Welcome new students

Life at Essex

Students after holi-paint festival

Welcome to Essex

Impatient to join us? Welcome to the University that challenges convention.

This year our Welcome Portal is a central point where you will get to know the Students' Union, how to get started in your studies as well as finding out more about all of the wider student services available. You will also be introduced to your department/school and receive a full induction from them. You will get access to the portal once you have registered with us.

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.

We have made lots of changes to Welcome to make sure all our students can have the best possible experience, and ensure we all stay safe.

There are a range of online department induction events to get you settled into your new academic home, plus a range of virtual and in-person activities to help you find new interests, meet and connect with other students. Our Student Union also have a mix of online and in-person events planned too. All community mixers will be online and in person, alongside events and challenges through which you can embrace your SU community and meet new people regardless of the campus you are studying at or where you are in the world.

Sport and activities

We know keeping fit and taking part in sport will be really important to you, so we want to ensure you still have the opportunity to get involved. We are exploring a number of options for reorganising sport, recreation and green exercise programmes which comply with social distancing. We’re finalising these activities at the moment and will let you know when we have a confirmed programme, keep an eye on our sports pages for the latest plans.

We will also open indoor sports facilities, with appropriate social distancing measures, as soon as it is safe to do so, and in the meantime we have a range of online clubs and virtual classes for you take part in.

Essex students talking outside the North Towers at Colchester Campus holding a Tote Bag with the Department of Law emblazoned on it
See what we have planned for you on campus or online.

This year we have a range of events both on campus and online to really get your life started at Essex off to a flying start. We can't wait to welcome you.

Explore all our welcome events

What will life be like this year?

We have a variety of one-off online programmes and activities delivered throughout the year, such as virtual photography workshops, book clubs, 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!

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 activities which maximise the space on our campuses. We'll keep you updated with our plans.

We'll be making the most of our 200 acres of beautiful parkland available for socially distanced events around the lakes, from BBQ's and picnics to outdoor faith workshops, and green exercise groups - we have the space to have fun in the fresh air.

 All of our events and activities will be published on our website or on the SU's website.