Read our reasons to stick around in Term 3 and find out what campus has to offer you in the coming months.
1. Campus is a Summer Sweet Spot
When the sun is shining and the chilly winds have blown away, it's the perfect time to flock to campus' green spaces. The variety of nature and architecture on campus will provide you with a space that you can call home for the day, whether you want to stretch out on the grass by the lakes with friends or sit by the Silberrad on a bean bag with a book. The vibrant atmosphere on campus can make everything feel so much better and the summer weather is arguably what our Colchester campus was made for. We're lucky that the University of Essex is surrounded by Wivenhoe Park which was placed top ten in the UK in the Green Flag Award People’s Choice for the nation's favourite park in a vote covering more than 1,500 parks and green spaces. If you aren't sure where the best sun traps on campus are, take a walk around and see what you can find.
Tag @essexsu in your favourite pics of you and your friends enjoying the sun on campus and we'll share some summer inspiration to our story.
2. Campus is the Best Place to Revise
It can be hard to focus at home, but campus has dedicated study spaces to meet all of your needs. The combination of facilities and in person support means that you'll have the best chance at a successful season of exams and assignments.
Your SU will be hosting revision sessions, putting on activities to help you de-stress and providing various support. To find out what's coming up, head to our What's On page and follow Essex SU on Instagram.
The Albert Sloman Library is open 24/7 and has a wide range of learning resources; books, journals, British and foreign-newspapers, databases, microfilms and audio-visual materials. Quiet study areas are also available. 3 individual study pods are available to book in the Library Reading Room and 5 individual study pods on floor 2. There are also 4 group study rooms available to book (1 each on floors 2-5) for between 1 and 12 people. The Library has a variety of study spaces that are available without the need to book on all floors of the building, including some for silent study on floor 5.
The Silberrad Student Centre is also open 24/7.
If you require access to a computer, the University has computer labs on campus which you are able to utilise.
Most departments also have a common room which is a great meeting space for you to use. They usually have tea and coffee making facilities, comfortable seating and some daily newspapers. You'll need to check with your department whether your common room is currently open.
Not forgetting the Greenhouse Cafe and the SU Bar where you can enjoy some refreshments while studying.
3. You can Balance Work with Play
Your SU will be organising a range of activites to provide some relief from exams and assignments, keep a watch out on our What's On page and follow Essex SU on Instagram to make sure you don't miss anything. You may have seen some of our Just Play activities, such as bungee jumping and mini golf. You can except similar events to get involved in!
There'll be plenty of time to let off some steam in Sub Zero or at the SU Bar, and if that's not your scene, you can visit our on campus cinema Cine10, get involved with societies, our student media, or take part in volunteering projects.
If you fancy something more active, why not try or join one of our 45 Essex Blades sports clubs. Derby Day, the biggest sporting event of the year, is on April 27th so be sure to come along to watch Essex Blades battle it out against UEA and get a feel for our thriving sport community on campus.
There's so many indoor and outdoor spaces to hang out with friends, make new ones and do your own thing.
The endless opportunities to 'work hard, play hard' might be exhausting you, so remember campus is a space for you to spend time with yourself to find out what you like and what you don't.
The world is your oyster but campus is the best place to be in Term 3.