considering, I still had two placements remaining and had shown that I was more than willing to make up time previously, this should not have been grounds for dismissal as I had been performing well on placement and academically. I was also wrongly advised not to use all of my two weeks holiday for making up placement hours so used just one week instead. I was then brought in front of a committee who claimed that I wouldn't be able to make up the 40 hours. The university were aware of my condition as I had to intermit a year due to illness. I have since set up a petition on www.change.org to protest the decision. Do not go here if you suffer from a mental health condition.

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By member1123405
On 3rd August 16

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University of Essex Hall Rankings


The Towers#1
The Meadows#2
Wolfson Court#3
South Courts#4
The Quays#5
University Square, Southend#6
The Houses#7

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I am an ex-mental health nursing student of this university and was treated appallingly by The School of Health and Human Sciences. I have a mental health condition and was unfairly kicked off of my course with only 8 months remaining of my degree because at this point I owed a mere 40 placement hours! Considering, I still had two placements remaining and had shown that I was more than willing to make up time previously, this should not have been grounds for dismissal as I had been performing well on placement and academically. I was also wrongly advised not to use all of my two weeks holiday for making up placement hours so used just one week instead. I was then brought in front of a committee who claimed that I wouldn't be able to make up the 40 hours. The university were aware of my condition as I had to intermit a year due to illness. I have since set up a petition on www.change.org to protest the decision. Do not go here if you suffer from a mental health condition.

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By member1123405
On 3rd August 16

Studying at University of Essex

The University of Essex is situated near Colchester and is made up of three campuses. Two miles from Colchester is the main campus, Wivenhoe Park, further afield is another campus in Southend-on-Sea and another, East 15 Acting School, which is based in Loughton. On the campuses students will find shops, cafés, restaurants, food outlets, banks, a book shop, hairdressers and mobile phone shop. The Colchester Campus has a community of around 8,000 students and has received considerable investment over recent years.

The Students' Union is home to Sub Zero, which won best student venue from Smirnoff BEDA and has hosted bands such as Blur, Pink Floyd, Faithless, Florence and The Machine and The Smiths. There is something on at the Students' Union every night in any one of the venues; Sun Zero, the Students' Union Bar, Level 2 and Mondo. The radio station and student newspaper are also run by the Students' Union as are over 165 societies, 45 sports clubs and various volunteering programmes such as building charity websites, coaching sports, and conservation work.

Sort is a major focus of university life for many. The facilities are low cost, plentiful and include a sports hall, five squash courts, climbing wall, dance room, gym and fitness suite, outdoor pitches for rugby, football, hockey and cricket, tennis courts and floodlit synthetic pitches. On the Southend Campus students also have access to the Southend Marine Activities Centre and swimming pool with Olympic diving facilities. Sports scholarships are available for those that show talent to give help balancing studies with elite sport.



The Big E is the University of Essex' way of showing students how important and easy it is to do extra things to boost employability…the E stands for experience. This could be anything from studying or working abroad, taking part in an internship or a paid placement, joining in with entrepreneurial events or taking extra modules and careers advice. Making the most of your time at Essex can help you to leave as a well equipped individual and have skills that are attractive to employers. Graduates from the University of Essex have gone on to work for many well known organisations such as Microsoft, The Royal Shakespeare Company, United Nations and the BBC.

Famous people that studied at the University of Essex include Members of Parliament Virginia Bottomley and Siobhain McDonagh, Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, director of three Harry Potter films David Yates and guitarist John Etheridge.


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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th September 17

The University of Essex is a great institution. I am glad that I made the choice of coming to do my postgraduate studies here. The diversity is amazing, but most importantly the focus on the course content itself forces one to really engage and learn. As an MSc Financial Engineering and Risk Management student at the Essex Business School, I can say with confidence that I received enough support from the department. There are even those classes where the Professors just had so much fire which really encouraged me, and hopefully my classmates as well, to be the best they could ever be. I had a great time here and I highly recommend the Essex Business School and the University of Essex as a whole. There are also some great societies like the Public Speaking and many others. The social life is awesome as well, it just depends on where your loyalties lie.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 29th July 17

