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Living in Essex

Why is Essex the right choice?
Essex is a fantastic place to live and work.

With 350 miles of stunning coastline, natural parks and steeped in history, Essex is home to 1.83 million people in small villages and big centres, full of thriving communities with diverse lifestyles and interests. And were less than an hour to Central London by train.


Located in the East of England, Essex neighbours Kent and Greater London to the south, Hertfordshire to the west and Suffolk to the north, providing a wide choice of places to live while working here. The highly developed transport network offers good roads, fast trains and convenient local bus routes.

The busy Stansted Airport is also located in Essex serving destinations in Europe, North Africa and Asia. Southend Airport is also operating serving flights to Europe. Luton Airport is an hour away from many destinations in Essex, too.

Life in Essex

Our largest cities are Southend-on-Sea, Colchester and Chelmsford combine ancient history with modern architecture and a well-developed economy. Vibrant city streets offer a variety of international restaurant and cafes, offering fresh and delicious food from all over the world alongside traditional British pubs and eateries within smaller market towns. Shops range from big supermarkets to small corner shops and high street brands that offer food, goods and home essentials. There are a multitude of  green spaces, parks and playgrounds throughout neighbourhoods. Living accommodation is  comfortable, well maintained and has access to water, gas, electricity and Wi-Fi.

Free time and leisure 

You’re never stuck for things to do and see here, there is something for everyone.
Enjoy the great outdoors? With charming rural countryside and fantastic coastline, you are spoiled for choice. Clacton-on-Sea and Southend-on-Sea offer award-winning beaches, resorts and traditional piers whilst quieter coastal villages like Frinton-on-Sea show off its colourful beach huts.
Essex is a haven for walkers and bikers. The main Essex Way crosses the county from south-west to north-east, but there are many countryside trails and walks to choose from. Denham Vale and Suffolk Coast are areas of outstanding natural beauty and there are also plenty of country park and nature reserves to explore.
We also have many tourist spots with over 14,000 listed buildings, Roman historical sites, museums and stately homes to visit.
From live music lovers to fashion followers, we have an array of shopping, music and theatre choices as well as many family activities and events. For more go to Explore Essex, Visit Essex and Active Essex.

Schools and Education 

There are more than twenty-five universities here, including the University of Essex and Anglia Ruskin University Chelmsford campus as well as the many universities in London and Kent, providing many educational opportunities.

For younger students there are 168 secondary schools, 33 state high schools and 17 private high schools. Our schools are widely accessible and provide high quality education with a higher than English average of pupils achieving grade 5 or above in English and maths GCSEs.

Join us in Essex

We offer a great quality of life and a fantastic place to live. Whether you’re at the start of your career or just fancied a change, you will be working for a NHS Trust that offers an array of training and development opportunities to help kick start your career or give you the development you need to get you where you want to me. Read how we will help you become the professional you dreamed to be, here.

If you move your household to work for EPUT in Essex, you can also be eligible for relocation remuneration up to £8000. Contact Recruitment for more information. 

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