Applicant Days

Applicant Days

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If you’re an undergraduate applicant who has received an offer to study with us in October 2022, you will receive an invitation to attend an Applicant Day. Our Applicant Days give you the opportunity to tour our campus and accommodation, chat to current students studying within your subject area and meet academic staff within your department to get a feel for your course. If the degree you have applied to requires an interview, you will be invited to a Virtual Applicant Interview via Zoom.

Virtual Applicant Interviews

What are Virtual Applicant Interviews?

If you have applied to one of our degrees which requires an interview, you will receive an email inviting you to an interview via Zoom.

Subjects which require interviews are:

  • Adult and Mental Health Nursing

  • Occupational Therapy

  • Physiotherapy

  • Speech and Language Therapy

  • Social Work

  • Oral Health Science

Please see the section below 'Compulsory Interviews' for more information about the interview process.

You can contact the Applicant Day Team at

Compulsory Interviews

Applicants applying to a degree which requires a compulsory interview will receive an invite to a Zoom interview via email. 

You will need to accept the Zoom interview and select a time via your myEssex portal to confirm your attendance. You will find instructions for how to do this in your invitation email. If you wish to reschedule or cancel your interview place, you can also do this on your myEssex portal. 

Please note, as the interview is a compulsory element of the application process for the courses listed above, if you decline or do no attend this will result in an unsuccessful application.

You will also be a sent a link to your Interview Guide which will explain things to prepare before your interview, what to expect on the day and what will happen afterwards.

On the day of your interview, at your allotted time, you will be able to use the link from the invite email to join the interview.

If you have any questions regarding your Virtual Applicant Interview, please contact the Applicant Day Team:

Interview FAQs

What time is my interview?

Firstly, congratulations for reaching the interview stage of your application! You will be invited to attend an interview via email on a prearranged date. You will then be asked to confirm your place and select an interview time from a drop-down list via your myEssex portal under the ‘Applying’ tab. Most interviews run from 9.00am - 4.00pm. Following confirming your place, you will receive a confirmation email which will confirm the date, time and will provide you with the Zoom links for your interview.

How do I set up my myEssex portal?

Head to your myEssex portal via the website link and click on the ‘Register with us’ link. Complete the form using your applicant UCAS number and your personal email address. You will then receive an activation email which you will need to click on the link to activate your portal. Login to your myEssex portal to find useful information about the University of Essex and access your application documents. Once you have been emailed asking to book an interview, you will need to select a time to confirm you will attend. You will receive a confirmation email which will contain a Zoom code for your virtual interview. 

I have not received my confirmation email with my interview time and Zoom code

Firstly, please check your junk folder – some of our emails may end up there! If the email is not in any of your inbox folders, please email and we can get this sent out to you prior to the interview. You will need to check that you have received your Zoom code at least 48 hours prior to your interview. If you contact us on the day of your interview, we may not receive this in time and may need to reschedule your interview.

Please check your programme ahead of your interview as some will require a test you need to undertake, or materials you may need to read ahead of the day. The interview programme can be found on your myEssex Portal under the ‘Applying’ tab.

Can I change the date of my interview?

If the interview date you have been offered does not suit you, you can reschedule to the next available date via your myEssex portal. In the case that the second date option does not work either, then please email Please note, as places are limited, we may be unable to offer applicants more than one alternative interview date.

If you have already accepted your interview time and date and would like to make an amendment to this, please email to request a new date/time.

Please ensure any requests are made at least 72 hours prior to your interview.

Can I change my interview time?

If you would like to see if an alternative interview time is available, please email and our team will see what options might be available to you. Please note, as spaces are limited, we may be unable to offer you a different interview time if you have already booked your place.

Please ensure any requests are made at least 72 hours prior to your interview.

Will my application still be considered without an interview?

The interview are a compulsory element of the application process for some of our courses. Therefore, if you have been invited to an interview for one of the following subjects and do not attend you will receive an unsuccessful application:

  • Adult Nursing
  • Mental Health Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Oral Health Sciences
  • Speech & Language Therapy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Social Work 

When will I hear back about my application after attending an interview?

After your interview we will let you know the outcome within 3 working days (except Oral Health Science applicants). You will receive notification of the outcome by email, or we will contact you by email if we need any additional information. If you do not receive a response after this period, please feel free to contact our Admissions Team for an update.

Please note, if you have applied for our Oral Health Science course the outcome of your interview will be provided in May, prior to the UCAS deadline.

Applicant Days

Applicant Days

Will I be invited to an Applicant Day?

