University of Essex

UCAS code E70 View all courses (393)

Creative Political Rural Campus Town By the sea

Essex has a reputation for top-quality teaching and research and offers one of the best student experiences in the UK, with more than 11,000 students coming from across the globe to create a cosmopolitan atmosphere. We're based across campuses in Colchester, Loughton and Southend. The University was established in 1964 and will be celebrating its 50th birthday in a big way in 2014.

Source: University of Essex Students' Union

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What students say about this university

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How students describe this university

Source: Which? student survey

We asked more than 12,500 undergraduates to say how far they would describe their uni as having the following characteristics. We carry out this analysis where we have scores from at least 30 students. You can also see whether these ratings are high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
Student score HIGH84%
This is the mean satisfaction rating from final-year students taking this subject here according to the National Student Survey. We’ve analysed the levels of overall satisfaction against other universities offering this subject to be able to say whether this figure is high, typical or low. <br /><br /><strong>Tip</strong>: this rating offers you a glimpse into what students on the ground think about things such as the quality of facilities and teaching on the course. <a href="/advice/what-do-student-satisfaction-scores-really-tell-you"><em>What do student satisfaction scores tell you?</em></a>

Overall student satisfaction

91% of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

12,065 students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

73% of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

22% of students are part-time

Male / Female

55% of students are female

Young / Mature

40% of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

33% of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

76% of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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League table rankings

Here's where this university ranks in the three main league tables (where available), which are calculated using a combination of stats that they each weight in different ways. They’re a handy guide but don’t offer the full picture – just because a university is top (or bottom) of the league tables doesn’t mean it is (or isn’t) the right choice for you. More on what university league tables really tell you.

Where it's located

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