Waiting list applications are now open
To apply for 2016-17 University accommodation via the waiting list you must
be a full-time student in 2016-17.
You will need your Essex log in and password to be able to apply via the waiting list.
Undergraduate waiting list
Waiting list applications for 2016-17 are now open.
Postgraduate waiting list
Waiting list applications for 2016-17 are now open.
The waiting lists will not be published online. A copy of the relevant waiting list will be emailed to all those on the list on a weekly basis
from mid-October. This will then give you the opportunity to see your position on the list.
Read the information below before you apply to join a waiting list. Once you
have applied please read the information on your
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
- welfare/medical-need undergraduates
- part-year incoming study abroad and Erasmus
undergraduates who fall outside the guaranteed quota of
- 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
- 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
Accepting the offer will constitute your formal acceptance of the terms and
Once an offer has been made, you will have 48 hours to respond and accept
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.
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
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.
can offer information about tenant rights and responsibilities, repairs, repossession,
eviction, harassment by landlords, contracts, deposits and much more.