The University of Essex allocate a proportion of their student accommodation in Queens Road, Southend to students who attend South Essex College.

The Halls of Residence offers 497 rooms in shared flats; these rooms are en-suite with eight to ten students sharing a flat with a full kitchen and dining facilities. There are also 64 studio flats with their own kitchen area. Adapted self-contained flats are available for student’s with a disability and can be requested on their application.

Each room is networked with 24-hour high speed internet access provided at no extra cost. Residents can enjoy Wi-Fi, communal lounge/recreation area and laundry facilities.

Who can apply for accommodation?

All students aged over 18 on full or part-time courses.

 Please note: Contract lengths vary in line with course dates, however all courses in Southend are a minimum of 42 weeks.

How much does it cost?

As a guide, contracts for the academic year 2020-21 are expected to be available from £152.67 per week for a single en-suite study room and £188.30 per week for a studio room. Payments are due once a term and can be made in a variety of ways. Please see the University of Essex website. Their finance office is based on the 2nd Floor of the Forum. The Accommodation Officers are based both in the Forum and in the Accommodation.

New New student promotional deal for 2020-21

If you are a new student for 2020-21, you can now take advantage of our 3 year Southend Campus deal offering a 10% rent reduction for each of the 3 years, plus free summer storage for your belongings.

This deal offers our lowest rent in Southend and a significant saving on your total rent. In addition, we're offering free summer vacation storage for your belongings.

Those with a three-year contract will have free summer vacation storage at the end of their first and second years of study. The three-year accommodation offer is the best deal available for students living in single en suite rooms in University Square. By selecting this option, you can save around £1800 on your total accommodation cost over the three years, with a discounted weekly rent of £137.41.

This offer means that you are guaranteed accommodation in your second and third year.

Your summer vacation period is determined by your allocation period, which is based on the dates of your course; therefore, the summer vacation period may vary between students on different courses. The dates of your allocation period can be found on your offer letter or letter of allocation.

 Please note: If you need the dates for your summer vacation period before you receive an offer letter, contact University of Essex at Student Services Hub. Telephone: 01702 328444 or Email:

Great reasons to stay:

  • All-inclusive of bills, cleaning and internet
  • Live with your friends; apply together as a group
  • Just five minutes to lectures
  • Close to transport networks
  • Convenient location just off Southend High Street
  • Out-of-hours residents’ support team of student volunteers
  • 24-hour reception and security presence

How do I apply for accommodation?

 Important: Applications will open on Tuesday 7 January 2020. When you apply, please select the three-year option on the application form. Download an application form from the University of Essex website.

Upon completion and submission of your application form, and provided you have met the required criteria, you will receive an online offer including your two or three-year contract and year one room allocation.

At the same time, you will be asked to confirm if you require the free accommodation during the summer vacation at the end of your first year.

Full details of your year two room allocation will be provided as soon as it is available.

* If you need accommodation in an area other than Southend, please contact us to discuss.

 Please note: You can contact the Undergraduate Support Advisor at University Centre South Essex by emailing or by calling 01702 220541 or visiting the 3rd Floor of the Forum.