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Upcoming open days

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Colchester Campus
Saturday 21 June 2014 (booking now)
Southend Campus
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No open days are available for booking yet. You will be able to book your desired open day online three months before the date.

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Information for students

New students

University of 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 you need to know, and things you need to do before you get here and once you've arrived. Please have a good read through these pages, and read the Welcome pack we'll be sending you this summer. Don't forget, you can also follow us on Facebook and ask us any questions.

Which campus?


When you arrive at your campus, you'll instantly be made to feel welcome. Each campus is different, so read all the information about yours - so you can enjoy all it has to offer.

When to arrive?

The main arrivals days for the new academic year, 2014-15 vary between campuses - this is when you need to move into your new accommodation in time to prepare for the welcome activites in the week ahead and your new life as an Essex student. *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. Find out more about Southend Campus arrival times.

  • Colchester Campus - Sunday 29 September 2014*
  • Southend Campus - Sunday 14, 21, 28 September and 5 October 2014*
  • Loughton Campus - Monday 22 September 2014

Getting ready?


You've got your place as a new student coming from outside the UK , EU or EEA - so now it's time to 'Get Ready for Essex!' These useful videos give you all the information you need to prepare for your journey, including visa and travel arrangements, and help you get settled. Switch on your audio, or download the transcript, and enjoy!

What happens?

get ready for Essex

When you arrive at your campus, during your first week you'll need to attend a number of useful events to help you get settled in, including compulsory welcome talks and registration. It's vital that you register in person onto your course, as this is when you become an official student member of the University, for life. Our registration team are at all three campuses, and your personal registration date and time will be sent to you in your Welcome pack, so make a note of it and we'll see you soon.

Josh's top ten tips

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We asked Essex graduate and communications intern, Josh Neville, to change his mortar board for a thinking cap and tell you what to expect and be prepared for in the weeks leading up to your new life as a member of the Essex student community. Josh got the very best from his time at Essex, and it wasn't all work, work, work - from getting house-trained to managing his time effectively, as you can find out by reading Josh's top ten tips.

Support to help you get settled


You're bound to have many more questions when you arrive - a good place to start is by reading 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 spare time at the start of term wisely; such as finding out more about how the University Skills Centres at our Colchester Campus or our Southend Campus can help you with numeracy, academic literacy, library research, IT, one-to-one advice, online resources, and courses and workshops.

Lots of IT services available to you

IT at Essex

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.

Log-in, password and pre-registration

Once you've been formally accepted as student over the summer, you can do the first part of your registration process online, called pre-arrival 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. This service will go live at the start of September 2014.

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: disab@essex.ac.uk. You can also find out more about disability support on our webpages.

Employability events

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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.