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Welcome to Essex

Here's where your journey starts

Congratulations! You're on your way. Your exciting new life as a member of the University of Essex community is about to begin. There's lots to know before you arrive, and lots to do when you arrive.

Please read everything we send you before you arrive, watch the videos, and follow the useful links and more on these pages. You might also want to like the official Welcome Facebook page and ask us any questions.

Arrivals for 2014-15

We're looking forward to welcoming new students in January 2015. If you're travelling from overseas, we have specific information for new international students including details on getting to the University.

Useful cycling and walking map

New students - view the new map of walking and cycling routes to nearby off-campus student residences in Forest Road House, Candan House and King Edward’s Quay.

  • Welcoming everyone

    We pride ourselves on being a welcoming and inclusive University. We value our diversity and we're committed to equality of opportunity - and we aim to make sure our students and staff are treated with dignity and respect - solely on the basis of their merits, abilities and potential. This is regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, socio-economic background, political beliefs and affiliations, family circumstances or other irrelevant distinction.

  • Completing your pre-arrival process

    Obtaining your University account details

    You will automatically receive an email before you arrive with instructions on how to pick up your University account details. Once you have received this email and have picked up your University account details, you will be able to use them to do the first part of your registration process. You can also use your Essex log-in details to upload a photo and your contact details, and register for your University email and IT account.

  • Must-do things when you arrive

    get ready for Essex

    During your first week you'll need to do a few things to help you get settled in. This includes:

    • Registering in person
    • Welcome talk on Friday 9 January 2015
    • Departmental welcome talks

    It's vital you register in person, because this is when you become an official student member of the University, for life!

    If, due to circumstances beyond your control, you can't arrive in order to register at your alloted time, you can register during the second week of term – but only as an emergency measure. Please contact registry@essex.ac.uk if you think this might apply to you.

  • IT services at your fingertips

    From first thing in the morning to last thing at night, it's likely that you'll need access to the Find-Your-Way smartphone app, timetabling, Listen Again, a PC in one of our many labs, a group working session in the Limehouse or The Forum Southend-on-Sea, Moodle, Wi-Fi... the list goes on!

    This useful, short video captures a day in the life of an Essex student from the perspective of the IT you have to help you, and shows you how to get using it all.

  • Register for a doctor

    health centre

    If you're at our Colchester Campus, you (and any children you have) should go to the University Health Centre in person in order to register, located the North Towers, beyond the Tony Rich Teaching Centre.

    For Colchester and our other campuses, you could use the NHS Choices postcode finder to find your nearest doctor and register with them.

    Signing-up when you're healthy at the start of your studies will mean you'll have the medical attention you need if you get ill later.

  • Registering to vote

    If you’re eligible to vote in UK local and general elections, you’ll need to make sure you’re on the electoral register once you’ve settled into your accommodation, using your new address. Don’t miss your chance to have your say – join the UK electoral register online.

  • Our Students' Union family


    Our welcome is all about making sure you get settled into your new home and University life, so you're well-prepared and ready to start your academic studies.

    But living and learning at Essex means making the most of your spare time, too. And there's no better place to start than your Students' Union at our Colchester, Southend and Loughton Campuses.

    Essex has one of the top Students' Unions in the UK, inviting you to join the family, and offering you tons of entertainment, opportunities and services.

  • Our student bloggers


    If you'd like to know more about what it's really like to study at Essex before you get here, follow our student bloggers to get a first-hand insight into their experiences of studying and living at the University of Essex.

    Our bloggers write about their experiences at Essex, but they will also tell you more about what they have been getting up to outside of University and other interests.

Employability events

Students at a careers fair

We have lots of careers events and workshops running this term, all designed to help you develop skills, research future career options and meet employers. Some are one-off annual events, so don't miss out.