One of the first things you’ll probably want to do when you arrive is get settled into your home.
If restrictions are in place which mean you are required to self-isolate on arrival in the UK, we will supply up to two weeks of accommodation to new students, free-of-charge if you’re contracted to stay in university accommodation on campus. Your self-isolating accommodation will consist of a single bedroom within a cluster flat, where some facilities will be shared with other students in your household. 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.
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 in Southend you'll need to collect your keys from University Square reception, which is open 24 hours a day. The earliest date you can move into your accommodation is the date specified on your letter of allocation. General arrival dates are here but if you have requested quarantine accommodation, a different arrival date will be provided.
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
The Resident's Assistants (RAs) are students just like you and are employed by Residence Life to help you settle in, answer any questions you may have and organise fun events to help you meet other people. Every student living in campus accommodation is allocated to a specific RA and every off-campus student will also have the opportunity to contact an RA for support. If you live in University Accommodation, your RA will be emailing you when you arrive to say 'hello' and make sure you feel welcome in your new home.
Find out more about Residence Life services.