Essex is a unique English county, with historic villages, beautiful countryside and coastlines, and the lively town of Colchester. It’s also just a short train ride from London, the UK’s exciting capital city, but with a lower cost of living. You’ll get the best of both worlds, so you’re sure to enjoy student life in Essex!
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Essex has an important place in British culture and history. It’s home to Colchester, the oldest recorded town in the UK, and the first capital of Roman Britain. Today, Colchester is a popular town, with a great mix of historic buildings and modern attractions. You can go shopping, eat at a wide range of restaurants, head to the local bars and pubs, and even explore the town’s zoo.
Over the years, artists have tried to recreate Essex’s beautiful scenery. The region’s stunning surroundings have appeared in the paintings of famous English artist John Constable, but there is also a wealth of modern art that continues to flourish across Essex. With a great selection of galleries, art cafés, music events and cultural hotspots, there’s no shortage of creativity here.
Essex boasts a massive 350-mile coastline, the 2nd longest of any county in England. There’s plenty to explore across the county, from countryside walks to award-winning beaches. You can even try a plate of freshly caught oysters, or take a boat trip from Walton-on-the Naze to see the local seals!
Essex is very well connected. Its rail links to London mean the UK capital is only a short train ride away – perfect for a fun day out. If you want to go further, the main local airport is Stansted, connecting you to destinations in Europe, Asia and Africa, while Southend Airport can get you to mainland Europe. This connectivity helps make student life in Essex so great!