Known for its pioneering research and innovative approach to teaching, the University of Essex encourages its students to challenge themselves and reach new levels of academic excellence. Almost 12,000 students – including more than 5,000 international students – are enrolled in the excellent range of programmes offered across its three campus locations at Colchester, Loughton and Southend
Read on for the best ways to travel to and from the Essex University campuses, whatever your budget.
How to get to Colchester Campus
Bus and coach
Both First Essex
operate local bus services linking the campus to Colchester town centre – these include bus numbers 61, 62, 74, 74A, 75, 76 and 87. Students can also take advantage of the discounted UniCard
Both the campus and Colchester town centre are also served by National Express coaches, with regular journeys to London and other UK destinations.
Colchester North, Colchester Town and Wivenhoe stations are all served by frequent trains to London Liverpool Street, as well as connections onward to Norwich, Ipswich, Harwich, Felixstowe and other destinations. The nearest local station to campus (about a 20-minute walk away) is Hythe.
There are plenty of excellent cycling routes
in the general Colchester area, including the Wivenhoe Trail, a quiet, safe route that runs for 3.5km between Colchester town centre and Wivenhoe and passes by the campus. Bicycle storage facilities are also available on campus.
Colchester Campus is easy to access from the A12 – just take the A133 exit (when coming from south Essex or London) or the A1232 exit (from Ipswich) and follow the signs. A variety of permit-based and pay-and-display parking is available on campus.
How to get to Southend Campus
Bus and coach
Southend Campus is conveniently located directly in the centre of the pleasant seaside town of Southend-on-Sea, and hence has ready access to the extensive local bus network – you can check online for timetable and route info
. The town is also served by a regular National Express coach service for those travelling from further afield, with the main bus station is located about a six-minute walk from campus.
Southend Central Station is located just a five-minute walk from the Essex University campus and offers frequent trains to London Fenchurch Street and other destinations. Other rail services operate from Southend Victoria Station, about a ten-minute walk away.
There are a number of scenic cycling routes in the Southend area
, making this an appealing way to get to campus. There are also plenty of bike racks in locations around the campus to park your ride.
You can reach Southend by exiting the M25 via the A13 or A127 – it's only about a half-hour drive from here. If you have a sat nav, enter the post code SS1 1LW to get to campus. There is a public car park nearby in University Square.
How to get to Loughton Campus
Situated near the centre of the London suburbs of Loughton and Debden, Loughton Campus is served by frequent London bus services and is just a five-minute walk from Debden tube station on the Underground's eastbound Central Line (Epping branch). From here you can connect to London's major train stations and Victoria Coach Station for bus and rail services across the country.
You can also drive to campus via the M25 – take Junction 26, then follow the signs for the A121 to Loughton. From the A121, take a left onto the A1168, then right onto Rectory Lane – the campus (and its East 15 Acting School) is signposted from here.
Car share to Essex University
Whichever campus you're attending, why not make your commute cheaper, more sociable and more environmentally friendly by arranging a car share with other people heading your way? You'll save on parking and petrol costs, and help reduce congestion along your route – plus you could well make some new friends along the way!