Welcome to all our new students. Wherever you're from, and whatever you’re 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 here,
with research-led teaching by our world-class academics. We've just been voted the UK's number one for outstanding student support
and we're in the UK top ten for research. We're a friendly, welcoming community, and a range of student activities, clubs and societies await you.
We hope you'll 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 our new students arriving in January 2014 and those coming to Essex as part of a 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.
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.
Essex Abroad welcome events to help you get settled
If you're an Essex Abroad student then take a look at our departmental welcome events for more information
about your welcome and induction events. This is your chance to meet staff, make friends with other students, and find out more about where you'll be studying.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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
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'Like' our Students' Union Facebook page