Southend-on-Sea is an amazing seaside town in south east Essex. We don't mean to brag, but Southend has the longest pleasure pier in the entire world at 1.34 miles long! We're sure you'll spend plenty of time exploring the local area and getting to know what's around you. But here's a few bits to help you on your way.
Southend is accessible from London by two train lines. The campus is a stone’s throw away from Southend Central which is hosted by C2C. Southend’s Southend Victoria station, which is a 5 minute walk away from University Square, is hosted by Abellio Greater Anglia. Both lines reach Southend in under an hour from London, with C2C running from London Fenchurch Street and Abellio Greater Anglia departing from London Liverpool Street.
More information about ticket prices timetables and more can be found here:
There is two main bus companies that serve the town of Southend, Arriva Southend and First Essex Buses. First Essex Buses run a bus from Southend to Stansted Airport every 60 minutes, 23 hours a day (https://www.firstgroup.com/essex/more/first-essex-airport-services/x30).
For information on routes and prices on the bus, follow the links below:
Southend is home to London Southend Airport. EasyJet, Flybe, Powdair and Volotea operate at London Southend Airport and travel to 30+ destinations, including Amsterdam, Barcelona, Paris-Charles de Gaulle and Dublin. The airport is easily accessible from Southend town, with the train taking under 5 minutes to reach Southend Airport Station, which is on the Abellio Greater Anglia line from Southend Victoria.
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There is many taxi companies around Southend, available 24/7, with numerous taxi points in the town.
Andrews Taxis - 01702 200200 or 01702 548000
AC Radio Cabs - 01702 334455
Radio Cars - 01702 345678
Triple3Triple4 - 01702 333444
If you're feeling athletic, there's bike lanes all around Southend Town. Click here to discover the numerous route maps and where you can hire and buy a bike.
Southend’s bustling high street is located in the heart of the town. There are two shopping centres in the high street, Victoria and The Royals, where there is a mixture of well-known retailers and independent businesses. There's an A-Z of shops in the town centre over on the Visit Southend website.
If you fancy a full day out shopping, you can arrive in London in under an hour, from both Southend Central and Southend Victoria, where you can shop till you drop. There is the choice of Oxford Street, Westfield Shopping Centres, Carnaby Street and much, much more!
Where to eat
Southend has many options when it comes to eating, whether it's a grab and go lunch or a filling sit down meal. There are many recognized restaurants such as Nando’s, Ask Italia and Pizza Express in the town, as well as a few unique eateries. Take a look at what's around.
The town has many pubs with great atmospheres to enjoy a lovely lunch and drink while Southend’s seafront is the place to head for traditional fish and chips or a refreshing ice cream.
Need your morning coffee fix? Southend offers various coffee shops where you can catch up with friends and socialise. Got a sweet tooth? There are several places to treat yourself in Southend, from a sugary doughnut to a mouth-watering cake.