If you are a UK undergraduate student who has received an offer to study with us in October 2022, you will receive an invitation to attend an on-campus Applicant Day. If you are an EU or Overseas offer-holder, you will be invited to attend a Virtual Applicant Day. However, if you would like to attend an on-campus Applicant Day, we’d love to meet you so please contact the Applicant Day Team to book your visit:

Colchester Applicant Days

What to expect

Our Colchester Campus Applicant Days run from December – May on various Wednesdays and provide the opportunity to meet your department, tour our campus and accommodation and chat to current students.

The event will run from 10.30am – 4.00pm. From 10.45am – 12.45pm we run an optional session called ‘Experience Essex’ which features general talks and tours of our campus and accommodation. This is aimed at students who have not visited the Colchester Campus before (on an Open Day for example) or those who would like a second look!

If you do not wish to attend this session, you are welcome to arrive just before 1pm in time for the Welcome Talk.

 Applicant Day Programme

From 10.30am Arrival and Check-in
From 10.45am - 12.45pm  Experience Essex
  • Guided tour of campus
  • View a variety of student accommodation
  • General talks:
  • 10.45am: Student Accommodation
  • 11.30: Student Finance
  • 12.15pm: Student Life at Essex

Welcome Talk

Following this talk you will be divided into your subject areas. Parents and guests who are accompanying you are also welcome to join you.

 1.30pm - 3.45pm

Department Activities

In the afternoon, you’ll spend time getting to know the academic staff and students within your department and the course you have applied for. The activities range by subject area but all will include an introductory talk and lunch. For more detailed information, please refer to you Applicant Day Programme which can be found on your myEssex portal:

 Applicant Day 2022 dates


  • 19 & 26 January
  • 9, 16 & 23 February
  • 9 & 23 March
  • 13 & 27 April
  • 18 May

Head to your myEssex portal to view which dates your department will feature on and select your date.

Booking your place

If you are a UK applicant, following your offer from the University of Essex, you will receive an invite to attend an on-campus Applicant Day. You will then need to head to your myEssex Applicant Portal to view details of the event, including the dates your subject area are hosting, a programme for the day, and book your place. Following this, you will receive a confirmation email containing all the information you need ahead of your visit.

 Please feel free to bring parents, guardians, and guests along with you.

Arrival information

To make the most of your day, please arrive at 10.30am. If you don’t want to tour our campus or attend our general talks as part of our Experience Essex session, you can arrive for our 1pm Welcome Talk. Head to our Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall on arrival where our staff will be on hand to register your arrival.

Travelling to our Colchester Campus

By Car

If you are travelling to the campus by car, please use the University’s address below and park in ‘Valley Car Park’ just off of Boundary Road. There will be additional signage to direct you in the correct parking area on the day, and our Traffic Officers will be on hand to guide you to the parking bays which have been allocated for Applicant Day visitors. 

Please note, parking is free for Applicant Day visitors, but you will need to email in advance of your visit with your name, car make, model and registration number. Please ensure you email at least 72 hours in advance of your visit. 

The address for our Colchester Campus is:

University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park


CO4 3SQ (for SatNav purposes please use CO7 9HT, which will take you to the main Wivenhoe Entrance to access Valley Car Park via Boundary Road).


By Train

If you have travelled by train, the following bus routes will take you to our Campus:

From Colchester North Station: 61, 62, 62B. You can view the route map here.

The buses run every 15 to 20 minutes from Colchester North Station, taking you through Colchester Town Centre, our closest town to campus.

61 bus route times 
North Station 0907 0922 0933 0948 1003 1018 1033 1048 1103 1118
South Courts 0943 0958 1008 1023 1038 1053 1108 1123 1138 1153

62 bus route times

North Station 0920 0940 1000 1020 1040 1100 1120 1140
South Courts 0946 1006 1026 1046 1106 1126 1146 1206

62B bus route times

North Station 0950
South Courts 1017

Please note, the above timings are subject to change.

At the end of the Applicant Day, we will be running a free coach service to Colchester North Station which will depart from our Colchester Campus at 4.00pm. You can reserve your place on the free coach when booking your Applicant Day via your myEssex portal. 

Applicant Day Travel Bursary

It's been a tough year for us all, so to make things a little easier, we'd like to offer you a bursary to cover the costs of your travel to the event (up to £100). You can view our terms and conditions here and download the reimbursement form to here.

Applicant Day FAQs

How do I book my place on an Applicant Day?

Head over to your myEssex portal and open the ‘Applying’ tab. You’ll find your Applicant Day invitation at the bottom on page. Once you click on this you be able to select your date and book your place.

If you haven’t registered for your myEssex portal yet, you’ll need to do this first. It’s a simple set-up and once you’ve registered, you not only be able to view details of your Applicant Day, but your important application documents (e.g., your offer letter) and your application status.

What is Experience Essex?

