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Places to study

On each campus you have access to state-of-the-art learning technology, group study facilities, quiet study areas and vibrant IT spaces. We support your learning experience at Essex and give you the tools you need to study where you want, when you want and how you want.

Group study facilities

  • Group study pods

    Need to work collaboratively and creatively? Our IT-rich group study pods provide an ideal setting for encouraging creative team-working among groups of students. Group study pods are open-access and are first-come first-served; they can’t be pre-booked.

    There are 26 group study pods located in:

    • the Orangery (room 4.302) located off square 3 and next to Zest
    • the Limehouse (room 5S.3.4) located at level 3 below the School of Law and adjacent to the outdoor amphitheatre, which also has WiFi. In good weather, you could also study in the amphitheatre
    • the Learning Hub on the ground floor of the Silberrad Student Centre, off square 5
    • a 180-study-space reading room on the second floor of the Silberrad Student Centre, with a mixture of quiet study, IT places, group study and social seats

  • Albert Sloman Library

    Consider the Albert Sloman Library on square 5 as your second home. With long opening hours and 24-hour access in the weeks leading up to exam time, the library has a wide range of learning resources; books, journals, British and foreign-newspapers, databases, microfilms and audio-visual materials.

    You can study in groups on the landings of each floor (ie adjacent to the paternoster lifts). Please note that this excludes the areas where computers are located.

  • Departmental common rooms

    We have 25 academic departments, centres and schools. The majority have a common room at the heart of the department, which is a great meeting space for you to use. They usually have tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable seating and some daily newspapers.

Quiet study areas / silent study

  • Albert Sloman Library

    With over 1,700 reader places, hundreds of PCs, Wi-Fi access and almost two million books and e-publications, our iconic Albert Sloman Library is perfect for quiet study. You'll find many parts of the library and its facilities open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. So whether you work best during the day or night, you'll always be catered for.

    The main areas of all floors (where books are shelved) and the main reading room are for quiet study only. This includes the areas where computers are located. You can check the availability of computers in the library by downloading our app, Pocket Essex.

  • IT labs

    Need to use a computer on campus? We have more than 600 of them. Windows-based computers are here for you to use for study and work. They’re in 16 computer labs across campus, including in the Albert Sloman Library. Many labs stay open until late and some are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Postgraduate study spaces

  • Postgraduate common room

    Essex has a dedicated Postgraduate common room for your use. Found in 5.401, it's open daily and is easily accessible from the Mathematics entrance (2NE) off square 2.

  • Library postgraduate study room

    As a postgraduate student, there's a section on the library's ground floor dedicated just for you. It's a spacious, modern and quiet study room, including desks and seats. It's opposite the paternoster and you'll have to scan your student card to enter and exit the room.

  • Places to study within your department

    The majority of departments have a dedicated space for your use as a postgraduate student. Contact your departmental administrator to find out more.

Teaching rooms

You may use vacant teaching rooms for private study. Please ensure that you’re prepared to vacate the room so as not to delay the start of a scheduled booking or teaching event, and that the room is left in a clean and orderly state.

Group study facilities

Need to work collaboratively and creatively? We've got a number of spaces available for your use, providing an ideal setting for creative team-working.

Some of the spaces also have group study pods. They're open access and available on a first come first served basis, so can't be pre-booked.

  • Learning Hub - The Forum

    • Skills space (room TF.2.08) - furniture can be rearranged to suit your needs.
    • Share space (room TF.2.59) - four pods, each with a projector to support group working.
    • Open study space (room TF.2.53) - equipped with computer islands and six breakaway pods.
    • Innovation space (room TF.2.06) - can be booked and furniture can be rearranged to suit your needs.

  • The Gateway Building

    • Two group study pods on the second floor corridor of the Gateway Building (near the student common room and GB.2.34).

Quiet study areas / silent study

  • The Forum

    The following areas are available for quiet, individual study:

    • Reading space (room TF.2.07) in our Learning Hub on the second floor of The Forum. It's open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is exactly what you need to focus on your studies
    • our library, located on the ground and first floors of The Forum, is great for quiet study and has integrated resources, PCs and Wi-Fi access

  • IT labs

    Need to use a computer on campus? We have more than a 100 windows-based computers for you to use. Many labs stay open until late and the Learning Hub is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

  • PhD room

    There's a PhD room located in the Gateway Building (GB.3.48/49), providing a space for quiet study with PCs, lockers and two white boards.

Specialist areas


If you're an East 15 student, you can book the studios for rehearsals out of hours by contacting the Rehearsal Studios and Theatre Administrator for the Cliftown Theatre studios or the Gateway Building Administrator for the Gateway Building studios.

Media space

Work on film, photos, publications, music and audio projects using the latest Apple iMac computers and media editing software in sound-proofed booths.

  • TF.2.09a
  • TF.2.09b
  • TF.2.09c

The Mezz

The Mezz is a social space that is open even after the SU Lounge closes. There are sofas, chairs and microwaves. The Mezz is on the first floor of the SU Lounge. (You can access The Mezz after the SU Lounge closes via the second floor of the Gateway Building.)

Tip: Lunchtimes can get busy. (12pm-2pm)

Teaching rooms

You may use vacant teaching rooms for private study. Please ensure that you’re prepared to vacate the room so as not to delay the start of a scheduled booking or teaching event, and that the room is left in a clean and orderly state.


A number of studios are based at Hatfields:

  • the New Block Studios (four large, bright studios with sprung floor and media facilities)
  • the Courtyard Studios (six large rehearsal spaces, a radio studio and a screening room)
  • the Dance Studio (which provides first-class facilities for ballet, jazz and other movement work)
  • the Radio Studio (equipped for the recording of radio plays and voice-over work)

There are an additional 14 studios for you to use. Hatfields also has a screening room equipped with a large screen and stereo sound, used for lectures, guest speaker presentations and for screening films produced by East 15 students.

The Corbett Theatre

The Corbett Theatre was built inside a medieval tithe barn and is used extensively for student productions. Named in honour of Harry H Corbett, a key Theatre Workshop member and early benefactor of East 15, this medieval building was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s.

These unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. With full technical facilities, tiered seating for 125 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions. Lectures, rehearsals and technical classes also take place here, while the adjacent theatre foyer bar and cafe provides a social meeting point for you to use.

IT labs

IT labs are based at Hatfields House, Roding House and Unit Four, providing internet access, printers and photocopiers. There's also wireless connectivity throughout the campus.

East 15 library

There is a campus library within Hatfields House. You also have access to:

  • the library at The Forum on our Southend Campus
  • the Albert Sloman Library on our Colchester Campus, which has holdings of over one million books, periodical issues and microfilms, including 7,300 current periodicals

Books are delivered to Loughton via a daily van service between the campuses.

Student Services Hub

Lecturer and student

Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.

Study resources

Student working

We've got plenty of study resources available to help you whilst you're completing your course. These range from help with proofreading your essays to handy tips on how to avoid procrastination.

IT services

it services

We provide you with a wide range of IT services and support during your studies, including access to IT labs, wifi, free software, training courses and a number of elearning tools.