Students under 18

We welcome students that are under 18 to our University. No matter how old you are when you start your studies, we want you to feel welcome and included. We understand that you will also want to get involved in campus life and so we have a range of activities open to you.

All questions you might have about university life will be answered by the Student Information Team in your Student Services Hub. From accommodation to funding, exam stress to student support and wellbeing - any advice you might need, our expert teams are here to help. Email for more information.

Whilst we do expect you to take care of yourself and to live independently, the University does have an additional duty of care to you and we want to ensure that you have all of the information you need to make your experience with us a happy and successful one.

You need to read this document as it contains information about arrival and induction, support services, safety and security, and the legal restrictions on underage students. Email us using if you have any queries.

Personal tutor and peer mentor

Personal tutor

You will be allocated a personal tutor when you start at university. Your personal tutor will be a member of staff from your department and is someone you can talk to if you have questions about your course or encounter any difficulties which affect your studies. If you aren’t sure who your personal tutor is, please ask your department.

Peer mentor

You probably have questions about university life. You can go straight to the source! All undergraduate students automatically have a peer mentor, a fellow student from your department who can answer your questions about university and share their experience.


We will try to make your transition to university life as smooth as possible. We require you to live in University accommodation so please make sure you apply by the deadline. You can choose from a range of accommodation options, including a single gender flat if required.

The Residence Life team provides support for all students living in accommodation and this includes students who are under 18. You will be allocated a Residents’ Assistant who is a senior student who you can contact if you have any questions or concerns ‘out of hours’.

Social activities

You have a lot of exciting opportunities to try something new and meet other students. Our University and the Students’ Union have a wide range of social activities from Day 1. Whether you’re into sports, films, music or a little bit of everything, we’ve got you covered.

One of the first things you get to do when you come here is to collect your heirloom (which you can learn more about here). It’s a customisable charm that shows you’re a part of the SU Family.

You’ll get to sit down with a student advisor in the Heirloom House and they’ll chat to you about what you’re interested and suggest what clubs, societies and events you might like. This will be one of your first steps towards easily meeting other students who are interested in the same things as you.


You can join a society or club at any time. If you’re not sure what societies you want to join, they have taster events and come-and-try sessions where you can get a sneak peek of what the society is all about, before committing.


At Essex we run a rota of ‘Just Play’ sports throughout the year. These are only £2 unless otherwise specified and you can attend ‘drop-in’ sessions, so even if you can’t commit to a team or weekly training sessions, you won’t miss out on the wide range of activities and sports available to everyone. There’s also Blades sporting events where you’re welcome to spectate and cheer on your team.


Cine10 is your own on-campus cinema that holds screenings of the latest blockbusters and the classics we love, without the High Street price tag.

Under 18s can use all bars on campus until 8pm. We screen big sports games in the SU Bar and also have live music most Tuesdays in term-time 1pm – 2pm.

Student Services Hub
Need help?

If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.