About East 15

Loughton Campus

Loughton campus

Life at Loughton

Our Loughton Campus is perfectly located, providing both access to the rich, cultural diversity of London and an attractive and peaceful setting in which to study.

We are just a five-minute walk from London Underground station, Debden, where you can travel in only thirty minutes to Central London, West End theatres and mainline train stations including Eurostar. We often present students’ own work at theatres and studios in London.

Loughton is situated on the edge of Epping Forest, a 6,000-acre ancient woodland which is ideal for leisure pursuits including walking, running, cycling and horse riding. The town offers a rich variety of shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés and has a leisure centre providing gym and pool facilities.

We have three sites at our Loughton Campus – Hatfields, Roding House and Unit Four. Hatfields is a beautiful Georgian dower house, set in five acres of lawns with orchards, flowerbeds and a small lake, providing an idyllic atmosphere for study, relaxation and performance.

Just a short walk from Hatfields is Roding House, a £1.3 million facility containing ten rehearsal rooms, a green room/café, a sound recording studio and a video editing suite and our costume department.

Next to Roding House, Unit Four is a £1.5 million facility which is home to the Stage and Production Management department. The Unit contains a large workshop, paint shop, prop shop, prop storage facilities and teaching spaces.

Facilities and resources


  • Courtyard Studios – six large rehearsal spaces
  • Radio Studio – equipped for the recording of radio plays and voice-over work
  • Orchard Studios – three additional rehearsal spaces
  • Dance studio  – first-class facilities for ballet, jazz and other movement work
  • 14 additional studios for students to use (with more on the way!)
  • Screening room – equipped with a large screen and stereo sound, used for lectures, guest speaker presentations and for screening films produced by our students.
  • The Corbett Theatre - the school’s own, fully equipped theatre

The Corbett Theatre

The Corbett Theatre was built inside a medieval tithe barn and is used extensively for student productions. Named in honour of Harry H Corbett, a key Theatre Workshop member and early benefactor of East 15, this medieval building was dismantled and transported to Hatfields in the 1960s.

These unusual origins create a unique performance space with a special atmosphere. With full technical facilities, tiered seating for 125 people and fitted dressing rooms, the theatre provides an excellent resource for public productions. Lectures, rehearsals and technical classes also take place here, while the adjacent Theatre Foyer Bar and Café provides a social meeting point for students and staff.

Computing facilities and library

Our purpose built IT suite provides students with access to PC, free internet access, printers and photocopiers. There is also wireless connectivity throughout the site. The new library facilities at Loughton are linked with Southend and Colchester Campus libraries, which hold over one million books, periodical issues and microfilms, including 7,300 current periodicals. Alongside our own comprehensive collection of texts, books are delivered to Loughton via a regular courier service between the campuses.



Our Loughton East 15 students live and study in the local area and our Student Services Team are here to help with any questions you may have. Choose between a shared house, living with a landlord or letting a whole house. If you have any questions, contact our Student Services Team.

View a list of all nearby letting agencies here.

We don’t have accommodation to offer you but we know a lot about living and learning in and around Loughton.

Getting here

Our address:

East 15 Acting School
Hatfields, Rectory Lane
Loughton, IG10 3RY
United Kingdom

Bus and taxi

Our campus is near the centre of Debden and Loughton so there are frequent buses and a number of different taxi companies available.

London underground train

The nearest London Underground (Tube) station is Debden, which is on the eastbound Central line service (Epping branch). There is a regular service to and from central London. Our East 15 sites in Loughton are just a five-minute walk from Debden station.


National Express offers frequent coach services from all over the UK to Victoria bus station in central London. You can then travel by underground to Debden, which is only a five-minute walk from the Loughton Campus.

National Express also offers coach services to:

  • Waltham Abbey – only 3 miles from the Loughton Campus so easily reachable by taxi.
  • Stratford – on the Central line of London Underground. A tube journey from Stratford to Debden, which is walking distance from the Campus, takes just 20 minutes.

Car and parking

Our Loughton Campus is easily accessible by car from Junction 26 of the M25 and the M11, heading from London.  Our postcode is IG10 3RY for satellite navigation devices. There is limited visitor parking at our campus.

We are unable to provide any Student Parking at the Loughton Campus, Roding House and Unit 4. Alternative parking can be found on some of the residential streets around the campus sites or through the websites listed below: 

If you hold a blue badge and you need to bring a vehicle onto the Loughton campus, you will need to apply for a parking permit – please contact the Campus Facilities Manager by emailing east15@essex.ac.uk to organise this.

In addition, if you need to bring a vehicle to any of the Loughton campus sites to load or unload items, you must get permission for this by notifying the Campus Facilities Manager at least 24 hours in advance.

Travelling from air and sea ports

Our Loughton Campus is within easy reach of all London’s airports. You can use bus, rail or underground services to travel to central London from these airports and then take regular Central line underground services to Debden.

The ports of Harwich and Dover offer regular rail services to Stratford (London) and London Liverpool Street. From here you can take the Central line underground service directly to Debden.