Before you arrive
Read your campus guide
It's time to get your head around all the help, guidance and advice that's here for you and everything that's on offer during your first week.
Get your funding in place
Going to university is one of the best investments you will ever make, but before you arrive make sure you take a look at our fees and funding pages to ensure you’re financially prepared for life at Essex
Register 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, you can use the NHS Choices
postcode finder to find your nearest doctor to register with.
Immunisation and meningitis
You're going to be living communally and meeting new people from all over the world. Whatever your age, you should be vaccinated against meningitis before coming to university. Please speak to your doctor and get immunised as soon as possible. The vaccination is free and won't make you unwell.
For more information about our healthcare services, take a look at our health and wellbeing pages.
Other things to do
Find out more about student life at Essex
At Essex there's so much going on that you could never leave campus and still find something new to do. We want you to throw yourself in at the deep end, soak up life and make the most of those special Essex moments. Whichever campus you'll be based at, find out more about student life at Essex.
Join our Facebook groups
Do your packing
You'll need to supply your own bedding and towels, coat hangers, cooking utensils,
crockery, cutlery, saucepans and frying pans.
If you're at our Colchester or Southend campuses, you can order stuff before you arrive that's delivered to your room
Alternatively, there are large supermarkets near to all of our campuses, so you can stock up on household essentials when you get here.
Plan your journey
Know what to do if you're an international student
Wherever you're travelling from, a warm welcome awaits you at Essex. We are proud to be a global community and we recognise that living and studying in the UK may be very different from your own country.
Make sure you read all the guidance on our pages for new international students to help you arrive and settle in to your new life at Essex.
Get ready for Essex
First in your family to go to uni?
A number of undergraduate students at Essex are the first in their family to study
at university, and if that's you too - you're bound to have some questions
about what it's like. Have a good look around our student webpages to find out more about support
for settling in, plus help to ensure
your wellbeing, important dates, support for
students with disabilities, help with money matters,
and planning for your future career.
You can also
Listen to students Chantel and Shannon share their experiences.
Read Josh's handy top ten tips
We asked recent Essex graduate, 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.
Plus, how to navigate your way through study and socialising. Josh explains how he
got the very best from his time at Essex, that is wasn't all work, work, work, and
how he got house-trained. Read Josh's top ten tips.
up to degree-level study
From day one of your lectures and seminars we want you to achieve the very
best in your studies at your University; and that means understanding, and
coping with, the transition from A-level and similar levels of study - to
getting ready for being a degree-level student. Use spare time at the start of
term wisely; such as finding out more about how the Talent Development Centre
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.
Essex 101: get
ahead of the game
Welcome to Essex101: your go-to guide to achieving ultimate academic
excellence. Whether you’re after expert essay-writing advice, need rescuing from
revision, or want help getting your head around referencing, Essex101 has the
answer. With videos, audio clips, and interactive quizzes to inspire, challenge
and support you, Essex101 will help you reach your potential in your current
studies, whilst exploring the key skills required for success at university and
beyond. Register with
MoodleX to get started.
questions? Ask a peer mentor!
Most new undergraduate students have questions about starting at university -
and this is where our
peer mentoring initiative can really help. A peer mentor is another student
(normally from your department) with experience of the University who can offer
practical advice and information, and point you in the right direction to
services that may be available to you.