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Arriving at our Colchester Campus

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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.  For more information on when you can arrive into your accommodation, please check out our Covid-19 pages.

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. When you arrive, take your Arrivals pass to one of our key collection offices:

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. 

Travel and Parking

Further information on how to get to the University can be found here https://www.essex.ac.uk/life/colchester-campus/how-to-get-here.   

If you are flying to Heathrow and Gatwick airports, the University of Essex runs a coach service. For details of costs and how to book a seat, please visit out Getting Here pages https://www.essex.ac.uk/welcome/international-students/arriving-from-overseas.

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. 

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, 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. 

Once you have applied for and accepted your term-time room for the new academic year, please make a online quarantine accommodation booking

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 Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake, where key collection will be available 24 hours between 13 September and 6 October. If you arrive after this date, 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 Silberrad Student Centre on Square 5, next to the lake, where key collection will be available 24 hours between 13 September and 6 October. If you arrive after this date, 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.

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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