The University of Essex is one of the UK's leading academic institutions. Founded in 1964 when it opened its doors to a cohort of just 122 students at Wivenhoe Park in Colchester, the University has grown in both reputation and size, developing a worldwide reputation for top quality teaching and research.
There are now more than 8,000 students, studying at three campuses across Essex. Academic departments span the humanities, social sciences, science and engineering, and law and management. Essex is the UK's most internationally diverse campus university, with students drawn from 130 countries.
East 15 Acting School has three sites in Loughton, the Hatfields Campus, Roding House and the Technical Unit. Each site is a five-minute walk from the nearest London Underground station, Debden, and thirty minutes, by tube, from Liverpool Street. The Central Line provides access to Central London and all the major tube and mainline stations, including Eurostar.
The Loughton Campus is close to ancient Epping Forest, often used for leisure pursuits such as walking, running, cycling and horse riding or just for a peaceful stroll. The residential area of Loughton is very pleasant, with plenty of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés.
The Loughton Campus is close to the rich cultural diversity of London, offering the freedom of London theatres, arts and social events. East 15 hires outside theatres and studios in London for both performance, including the end-of-year Showcases, and media productions. Students also take a number of their productions on tour.