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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.

You will be contacted by the Registration Office via email when you need to register. You will be sent your registration and student information forms, which you will need to complete and return by email. You will also be asked to email a scan or photograph of your ID, so we can verify that you are definitely you. Check out our guidance on accepted forms of ID at registration below.

Once you have completed your registration in full, you will then be able to access the systems you will need for your studies. Your department will be in touch with details on how to start your course.

If you have missed teaching, you should speak with your Personal Tutor, or a member of staff in your department, about catching up on missed work, and how they can support you further.

Accepted types of ID at registration

As a new student we are required to complete a right to study check for you, so we can make sure you have a right to study in the UK and to make sure that it is definitely you registering and not someone on your behalf.

You will be required to submit a good quality colour scan or photograph of your ID document/s. We would prefer to see your passport, but we understand that not all of you may have this. Other forms of ID for UK/EEA nationals are acceptable when combined; please use the list below to make sure you send the right documents when you register. As well as your ID, you may also be asked to provide the following:

  • 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)

UK/EEA nationals

Acceptable ID is one of:

  • British Passport
  • Passport of an EEA national (including Switzerland)
  • National identity card of an EEA national (including Switzerland)

or two of:

  • Birth certificate stating name(s) of parents
  • Full/provisional UK driving licence
  • National insurance card or confirmation letter
  • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
  • Student Loans Company confirmation letter for the current academic year

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

Non UK/EEA nationals

If you are not a UK or EEA national, you are required to provide a combination of documents from the list below depending on your status.

  • Passport
  • Visa
  • Vignette
  • BRP
  • Home office letter

Please bring everything you have if you are unsure or refer to the visa checks at registration information on the immigration section of our website for more information.

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Need help?

If you need any further help and advice, please contact or visit the Student Services Hub who will be happy to assist you.