Welcome new students

Arriving at Colchester

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Get organised for your first day

Being ready and prepared for Essex is the key to have an exciting time when you are here, but there are a few things you need to do when you arrive before the fun (and learning) can begin.

Things to do when you arrive

Move in to your accommodation

When you arrive, there's loads to do - but the first thing is to collect your keycard if you'll be living in University accommodation.  You can do this from 9am. Then, it's time to start moving your stuff in and meeting your flatmates. 

Get to know your Residents' Assistant

Your Resident's Assistant (RA) will be popping into your flat to say 'hello' and make sure you feel welcome as you settle in throughout Welcome Week.

Explore your new home

We've got lots of helpful tips to help you get to know your new home and the local area:

Get registered

You can start your University registration online, but, every new student must also attend registration on campus. It’s how we know you’ve arrived and are ready to start your course, so don’t miss it!


When you register, you become an official member of our Community and get full access to our facilities and services. You’ll need to register at the right time for your course, so make sure you look at your registration schedule to see when you and your classmates are due to register.

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 in September with more details and we'll also be sharing everything on our events pages.

Find Your Way map
Campus map in your pocket

Our interactive Find Your Way map is the easiest way to get to where you need to be.

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Student at graduation with her family
Family member of a new student?

Are you a parent, guardian or family member? Here's some helpful information to put your minds at rest.