Welcome to all our new students. Whichever country you’re coming from, and whatever you’ll be studying -
thank you for choosing Essex, and becoming a member of our University community.
An Essex education means excellence: you'll have the experience of a lifetime in living and learning,
with research-led teaching by our world-class academics, at one of the UK’s top ten universities for research
excellence. We have a friendly, welcoming student community, with more than 130 nationalities represented across the University,
and the full range of student activities, clubs and societies awaits you.
We hope you find all the Welcome information useful. Look out for this symbol which will appear next to
information that has been amended or updated.
Welcome to students arriving after October 2013 and throughout the academic year, or if you're coming to Essex as part of your home
university overseas programme of study. We hope you find all these webpages useful to help you prepare for when you leave,
and settle when you get here.
Whenever you arrive at your chosen campus, you will be made to feel welcome and part of the University community. Each campus is different, so make sure you,
and your parents or other adults, read all information about the campus where you'll be studying so you can enjoy all it has to offer.
Join the health centre at our Colchester Campus
If you're a new student at our Colchester Campus, then you will need to visit the University Health Centre
in person in order to register. You can find the Health Centre on our Colchester Campus near the North Towers, beyond the Tony Rich Teaching Centre and to the left;
it's a single-story brick building (pictured, right). Signing-up when you're healthy at the start of your studied will mean you'll have the medical attention you need, should you become ill later.
Preparing for your studies
From day one of your lectures and seminars we want you to achieve the very best in your studies at Essex; and that means understanding the
transition from A-level and similar levels of study - to getting ready for degree-level. Use any spare time you have during Welcome Week wisely; such as
finding out more about how the University Skills Centres at our Colchester Campus
or our Southend Campus can help you. Such as with numeracy,
academic literacy, library research, IT, one-to-one advice, online resources, courses and workshops.
Support to help you get settled
You're bound to have many more questions once you've arrived. During Welcome Week, there will be lots of student helpers
and staff around to help you. But, if you have any kind of issue or problem that may require further assistance after the first week of term,
don't worry - there are a number of services offering support to help you and a good place to start is to look at these pages:
Start using all the IT services available to you
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.
Complete your employability audit
We’re asking all new students to complete a quick, online audit of your current skills, experience and other things,
such as any volunteering you may have done. Don't worry – this isn’t a test and there are no right or wrong answers!
It’s just a useful snapshot so you can follow your Essex journey and build on your experiences throughout.
The online audit takes no more than five minutes to complete, and at the end we'll give you some great feedback
and a tailored checklist you can download, save and print – and remember to bring your checklist with you
when you arrive at Essex. It has loads of practical advice and things you can do from day one here that will help you gain experience,
develop crucial skills and ultimately make yourself more employable. Plus, you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad.
So don’t delay, do your online audit today!
Any questions? Ask a peer mentor!
Most new undergraduate students have questions about starting at university. Why not ask your peer mentor – a
student in their second or third year of study – who you can talk to, e-mail and ask any questions you may have?
Most departments automatically allocate a peer mentor to new students. If you’re not sure who your peer mentor is,
please contact your department or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll help.
New students who've taken up this opportunity have said they really appreciated having a peer to talk to,
and would recommend it to others. You might like peer mentoring so much that you’ll want to attend the training
to become a mentor in your second or third year! Find out more about peer mentoring at the University of Essex.
Coming from overseas? Then watch our 'Get-ready!' videos
You've got your place as a new student from outside the UK , EU or EEA - so now it's time to 'Get Ready for Essex!'
These useful new videos for students coming to our Colchester and Southend Campuses give you all the information you need to prepare for your journey,
including visa and travel arrangements, and help you get settled once you've arrived. Make sure you view yours with audio switched on
and show it to your family and friends.
FAQs: there's no such thing as a silly question
We've compiled lots of questions that previous Essex students have asked us in the lead-up to arriving at the University to
start their studies. From pre-registration confusion, when to arrive and where, to reading list queries and module mishaps -
it's ok to ask us anything you need to! But first, why not take a look at to see whether a fellow student has already
Log-in, password and pre-registration
Once you've been formally accepted as student, you can do the first part of your registration process online,
called pre-registration, which means you can get your University of Essex log-in and password details, then upload a photo,
provide us with your contact details, and register for your University e-mail and IT account.
Students with disabilities – please get in touch
If you have a disability, we would encourage you to contact our disability service before you arrive at our University -
please see our opening times in the leaflet attached below. This is particularly important if you have complex support needs.
You will need to provide supporting evidence of your condition, such as a doctor’s letter, medical report or a diagnostic assessment,
and together we can plan how best to support you in your studies. Get in touch with us today by telephone: 01206 872365 or by e-mail:
email@example.com. You can also
find out more about disability support on our webpages.
- Welcome to the Disability Service
Order essential items before you leave
Before you leave home you can pre-order household goods and other essential items online such as bedding,
pots and pans, safe UK electricity adaptors, meal plans, and sports membership. Items will be delivered to your study bedroom,
so that means less luggage for you, and everything you need will be here when you arrive. This offer is open to all new and
returning students coming to our Colchester and Southend Campuses.
Visit the Your Essentials online shop. This service is also
available to returning students.
Bookmark our Students' Union online
Welcome Week 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 by looking at the many exciting and varied social events offered through the week by our Students' Union at our Colchester,
Southend and Loughton Campuses. Essex has one of the top Students' Unions in the UK, and alongside social events, clubs and societies,
the union offers a vast range of other opportunities and services to our students - from volunteering to advice.
Read our students' blogs
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.
Join your Welcome page on Facebook
'Like' our University of Essex Welcome Facebook page
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'Like' our Students' Union Facebook page