The 5 Biggest Differences Between College and University

Making the step to university means your daily routine is about to dramatically change. Beyond probably waking up at midday a lot, here are some of the biggest changes to consider before coming to Essex: 

1. Social Circles Change

Whereas at your college or sixth form there might have been a distinct and noticeable difference between years, at uni ages all tend to blend into one. There isn’t that feeling of division because of your age. It’s also likely that being at Essex will mean you find people on your wavelength; either from your course, from a society or even just at the SU bar. You meet people from all walks of life and socialise in ways you probably haven’t before. 

2. Studying One Subject

Instead of having to worry about learning 3 or 4 subjects in detail to pass your exams, at uni you dedicate your time to studying just one subject. Although you'll have more ‘free time’, it does mean you have to brush up on your knowledge of your subject more. All students have reading lists, assignments, essays and presentations to get on with, and also lectures and seminars to attend. Try and avoid thinking that doing the bare minimum will get you through, after all, you're here to get an amazing degree.

3. Freedom and Independence

This is likely to be the first time you live away from home, so imagine the possibilities…no we're not talking about Coco Pops for dinner. You have so much more time to do things you want to do, and fill your time how you like. There's a flip side to this though, you do have more responsibility, like shopping, cooking and doing your laundry occasionally. You know, general adulting.

4. Atmosphere

Imagine calling your lecturers by their first name, rolling up to seminars with coffee and a chocolate bar, and not having to ask permission to use the loo...well, that’s exactly what studying at university is like. There are lots of small things that change, but they contribute to changing the overall atmosphere. 

5. You’re a little fish in a big pond… and that’s okay!

Most freshers that join our family will be from colleges that are a fraction of the size of Essex, so it can be a bit intimidating. But, like all Essex students, you will grow into yourself and be the best you can be once you start here. You might even make BNOC status*...


*Big Name On Campus. Just make sure it’s for the right reasons.