New student registration
All new students 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, enrolment on modules
and confirming your contact details.
Online Pre-Arrival is now open and will close at mid-night
on Sunday 18 September 2015.
Guide to Registration (courses starting September or October 2015)
Obtain your login and password
Once your place has been confirmed and your details have been transferred from the University’s
Admissions systems, you will be able to
obtain your University login and password.
When 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
pre-arrival process is available from 12 noon on Tuesday 1 September 2015
until midnight Sunday 18 October 2015.
Reviewing your personal details
You need to register your
external email address and passphrase and then obtain your University login
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 continue to complete pre-arrival, you can make changes to your
personal details at your in-person Registration session providing you supply us with appropriate
documents as evidence of the correct information.
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
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
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 Student Request Portal.
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 Student Services Hub, telephone: 01206 874000 or
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 contact the Registration team.
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
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
- Photographic identification eg passport, driving license or national identity card
Non-EEA international students must bring their passport, visa/BRP (please see
our immigration pages for further information
on BRP collection) and visa checks at registration and a copy of your CAS statement.
Please come to the Sports Centre between Tuesday 29 September and Friday 2
October 2015 at the allocated time for your department, school or centre, as
outlined in the Colchester Campus Registration Schedule.
Find the Sports Centre.
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Please come to The Forum at the allocated time for your
department, school or centre as outlined in the Southend Campus registration
schedule (not yet available).
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Please come to Hatfields House on Thursday 24 September 2015 at the allocated
time for your course as outlined in the Loughton Campus registration schedule.
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- Colchester Campus - from 10am on 5 October to 4pm on 9 October 2015 -
Lakeview Room, second floor, Silberrad Student Centre. From 12 October - Student
Information Team, Student Services Hub, first floor, Silberrad Student Centre.
- Southend Campus - second floor, The Forum.
- Loughton Campus - East 15 Acting School main office at Hatfields, 25 or 28
Registration for courses starting November 2015 to July 2016
If you are starting your studies during the academic year, please go to the
relevant location to complete Registration:
- Colchester Campus - Student Services Hub
- Southend Campus - The Forum
- Loughton Campus - Hatfields or Roding House
You can speed up your registration by uploading a photo ahead of your arrival on campus.
Non-EEA nationals must have valid immigration status to register and study with
us. Please read our immigration pages for information and guidance about
UK student immigration.
Visa checks will be
carried out at registration.
If you are collecting a
when you arrive in the UK and it is available before registration you should
collect it first and bring it to registration.
International students from certain countries must
register with the police in the UK.
For more information or additional advice and guidance, contact our registration teams.