I do not recommend anyone to join this campus, it's the worst place to study masters if you decide to go to Southend-on-sea you will lose one year of your life

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th July 17

The University of Essex is a great institution. When I started here I had no idea just how much I would love this place. Main advantages: - Good teaching and studying facilities. The library and Silberrad Centre provide loads of space for students to study. - The Student's Union is fantastic. lots of SU organised events and activities throughout the year, many of which are free or very cheap. SU jobs are great for students who want to work part time. - Sport at Essex is easily accessible and its completely free to join any club. The sports facilities are great. The majority of sports clubs welcome members of all abilities. - Inclusive and Tolerant. Very multi cultural University, there's a real global community at Essex. - Brilliant academic support for students such as help with employability and studies. Disadvantages - Colchester is not a town that caters well to students. - The medical centre needs improvement (particularly their reception staff) - Campus can be confusing.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th June 17

Amazing uni. Essex is the bomb !

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd April 17

Top university. The campus is big and spacious with lots of services

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th February 17

Everything you need in one place, wish there was a pool however the uni does weekly trips to the local pool.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 5th January 17

Very poor communication, very poor student support

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 31st December 16

An amazing school with amazing people who are always there for you.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd December 16

Always something to do, SU bar is great, campus shops are really handy for everyday essentials.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st December 16

Everything is great! Internet is a little temperamental, but better in central campus than in rooms.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 11th December 16

If you can go somewhere better, do it

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 8th December 16

Great campus with many facilities and opportunities

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th December 16

Love the SU, really nice people in there and there is always something to do at the weekend. I haven't been to the careers service but i assume its very good however, the wifi could be faster but i assume thats because so many people use it

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th November 16

Wfif: Eduroam is awful, but this is a problem all across the country. Studentcom in the accomodation works most of the time, but is likely slower than home internet, although they should be able to supply an ethernet cable free of charge. One of the best SUs in the country with societies, events, catering etc however they do need more communication with the university itself, the two are very separate organistions.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 22nd November 16

The campus was designed by a Brutalist architect. It's not as bad as it sounds: it's a lot worse. A concrete desert in the middle of Essex with the hideous, towering eye-sore for student accommodation, it is definitely the ugliest campus ever.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 22nd November 16

Resolutely Awful The accommodations undergraduates receive are horrid, grey eye-sores. The food served, if improved immensely, would be awful.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 22nd November 16

Resolutely Awful At least half of my lecturers have no research record in the subject of their teaching. Students who clearly do not belong in higher-education at all received the same grades as I did. The main qualification is graduate candidates' money. The accommodations undergraduates receive are horrid, grey eye-sores. The food served, if improved immensely, would be awful. And that's just the start. I hear Essex used to have been a respectable institution. It is now nothing but a racket, a money-making rag-tag of pencil-pushers and arse-kissing third-grade researchers who have very little to offer in exchange for your money. Read more here: http://www.lrb.co.uk/v36/n17/marina-warner/diary http://www.lrb.co.uk/v37/n06/marina-warner/learning-my-lesson NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st October 16

Like suggested, the only way is essex

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 6th October 16

Best uni ever. Really enfayed lecturers, great facilities, friendly vibe. Loved it!!!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th September 16

There's a famous expression for Essex... I can't remember what it is...

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th August 16

There is a good amount of choice between places you can eat and do things. Essex offers free sport, meaning that you can do as many as you like and meet more people. They offer a huge amount of societies which anyone can set up. The wifi can be crap, but that's just because it's eduroam. The big E project is a great way to get a better idea of careers and is easy to do.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 14th August 16

I've only been to the Evolve gym for the most part. The Evolve Gym is amazing, people re-rack their weight, it's spacious and the staff are friendly.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 3rd August 16

I am an ex-mental health nursing student of this university and was treated appallingly by The School of Health and Human Sciences. I have a mental health condition and was unfairly kicked off of my course with only 8 months remaining of my degree because at this point I owed a mere 40 placement hours! Considering, I still had two placements remaining and had shown that I was more than willing to make up time previously, this should not have been grounds for dismissal as I had been performing well on placement and academically. I was also wrongly advised not to use all of my two weeks holiday for making up placement hours so used just one week instead. I was then brought in front of a committee who claimed that I wouldn't be able to make up the 40 hours. The university were aware of my condition as I had to intermit a year due to illness. I have since set up a petition on www.change.org to protest the decision. Do not go here if you suffer from a mental health condition.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 5th July 16

most selfish university, does not promote getting experience or jobs.horrible overpriced accommodation. useless staff. horrible lecturers who wrongly mark your assignments "by accident" . internet never worked. campus shop overpriced,

