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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.