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A Snapshot into.. Essex

  • March 15, 2021

The county of Essex boarders the east side of London and living there will provide you with a number of beaches and villages to explore to arts and shopping. The county is 2/3 rural and studded with charming little villages, pubs and amazing coastlines.

Although Essex is known as the commuter county into London it is well connected to the rest of the world, with two international airports, several ports and excellent road links. The cost of living in Essex is not as high as its rival Home Counties such as Surrey and Hertfordshire yet you still get to enjoy access to open green space and live in a close proximity to the UK’s Capital.

Acute NHS Trusts in Essex

Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group:

  • Basildon Hospital
  • Broomfield Hospital
  • Southend Hospital

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust:

  • Ipswich Hospital 
  • Colchester Hospital

Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust:

  • Princess Alexandra Hospital

Facts about Essex

  • Essex is home to Britain’s oldest recorded town, Colchester. Colchester was the first Roman capital in Britain
  • The 350-mile-long Essex coast is the second longest coastline of any English county
  • Southend Pier, at 1.33 miles long, is the longest pleasure pier in the world
  • In 1920, the world’s first ever radio broadcast was made featuring Australian Dame Nellie Melba, a famous opera soprano of the time
  • Colchester Castle is the largest Norman Castle Keep in Europe

Where should I live in Essex?

Essex provides you with an astonishing range of homes on the market from luxury mansions in Emerson Park to country cottages in Finchingfield or modern apartments in Chelmsford. There is something to suit every budget.

Average Living Costs


One-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


One-bedroom apartment Outside of the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment Outside of the City Centre



One-way public transport ticket


A monthly public transport ticket


5-mile taxi ride


1L of petrol



Meal at an inexperience restaurant for one


Meal for two people at a mid-range restaurant, three courses


0.5L of Beer




The time it takes to get to other UK cities

London – 30 minutes

Birmingham – 2 hours 30 minutes

Manchester – 3 hours 8 minutes

Bristol – 3 hours 9 minutes

Cardiff – 3 hours 23 minutes

Leeds – 3 hours 39 minutes

Edinburgh – 5 hours 50 minutes

Education in Essex

There are 90 secondary schools in Essex, the majority are comprehensive schools. However, there are a number of grammar schools in the region too, this includes King Edward VI School in Chelmsford, Colchester County High School for Girls and Colchester Royal Grammar School.

Things to do in Essex

  1. Visit Colchester Zoo – Voted as the second-best zoo in the UK
  2. Visit Audley End House – A historical manor house that will provide you with beautiful garden walks and fun activities for children
  3. Epping Forest - Great for long walks or a game of golf
  4. Visit Lakeside shopping centre - One of the top ten shopping centres in the entire UK
  5. Visit Essex Outdoors – From zip wires to sailing to climbing and archers, there is something for everyone
  6. Romford Market - A large open market with 270 stalls!

Relocation to Essex

If you are an international doctor and you need support with relocating to Essex or any other UK location, email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to the UK today.

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References (2019). Interesting and quirky facts about Essex not everybody knows. [online] Available at: (2019). Cost of Living in United Kingdom. [online] Available at: 

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. 2021. About us - Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. [online] Available at: [Accessed 15 March 2021].


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