Students Staff
University of Essex

Our facilities

Two exciting campuses. Two superb learning environments. One business school.

Whether you choose to study at Essex Business School in Colchester or Southend-on-Sea, you experience cutting-edge facilities and join a collaborative, supportive and welcoming community of world-class academics and forward-thinking students. Both of our campuses are within easy reach of London and international airports.


We don’t just talk sustainability and ethical business, we live it. Our Colchester home is the UK's first zero carbon business school building and its design reflects our commitment to responsible business practice in both our teaching and research.

Our stunning winter garden and Eden-like dome gives the building its own micro-climate and our rainwater pond recycles water for use in our plumbing. More than one tonne of carbon is saved per day through the building’s energy efficient design and low carbon technologies.

State-of-the-art facilities

Spread over 5500 sq m, the building features:

  • Bloomberg Financial Market Lab - much more than a virtual trading floor; gain access to Bloomberg business data, information and analytics used by accountants, managers and marketers across the globe
  • dedicated Student Services Team and enquiry desk
  • study pods and innovation booths for group-working
  • Bonds café with adjacent sun terrace
  • a postgraduate study area, providing IT access and quiet space for research students to work
  • a dedicated MBA study area

You also benefit from a range of University facilities, such as the Students' Union Creative Studios in the Silberrad Student Centre, with its collection of Apple and Adobe products mirroring the environment found in many top creative agencies. The Albert Sloman Library provides a quiet working environment, overlooking lakes and parkland.

Location and accommodation

Our Colchester home is located in the green surroundings of Wivenhoe Park, providing a quiet place to study in a dynamic campus environment. We're located on the Knowledge Gateway, a research park providing a hub for local and regional businesses to engage and discuss knowledge transfer projects with our students and academics. The site features the Parkside Office Village, offering the potential for student placements, internships and networking.

Our building is close by to a range of student accommodation, such as the North Towers, The Meadows, The Houses and The Quays. Single gender flats are also available. Bus and cycle routes to Colchester town centre and train station run direct from the campus, with London just over an hour away by train.

Previously the Roman capital of Britain, Colchester is the UK’s oldest recorded town and is steeped in history. But our present’s just as exciting as our past. You can enjoy vintage shopping, big-name brands, independent restaurants, a vibrant nightlife and arts scene, sports and much more.


Essex Business School at our Southend Campus is located in the Gateway building, featuring modern lecture theatres with panoramic sea views. Next door, you find The Forum, an award winning £27m building with a library, interactive teaching rooms, lecture theatres and a café. University of Essex students have exclusive access to a 24-hour learning hub, complete with study spaces and computer suites. Our Southend-based Careers Advisor is also on hand for support with internships, placements and employment.

Location and accommodation

Our Southend Campus has everything you need to feel at home. As well as a GP, dental practice and multi-faith chaplaincy, the Southend Students’ Union provides advice and guidance. You can also grab a drink with friends in the SU Lounge, complete with pool tables and a large-screen TV.

You study at a town centre campus in the heart of the seaside destination of Southend-on-Sea. The town’s vibrant High Street is home to a wealth of quirky independent boutiques and house-hold names, as well as a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You are a short walk from award-winning beaches, as well the world-famed pier and the Adventure Island theme park. There’s also an active arts scene, with theatres, museums and music festivals.

The University Square accommodation is just three minutes’ walk from Campus.

Southend Central Station is close by, taking you to London in just an hour and providing excellent opportunities for networking and internships. London Southend Airport also provides flights to a host of European cities.