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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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