Alumni Benefits

Whether you still live locally, have moved closer to one of our other campuses or live even further afield there is still plenty you can take advantage of on campus. Our benefits are available to all of our alumni community. 

Alumni Card

Apply for your alumni card online here. You card can give to access to many of our discounts and benefits below.

Campus sports

Even after you’ve graduated, as an Essex Alum you can still be part of our sports teams. You’re more than welcome to train with your old team, and even represent them in any non-BUCS fixture – such as Derby Day. You can contact individual sports teams through the Students’ Union.


As an alumnus, you can use our Employability and Careers Service even after you graduate. This can involve careers events or workshops, CV or interview advice as well as help from our Internships team.

Event Essex

Event Essex are pleased to offer University of Essex alumni a discount of 10% on room hire, conference and delegate packages and accomodation (including student accomodation in the Summer). Other offers are often available so please contact for further details and to access your discount.

Executive Education

Our Essex Business School's flagship management courses can help you boost your skills, develop your team, or manage change – and there are special rates for alumni.


Essex alumni can get free access to thousands of academic journals and books through JSTOR.

Lakeside Theatre

Alumni are invited to use the concession rate whenever it is available at the Lakeside Theatre. An Alumni card is required

Postgraduate discount

Since September 2013, we’ve offered loyalty discounts to Essex graduates who apply for their first period of postgraduate study here.

The discount reduces the first year postgraduate tuition fee by:

  • 33 per cent for Essex graduates with a First
  • 25 per cent for Essex graduates with a 2.1 or
  • 10 per cent for Essex graduates with a 2.2.

Find out more on our loyalty discount pages.

Please note that since 31st December 2017 the University's affiliation with NUS has ceased and we're unable to offer the NUS Extra discount card as an alumni benefit. We are looking into alternate suppliers of a similar scheme and will update these pages if this is confirmed. 

Available at Southend Campus

Clifftown Theatre

Alumni are entitled to concession rates for all East15 productions at the Clifftown theatre in Southend. When booking tickets there will be an option for University of Essex Alumni if tickets are available for that production.

In addition, alumni can get up tp 30% off when booking performance or rehearsal space at Clifftown Theatre. Please contact Teresa Zoers-Taylor,  theatre manager

iLab Southend

The iLab in Southend is a great place to host an away day or meeting. Its an interactive space with great facilities. They offer alumni 10% off all bookings. Contact for more information.

Library at The Forum

You can continue to use the library at The Forum library as part of Southend Borough Council. To more information visit the council website here. 

Available at Colchester Campus

Albert Sloman Library

Anyone with an alumni card can use the Albert Sloman Library at our Colchester campus, which holds over a million books and journals. You can borrow up to five books for two weeks.

Evolve gym membership

Essex Alumni are entitled to a concessionary ‘Passport to Sport’ rate at our £1.4m state of the art gym and sports centre. Contact the Sports Centre for details on how to join.


Alumni can now apply for a free Occassional User permit and enjoy a reduced rate of 30p per hour for parking on campus. The permit can be used up to three days a week. Apply for the permit via the Estates Management Helpdesk (6.003) in person, over the phone 01206 87 2959 or e-mail them. More information about permits can be found here: Parking on Campus.

Wivenhoe House

Our beautifully renovated 4 star hotel, Wivenhoe House, is pleased to offer discounted rates on all levels of rooms. Call 01206 86 3666 to take advantage of this offer or e-mail to enquire further.