Welcome new students

Joining us early

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Early arrivals activity programme

Join us for some fun and engaging activities to get you into the swing of student life, we have a whole a programme of fun activities for you.


On demand activities

You can dip into our range of online events at any time. Try a yoga class or an arts workshop to get your mind and body fit, fun and happy.

Check out our Events Calendar for live activities.

And don’t forget, if you are an international student in quarantine or isolation, we are here for you. Check out our dedicated international students advice and guidance online.

Take our Academic Integrity Masters Preparation course

You can start this course whenever is convenient, but we encourage you to take it before starting your Masters degree in January in order to get the most out of it.

The purpose of this course is to help you develop an understanding of the approach to knowledge ownership taken at the University of Essex and the relationships between plagiarism, referencing and academic integrity. It will provide you with a solid foundation in order to study your course and reach your objectives in 2022.

You can sign up for the course now by following these simple steps:

  1. Register with 'Open Essex', which is the online platform that this course is hosted on. You’ll need to select ‘Create new account’ at the bottom of the page.
  2. Confirm your account by clicking the link in the email that you'll be sent.
  3. Enrol on the course by logging into Open Essex and clicking ‘Enrol now’ on the course.

Please be aware that if you have already registered as an Essex student, you can use your new Essex account to sign in; if not, you can use any email address to register. You will be asked to enter your Postgraduate Application Number or PRID (which you'll receive when you register as an Essex student).

If you have any problems creating an account or accessing the course, please get in touch by emailing our team.

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Sport and exercise

We love sport at Essex and our sports teams have created a range of great exercise classes, for all levels and abilities. Just log on and get moving.

Arts and culture

Satisfy your cultural and artistic longings with some of these great online activities.

Enjoy reading and writing?

Learn a language

Learning the basics of a new language using apps like Duolingo can be a fun way to pass the time and keep your mind sharp.

Start a reading challenge

Goodreads allows you to set and track a reading target for the year, and you can connect with like-minded book fans and swap recommendations.

Try an audiobook

Sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than being read to. Audible are offering hundreds of titles free of charge. Sign in with your Amazon account to get started.

Keep a journal

We are living through exceptional times, the kind of times that make history. Start logging your thoughts and feelings now, not only might it help you navigate these current circumstances but what you write might one day have historical significance. What are you waiting for?

Once registered, get on Moodle – our online learning platform

Moodle is our online learning platform for students. Register as an Essex student to get access to a wealth of learning activities

Getting started with IT

Get practical advice on how to access your timetable, learning resources, and software. Find out where to get help when you need it and some top tips to help you get set up and ready for online learning.

Get started

Help tackle the climate emergency

Our Sustainability team’s recommended reading/watching/listening will get you thinking

Find out more about our Sustainability Team and find us on Social Media

Find out more about life at Essex and how we are doing what we can to reduce our footprint on the environment. Why not take the WWF quiz too.

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