Accommodation

Applying for accommodation

New postgraduates

What you need to do

Overseas, EU, and UK status postgraduates

  • If we receive your application form before the deadline of 31 July 2021 you will be guaranteed accommodation.
  • If we receive your form after the deadline of 31 July 2021 you will be offered accommodation as soon as a room becomes available.

Full details of your accommodation offer will be sent to you by email. We endeavour to start sending offers out from late June 2021. An accommodation advanced rent payment is no longer required at the point of application. Instead, it will be payable when you accept your offer.

Your offer of accommodation will be emailed to the address you supplied with your application to study at the University and will contain details about your room and the accommodation charges. You will have a limited time to accept your offer of accommodation so it is very important that you check this email account regularly throughout the entire summer.

British Council sponsored students

  • If we receive your application form before the deadline of 31 July 2021 you will be guaranteed accommodation.
  • If we receive your form after the deadline of 31 July 2021 you will be offered accommodation as soon as a room becomes available.

Your offer of accommodation will be emailed to the address you supplied with your application to study at the University, and will contain details about your room and the accommodation charges. You will have a limited time to accept your offer of accommodation so it is very important that you check this email account regularly throughout the entire summer.

  

New undergraduates

What you need to do

From late June 2021 rooms will be offered as soon as possible after you have met the academic conditions for admission (this will be after your exam results have been released). Once your status at Essex is Unconditional Firm an offer of accommodation can be made (deadline for this is midnight, Sunday 12 September 2021 to be guaranteed accommodation).

Your offer of accommodation will be emailed to the address you supplied to UCAS and will contain details about your room and the accommodation charges. You will have a limited time to accept your offer of accommodation so it is very important that you check this email account regularly.

   

Returning student waiting list and surplus accommodation

What you need to do

Once your application has been submitted you will be added to either the postgraduate or undergraduate waiting list or surplus accommodation list and we will contact you as soon as we are able to offer you accommodation.

The waiting lists will not be published online. Room details and charges will be emailed to your University of Essex email address.

If you no longer wish to remain on the waiting list please contact the Student Services Hub and we can remove you from the list.

The waiting list is non-guaranteed accommodation and we cannot confirm exactly if or when we will be able to offer you a room.

 

North West Partnership

What you need to do

In order to be made an offer of accommodation before the beginning of the summer term, you need to return your online application.

You must do this before the closing date of 10 January 2021.

We will begin allocating accommodation from early spring and all applicants will receive their offers by the start of the summer term. Please make sure you check your email account regularly for your offer.

Accepting your offer

You will need to accept your offer of accommodation before its expiry date in order to confirm your allocation for the next academic year. The offer expiry date will be clearly specified in the offer letter.

Once you have accepted the offer you have formed a contract which is binding and you will not be able to give notice on the room unless you withdraw from the University.

  

Returning overseas undergraduates

What you need to do

In order to be made an offer of accommodation before the beginning of the summer term, you need to return your online application.

You must do this before the closing date of 10 January 2021.

We will begin allocating accommodation from early spring and applicants will receive their offers by the start of the summer term. Please make sure you check your email account regularly for your offer.

Accepting your offer

You will need to accept your offer of accommodation before its expiry date in order to confirm your allocation for the next academic year. The offer expiry date will be clearly specified in the offer letter.

Once you have accepted the offer you have formed a contract which is binding and you will not be able to give notice on the room unless you withdraw from the University.

Paying your advanced rent payment

A prepayment is not required for returning students. 

  

EU and UK returning undergraduates

Important information

At this time we do not have any availability for returning EU/UK undergraduate students for 2021-22 at the Colchester Campus. However you can apply via the surplus accommodation application process.

  

Returning postgraduates

What you need to do

In order to be considered for an offer of accommodation, you need to return your application by the closing date of 10 January 2021.

There will be a number of rooms available for returning postgraduates and allocations will be made on a first-come-first-served basis. We appreciate you would like to know if you have been successful as soon as possible. We will begin allocating accommodation from early April.

Accepting your offer

You will need to accept your offer of accommodation before its expiry date in order to confirm your allocation for the next academic year. The offer expiry date will be clearly specified in the offer letter itself.

Once you have accepted the offer you have formed a contract which is binding and you will not be able to give notice on the room unless you withdraw from the University.

Paying your advanced rent payment

A prepayment is not required for returning students.

  

Returning Southend and South Essex College students

What you need to do

You will be made an offer of accommodation as soon as possible after you have returned your application.

You must do this before the closing date of 10 January 2021 in order to get the promotional offer. Applications are now closed.

Accepting your offer

You will need to accept your offer of accommodation before its expiry date in order to confirm your allocation for the next academic year. The offer expiry date will be clearly specified in the offer letter.

Once you have accepted the offer you have formed a contract which is binding and you will not be able to give notice on the room unless you withdraw from the University.

Paying your advanced rent payment

A prepayment is not required for returning students.

January undergraduate and postgraduate applicants

What you need to do


Postgraduate

There will be limited accommodation available at both Colchester and Southend Campuses for all full-time postgraduate students who are starting their course in January 2022.

Once your application has been submitted we will contact you as soon as possible and confirm whether or not we are able to offer you accommodation for January 2022. 

Any offer of accommodation we are able to make will be emailed to the address you supplied with your application to study at the University and will contain details about your room and the accommodation charges. You will have a limited time to accept your offer of accommodation so it is very important that you check this email account regularly. Please also note that an Advanced Rent Payment of £250 will be payable when you accept your accommodation offer. 

Undergraduate

There will be limited accommodation available at both Colchester and Southend Campuses for all full-time undergraduate students who are starting their course in January 2022.

Once your application has been submitted we will contact you as soon as possible and confirm whether or not we are able to offer you accommodation for January 2022. 

Any offer of accommodation we are able to make will be emailed to the address you supplied with your application to study at the University and will contain details about your room and the accommodation charges. You will have a limited time to accept your offer of accommodation so it is very important that you check this email account regularly. 

 

  

Terms and conditions

If you accept your accommodation offer you will be entering into a legal contract with Accommodation Essex and you will be liable to pay the rent for your room for the period stated on your offer letter.

Please read our Terms and Conditions of Residence carefully before accepting any offer of accommodation. Contact your Student Services Hub if you have any queries.

If you have a debt to the University

Students who have a debt to the university will not be made an offer of accommodation until the debt is cleared. You will be notified if this is the case and be given an opportunity to make payment to clear this debt.

If this is not received then we may not be able to proceed with your application.

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Terms and Conditions of Residence

Our terms and conditions give details of the terms of your tenancy agreement. By accepting a room when it is offered you are accepting these terms and conditions and you will be entering into a legally binding contract.

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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.