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Moving in to your Colchester Campus accommodation

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Collecting your keys

This year, we recognise that many students will still need flexibility on your arrival date prior to the beginning of term, either because of availability of flights or other transport requirements. We are therefore putting in a staggered arrival period

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 arrive from the start date of your contract. When you arrive, take your Arrivals pass to one of our key collection offices. Information about key collection offices are in the arrival key collection 2021-22 section below.

To help keep you and our staff as safe as possible, we must ask you to bring and wear a face covering when coming to collect your keys and at all times in public areas where it is difficult to keep 2 metres apart.

When can I arrive?

We know you're eager to arrive but COVID-19 travel guidance is currently subject to change so please check the UK Government website and our COVID-19 travel information regularly. Information on whether you need to quarantine upon arrival or not will vary depending upon your circumstances. All information about travelling to the University is published on our COVID-19 guidance for applicants web pages.

We know that due to frequency and cost of flights, it might be more difficult to plan your flight arrival with the beginning of the academic year. In order to help with this – and accommodate any need for quarantining/self-isolation on arrival – we will be staggering arrival times for students moving into University-owned accommodation.

These arrival dates vary depending on the country you are coming from:

If you are travelling from a red list countries

You will need to quarantine in a Government-approved hotel before moving into your University accommodation. You can move into your university-accommodation once your quarantine stay is complete.

If you are travelling from any other locations that do not require you to quarantine

You can arrive on your contract start date. Please contact us if you are planning on arriving late.

The majority of in-person activities, including your departmental induction programme, will start formally on all of our campuses from 3 October so try to complete your quarantining/self-isolation period by then.

From the 4 October, the rules around arriving in the UK from abroad and the quarantine and self-isolation instructions you must follow are changing. If you are arriving before that date you should follow the instructions outlined above.

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found on our travelling to Colchester campus page.  Parking for new arrivals is available at University Quays. Parking for The Meadows, The Copse, and North Campus is via the Knowledge Gateway off of the A133. Parking for South Campus in in Car Park B off Boundary Road, from the A133 towards Wivenhoe.

If you are flying to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service. Find out more about costs and how to book a seat.

Moving In

Please make sure you are wearing a face covering at all times and use the hand sanitiser available when you collect your key. Ideally, you will move your belongings into your flat on your own but if you do need help, you are only permitted one person to help you. Again, you both need to be wearing face coverings in the accommodation and adhere to social distancing; staying at least 2 metres apart where possible.

Quarantine Arrival Support

To help support your return to campus, Accommodation Essex are providing students travelling from abroad the option to arrive at your accommodation early at no extra charge.

Please remember that national Government COVID travel restrictions are still in place.  Currently travel requirements vary depending on whether the country you have been in the 10 days prior to your arrival is on the red, amber or green list.

Your vaccination status (see approved vaccines) may affect the requirements for arriving from an amber list country. Please follow the government rules for fully vaccinated passengers arriving from an amber list country.

Information on how the University can support you with travelling to our campuses, including arranging the required COVID tests, can be found on the Covid-19 travel information pages.

If you are travelling from an amber list country and are required to quarantine, you are permitted to arrive at your accommodation any day from 13 September 2021. This on-campus accommodation will be provided free of charge from day of arrival until your normal accommodation tenancy starts.

Quarantine accommodation bookings are now closed.

Whenever you arrive, if you need to undertake a period of quarantine, you must follow Government guidance regarding quarantining and only leave your accommodation for exceptional circumstances or when collecting or dropping off your COVID-19 tests.

The University has a range of support for students who have to undertake a period of self-isolation whilst staying in our accommodation. Please check out our self-isolation support pages for more information.

To help with your quarantine period, Accommodation Essex can also provide you with free quarantine packs, including:

  • Bedding pack (single or double)
  • Standard kitchen pack
  • Cleaning kit
  • Food box (basic food items, such as rice, pasta, and tea, which will last your approximately 2-3 days)

Once ordered, your quarantine pack(s) will be placed in your room ready for your arrival.

Please note, you must order your pack at least 7 days in advance of your intended arrival to campus.

Once you have made your quarantine accommodation booking, please use our online quarantine pack booking form to place your order.

Arrivals key collection for 2021-22

North Campus (North Towers, The Houses, and Wolfson Court)

Where to go

If you will be living on the North of campus (The Houses, Wolfson Court, William Morris, Rayleigh, Keynes and Tawney Towers), please go to the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake, where key collection will be available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you arrive after this time, including weekends, key collection out of office hours, will be from Security at the Information Centre on Square 3.

You can access this by walking along the North Causeway from the North car park, and continue passed the Tony Rich Teaching centre, then under The Hex building, which will take you to Square 4, leading to Square 5.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the North Campus car park. Please also 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.

 

South Courts and South Towers

Where to go

If you will be living on the South of Campus in South Courts (Rowhedge, Thaxted, Manningtree, Brightlingsea, Harwich, Alresford, Frinton, and Walton) or South Towers (Bertrand Russell and Eddington), please go to the 1st Floor of the Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake, where key collection will be available Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm. If you arrive after this time, including weekends, key collection out of office hours, will be from Security at the Information Centre on Square 3.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the barrier in the South Courts car park. Please also 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.

University Quays

If you will be living in Matthews Quay, Sainty Quay or Hawkins Quay, your keys will be available from the University Quays accommodation office in Matthews Quay 1 between the hours of 8.30am and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Outside of these hours your keys will be available at the Security Office in Hawkins Quay 2.

If the office is temporarily unmanned please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation. Please also 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.

The Meadows and The Copse

Where to go

If you will be living in The Copse (Oaks and Poplars) or The Meadows (Cole, Conway, Arber, Tansley and Godwin) you will be able to collect your key from the main reception in The Poplar building at The Copse. You can collect your key from 9am. If you arrive and the office is unmanned, please call Security on 07460373172 and they will come and assist you. Security are available 24 hours.

Luggage

Please do not take your luggage or family with you to collect your key. You will be able to use a trolley to unload your belongings after you collect your key, which will be available near the accommodation. Please also 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 you accommodation, we also have a wealth of advice to help you get started on your first few days on our welcome pages.

Important information
  • Where possible bring your belongings in suitcases with wheels so you're easily able to transport it to your accommodation
  • You're not permitted to have any guests to stay or visitors
  • Please only bring one person with you where possible and arrange off campus accommodation for them.
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