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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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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