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Welcome new students

Arriving at Colchester


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.

If you’re contracted to stay in university accommodation and you need to self-isolate in order to join us and be ready to begin at the start of term, we will also be offering two weeks free accommodation

Things to do when you arrive

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. If you’re travelling from outside of the UK, you’ll be able to quarantine on our Colchester campus for 14 days.

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.

Check back here soon for more details on collecting your key and moving into your new accommodation.

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

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:

Get registered

Once you register you become an official member of our community and get full access to our facilities and services. You can start your University registration online, once you’ve received an email from our registration team.

You’ll need to register at the right time for your course. 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.

For those who would feel more comfortable attending online, we’re offering a range of ways for you to engage from virtual classrooms to the use of technologies like Zoom, to keep you in the loop. Whatever you choose we want to ensure you are able to continue your studies where you feel safest.

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

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’re finalising these plans at the moment and will let you know when we have a confirmed programme

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!  

Your welcome week

For students starting their degree online, Welcome Week will still be a big part of getting started at Essex. You will be introduced to The Welcome Portal where you will get to know the Students' Union, how to get started in your studies and the resources available from our student services.

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

Fresher's fairs

We are redesigning our Fresher's Fair so that everyone can comply with social distancing, so you'll still have the opportunity to explore and join a range of student clubs, societies, volunteering programmes and more. For those starting their degree online, you won't miss out, there will be an online platform so that you can sign up virtually. There will also be a second Fresher's Fair held in January 2021 for those who may have missed the first fair.

Bars and nightlife on campus

We are hoping to open the SU Bar and Cine10 (on-campus cinema) in the autumn term, and for Sub Zero (on-campus nightclub) to open in the spring term, as long as it is safe to do so.

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