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Essex University has a fair share of pros and cons. It has a small enough campus for you to be able to get to one side to the other in 10 minutes and hosts many restaurants and shops including two banks and a post office. These prove very useful. The university has some lovely surroundings too and the lake is a beauty spot in the summer. The downsides are the university towers. I have heard people remark that they felt 'trapped' by the campus purely because you never need to leave! (There are 3 night clubs on campus which stay open till 4am most nights accompanied by pizza and fast food bars so you never do really need to leave...)
The towers are home to 16 students per floor. I found this very difficult to deal with as there were a lot of personality clashes and group formations that resulted in me moving into the much nicer houses (the houses are a bit more expensive but much better especially as you get your own en suite! oh!) overall the campus is adorable. I love it.
The lecture rooms a are fair size too, the classrooms are pretty basic. It could do with having more computer rooms, but the ones that are there are usually open 24 hours. It has a Waterstones book shop which is a complete rinse and doesn't offer a student discount which sucks, but Colchester town hosts many book shops and has many beautiful surroundings including the zoo!
Colchester isn't as chavvy as you would expect in Essex as it doesn't have a very active night life but is beautiful and has some wonderful cute quirky shops where you can find many a wonder! If you do get a chance to visit Essex university, make sure to check out the library. The library is the biggest of all unis in the UK and is home to a very special box lift which will impress and amuse you for hours! Colchester has very beautiful surroundings with much to explore including many wonderful museums which take you back to Colchester in the war days. Fascinating.
I have enjoyed my stay at essex university so far and can't wait to get back to my studies. The teachers have all been lovely and very knowledgeable, many of whom have written their own text books which can be accessed in the library. In my own biased opinion, Essex rocks.
Written by maria on 27th Jul 2009