Starting at the University of Essex 2012-13
Freshers' Week 2012 took place from 1-7 October. However, the information on these pages is still useful for
any students who may have arrived later during term, so scroll down and take a look.
Check for updated items where you see this
Buses and bikes to get you around
If you're at our Colchester Campus then it's easy to walk, cycle, or get a bus on and off campus.
If you like cycling you may wish to buy a recycled and reconditioned affordable bicycle when you get here
from the charity Re-cycle - visit their website here. Prices start at around
£50 and proceeds go to some fantastic African projects. Working with First Essex Buses and the Students' Union,
we have also have negotiated a special discount that saves students more than £300 off zone 1 annual bus tickets.
These tickets will be available from the First Bus stall on our Colchester Campus during and after Freshers’ Week,
from the Burrow – the Students’ Union ticket office, on Square 3. It's all good!
Immigration and visa information
Are you coming to Essex from overseas? Then please read all this important information about
immigration, visas and finance.
Accommodation may become available
If you are living off-campus in Colchester, but would still prefer to live in University-provided accommodation,
it may be worth your while to join the accommodation waiting list
as places on-campus may become available througout term. Just contact our helpful
accomodation office staff by e-mail to be added to the waiting list
Stay safe when frying your breakfast
Whether you’re frying your breakfast, straightening your hair, using a toaster or lighting candles -
if you’re living in University-provided accommodation or off-campus in a shared flat,
it's important to know how to stay safe to avoid fire hazards. We ask all students to watch
this short video ,
made by Campuslife, so that you know what to do in case of a fire, and to help you avoid
fire hazards happening in the first place. Please take a few minutes to watch it so you stay safe at Essex. Also, read the tips below, print
them out now, have a read, and why not bring them with you to keep in your new kitchen!
Southend town trail - download it now
If you're studying at our Southend Campus, then why not download this fun town trail walking tour
and accompanying map? It will help you find your feet around town during your first week, and visit some interesting places,
right on your doorstep!
Colchester Campus guide
We've produced a new campus guide for students coming to our Colchester Campus, that gives you a 360-degree
look at all the places to go, and services and support available to you throughout your
period of study.
Your first week: online editions