University of Essex

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Political Creative Town Campus Rural By the sea

Ucas code: E70

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 at our three campuses in Colchester, Loughton and Southend. We’re famous for our Students’ Union at Essex, and for good reason, it’s completely different to anywhere else. We promise to help you get an amazing degree and job, give you a kick-ass membership, shape everything around you, and benefit all students. 
Source:University of Essex Students' Union

What students say about this university

Dialog 661 comments (180 students)
    • Everyday expenses

      If your good with your own finances your golden. But it's pretty easy to manage your costs. Regarding jobs it's best to beat...

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      2012, 2nd year, Psychology

      Everyday expenses

      If your good with your own finances your golden. But it's pretty easy to manage your costs. Regarding jobs it's best to beat the rest and look early. The university also.offers frontrunners which is.open to.students to get a job within their study field.

      2012, 2nd year, Psychology

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    • Facilities

      good spaces, on lovely grounds

      2012, 1st year, Sport & Exercise Science

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    • Everyday expenses

      Most of what a student needs (accommodation, food, stationery) is provided on campus at good prices. Textbooks are expensive,...

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      2012, 3rd year, Others In Biological Sciences

      Everyday expenses

      Most of what a student needs (accommodation, food, stationery) is provided on campus at good prices. Textbooks are expensive, and they are not always available in the library (especially before exams).

      2012, 3rd year, Others In Biological Sciences

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    • The upside

      Colchester institute has a good range of musical and dance facilities.

      2013, 2nd year, Creative Arts & Design Not Elsewhere Classified

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    • Accommodation

      University accommodation is actually a lot more important than most people realise. If anything choosing the right place to...

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      2012, 3rd year, Business Studies

      Accommodation

      University accommodation is actually a lot more important than most people realise. If anything choosing the right place to live could determine how happy your student life is whilst at university. It is not just about the price, although that is a factor and needs to be considered wisely. As you dont want to take out a 12 month contract and realise 3 months in that you cant afford it- so make a financial plan beforehand. Truthfully accommodation is mostly all about choice really. So who do you want to live with (meaning who can you stand for longer than a week) and what type of accommodation do you want to live in (so on campus or off or a large or small group of people as housemates)? Either way be warned, you probably wont end up liking the people you live with. But thats part of the university experience, learning that you have a lot more or slightly less tolerance towards people than you ever knew.

      2012, 3rd year, Business Studies

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    • The upside

      Political science, foreign languages.

      2013, 1st year, International Relations

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How students describe this university

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.

Sporty

72%

MED

Creative

69%

HIGH

Diverse local nightlife

59%

MED

Political

70%

HIGH

Varied union activities

75%

MED

Vital stats

Sources: NSS, DLHE & HESA
% of graduates in work or further study 94% MED
Average graduate salary £17k LOW
Student score 85% HIGH

Overall student satisfaction

92%

of students are very or quite satisfied with this university

Number of students

13,980

students attended last year

Undergraduate / Postgraduate

78%

of students are undergrads

Full-time / Part-time

17%

of students are part-time

Male / Female

56%

of students are female

Young / Mature

17%

of students aged over 21

UK / Non-UK

32%

of students here are from outside the UK

Student union satisfaction

77%

of students are very or quite satisfied with the student union

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