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th May 16

Love the uni, but the campus is quite far away from everything.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 6th May 16

Coming here was the best decision iv ever made

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th April 16

I love it here, and everyone I know is very happy with the university. Diversity is beautiful and acceptance of diversity is a miracle. Eye opening experience, fun moments, you learn something new everyday.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 31st March 16

University doesn't believe free speech is a thing we should have.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st March 16

A great international university which is keen on helping its students push further their limits, and extremely encouraging and supportive in identifying ourselves in a unique, prosperous environment.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th January 16

Student Union is very engaging and revolutionary, though wifi speed could be better

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 10th January 16

Decent campus and faculties. However Computer science teaching standards are very, very poor. The Student Union are also very big money grabbers who don't really care for the students.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd December 15

The university of Essex has a full range of very active societies, and a student union which is always improving student life.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st December 15

The Students Union and the International Students Association are in real our family, the biggest one. No one is left out of the family. There are too many societies that it is impossible that someone cannot find one that fits him.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st December 15

Good wifi over campus. SU is ok. Too many societies to count!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st December 15

At Essex you fit right in and there's is literally something for everyone

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st December 15

Very good university, great lecturers, shame they have a fast food joint that serves horrendous food. Also, the SU thinks too highly of itself.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st December 15

best campus experience, great students union

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th October 15

Such a friendly University, doing it's best to be involved in students lives, giving them jobs, advice and the opportunity to have a voice.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 19th October 15

Best student union in the world. Focused on giving a good education whilst having a happy work life balance. Free fruit and water when your studying and night ninjas when your partying!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th September 15

Lovely mix of people from all over the world, which makes this uni unique! Alot of opptions and great staff.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th September 15

The university's really good for nights out however the library and study spaces are limited particularly during exam periods.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 4th September 15

The campus has plenty of shops so if you don't fancy that long walk to tesco you can get the basics in the campus shop. There's restaurants, a bar, a gym and great sports facilities.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th August 15

the best place in the world, you will have the best years of your life here.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th August 15

I picked Essex as my firm choice, not only because of the amazing program they offer with a year abroad opportunity, but also because of the energy on campus and amazing people I get to meet!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th August 15

My very 1st year was made the best. The SU tries to help us international students in every possible way. Love you essex!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th August 15

Campus is good but a bit confusing, also everything on campus is very overpriced

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th August 15

Going to the University of Essex was the best decision I ever made. It has everything I need to make my uni experience perfect, the nights out in Sub Z are hilarious, the lectures are always fun and exiting and I've met the most brilliant people. It is so diverse and fun, there's always something to do or someone to meet. It's so friendly as well, especially the sports centre and the clubs! Thank you Essex!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th August 15

I have loved every moment at Essex so far in the two years I've been going here. Subbyz is the place to go especialy for fednesday which is one of the best nights out so get your fancy dress out!! Everything you need is on campus so you really don't need to leave but if you do Colchester is a lovely town to venture into. If you love army lads liquid is for you. Do go on some bar crawls and don't miss dirty pengiun, silk road, missoulas and the three wise monkeys. Where hoysing is concerned if you are a bit of a clean freak I wouldn't advise towers, houses or south courts may be more suited for you. But if you want cheap accomodation and want to live a party lifestyle do pick towers!! I did and I loved every second in them, theres always a party going on in these party towers!!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 12th August 15

Accommodation was done really badly. Ruined my whole time here.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 11th August 15

I absolutely love it here! the people are open minded and passionate. The lecturers and teachers are incredible! And I have the opportunities to do so many things. Would reccomend to everyone!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th August 15

I love the university. There's always so much to do and the people are so friendly

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th August 15

Essex student union does everything it can for the enjoyment of their students. Offering various club nights to fit the needs of different music genres.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th August 15

