2020 applicants

If you’re a new student and you’re studying on campus this term, you need to collect your student registration card.

What is a student registration card?

Your student registration card identifies you as a student of the University of Essex. Your card will have your photo and student registration number on it. You will need it throughout your time at Essex.

Your registration card allows you to:

  • record your face-to-face attendance. If you attend a teaching event without your card or you forget to tap in, you will be marked as absent.
  • enter Library buildings and borrow books
  • access computing facilities and study spaces
  • print, scan and copy documents
  • access SU venues and prove SU membership
  • use Essex Sport facilities (if you’re a member)
  • complete your exams, as it is used as official ID for University examinations.

It is your responsibility to look after your registration card and to have it with you when you’re on campus.

Do I need a registration card if I am studying remotely?

No. If you’re studying online, you will not need a student registration card.

How can I collect my registration card?

Once you have completed online registration, you will need to attend a Right to Study check at which your identity and right to study in the UK will be checked by a member of staff. Once those checks have been completed, you’ll be issued with a registration card.

Where to go for your right to study check:>

  • If you’re studying on the Colchester campus, from Monday 19 October, you can visit room 4.402 (on square 2) between 9am to 4.30pm from Monday to Friday.
  • If you’re studying on the Southend campus, right to study checks will be completed on Wednesday 21 October, Tuesday 27 October and Thursday 5 November. Southend-based students will receive an email to confirm the location and opening times for these events.
  • If you’re studying on the Loughton campus, you will be emailed with further information about the location, dates and times of right to study check events.

You can upload a photograph during online registration, or we can take one when you visit us.

What if I have lost my registration card?

If you lose your registration card you will need to make an appointment with your Student Services Hub to get a replacement. Please bring with you a form of identification. There is a charge of £5 for a replacement card. You won't have to pay if:

  • your card is damaged or worn
  • your card has been stolen (you need to have a police crime number)
  • your card has expired due to a change in your expected completion of study date
  • you were under the age of 18 when the card was issued and you've since turned 18
  • your card is faulty

When you're given your replacement card, a note will be made on file and your attendance record will be adjusted up to a limited period of time, so it's important that you get a replacement card as soon as possible.