Welcome new students

New student registration

A student visiting student services

Welcome to Essex

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

How to register

Set up your Essex email and IT account

  • Once you’ve received an email from the Registration team, you'll be able to set up your Essex email and IT account. This usually happens shortly after your application has been processed and you have been accepted.

Online registration

You can begin your registration online before you arrive.

We will send you an email when online registration is open for you to complete – keep checking your emails!

Register online

Attend registration on Campus

Even though you’ve started your registration process before you arrive on campus, every new student must also attend registration in person on campus. It’s how we know you’ve arrived and are ready to start your course -  so don’t miss it! You can register at your nearest Student Services Hub.

When you register, you become an official member of our Community and get full access to our facilities and services. You’ll need to register at the right time for your course, so make sure you keep checking your emails for further information from your department. 

You will need to bring some photo identification (ID) with you when you register, so we can verify that you are definitely you. Check out our guidance on accepted forms of ID at registration below.

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.

The ID you bring with you must be the original, we cannot accept photocopies or photos of your ID documents. We would prefer to see photographic identification (ID), but we do 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 bring in the right documents when you register.

As well as your ID, you should also bring along the following, as you may be asked to provide evidence at the registration event:

  • original 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.

    You belong

    The University of Essex celebrates diversity and challenges inequality. We're committed to sustaining an inclusive and diverse community where everyone can benefit from being a member of it and opportunities are made available to all.

    We encourage you to take a good look around and bookmark the Students website. You'll find useful and important information on student communities, access and disability, health and wellbeing and much more!

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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.