University of Essex

Welcome and Orientation 2023

We can't wait to meet all our new students. Welcome is your chance to get to know the University, meet like-minded people, make friends for life and see where you'll call home for the next few years.

Get ready for life at Essex

We're counting down the days until we can welcome you to Essex.

  • Registration for October 2023 students will open in September 2023
  • Arrivals weekend for our Colchester and Southend Campuses is 30 September and 1 October 2023
  • January Welcome - if you're joining us in January 2024, we'll be sharing more about starting your studies with us as soon as possible

Once you're registered you'll have access to our Welcome Portal - your central point to find out more about life here and what to expect.

Get registered
SU Freshers Fortnight Clubbing in Sub-Zero
A Welcome like no other

Ready to party? Freshers Fortnight and Welcome is your first taste of life on-campus . Expect incredible parties, great DJs, special guests and unforgettable moments, please a range of different activities across the full range of services at the University.