Such an amazing uni! Always have so much fun with the union. And lectures and my department are great too!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th August 15

I don't know anyone who's unhappy with their lecturers, there are a few ones who are not great but that's it. Societies are incredibly varied and we get new ones every term. WiFi is available across campus and for people living in accommodation. A gym is also on site. The selection of places to eat is somewhat limited but quality has improved. On campus club, The Students' Union is at times problematic, both dealing with them as representatives of clubs and societies, and as a student. It does happen often that people are unreasonably kicked out of student forums, and issues with their transpaeency are also customary. Overall a great university though.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th August 15

Really student oriented, looks to help students not only for their time at university but beyond into their careers and future.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th August 15

Teaching staff is helpful. Beautiful campus.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 3rd August 15

I loved my time at Essex. Friendly, beautiful campus with lakes/parkland, loads going on, and good academics that try and make the teaching relevant and applicable.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 31st July 15

Good uni, not as bad as people think it is.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 31st July 15

The University itself is a nice enough place to be with everything you need for your academic related studies or free time in close proximity. Essex does however need a bit of a quick up the backside if it wants to get anywhere fast though, as it fails to really push the boundaries on any particular front. Some of the students it lets in are an embarrassment to the establishment with it being high time it starts thinking about increasing the difficulty of entry and departments are sporadic in terms of their organisation - this however, not being the fault of the individual departments, but more the workings of those in higher echelons having the wrong ideas for the marionette strings. In terms of the SU, it is one of the worst. It's unnecessarily expensive for students, its "Student centred" stance is more a running joke than a mandate for operation, there is corruption aplenty within the elected officers and some of the full time staff are about as useful as a chocolate teapot.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st July 15

Best years of my life, amazing people, so diverse, make friends from all over the world.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 31st July 15

Great community, really friendly people and always someone there for you if you need it. Societies are a really good way of meeting people and everyone seems really nice.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 31st July 15

Had the best first year at Essex, loved my course, everyone is friendly, food pretty decent plenty of places to eat, i.e. SU, Fusion, Frangos. Joining a sports club was my best decision during freshers

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st July 15

Great experience here! I've been supported every step of my degree and it'll really had paid dividends.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 25th July 15

So different from what I expected!I am having the best time here and such a great mix of people. ps if you are applying to attend Essex, living in towers for your first year is a must!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th July 15

People in Essex are very nice and professors are knowledgeable.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd July 15

Best university in the uk for all the facilities for students

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd July 15

Essex university is a great place to study and there is no need to leave the campus as there is everything on site that you need

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd July 15

Have been here 5 years, done a BSC and am now doing a PhD, it is an awesome place to be if you want to get involved with societies and clubs. if you do not want to be in a city and want to be in a campus where everyone around is students or staff then Essex is for you. If you just want somewhere to get drunk and get a poor degree please go somewhere else :)

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd July 15

Univeristy of Essex is an all round great university. The staff are so friendly and welcoming, as are the students. Great opportunities to improve yourself and make the most of your university experience.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd July 15

This is a great university with great people, glad I came to this university

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th July 15

Wonderful student union which really does care for students. Diverse population from all over the globe. Friendly atmosphere and crazy nights.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th July 15

I have just finished my first year at Essex University and it was truely the best year of my life. The campus has such a lovely vibe due to its feel of a homey village with everything you could need! (Including bars and clubs!) The SU are very student centered and work to ensure every single student is happy and that the Uni has everything that the students need and want. The lecturers are lovely and extremely helpful. I lived in the towers and it was the best decision I ever made- made friends for life and had the most fun and exciting year!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th July 15

There's quite a bit to do on and off campus. Facilities are modern and good too. Wifi is easily attainable all over campus, even by the lakes so absolutely no problems.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th July 15

Essex is a fantastic institution providing every student with every facility necessary in order to aid their studies and to entertain themselves. Essex is a friendly campus and fights for/encourages the rights of every single student in many forms such as race, gender or disabilities.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th July 15

Pioneering, change-making and forward-thinking. The University of Essex is at the forefront of research and support of the underdog. There is an extensive selection of sports clubs and societies, and the Students Union provides many supportive services to all students, while providing exceptional and fun events. There is a real community feeling, with a global outlook. The University of Essex isn't a place, its a people. I am Essex.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 14th July 15

