Mature Students

Am I a Mature Student?

If you started your undergraduate degree at the age of 21 or over or your postgraduate degree at the age of 25 or over then you’re a mature student. Congratulations! If you want to know how to make the most of your Essex experience as a mature student, check out the information listed below.

* If you do not find the information that you are looking for on this page, check out our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Arranging Accommodation

Both first year undergraduate and postgraduate students are entitled to campus accommodation. You can view university accommodation options here.


If you’re a student with children, SUHomes can help find you an off-campus home for your family. They are located off Square 3 close to the SU Bar.

I live off campus. How do I get to the university?

Car Park A is designated for students as are 170 spaces in the Valley Car Park. You can apply for a parking permit by registering your vehicle, with the details of how to do that here.


The main buses that run through the university are First Buses 61, 62, and 74 and Hedingham. Buses 76 and 78x. You can get a First bus pass from The Burrow at any time during the year. If you will be riding the First buses a lot, this is a great deal and will save you money.