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'll be sending you in your Welcome pack (you should receive this during August - September), most of which features on these pages too
- plus videos, useful links and lots more. Follow us on the official Welcome
Facebook page to ask us any questions too.
The main arrivals day for the new academic year 2014-15 varies depending on the campus where you'll be studying. If you're travelling from overseas, we have specific
information for new international students including details on getting to the University. Arrivals day is also when you
move into your University-provided accommodation at our Colchester Campus
and our Southend Campus.
*For School of Health and Human Sciences students at our Southend and Colchester Campuses, and East 15 students at Southend,
this depends on your degree course, and the School will notify you.
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 in August or September 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.
When you can complete pre-arrival
You can complete pre-arrival from Monday 1 September 2014, 12.00pm (noon) until Sunday 19 October 2014, 11.59pm (midnight).
Must-do things when you arrive
During your first week you'll need to come along to several useful events to help you get settled in. This includes your:
It's vital you register in person, because this is when you become
an official student member of the University, for life! Our registration team will be at all three campuses, and your personal registration
date and time will be sent to you in your Welcome pack. Make a note of it and we'll see you soon!
If, due to circumstances beyond your control, you can't arrive in order to attend Welcome events and register at your alloted time,
you can register during the second week of term – but only as an emergency measure, as it would mean missing your important welcome events.
Please contact email@example.com 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
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
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 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
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.
Our programme of events is designed to help you with all aspects of looking and applying for jobs,
work experience and further study. New events and sessions are added throughout the year, so keep checking what's on offer.