Welcome to our Chelmsford campus

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You’ll find our campus nestled down by the river in the city’s University and Innovation Quarter, just a short stroll from the lively centre. 

The campus is made up of striking, modern buildings that house state-of-the-art facilities to support teaching of the courses we offer.

Compact enough to explore and enjoy at your leisure with a great mix of independent stores, high street retail, restaurants, bars and cafes, we know why Chelmsford was voted one of the top ten places to live in the UK.*

Chelmsford has a rich history as the birthplace of broadcasting and one of the first Roman settlements in Britain. Today it offers a warm welcome with a vibrant feel that’s the perfect base to explore the wider Essex and Suffolk counties, and the capital city of London which is just 30 minutes away by train.

*Halifax quality of life survey

Our campus: past, present and future

We’ve been around since 1893 when we started with adult further-education classes. In 1904 a foundation stone was laid in Market Road by Lord Rayleigh, which marked the start of our journey to create purpose-built further education buildings in Chelmsford – and we’ve never looked back.

We’ve continued to invest and grow to become the modern University we are today delivering work-ready graduates. Just some of the highlights of the campus today include:

  • our Lord Ashcroft International Business School, one of the largest business schools in the eastern region based in the award-winning Lord Ashcroft Building
  • high-quality study facilities – lecture theatres of course, but also mock hospital wards and a simulation suite for training in the health professions
  • the university library and open access computer area
  • restaurant, cafés and plenty of outdoor space
  • The MedBIC, a centre to support medical technology businesses that are just starting out
  • a range of services including our Students’ Union, John Smith’s bookshop, medical centre, gym, employment bureau, and finance and accommodation offices.

A great place to study

In its serene location by the river, our Chelmsford campus is a great place to be. It offers plenty of outdoor space as well as fitness trails that run around and throughout the campus. With more than 6,000 students here, there's also a real multicultural feel. 

As well as training the majority of the region’s nurses and midwives, we’re also home to students of education, law, engineering, business, architecture, computing and more.

It makes for a great mix of people.

Whatever you’re interested in we’ll help you work towards your ambitions. Our courses are recognised by industry, with many of them being professionally accredited. Nine out of ten of our graduates start their careers within six months.*

*Graduates working or in further study (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education, 2012/13). 

World-class teaching and research

There’s no doubt you’ll be inspired by our bright and highly motivated tutors. Our teaching staff hold or have been nominated for a number of prestigious higher education awards, either for teaching itself or their subject expertise. They benefit from industry experience which helps to form our courses and their teaching so you graduate with a degree that’s relevant to the work-place.

Add to this our growing reputation for world-leading research. You’ll find two high-profile research institutes here: the Postgraduate Medical Institute (PMI) and the Veterans and Families Institute. The PMI is a centre of excellence for keyhole surgery and is training consultants in Asian countries meaning thousands of people on the other side of the world could get better medical treatment. This type of surgery has real advantages for reducing pain, less chance of infection, better recovery rates and less time in hospital.

We’re proud to say our Veterans and Families Institute is the first in the country to research the needs of former military personnel and their families. It brings together experts in mental health and social care of military staff and their families, conducts and publishes world-class research and aims to influence national policy.

Life on campus... and off

If you’re a first-year undergraduate, it’s more than likely you’ll live on campus in the Student Village. Our students love the fact they’re only ever a few minutes away from all the action whether that’s lectures, cafes, the library, clubs or Students’ Union fun.

You can relax in the Students’ Union lounge, in the Tindal building, which hosts everything from bar nights to live music – and also runs a weekly student night at Evoke nightclub in the city centre. The SU supports over 30 clubs and societies and is always encouraging its members to create more.

And then, of course, there’s sport. We have a proud tradition of sporting success from judo to distance running and you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get involved – and get active!

Meanwhile, the centre of Chelmsford is a ten-minute walk away with a wealth of things to do; visit the Living in Chelmsford page for more information.

Visit us in Chelmsford

Interested in discovering Chelmsford for yourself? Book on to one of our open days, come along and explore. We’d love to welcome you to our campus.