Student life

At South Essex College the friendly and diverse atmosphere means that no matter what your interests are, you will soon make friends.

It won't take you long to become familiar with the College's facilities and all they have to offer. After grabbing a coffee and a snack from Scoff or #Chill, life between your studies can be varied and a lot of fun. Because life at the College is very different from school you will have the opportunity to develop as you progress through your course. Being at South Essex College means that you can advance socially, professionally and personally so that you are ready for university or employment. The College offers a vibrant, inclusive environment in which to study and grow. Your time here will be filled with exciting challenges and rewards safe in the knowledge that you will be supported at every turn.

At South Essex College we have a whole range of activities for you to join in to make your time at College fun and fulfilling. Organised by the Enrichment Team, these activities and workshops are aimed at supporting your personal development and wellbeing. There are weekly activities taking place at every campus along with one-off events that happen throughout the year such as the Fresher's Fair. You will be able to go along to careers fairs, be educated and entertained by our guest speakers, compete for prizes in competition events such as our Dragon's Den competition and have amazing days out on trips to places like Thorpe Park or theatre visits.

The Enrichment Team encourages you to be involved in helping and celebrating events such as Human Rights Day and Sport Relief where you can be part of raising awareness in the community. The team is also acts as a step between the Student Union and the rest of the College, helping you to get your voice heard and make positive changes around the College. If you want to find out more about what's going on come and talk to us in Student Services at the Southend, Thurrock or Basildon Campus or check out our Facebook page.


At the College we want you to join in with our many sports activities on either a recreational or competitive basis or both. Our range of activities aim to make you happy and healthy with a variety that we hope will suit everyone. Our activities include exercise classes, getting motivated at the gym and male and female fitness classes.

Student Union

When you enrol with us, you automatically become a member of the College’s Student Union. Run by students, the Union exists purely to improve your College experience both academically and socially and make your time with us exciting and memorable.

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