Waiting lists

Waiting lists applications are now open.

To apply for 2016-17 University accommodation via the waiting list you must be a full-time student during 2016-17.

You will need to complete the PDF application form below and email it back to accadmin@essex.ac.uk.

Undergraduate waiting list

Postgraduate waiting list

Southend waiting list

The waiting lists will not be published online. We will send a weekly update as to the current situation. Once we are able to start allocating rooms to those on the waiting list, a copy of the relevant waiting list will be emailed to all those on the list on a weekly basis. This will then give you the opportunity to see your position on the list.

Important information

Read the information below before you apply to join a waiting list. Once you have applied please read the information on your next steps.

  • Debt

    If you have a debt to the University of more than £75, you will not receive an offer of accommodation until the debt is cleared. We will notify you of this and give you an opportunity to clear the debt. If we do not receive payment, your application will not be considered further.

  • Completion, continuation and part-time students

    Completion, continuation and part-time students will not be able to apply online and should contact the Accommodation Office directly. We will give you a paper application to complete separately. Please note: completion, continuation and part-time students will be lower priority on the waiting list and will be placed below all new and returning full-time undergraduates and postgraduates on the list.

  • Current accommodation contracts

    The waiting list is only available for students without University-provided accommodation. If you already have an offer of university accommodation for 2015-16, you are not eligible to join the waiting list.

    If you are already contracted to a property in the private sector, please be aware that your contract is likely to be binding for the entire period. You should not apply for or accept university accommodation if you are already bound by an accommodation contract with a private landlord.

  • Waiting list priority for undergraduates

    We will give undergraduates on the waiting list priority in the following order:

    • welfare/medical-need undergraduates
    • part-year incoming study abroad and Erasmus undergraduates who fall outside the guaranteed quota of available rooms
    • new overseas undergraduates
    • new home/EU undergraduates
    • returning study abroad undergraduates
    • all other full-time undergraduates
    • all part-time undergraduates
  • Waiting list priority for postgraduates

    We will give postgraduates on the waiting list priority in the following order:

    • welfare/medical-need postgraduates
    • new overseas postgraduates
    • new home/EU postgraduates
    • all other full-time returning postgraduates
    • all completion, continuation and part-time postgraduates
  • Offer and acceptance

    We will contact you via email and by telephone as soon as one of your choices of accommodation becomes available, so please ensure your personal details are up to date.

    You will need to respond to us within 24 hours in order to be made an offer of accommodation. Your offer of accommodation will contain your contract start date.

    Accepting the offer will constitute your formal acceptance of the terms and conditions.

    Once an offer has been made, you will have 48 hours to respond and accept your offer.

    If you reject an offer, or do not respond within the given time frames we will remove your name from the waiting list. If you want to go back on the waiting list, you must notify us and we will add your name to the bottom of the waiting list.

    Once you have accepted your offer, you will be expected to move in within 24 hours of the contract start date. You will be charged for the accommodation from the contract start date.

    If there is any reason why we cannot accept your application to join the waiting list, we will email you to let you know.

  • Contractual arrangements

    When you accept your offer, you will be accepting the terms and conditions made available to you electronically with your offer:

    • You will have a cancellation period of 24 hours from the date you accept your offer in which to opt to cancel the contract. However, the cancellation period ends once you have moved into the accommodation
    • After this time the contract is binding under English law
    • The University reserves the right to offer a longer cancellation period to specific student groups as it deems fit

    Please note that you do not have the right to serve notice to quit. Once you have accepted the offer and moved into the accommodation, you have formed a contract which is binding and you will be responsible for the rent until the end of the accommodation agreement. You will not then be able to give notice on the room unless you withdraw from the University by completing the formal withdrawal paperwork and returning your key.

  • Completing the application form

    Please make sure you have checked the residence descriptions and accommodation charges before you fill in the application form.

    On the application form, please select your preferred locations in order of preference and do not select any location which you would not be prepared to accept. Please note that we try to offer you your first choice of accommodation, but we cannot guarantee this.

  • Unable to secure University accommodation

    Need Help?

    If you are unable to secure University accommodation you have the option to live locally in privately owned rental properties.

    The Students' Union house-finding service SU Lets will be able to help you find the perfect place to live. SU Advice can offer information about tenant rights and responsibilities, repairs, repossession, eviction, harassment by landlords, contracts, deposits and much more.