Moving in to your Southend Campus accommodation

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Collecting your keys

When you arrive in Southend you'll need to collect your keys from University Square reception, which is open 24 hours a day.

Before you arrive

First you need to print off or your Arrivals pass (which is available at the end of your e-induction) or have it available electronically and have your ID, as you will need this to collect your key. You can collect your keys from the start date of your contract. When you arrive, take your Arrivals pass to reception.

When can I arrive?

The date you can arrive in your accommodation will vary dependent on which course you are attending and whether you are required to quarantine on arrival. Your arrival date can be found in your accommodation offer letter.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found on our travelling to Southend campus page.

Moving In

Please make sure you only bring what you need and that everything is securely packed and easy for you to transport, as staff are not able to help with your luggage.


As well as moving into your accommodation, we also have a wealth of advice to help you get started on your first few days on our welcome pages.

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Travelling to the University

Our Southend Campus is a vibrant town centre base offering courses from four of our departments. We have iconic buildings with exceptional facilities for our students and the local community.

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There is no free parking at University Square, however, there is a public car park beneath University Square. Visit our travel pages for payment information and directions.

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