Experience Essex is an optional session which runs from 10.45am until 12.45pm. Offer holders and their guests can have a tea or coffee in our Welcome Café, go on a campus tour, view accommodation, and attend our talks:

• Accommodation: 10.45am
• Student Finance: 11.30am
• Student Life: 12.15pm

I've already attended an Open Day at Essex - do I need to come to an Applicant Day?

Unlike Open Days, our Applicant Days are ‘invite-only’ for our applicants who hold an offer with Essex. The day is subject focussed, and you’ll spend the afternoon with your academic department. The 'Department Activity’ section of the programme will be focussed on your subject area where you’ll also have the opportunity to meet academic staff, current students, and potential future course mates!

On the morning on the event, we run a session called ‘Experience Essex’ which is aimed at students and their guests who have not visited our Campus previously. It features general talks and tours of the campus and accommodation. The is optional and runs from 10.45am until 12.45pm. If you do not wish to attend the Experience Essex session in the morning of the Applicant Day, you are welcome to arrive by 12.30pm. Please note, you will not be able to view accommodation in the afternoon of the event.

I'm travelling by car, where can I park?

We have allocated parking spaces for our Applicant Day visitors so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding a space. When you arrive, please drive to Valley Car Park via Boundary Road where we will have dedicated spaces for Applicant Day attendees. Patrol Officers will also be on hand to direct visitors on the day should you need any help.

The full address of the University is: University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ.

I am travelling by train, where should I arrive?

Colchester has 3 train stations: Colchester North, Colchester Town, and Colchester Hythe. We recommend you head to Colchester North; this is the largest station in Colchester and has a more frequent bus service and taxi rank.

The following bus routes will take you to our Campus:
From Colchester North Station: 61, 62, 62B. You can view the route map here.

The buses run every 15 to 20 minutes from Colchester North Station, taking you through Colchester Town Centre, our closest town to campus.

We offer a free coach service back to Colchester North Station (COL) from the University of Essex after your Applicant Day finishes at 4:00pm. Student Ambassadors and staff will be directing you and your guests to the coach from the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall should you wish to use this service. When booking your Applicant Day, you’ll will be asked what method of transport you’ll be using on the day. Please choose Train (with shuttle service), to ensure you are booked on.

My Applicant Day clashes with college commitments

Most of our Applicant Days fall on a Wednesday due to the availability of our academic staff. No lectures take place on a Wednesday afternoon, which means we can provide a better experience as you’ll be able to meet current students and teaching staff from your subject area. We do realise however that this sometimes clashes with student’s teaching schedules, and while some colleges are happy to permit time off in order to attend university Applicant Days, we appreciate that this is not the case for all.

We are therefore running an additional Applicant Day during the February half term. If your subject area does not feature on this day, or if you cannot attend any of the scheduled dates, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to help:

Am I eligible for the Applicant Day Travel Bursary?

We love to meet our applicants, and we appreciate that travel can be expensive, so we offer a bursary to cover travel expenses up to the value of £100. You must meet the criteria below and return your reimbursement form and receipts (if applicable) within 30 days of your Applicant Day to be eligible for the travel bursary. These can be scanned and emailed to us at or posted (the address can be found on the form and in the T&Cs).

To receive our Applicant Day Bursary, you'll need to meet all the following criteria:

 • an undergraduate applicant

• travelled over 30 miles (as the crow flies) to the Applicant Day

 • an attendee of an Applicant Day

• we must receive your application and receipts within 30 days of your Applicant Day date

Full terms and conditions and further information on travelling to our Colchester Campus can be found under the ‘Applicant Day Travel Bursary’ section of this webpage.

What time do we have to arrive?

The Applicant Day Programme can be found on your invitation email, and on your myEssex Portal.

You are welcome to arrive from 10.30am to check-in if you would like to take part in the Experience Essex session (10.45am - 12.45pm). If you do not wish to attend Experience Essex, we advise all attendees to no later than 12.30pm so you can check-in before the Welcome Talk at 1.00pm.

I am nervous to attend due to the high cases of COVID-19 at the moment, what measures do you have in place for the event?

To keep our staff, students and visitors safe, we have a number of additional measures on campus to protect our community from COVID-19. Social distancing will be in place on campus. Visitors are required to wear a facemask in indoor areas, when not eating or drinking. Hand sanitiser stations will be available in all main locations, as well as toilets and hand washing facilities. Please also take a look at our COVID-19 webpages to find out more.

Southend Campus Applicant Days

We are currently confirming dates for our Southend Campus Applicant Days

We will email all offer-holders when these dates are confirmed.

Experience Essex Online

Join us virtually to learn more about studying at Essex in 2022

Our Experience Essex Online events are the perfect opportunity for you to learn more about doing a degree at Essex. These events are for anyone who is interested in studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at Essex. Whether you've applied to study with us already or if you're just beginning your research to find the right university for you, our virtual events will give you more information and will hopefully help you make your next decision.

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