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New student registration

All new student and returning students must register at the start of each academic year. The full process for new students includes activating your student record for the academic year, your email account, access to IT and library services, and enrolment on modules and confirming your contact details.

Pre-arrival and online registration is now open.

Registration schedules

Guide to Registration (courses starting September or October 2014)

Obtain your login and password

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 you can obtain your University login and password.

Once you have your University account details, you will be able to use them to complete pre-arrival online which opens from 1 September.

Complete the online pre-arrival process

Our online pre-arrival process is available from 12 noon on Monday 1 September 2014 until midnight Sunday 19 October 2014.

  • Reviewing your personal details

    You need to register your external email address and passphrase and then obtain your University login and password.

    If you've previously studied at the University of Essex (for example, if you did your Bachelor Degree here and have now moved onto a Masters degree) your login and password will not have changed.

    If any information is incorrect, please email registration@essex.ac.uk

  • Equal opportunities and additional information

    You will need to complete the Equal Opportunities section. If you prefer not to provide this information, select 'prefer not to say' on each drop down menu.

    This information is used for our own internal statistical monitoring. We are also required to share these statistics with the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA). We share the statistics in an anonymous form. For more information please read the University’s Privacy Policy for students or contact the Records Manager for a paper copy of the Policy or more information.

  • Checking and updating your home and term-time contact details

    This will be completed by our accommodation team once you arrive onto our Colchester or Southend Campus. Meanwhile, please put the address where you're currently staying.

    Make sure you complete every field in the form. If your address does not have a postcode, you can enter N/A. If you only have one telephone number, you can copy this to all the telephone number fields. You also need to make sure that telephone numbers contain only numbers and no characters, for example – or + .

  • Checking your course details

    If your course information is incorrect or you want to change course, you will need to wait until you arrive at the University and complete Registration in person. If you apply to change course you will be able to do this once you've registered via our Registry online processes.

  • Uploading a photograph

    Make sure you are uploading a JPEG file

    • The photo must be passport sized, at a ratio of 9:7
    • The photo must be portrait, not landscape
    • The photo must be between 150 pixels and 3072 pixels high, and 125 pixels and 2048 wide
    • The file must be less than 30kb in size

    If you've followed all these steps and still cannot upload a photo, please carry on with the pre-arrival process where you can also upload a photo.

    If you don't upload a photo, we'll take a photo of you when you come to register in person, using a webcam.

  • Signing up to our University's regulations

    Please make sure you read our University's regulations and tick the box that confirms that you've read and agree to the Declaration.

  • Reviewing and paying your tuition fees

    If you have applied to be funded by Student Finance but do not have the details yet, you do not have to make a payment, this will be done automatically once you are registered.

    If you're being sponsored by a third party, such as an embassy, you need to send a letter from your sponsor to our Income Office, telephone: 01206 872165 or income@essex.ac.uk.

    The easiest way to pay your fees is to do it as part of the pre-arrival process, but if you can’t do that, you can pay in the following ways:

    • pay online – select option 1 and use our online payment system
    • in person on campus – you can do this when you register
    • by bank transfer – select option 3 and our bank details will be provided - please note that this can take up to 10 days

    You must make a payment of at least one term's tuition fees before you can do your pre-arrival online, even if you are going to pay your fees when you arrive/

  • Completing the online pre-arrival process

    You will receive a confirmation email to let you know you've successfully completed the pre-arrival process. If you do not receive this within a few hours, please registration@essex.ac.uk

    If you exit the pre-arrival online before you finish, you won't have to start again. Every step that you have completed will be saved on your student record.

    If you're starting a new course of study, for example, if you took your bachelors degree and are now moving on to take a masters degree, we require you to register as a new student. You'll receive a new registration number and be issued with a new card.

    The pre-arrival process is not compulsory. However, you will need to give us the information requested when you come to register in person, which will take more time.

Register in person

There are a number of documents you need to bring with you:

  • original certificates of your qualifications (if our Admissions have asked to see them)
  • documents relating to how you are paying your tuition fees (if you're self-funding, you will need to pay at least one term's tuition fees before you can register
  • proof of identification and your right to study in the UK*

*If you have permanent or temporary permission to stay in the UK (indefinite or limited leave to enter/remain in the UK) please bring the document issued by the UK Border Agency to prove your status in the UK. This could be a document placed in your passport or a separate Immigration Status Document. Please note that Convention Travel Documents issued to refugees are not proof of your status in the UK.

Colchester Campus

Please come to the Sports Centre between Tuesday 30 September and Thursday 2 October 2014 at the allocated time for your department, school or centre, as outlined in the Colchester Campus Registration Schedule. Find the Sports Centre.

Southend Campus

Please come to the Gateway Building at the allocated time for your department, school or centre as outlined in the Southend Campus registration schedule (not yet available).

Loughton Campus

Please come to Hatfields House on Thursday 25 September 2014 at the allocated time for your course as outlined in the Loughton Campus registration schedule (not yet available).

Guide to Registration (courses starting November 2014 to July 2015)

If you are starting your studies during the academic year, please go to the relevant location to complete Registration:

  • Colchester Campus - Registry (Room 6.116)
  • Southend Campus - The Forum
  • Loughton Campus - Hatfields or Roding House

International students - registering with the police

International students from certain countries must register with the police in the UK.

Contact us

  • Colchester Campus

    For all enquiries about registration at the Colchester Campus, please contact:

    Registration Office

    Academic Section, University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester CO4 3SQ

    Location 6.123

    Telephone +44 1206 872174 or 872969

    Email registration@essex.ac.uk


  • Loughton Campus

    For all enquiries about registration at the Loughton Campus, please contact:

    Student Support Office

    East 15 Acting School, University of Essex, Hatfields, Rectory Lane, Loughton, Essex, IG10 1PR

    Location Ground Floor, Hatfields House

    Telephone +44 208 418 7346

    Email loughton@essex.ac.uk


  • Southend Campus

    For all enquiries about registration at the Southend Campus, please contact:

    Southend Campus Student Services

    University of Essex, Elmer Approach, Southend SS1 1LW

    Location 2nd Floor, The Forum

    Telephone +44 1702 328225

    Email stuadmin@essex.ac.uk