Welcome new students

Before you arrive

Get ready for life at Essex

We're ready for your arrival, are you?

Before you get here, there’s a few things we need you to do so that your arrival is as smooth as possible. Get these jobs ticked off your list now, and you’ll be free to spend as much time as possible enjoying everything we have in store for you!

We've put together this handy list to help you prepare yourself for your new life as an Essex student before you arrive on Campus.


10 Things to do before you arrive on Campus

1. Book your accommodation

It may sound obvious, but you’ll need to find somewhere to live. Don’t leave this to the last minute.

We have a range of accommodation options at these Campuses to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities.

Alternatively, you may wish to find off-Campus accommodation in the local area through SU Homes.

Also, remember to check out what items will already be in your room. No need to bring your bed, but some sheets could prove handy.

2. Begin your student registration

Online registration

You can begin your official student registration before you arrive.

Head over to our registration page, and confirm your details.

Your email and IT account

Once you’ve begun your registration, you’ll be able to setup your Essex email and IT account. This is the email address we’ll be using to keep you up-to-date so make sure you check it from now on. Plus, you’ll need your account if you want to access the internet as soon as you arrive, so this is an important one! 


3. Get your funding in place

Going to university is one of the best investments you will ever make, but before you arrive make sure you take a look at our fees and funding pages to ensure you’re financially prepared for life at Essex

4. Choose your modules with eNROL

Your course is likely to have a mix of compulsory and optional modules. You can select optional modules for your course with our online eNROL system.

5. Start packing

Your new home will be ready and waiting for your arrival. You'll just need to supply your own bedding, towels, coat hangers, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, saucepans and frying pans.

If you're coming to our Colchester or Southend campuses, and packing really isn't your thing, then you can order stuff before you arrive to Campus and it will be delivered to your room.

Alternatively, there are large supermarkets near to all of our campuses, so you can stock up on household essentials when you get here. If you plan to do this, then it is worth checking beforehand to see which shops and supermarkets will be open nearby when you arrive, particularly as most will have reduced opening hours on Sundays.

One last thing...bring your passport. It will serve as a useful form of ID and you're going to need it if you want to get a job.

6. Plan your journey here

7. Download our apps

  • Find Your Way - Our University Campus is pretty big and that means you might need help finding your way around. Our Find Your Way app is essential - trust us, you’ll need it.
    Search your app store for FindYourWay@Essex
  • Pocket Essex - Our official mobile app for students will be your new best friend. It gives you instant access to events, your course info, timetables, modules and marks, library loans, contact details and much more. Search your app store for Pocket Essex

8. Find your future friends  

We've got loads of Social Media groups for you to for find your new BFFs. We've got just about every possibility covered from country groups and accommodation specific ones. Just search Facebook, and good luck.

9. Get your CV sorted, if you want to get yourself a job

For those who are looking to work whilst you study, you'll need to make sure your CV is up to date, and you're ready to get interviewing. Thankfully, our careers pages have all the information you need to help you get started.

Don't forget, you're going to need to bring your passport and have a bank account too.

10. Know what to do if you have additional support needs

If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, long term medical condition or mental health condition you can register with our disability services before your arrival so that we can consider your support needs. Find further information on what is available on our disability services pages.

Under 18?

Have a read through everything you need to know if you're under 18 and coming to Essex to help you get prepared for your time here. Our student communities pages are also a great source of information about all the support and services that are available to you.

International student?

Wherever you're travelling from, a warm welcome awaits you at Essex. We are proud to be a global community and we recognise that living and studying in the UK may be very different from your own country. Make sure you read all the guidance for new international students to help you arrive and settle in to your new life at Essex.

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