UK Residential Summer Centre



Our residential centre at the University of Essex Southend campus is located in the lovely seaside town of Southend-on-Sea, right in the middle of town and only 10 minutes' walk to the beach. The centre is also less than an hour from London.


The Kings Summer Centre at Southend-on-Sea is accredited by the British Council and Young Learners English UK.

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Nearest Airports

London Southend
London Stansted
London Gatwick
London Heathrow

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  • Spacious, modern classrooms
  • On-campus restaurant
  • Dance/ drama studio
  • Internet access with WiFi on campus
  • Student social area
  • Single en suite bedrooms
  • Laundry

Typical activities

This course is specially designed for juniors and teenagers who would like to experience beautiful English countryside, yet still be close to London. Offering the perfect combination of learning and exploring, it comprises numerous on-site activities and many excursions to Central London and other nearby cities.

Day-time activities include football, ultimate frisbee, rounders, volleyball, Zumba, arts and crafts. Evening activities include movie night, quiz night, disco, and seaside walks.

Courses available

Study Tours

Educational study tours for groups — minimum of 10 students — throughout the year. Programmes, which can be customised, include 15 hours of English lessons plus activities, excursions and cultural experiences.

Start dates
Available 1 September – 1 June
Age range

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Student residence

Students at Southend-on-Sea are accommodated at University Square student accommodation, 5 minutes’ walk from the campus. All rooms are single with private bathrooms, arranged into flats with 6 – 10 rooms per flat. Each flat shares a common room/ kitchen (not to be used for cooking).

Please note a deposit of £50 per student is required on arrival, in case of damages. Lost swipe cards cost £20 to replace. Towels are not included.

Meal plan

Breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. Lunch and dinner are usually hot (with packed lunches on full-day excursions) and there is usually a choice of at least two main courses. Dinner in London once a week. We can cater for vegetarian and other dietary requirements on request.

Typical excursions

One full-day and two half-day excursions into London by train and underground each week. Destinations include:

Plus another full-day excursion per week, to destinations such as:

At least one entrance fee per week included.

Half-day outings in Southend include walking tour, Southend Pier, treasure trail, and the beach.