Welcome new students

Arriving at Colchester

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Get organised for your first day

We want you to feel as prepared as possible when you set foot on campus. That’s why we’ve put new steps in place to protect your health and wellbeing, so you can feel reassured when you get here.

Arrivals day 

We know you're eager to arrive but COVID-19 travel guidance is currently subject to change so please check the UK Government website and our COVID-19 travel information regularly. Information on whether you need to quarantine upon arrival or not will vary depending upon your circumstances.

Things to do

Get registered

One of the first things you'll need to do to let us know you are coming to Essex is to complete your registrationRegistration opens 14 December and we’ll email you to let you know you can register online with us. Once you're registered, you’ll have access to our online Welcome portal where you can start exploring where you’ll be studying for the next few years and meet your department.

Once you arrive on campus please book an appointment to complete your right to study check and collect your student ID card as soon as possible. You will need to bring your documents with you to complete this process.

Move in to your accommodation

One of the first things you’ll probably want to do when you arrive is get settled into your home. 

First, you need to print off your Arrivals pass (which is available at the end of your e-induction) 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.

Our accommodation allows you to walk to your lectures with ease and there are also many private accommodation options which are in walking distance of the campus, so you don’t have to use public transport.

Check here for more details on where you can collect your key, luggage, parking and moving into your new accommodation.

Get to know your Residents' Assistant

Your Resident's Assistant (RA) is here to help you feel welcome and make sure you have a positive experience of living and learning at Essex.

Register with a doctor

As a student studying on a course for more than six months, you're required to register with a local doctor throughout your period of study if you live on campus or in the local surrounding area.

Register as soon as possible after you arrive, in case you should suddenly need medical treatment.

Explore your new home

All our campus facilities, from eateries to PC labs will be set up to ensure there is the space to distance yourself from others.

Social distancing measures will be clear and easy to understand across our campuses. This will include markings on the ground to ensure queues remain distanced, to screens and dividers in study areas to ensure everyone can keep apart safely. We’re extremely lucky our Colchester Campus is based in a 200 acre award-winning parkland which provide an excellent outdoor escape where you can meet up to six people, get some exercise or have a picnic.

Get to know your new home and the local area:

Attend your departmental induction

Your departmental induction is your essential opportunity to learn more about your department and your course, and to talk with key members of staff like your personal tutor. You’ll also have the chance to meet the people you’re going to be studying with.

Your department will be in touch before you arrive with more details and we’ll also be sharing everything on our events pages.

Depending on your course and department induction activities may start week commencing 10 January 2022 even if your offer letter shows a later official start date. Information may be shared with you by email or Moodle (our virtual learning platform that can be accessed once you have set up your Essex email account).

For more information please see your department pages below:

 Faculty of Arts and Humanities:

 Faculty of Science and Health:

Faculty of Social Sciences

Joining us

For students starting their degree, your first few weeks will be a big part of getting started at Essex. One of the first things you'll need to do to let us know you are coming to Essex is to complete your registration. Registration opens 14 December and we’ll email you to let you know you can register online with us. Once you're registered, you’ll have access to our online Welcome programme where you can start exploring where you’ll be studying for the next few years and meet your department.

You will be introduced to our online Welcome programme where you will get to know the Students' Union, how to get started in your studies, the resources available from our student services and more. 

You will also be introduced to your department/school and receive an informative induction from them. Alongside the academic information, we are designing online Welcome activities for you to get stuck into, including useful videos for settling in and ways to help you get to know those on your course with you. There will be information about keeping you safe on campus, learning online and starting/continuing your studies, our values at the university, who to contact for student services and support.

Depending on your course and department induction activities may start week commencing 10 January 2021 even if your offer letter shows a later official start date.

Once you arrive on campus please book an appointment to complete your right to study check and collect your student ID card as soon as possible. You will need to bring your documents with you to complete this process.

Take part in sport

We know keeping fit and taking part in sport keeps both the body and the mind healthy, so we want to ensure you still have the opportunity to get involved. Which is why we have been exploring a number of options for reimagined sport, recreation and green exercise programmes which comply with social distancing. We've put together some free online and socially distanced activities, to welcome you to sport on campus. From tennis to yoga and dance classes to climbing, we've found a way to help keep you active whether your able to join us on campus or not. To find out what we've got planned visit our sports pages.

Join extra-curricular activities

You will still be able to volunteer and make a positive impact on the local community with our VTeam (Volunteering Team), and we are developing a programme of open air activities which maximise the space on our campuses. We'll keep you updated on our plans! 

There will also be a variety of one-off, online programmes delivered throughout the year, such as virtual photography workshops, art workshops, origami workshops, card games, karaoke, virtual celebrations of cultural events - if you can't be on campus, there'll still be plenty of things to do!  

Bars and nightlife on campus

At Essex, we have your student nightlife completely sorted. Grab some food in the SU Bar, play darts in Top Bar, catch a film at Cine10 or party up in our very state of the art on-campus nightclub, Sub Zero.

We operate all SU venues and activities in line with the latest COVID guidance from Government and the University, so please be aware that the level of provision may change as a result.

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