Welcome new students

Arriving from overseas

Airport transfer service

The University runs a coach transfer service for new students arriving from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports, travelling to our Colchester and Southend Campuses.

The University is not running coach services from London Stansted or Luton airports. 

Arrivals day airport transfer

The University runs a coach transfer service for new students arriving from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports, travelling to our Colchester and Southend Campuses on 29 September.

Book your transfer

Information about your transfer booking 

Booking your airport transfer to Campus

Seats must be booked in advance using the airport transfer booking form.

Once you have made the booking and paid the relevant seat fee you will receive a receipt by email. This receipt will be your e-ticket. Please have it with you at the airport to board the coach. If you do not receive a receipt by email within seven days, please contact travel@essex.ac.uk or telephone +44 1206 874597.


Each seat costs £45. You may book more than one seat if you wish to travel with parents or guardians. Please ensure that you book as early as possible if you wish to travel with relatives and provide their full name(s), as it appears on their passport, when making your booking.

Coach departures

When choosing your coach departure time, please allow two hours from your flight landing time to clear customs, immigration and security. 

Information about your journey

Airport meeting point

From the arrivals hall go to the Meeting Group Assembly Point, signposted with this symbol. Please make sure you go to the correct terminal (see below). University representatives will be there to greet you.

Heathrow airport meeting point

Please meet our representatives from the University of Essex in Terminal 3 at Heathrow Airport. This is located in the seating area on the ground floor of the arrivals building. Once checked in with the University representative you will be escorted to your coach.

Gatwick airport meeting point

If you are arriving into Gatwick Airport please make your way to the South Terminal Meeting Point. This is located in international arrivals and opposite WHSmith in UK arrivals. A courier will meet you there and escort you to your coach.

On the coach

It will take approximately two hours to travel to the University Campus. Please note that food, drink or smoking will not be permitted on the coach.

Terms and conditions

If your flight is delayed and you miss the airport coaches, you will have to make your own arrangements for transport to the University.

Once payment has been made, tickets cannot be refunded. We do not accept liability for loss or damage to personal belongings or luggage. Please ensure you have adequate insurance cover.

Not able to use the airport transfer service?

Getting to our campuses couldn't be easier, but if you can't use the airport transfer service it's worth planning your route in advance.

If you are using public transport instead of our airport transfer service on Arrivals Day, please be aware that there is due to be a replacement bus service in place for some or all of your journey to Campus due to engineering works on the train lines. Your journey is therefore likely to take longer than usual.


Get in touch
Airport transfer help Transport Policy Manager
Telephone: +44 1206 872939