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.
Getting about in Southend
Nice day? Why not explore Southend on a SU bike for free! You can hire the bikes here and it includes the bike, a lock, lights and helmet.
There’s a cycle path along the seafront for that sea-fresh air, or if you’re looking for something more challenging, Southend was the home to the 2012 London Olympic Mountain Bike Paths, you can find these in Hadleigh Park, check them out here.
Exploring outside of Southend
Want a break from campus? Or just want to explore what else is out there, then there are daily trains between London and Southend that you can jump on. You can either get the Southend Victoria to Liverpool Street (Greater Anglia) or Southend Central to Fenchurch Street C2C. It only takes about an hour and then you’re in the busy capital of England!
You can buy a train ticket from C2C, Greater Anglia or Trainline. And if you travel by train regularly and want to make some savings, don’t forget you can get a Railcard, which is easy to order online.
Travel to/from airports
Off on holiday? Or visiting home for a while? You might want to use an airport.
Southend has its own airport which is only 10 minutes away from campus by car.
But if it’s not got the flights you’re looking for, there are always alternatives. London Stansted is the closest; you can find more info online on how to get there by coach, train or car.
It’s easy enough to get the train from Southend Victoria to Stansted (Greater Anglia) then if you want to save some time the StanstedExpress runs daily between Stansted airport and London Liverpool Street.
Or you can take the X30 coach (prices start from £15), which runs hourly from Southend Travel Centre 23 hours a day 354 days a year. Find out more about the X30 by clicking here.
Still can’t find what you are looking for? Heathrow Airport is London’s international airport and another great option. Click here to find the fastest way of getting there. You can take the train from Southend Central to Heathrow (C2C).
Finally, you also have the option of London Gatwick international airport. You can easily get the train from London Victoria to Gatwick. Or you can travel by National Express (which you can pick up from lots of different places). Click here to have a look at Gatwick’s journey planner.