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Get to know us at an Offer Holder Day!

Once you receive your offer email from us, we'll send you an Offer Holder Day invite email a few days later. If you received your offer a while ago and want to check your invite email, have a look in your inbox for an email from the email address '', sent by University of Essex, which will include information on how to book your Offer Holder Day.

Our Offer Holder Days are exclusive invite-only offer-holder events for undergraduate 2024 entry, that give you the opportunity to tour our campus and accommodation, chat to current students and meet academic staff within your department to get a feel for your course.

They're not compulsory, but they're the best and only way to get hands-on experience of your subject and meet your future classmates, so you'll have some friendly faces on day one of your course!

Even if you've already visited us before at an Open Day or on a Campus Tour, we'd still love to see you! We'd recommend you attend your department activities in the morning and you can then pick which other parts of the day you'd like to attend.

Bring your family and friends and see the place you could be calling home.

Offer Holder Day dates and programmes vary between our Colchester and Southend campuses. In your invite email we'll send you your department's personalised programme. Not sure which campus your Offer Holder Day will be on or how to book your day? Check your invite email! 

All eligible applicants who attend an Offer Holder Day will receive a contextual offer; this lowers the requirements in your current offer by up to two A-Level grades or equivalent. Find out more in the FAQs.

If you are an overseas offer-holder, you will be invited to attend one of our virtual events. However, you are more than welcome to join us at one of our in-person Offer Holder Days if you are able to. We'll give you more information on how to do this in your invite email.

Not sure what to expect on the day?

We hope you are excited to join us on-campus however we know that for many prospective students, visiting a university can be daunting. You may be attending on your own, visiting a university for the very first time or simply just a little unsure of what to expect or how to make the most of your day. Be reassured that at Essex, we are with you every step of the way.

In the run up the event, we’ll keep in touch with travel information, your programme and tips to make the most out of your time on campus, so you don't need to worry now about what to expect.

On the day, our Outreach team and student ambassadors will be ready and waiting to greet you and offer one-on-one information, support and guidance. So, whether you just need pointing in the right direction, someone to help you plan the day or a friendly face to share ideas with and walk you to your next session – we’re here for you.

You’ll find the Outreach team in the Ivor Crewe foyer, next to our check-in zone.

Offer Holder Day dates


The Colchester Offer Holder Day dates are:

  • Saturday 17 February
  • Saturday 9 March
  • Wednesday 3 April
  • Saturday 4 May


The Southend Offer Holder Day dates are:

  • Wednesday 17 April (Nursing and Social Work only)
  • Friday 26 April (Essex Business School only)
  • Saturday 11 May (Nursing and Social Work only)
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Go on a campus tour with one of our Student Ambassadors
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Find out more about your course during your departmental activity
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Join a talk to learn more about studying and life at university

Travel bursary

We appreciate that travelling to university events can be expensive and with rising costs, we want to ensure that as many of our offer holders as possible are able to visit us. We are therefore offering a bursary of up to £150 to help with travel costs to our Offer Holder Days.

Take a look at the terms and conditions (.pdf) and travel bursary form (.pdf). You can fill in the form and bring it with you on the day, or we will have some available for you to fill out when you arrive.

Find out how to get to our Colchester and Southend campuses here.

Frequently asked questions

What if I have multiple applications?

If you have multiple applications, you will be attending the Offer Holder Day for your first choice. The morning section of the day will be spent with your department, whilst the afternoon is your chance to attend a variety of general talks and explore campus.

What if I have an offer for a joint honours degree?

If you have applied for a joint honours degree, please attend the departmental session relating to your first-choice course. You will get an opportunity to speak with academics from your second course over lunch. For example, if you have an offer for Law and Business, please join the Law departmental session.

What is a contextual offer and how do I get one?

An Offer Holder Day gives us the opportunity to get to know you, explore your enthusiasm and academic potential. We would be delighted to see you and will issue eligible applicants who attend, a contextual offer to lower the requirements in your current offer by up to two A-Level grades or equivalent. 

We make contextual offers because we understand your grades can be influenced by a range of factors. A contextual offer is personalised to you and your potential to succeed as an Essex undergraduate student – as well as what you have achieved so far.

You don’t need to do anything to be considered and the application process is the same; submit your application and if you’re eligible for a contextual offer, you’ll receive information about this in your offer letter. If you are not eligible for a contextual offer at the point of your first offer but can be made a contextual offer following an Offer Holder Day, your offer will be amended within 5 working days following attendance.

Contextual offers will be made to eligible applicants taking A-levels, a Level 3 BTEC Extended Diploma, a combination of qualifications that hold UCAS tariff points (e.g., A-levels alongside a BTEC) and the International Baccalaureate. Where possible, we may make contextual offers to eligible applicants holding other qualifications. For further information about what a contextual offer may look like for your specific qualification profile, please contact our Admissions team.

Further information, and full eligibility criteria, can be found in our Contextual Offers Policy.

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Get in touch
Our Offer Holder Days Team
Telephone: 01206 876818