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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 life between your studies can be varied and a lot of fun.

You can meet up with friends and grab some great food and drink in Scoff or #Chill and 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 has a vibrant, inclusive environment in which you can 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. We offer 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.

You can help raise awareness of community projects by joining in with the many special events such as Sports Relief and other fundraising days. The team 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. 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.


We want to keep you happy and healthy by offering you a range of both recreational and competitive activities.

These include exercise classes, getting motivated at the gym before sessions, fitness classes, lunchtime drop in sessions and structured sessions such as Boxercise, Soccercise, Football Zumba, Handball and Dodgeball. All our activities are suitable for male and female students. Our sports programme is run in conjunction with the Association of Colleges, the FA and the local authority who provide relevant coaches to allow you to try out new activities. We are always looking for student volunteers who would be willing to run sessions, this is a perfect way to gain work experience, with relevant training and kit being provided.

Student Union

When you enroll 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. We often run charity events and take part in local and national campaigns. We are affiliated to the National Union of Students.