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Welcome to Essex

Here's where your journey starts

Congratulations! You're on your way to an exciting new life as a member of the University of Essex community. There's lots to know before you arrive, and lots to do when you arrive. Please read everything we send you, watch the videos, and follow the useful links on these pages.

Arrivals for 2016

You'll find all the information you need as you start your studies on these pages. It's a good idea to take a few minutes to find your way around online.

When to arrive - first year new students

An ACE start at Essex!

Arrive, check-in and explore: this jaunty little video explains how, when you arrive, check-in and explore at our Colchester Campus on your arrivals day, you'll have an ACE start at Essex.

If you cannot see this video, you can watch it on our Vimeo channel within your browser.

Collecting your accommodation keycard

When you arrive, there's lot to do - but the first thing is to collect your keycard if you'll be living in University-provided accommodation, then get moving your stuff in! Know where to go to collect your keycard.

Returning students

If you're a returning second or third year undergraduate, or a returning Masters or PhD student please don't forget you need to register onto your course again at the start of each academic year.

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

    Getting your University email and IT account details

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

  • 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
    • 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!

    For students starting their studies in the autumn term, if, due to circumstances beyond your control, you can't arrive in order to register at your allotted time, you can register during the second week of term – but only as an emergency measure. Unregistered students will be contacted by email with details of the late registration process at the end of Welcome Week.

  • 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 access it all.

  • Medical matters

    health centre

    Registering for a doctor

    If you're studying on a course for more than 6 months, you’re required to register with a local doctor throughout your period of study. Our Colchester Campus has its own health centre offering NHS services including appointments with doctors, a nurse triage system for emergencies during opening hours, and specialist nurse clinics including asthma, diabetes, sexual health and contraception. The centre is operated by our NHS partners Rowhedge Surgery. Alternatively, use the NHS Choices postcode finder to find your nearest doctor to register with.

    Immunisation and meningitis

    To achieve maximum protection it's very important that you're immunised against meningitis ACWY and measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) before you arrive at our University. You're particularly vulnerable to the risk of meningitis because you're living communally and meeting new people from all over the world. You should be vaccinated against meningitis ACWY, ideally before coming to University, whatever your age - alternatively vaccination is available on campus at the health centre if you've registered there. Symptoms of meningitis and septicaemia include a high temperature or fever, violent sickness, severe headache, neck stiffness and joint or muscle pains. If you haven't been immunised before you arrive, please speak to your doctor and get immunised as soon as possible. The vaccination is free and won't make you feel unwell. Remember this vaccine does not protect against all strains of the disease so make sure you know the symptoms and look out for your friends.

  • Useful Colchester cycling and walking map

    Download this handy map of walking and cycling routes to nearby off-campus student residences in Forest Road House, Candan House and King Edward’s Quay.

  • 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.