Accommodation

Accommodation at Essex

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Your new home

We offer a variety of exciting and comfortable accommodation, from studios to single en suite rooms and retro Towers to Townhouses, to suit all budgets - all located either on or a short walk from the central campus.

We also have adapted rooms and shared accommodation available, so you'll be able to find the perfect place for you.

For more information on how we are preparing accommodation for students joining us this year, take a look at the Accommodation and Living on Campus FAQs below.

Find out more about our quality standards and the Student Accommodation Code of Practices (SAC) we follow.

At Essex, we recognise the cost of living challenges that will impact our students. All our accommodation costs include your energy bills and internet access so regardless of what happens to supplier costs, you can rest assured you’ll be fine with Essex.

 

How to apply for accommodation

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Returning student applications 2023-24 

Returning student accommodation applications for 2023-24 are now open.

£200 cashback

Great news! We have rooms available for returning students for the 2023-24 academic year, if you would like to come back and stay with us.

Even better news! If you apply by 15 January 2023 you will receive £200 cashback (which will be paid into your student finance account in December 2023, after you have moved in)

Cashback offer terms and conditions

Applications must be completed before midnight on 15 January 2023 to be eligible to the cashback offer. The payment will be made in December 2023, following the applicant successfully moving in and completing the first rent payment. The £200 payment will be sent to the applicants Student Finance account. If you have previously held a tenancy or licence agreement with the University, our obligation to grant you the tenancy described in your Offer will be conditional on you having paid all sums due to the University under your previous tenancy or licence agreements. You will not be able to take up a new tenancy if you have unpaid debt from an earlier contract. This offer is only available to students who will be studying at the University full time in 2023-2024, and applied to accommodation, owned or managed by the University.

Accommodation for undergraduate students

Applications for 2023-24 will open in January 2023.

All full-time undergraduate students are entitled to accommodation for the first year of study provided they fulfil the following condition:

  • You return your application by midnight, Friday 25 August 2023

 Further information on applying for accommodation can be found on our new students page

New undergraduate students are not required to make an advanced rent payment (previously known as a prepayment).

Contact your Student Services Hub if you have any queries relating to accommodation applications.

Accommodation for postgraduate students

Applications for 2023-24 will open in January 2023

All full-time postgraduate students are entitled to accommodation for the first year of study provided they fulfil the following condition:

  • You return your application by midnight, Monday 31 July 2023.

 You are welcome to apply after the deadline and we will make you an offer as soon as we can but you are no longer guaranteed campus accommodation.

New postgraduate students are required to make a £250 advanced rent payment (previously known as a prepayment) when accepting the offer.

Further information on applying for accommodation can be found on our new students page

Contact your Student Services Hub if you have any queries relating to accommodation applications.

New and returning students for the current year - waiting list

2022-23 new and returning students can apply for accommodation via the waiting list which is open now.

About your accommodation offer

We are continuing to send out accommodation offers for the current and new academic year, therefore, please make sure you check your email account regularly for updates, including your junk folder and accept any offers within the given deadline.

What to do if you need to quarantine on arrival

Currently students arriving in the UK are not required to quarantine or self-isolate. As information may change, it is best to regularly review the UK Government website for up-to-date information for the country you are travelling from.

What to do if you are arriving late

If you have booked University owned or administered accommodation and are not able to arrive for the start of your contract, please let us know your arrival date as soon as possible. You will still be liable for the rent on your contract from the contract start date.

Activities on campus before the start of term

Our friendly Residence Life team host a range of social activities for students living on and off campus, for you to participate with and meet new friends and make new connections.

The Students’ Union will also organise a broad range of virtual and in-person activities; further information will be available nearer the beginning of the new academic year.

Full details about how you can get involved with these events and activities can be found on our Welcome pages and the University events calendar.

 

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Contact us

For enquiries about accommodation or about an application you're making, contact us at the Student Services Hub. Quote your full name and PRID or PG number on all correspondence.

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