Postgrad Summers

Find out what's on for postgraduate this summer from your Students' Union. Latest events, news and articles to help postgraduates through the summer heat.Read More

 
 

Colchester

What3words?

There's a new app about and this one is saving lives! Police are urging everyone to download What3words as it's a new essential when it comes to emergencies (and for your everyday life too!)

 
Recycle Right - Plastic Free July

Congratulations on completing Plastic Free July and joining us for our #SUPlasticPromise.

 
Shopping - Plastic Free July

We all shop, for essentials, for fun and for that one thing online that we really, really want. But there are a few easy ways to change your habits, save yourself some money and help cut down on plastic at the same time.

 
Getting Personal | Plastic Free July

This week we’re getting personal for Plastic Free July. There are a lot of changes you can consider with regards to which products you use on your body and they go a long way to helping cut down on plastic.

 
Out And About | Plastic Free July

This week we are focusing on how to cut down on plastic usage when out and about. Sometimes plastic usage is out of your control when you’re out, but there are a few switches you can personally make, so you can be as plastic free as possible while on the go.

 
We've done it again :)

Just when we’d thought we’d done enough celebrating for one year, the NSS results are in and we are now ranked 8th in the country for the quality of our academic representation - which is awesome!

 
At Home | Plastic Free July

This month the SU are taking part in Plastic Free July. Staff members are promising to give up an item of plastic for the month, because even the smallest changes make a big difference. If you feel like joining us then feel free, send us a message on our social @essexsu and let us know what you’ve chosen to give up.

 
The Meaning Behind The Rainbow

Today is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and we’ve been reflecting on the history of the LGBTQ+ movement, and delving into the history behind the colours on the rainbow flag.

 
Essex Sport Blades pass is no more!

Based on the feedback you gave, your SU has negotiated with the University to get rid of the £20 Essex Sport Blades Pass, as of 2019/20!

 
Summer Ball 2019

Saturday saw the return of Essex SU Summer Ball. There was music, magic, performers, stilt walkers, cocktail bars, bandioke, jousting, fireworks, dodgems, and more. There was even an Elvis impersonator, in a wedding chapel, alongside (only for fun) casino games in the Vegas tent.

 
SU Waterslide

It’s the last day of the year and we hope you all had a fantastic time creating a splash at our waterslide event yesterday. We were lucky and had some fantastic weather for the event, which was out on the hill near the Ivor Crewe from 3pm. As well as the giant waterslide, we also had splat wars where teams used slingshots to fire soaked balls at each other from opposite ends of the inflatable arch. And a water tag maze, which took us back to the days of laser tag and paintball.

 
Sexual Harrassment: A Demand for Urgent Change

We have a strict zero tolerance approach to any form of harassment in our services and venues and we have taken a prominent position in opposing any form of sexual harassment through the high profile 'It Ends Now' campaign.

 
 

 

Summer Ball 2019

Saturday saw the return of Essex SU Summer Ball. There was music, magic, performers, stilt walkers, cocktail bars, bandioke, jousting, fireworks, dodgems, and more. There was even an Elvis impersonator, in a wedding chapel, alongside (only for fun) casino games in the Vegas tent.Read More

 
SU Waterslide

It’s the last day of the year and we hope you all had a fantastic time creating a splash at our waterslide event yesterday. We were lucky and had some fantastic weather for the event, which was out on the hill near the Ivor Crewe from 3pm. As well as the giant waterslide, we also had splat wars where teams used slingshots to fire soaked balls at each other from opposite ends of the inflatable archRead More

 
Sexual Harrassment: A Demand for Urgent Change

We have a strict zero tolerance approach to any form of harassment in our services and venues and we have taken a prominent position in opposing any form of sexual harassment through the high profile 'It Ends Now' campaign.Read More

 
Student Rep Awards 2019

See your winners for Student Rep Awards 2019 here!Read More

 
Emergency Contacts To Know for Colchester

It is extremely unlikely that you will need these emergency contacts, but being well-informed takes only a few minutes and might benefit you and your friends later on.Read More

 
Emergency Contacts To Know for Loughton

There's no such thing as being too prepared when it comes to emergencies, so make sure you put these numbers into your phone just in case.Read More

 
Emergency Contacts To Know for Southend

It might be a good idea to familiarise yourself with Southend's emergency information, just in case.Read More

 
How To Do Brits...