The best decision I could have made, joining the University of Essex has not only given me some of the best education I've ever experienced, but the social aspect and 'family' feeling you get from it is second to none. With a fantastic range of activities, sports and clubs and a very hands on Students Union, its a really fantastic University to go to, one which has given me so many amazing memories!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

Yeah, pretty cool. Couldn't complain.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Great modern facilities, large campus with shops, friendly people and a diverse society.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

great place to be, you will meet amazing new people and lecturers that will change your view !

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Very welcoming and friendly atmosphere. Originally Essex was my last choice, but after visiting my other offers universities, it was that Essex made the most sense, not just for personal reasons but because they offer so much more. There are scholarships, research placements and prizes etc. available for high academic achievement and they have funded Phd and MA programmes. There are tons of resources available and the staff are enthusiastic and helpful. The 'employability' department do a great deal to help students better their career opportunities, and even though some (ignorant) employers may not count Essex as a particularly good university, with the right work experience and a bit of the other stuff the uni offers, they should be impressed. If you're willing to put the work in, you will definitely be rewarded at Essex. If you just want to have fun, well they're pretty good at that stuff too.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Brilliant time, would do it all over again if I could.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

I have been at Essex for two years and it has seemed to improve rapidly, based on our suggestions. For example, Sub Zero (our nightclub) and a host of new buildings have better signal and wifi, meaning that you are always connected to the Internet. On another note, the Students Union give out heirlooms to current Essex students, which keeps our community close and family-like. If you fear making new friends, there are tonnes of new sports clubs and societies that are ratified and accepted by students each year, therefore you will always have people to share common interests with. They genuinely listen to suggestions! Essex is a small campus, but that has its benefits - you are never too far from your lecture or seminar room. You will learn to memorise rooms (the room codes and their locations). Plus, Essex seems to have a limitless budget and are constantly improving their facilities and technology, such as replacing most posters/banners on the squares with large LCD screens...

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

Brilliantly balanced university with great societies and sporting facilities. Essex has a close community feel and the experience has been unforgettable. My study abroad experience has made my time at essex and I'd recommend any student to consider essex as their university.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

The best decision I've made was to go to Essex.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th July 15

My favourite place in the world. Amazingly social lay out.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 13th July 15

If you don't get too involved with the politics of everything, it's actually pretty good...

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th July 15

Having finished my second year, i'm already sad at the prospect of leaving Essex university next year. Unlike a lot of other universities I have visited, Essex has a great community feel with something always going on. Despite the fact that Colchester town is not that great for going out, campus has a pretty good club which will satisfy your clubbing needs! In terms of education, there are so many fantastic lecturers who encourage and help you. As someone who received okay grades at university i'm on track for a first and really enjoy my course in literature. Overall, i have personally had a great few years at Essex.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th June 15

Uni academic life is ok, as an average between departments, social life is outstanding, there are always at least 5 things to do. Wi-fi can sometimes be worse than dial-up. Career opportunities is meh because employers tend to overlook Essex.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 30th June 15

Great first year, can't wait to start second.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 30th June 15

Perfect experience, so accepting of every student. SU are amazing and the sports and societies are fantastic.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 25th June 15

had an amazing two and a bit years here, the atmosphere is unbelievably friendly and chilled. Especially good for humanities based subjects

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 27th March 15

Studentcom (the accommodation internet provider) is terrible, cutting out at least 2 or 3 times a day but once you get past that the speed is ok. The campus is gorgeous along with their being a wide range of facilites like a ton of different places to eat, the SU bar and Top Bar (quite a fancy bar) and also our very own club on campus (Sub-Zero). The Student Union do listen to us and our opinions using social media (Facebook) very well to get our opinions, changing what we don't like. 4/5 I'd say

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th March 15

Essex is amazing!

University of Essex has one of the most welcoming environments that instantly feels like home. Choosing Essex is not a choice I could regret and I just wish I could come back and do my first year over and over again!

Cons?
People think you will come home with a fake tan and an essex accent. (blame towie)

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