Accommodation at Essex

Your new home

Looking for the best university accommodation? Well, you've found the right place!

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.

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

Want the bustling centre of campus on your doorstep? Or just a quiet spot? Take your pick. Make yourself at home and get a glimpse of what we have to offer.

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. For example 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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Current students

Download your welcome pack and find all the information you need to help you settle in, including contact details for accommodation and emergency numbers for out-of-hours support.

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Accommodation and living on campus

Accommodation for Undergraduate students

Applications for 2022-2023 are now open

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, Monday 5 September 2022.

 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 2022-2023 are now open.

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, Sunday 31 July 2022.

 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.

Waiting list for 2021-2022 and returning applications for 2022-2023

Returning accommodation applications for 2022-2023 will remain open until 5 September.

2022-23 returning students will continue to be able to apply for accommodation but this will be via the waiting list which will open on 6 September.

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.

Your accommodation contract if there is another lockdown

We know that you might be worried about incurring costs should a national/local lockdown happen in the UK and you want to return to your home address. The University has an Accommodation COVID-19 commitment for the academic year 2022-2023 which should be read alongside the standard terms and conditions of tenancy document. This commitment is designed to provide you with clarity and guidance on how pandemic-related events may affect you, your accommodation agreement and your rental liability.

Social distancing on campus and in University accommodation  

Protecting the health and wellbeing of our students while delivering a high-quality education guides everything we do. Despite very positive signs that the vaccination programme is limiting COVID transmission in the UK, we cannot guarantee that we will be unaffected by pandemic-related restrictions at any point during the next academic year.

Our approach to planning for the academic year 2022-2023 will ensure that we will be able to offer all of our students a transformative, campus experience; with flexibility to adapt to periods of heightened COVID security if needed. Our priority will always be to ensure your safety while supporting you to continue with your education - irrespective of any further disruption caused by the pandemic.

We will comply with all Government guidance, and in addition to this will make our own additional judgements about what works in our campus environments. We have all learned a great deal from our experiences of the last year, and we will be ready to flex our approach to if the circumstances require.

Cleanliness and hygiene within shared accommodation 

Our housekeeping team will be busy undertaking enhanced cleaning, to ensure your accommodation is as hygienic as possible. All kitchens will be cleaned weekly, and shared bathrooms cleaned 3 times a week. We will be regularly cleaning all high level touchpoints in accommodation entrances and communal areas. We will also clean all lifts daily.

Hygiene is a key factor in controlling the virus, therefore it is important that all residents play their part in ensuring your accommodation remains safe. To help with this, we will also provide you with how-to guides and advice on hygiene. 


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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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