Weather, Queues, Busses, and Parking... we cover it all!Read More

 
4 Unique Things In British Culture

Starting university can be a daunting prospect in its own right. However, starting university in a completely different country can be even scarier. But we'll walk you through what ‘British’ culture really is, and what is it about Britain that makes it so unique.Read More

 
Practising Faith At Essex

Many students coming to Essex for the first time have told us that they were worried that there would be nowhere for them to practice their faith and meet like-minded people. Well, don’t worry, we have your back! Here’s a comprehensive list of all of the different facilities and events available for different faiths, on-campus and in the local area.Read More

 
5 Ways To Make New Friends

Here’s a confession: no matter what, everyone gets nervous about making friends at Uni, even local students. Luckily, there are tons of on-campus opportunities and events to attend that will keep you busy and give you a chance to meet lots of new people.Read More

 
4 Most #Instaworthy Places On Campus

We asked our members what the most #InstaWorthy spots on campus were, and this is what they said.Read More

 
7 Tips On How To Manage Your Money

Learning how to manage a budget and your expenses is an important skill, and now is a better time as any to start this new habit - it will make your life easier and avoid those “where did all my money go” days.Read More

 
3 Ways To Find Food At Southend Campus

Starting university life means it’s time to start planning meals, shopping lists and figure out all things food (and treats, obviously).Read More

 
3 Ways To Find Food At Colchester Campus

With shops, cafés, restaurants and bars all on campus, you'll never have to go far for food. We're here to help you figure out where to go when you're feeling hungry.Read More

 
3 Ways To Find Food At Loughton Campus

On-Campus, Off-Campus and going to the shops, we'll give you the knowhow to find food whenever you're feeling hangry.Read More

 
Shape Your SU

You are a member of a family containing over 16,000 students (which is a pretty big deal!), and the SU is its members. Because of this, you have a huge say in what the SU does, you get to shape the SU. Not sure how to do this? Here’s how.Read More

 
How To Get Around Colchester

Moving to another country, another county or just moving into a new town can be daunting, especially when you can’t figure out how to get from place to place. Here’s a guide on how to find your way around your new home.Read More

 
How To Get Around Southend

Are you new to the Southend area? or just new to campus? We've got you covered!Read More

 
How To Get Around Loughton

Want to know how to find your way around Loughton, well, you're in the right place!Read More

 
Guide to Colchester Campus (And The Surrounding Area)

See how to find your way when you're feeling lost, and read about all the places you can explore in and around Colchester. We've got you covered!Read More

 
Guide To Loughton Campus (And The Surrounding Area)

Loughton is bordered by London’s largest open space, Epping Forest, which is just a stone’s throw away from campus! But that's not all that's available for you to explore, and you can find out more here.Read More

 
Guide To Southend Campus (And The Surrounding Area)

Southend is home to a close-knit community and state of the art facilities, in a vibrant seaside town. You might choose to join an existing society, or start your own, and the SU Lounge is your place to go, it’s the heart of the campus within easy reach of the main campus building and library. Find out more about Southend here.Read More

 
Can I Work In The UK?

Essex isn’t just about the courses and modules. It’s not just about the nights out and the days spent making a splash on a giant waterslide down Ivor Crewe hill. It’s not just about the delicious fried chicken in SU Bar or the halloumi in Moa. It’s also about helping you prepare for life after university, and about helping you to earn money while you’re here in a wide global community.Read More

 
Getting A UK Number

Working out how you will want to get in touch with your family and friends ones back home is an important step of moving into a new country. Before making any decisions you should do some quick research to see what offers are up for grabs from different mobile phone companies – these range from phone and SIM card deals, pay as you go, monthly charges and so on. We have given you the rundown below Read More

 
5 Sports You Probably Haven't Played Before

Whether you want to have a go at something you’ve never tried before, or just looking for a fresh challenge, you’ll find it at Essex. These are our top 5 ‘what-on-earth-is-that?’ clubs.Read More

 
10 Things Every Fresher Should Know

tarting University is a roller-coaster of crazy emotions and new experiences. It's really exciting, but it can also be quite overwhelming and possibly even difficult to deal with at first. It’s a series of big changes all at once. But fear not, we’ve put together a short list of things every fresher should know to hopefully help you through (because you’ve got this!)Read More

 
5 Differences Between College and University

Starting University means your daily routine is about to drastically change (beyond probably waking up at midday a lot), here are some of the biggest changes that you might encounter when transitioning from college to university for the first time.Read More

 
What To Do When You First Arrive At Colchester Campus

Arrivals day is Sunday the 29th of October, and we can’t wait to meet you! You’ll find a full run-through of everything you need to do for arrivals here. But arrivals day isn’t all about the forms, keys and registration (although they are important) it’s good to have fun and settle in too!Read More

 
What To Do When You First Arrive At Loughton Campus

We understand that starting Uni can all be a little overwhelming, but it’s also a great adventure so it’s important to make the most of your first day. Here's how!Read More

 
What To Do When You First Arrive At Southend Campus

It’s important to deal with the forms, keys and registration, but it’s also important to have some fun and settle into your new home. Here's what you can do to get the most out of your first day.Read More

 
Living Off-Campus

Whether you’re still looking for somewhere to live, or you want to get started early on looking for accommodation for next year (which is a great idea!) SUHomes and SU Advice are there for you.Read More

 
Be Aware Of Mental Health

We take Mental Health seriously at the Essex.Read More

 
3 Ways To Have Fun At Essex

Here at the University of Essex Students’ Union, we work hard, but we play hard too. Here are a few ways to have fun at Essex.Read More

 
Are You Rebel Enough?

