Welcome New students

Top tips to get ready for Essex

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Welcome to Essex

We want to make sure that you settle into life at the University of Essex as smoothly as possible, so we've put together some top tips to help you along the way.

Short cuts to success at Essex 

First in your family to go to Uni? 

A number of undergraduate students at Essex are the first in their family to study at university, and if that's you too - you're bound to have some questions about what it's like. Have a good look around our student webpages to find out more about support for settling in, plus help to ensure your wellbeing, support for students with disabilities, help with money matters, and planning for your future career.

Read Josh's handy top ten tips

We asked recent Essex graduate, Josh Neville, to change his mortar board for a thinking cap and tell you what to expect and be prepared for in the weeks leading up to your new life as a member of the Essex student community. Plus, how to navigate your way through study and socialising. Josh explains how he got the very best from his time at Essex, that it wasn't all work, work, work, and how he got house-trained. Read Josh's top ten tips. (.pdf)

Move your mind and body

Our research here at Essex shows that exercise can have a positive effect on your mental well-being and can boost your employability skills. That’s why we’ve made Essex Sport available for everyone.

Discover our Faith Centre

We're proud of our vibrant and diverse multicultural community and we understand the importance that faith, belief and spirituality play in the lives of many people. Our Faith Centre is open to anyone, of any religion or none. It's a welcoming place to meet, chat and make friends.  

Get involved with the Big Essex Award

Why not join the 6000 students who have already taken part in the Big Essex Award, the University’s employability and skills award? There are over 100 different activities both on and off-campus to complete and everything will be formally recognised by the University of Essex and included on your Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR); your secure digital transcript of all your academic and extracurricular achievements.

Learn a language

Our award-winning Languages for All programme gives Essex students the opportunity to learn a language alongside their degree, at no extra cost, for one year. Additional tuition in subsequent years is available for a fee.

Peer mentors
Any questions? Just ask.

Most new undergraduate students have questions about starting at university. Our Student Services Hub is the place to go for the information you need. Your question matters and you'll get answers from experts. You could also speak to one of our peer mentors. A peer mentor is another student (normally from your department) with experience of the University who can offer practical advice and information, and point you in the right direction to services that may be available to you.