Welcome new students

Arriving at Colchester

Two first taking a photo of Colchester town hall

Get organised for your first day

It's going to be busy, but busy is good right?

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

Get registered

You can start your University registration online, but, every new student must also attend registration on campus in the Sports Centre. 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.

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, then get moving your stuff in! You can do this from 9am.

Still looking for accommodation?

Where you live is a very important part of your experience at Essex, whether you're living on campus or as part of our local community.

Visit our Accommodation pages for help and advice about finding accommodation on campus.

SU Homes can help find accommodation near our Colchester Campus.

Find your way around

We've got lots of helpful tips and tools to help you get to know your new home.

The local area:

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.

Find a location
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.

If you remember nothing else,
don't forget this

You need to register
You're going to be here a while, best make some friends
Make sure you attend your departmental induction
Whatever your issue, we've got your back
Students sitting on a sofa
Group of people in lecture hall