When someone asks you ‘what are your best qualities’, are imagination and creativity up there at the top?Read More

 
Want A Part-Time Job?

Do you want to become a part of the SU family?Read More

 
Why Volunteering Is Easy At Essex

Everyone comes to Uni to get a degree - that part is a given - but you might find yourself wanting to fill your time with something extra. That's where the SU's VTeam comes in.Read More

 
International Students Guide (&ISA)

The University of Essex is a big family of over 16,000 students from over 140 countries. This might sound daunting at first, but really it is the perfect place to meet people from all over the world and experience new and exciting cultures. You might be wondering, “How on Earth do I meet like-minded people in such a big place?!” Well, that is where we’ve got your back.Read More

 
Enough SU Societies To Make Your Head Spin

The SU has a whole bunch of SU Societies that you can join while you’re here, as soon as you see the list you’ll be asking “How many SU Societies?!”*Read More

 
Getting #Social

You’ve made it to Uni! Woo! And now it’s time to get social! Here are the details for all the SU accounts, so get following!Read More

 
Our best year yet

It’s nearly the end of term, and what a year it’s been for all of us! First, we need to thank all of you. Without you guys we couldn’t have achieved all the things we have this year to make everyone’s experience at Essex even better.Read More

 
Let's start a conversation

It's the end of Mental Health Awareness Week, but it’s the beginning of the conversation. Over the last few weeks we have spoken to presidents of societies, academics, students and even our own VC about vulnerability, anxiety and the Imposter Syndrome. And guess what? Everyone gets anxious. Everyone feels like an imposter at times and everyone is human.Read More

 
140 Wellbeing Ambassador roles created!

As part of the SU BIG 5 Mental Health project, we have created an army of students eager to support student wellbeing.  We've trained up to 140 new wellbeing ambassadors, these are volunteers, trained to support students in maintaining positive wellbeing, as well as supporting the SU in delivering activities and services surrounding mental health on campus.Read More

 
It's official: Essex is University (and SU) of the year!

It’s official – Essex is the University (and SU!) of the year 2018!!!! At the Times Higher Education Awards, widely referred to as 'the Oscars of Higher Education', Essex has won the most prestigious prize of them all: University of the Year 2018.Read More

 
Model UN Society shortlisted as one of the best Hobby & Interest Societies in the UK

As the President of the Model United Nations Society, I am very proud and excited to say that we have been shortlisted as one of the ten best Hobby & Interest Societies in the UK at this year’s National Society Awards!Read More

 
Get to know the SU Big 5

Thousands of students cast their vote on what the SU should focus on - we call these things the Big 5.  The Big 5 are at the heart of everything the SU do this year and we’re dead serious about making progress in them.Read More

 
Toilets Don't Define Your Gender. You Do.

Do you remember the last time you felt scared or uncomfortable?  For many people, including those who identify as Trans or Non-Binary, something as simple as going to the bathroom can be a source of anxiety.Read More

 
We did it! The Library is now open 24/7!

Ever wondered what we can achieve as the 15,000+ student members of Essex SU?  Well here's a major example...   We're super excited to announce that the library on campus will now be open 24hrs a day, 7 days a week!Read More

 
SU Saver Card

Check out this week's money saving SU deals...Read More

 
Statement on the ratification of Jewish Society

In the last fortnight we have received an application from students for a Jewish Society to be established through the Students' Union. The following statement explains how this application has been progressed and also our view as a Union on some of the resulting debate that has followed both inside and outside of the University.Read More

 
Borrow a laptop and study anywhere

Is that guy with the sniffles in the library getting on your nerves? Don’t want to move from your seat because you’ve bagged the last decent computer in the library? We’ve got some news for you. You don’t have to put up with the sniffing, crisp eating, loud whispering library go-ers.Read More

 
Rebel: Home of Student Media

Rebel is your platform to question, educate, inform and entertain over 16,000 students at Essex. Student media is the powerful voice of the students, and being part of Rebel will not only give you some amazing opportunities and invaluable work experience, but also help you put practical multi-media journalism skills to the testRead More

 
Welcome to the Family

Your Freshers' hub is still here...Read More

 
Essex SU ranked in the top 20

Thanks for helping make this a great SU!Read More

 
Who are we

What do we even do?Read More