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Welcome to Essex

We can’t wait for you to join our University of Essex family. But to become an official student here you’ll need to register first.

To protect your health and wellbeing, we’re adapting our registration process on campus. We’re just working out the details and we’ll have more information on here soon.

You can still get a head start by beginning the process online and setting up your university email account, once you receive an email from our registration team.

How to register

Set up your Essex email and IT account

You will receive an email to confirm when you can set up your Essex email and IT account. You will not be able to get your account before you are contacted by the University following your receipt and acceptance of your offer and the creation of your student record.

Complete your student registration

Every new student must complete their student registration. It’s how we know you are ready to start your course. When you register, you become an official member of our Community and get full access to our facilities and services.

Students starting a new course in October 2020

Once your student record has been created, you will start to receive emails letting you know you can obtain your Essex IT account. You’ll need to have your Essex IT account details ready to complete your registration online.

Online Registration will open at the beginning of September, and you must complete this before you can access your online Welcome programme and start your studies.

When you arrive on campus, you’ll need to attend a Right to Study check with your ID documents (listed below) so we can confirm you have the right to study in the UK, and that your identity is correct. At this point, we’ll give you your student registration card.

If you are arriving on campus during Welcome Week, you should attend the scheduled events for these checks:

  • Colchester campus: Sport Arena, Tuesday 6 – Friday 9 October
  • Southend campus: TF.2.16, second floor of The Forum, Monday 5 – Tuesday 6 October
  • Loughton campus: Orchard Dance Studios, Friday 9 October

You will receive an email from your school or department advising which day and time to attend for your course.

If you are arriving on campus after the first week of term, details of where to take your documents will be published on this page soon.

Accepted types of ID at registration

As a new student we are required to check your identity and that you have the right to study with us inside the UK. Here’s what you’ll need to bring with you to complete your registration and study with us, documents must be original unless otherwise stated below:

If you are a British, European or Swiss national:

  • British Citizen passport or European/Swiss passport or European identity card

British National Overseas, British Overseas Territories Citizen, British Overseas Citizens will also need UK immigration documents, see below.

Or; if you do not have the above, you need to bring TWO of the following:

  • Birth or adoption certificate issued in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Ireland including name of parent(s)
  • Current UK driving licence
  • Student Loans Company tuition fee loan confirmation (electronic/colour scan or photograph accepted)
  • Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate*
  • Benefits paperwork issued by HMRC, Job Centre Plus or a UK local authority*

*must be dated within the last 3 months

Please note: we may accept other forms of identification, depending on individual circumstances and at the discretion of the Registration Manager.

European and Swiss nationals who travel to the UK after 31 December 2020 will require a visa, unless you already have settlement in the UK. We’ll update this page once we know more about the UK’s new immigration rules.

If you were born outside of the EEA/Switzerland:

Current passport and;

Proof of your leave to remain or leave to enter the UK, for instance:

  • Entry clearance sticker in your passport and;
  • Biometric Residence Permit or;
  • If you are settled in the UK and don’t have a BRP, a Home Office document confirming your status.

If you have a Tier 4 visa, you’ll need to bring your:

  • Current Passport and;
  • If you applied overseas, your airline ticket/boarding pass (electronic or paper version) and;
  • (BRP) Biometric Residence Permit (if you applied overseas you’ll collect this when you arrive in the UK) and;
  • Copy of your Essex CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies)
  • UK address and contact details.

If you have a pending application for leave to remain in the UK or for British Citizenship, you’ll need to bring your most recent immigration document, for instance: Biometric Residence Permit and; a letter from the Home Office containing your name and confirming the date you submitted your application. Tier 4 students will need a copy of all pages of their application form.

You can find more details about the documents we will accept by reading our Identity and Right to Study Documents table (.pdf).

As well as your ID, you may also be asked to provide the following so make sure you bring them with you:

  • Scanned copies of your certificates of your qualifications (if our Admissions team have asked to see them)
  • Documents relating to how you are paying your tuition fees (e.g. confirmation of funding from Student Loan Company, bursary or scholarships, or other sponsorship)

Please don’t forget to bring everything with you so we can complete your right to study check. If you haven’t got the documents we require, you may not be able to study with us.

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