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New students

How to apply

Your first year of study

Applications for new undergraduate students for 2018-19 open at 10am on 9 January 2018.

All full-time fully-registered undergraduate students studying at either our Colchester or Southend Campuses are entitled to accommodation for the first year of study as long as they return their application by the deadline date.

Please only select areas you are willing to accept as we will not make any changes once an offer has been sent.

Colchester guarantee deadline date is Friday 24 August 2018. Students applying after this date will not be guaranteed accommodation.

Southend guarantee deadline date is Friday 24 August 2018. Students applying after this date will not be guaranteed accommodation.

  • Colchester Campus accommodation availability

    You're guaranteed a room if you apply for accommodation before 11.59pm on Friday 24 August 2018.

    If you're a new applicant and apply after this date, we can no longer guarantee you University accommodation for your first year, but you can still apply for accommodation and we will offer you a room if possible. If we can't offer you campus accommodation then we'll put you in touch with SULets, an agency run by our Students' Union.

  • Southend Campus accommodation availability

    You're guaranteed a room if you apply for accommodation before 11.59pm on Friday 24 August 2018.

    If you're a new applicant and apply after this date, we can no longer guarantee you University accommodation for your first year, but you can still apply for accommodation and we will offer you a room if possible.

    Before you apply check out our fantastic offers for Southend. Choose either a 2 year or 3 year deal when you apply and save money. If you want a 3 year deal, don't forget to select the 2 year option and then put '3 year deal' in the additional information field of your application.

If you have chosen us as your insurance choice you can apply for accommodation here, once you have become 'firm' with Essex. Accommodation is guaranteed if applications are received by the deadline dates above.

The guarantee does not apply to other student categories. For more information please refer to our Allocations Policy.

Make sure you read the Application Guide (.pdf) before making an application for accommodation.

New undergraduate students are not required to make a prepayment (previously known as a deposit).

What you need to do

When your UCAS status at Essex is showing as either conditional firm or unconditional firm, you can apply online.

You need to:

  1. Create your myEssex applicant portal (see timescales below)
  2. Login to the portal
  3. Go to the Living section of the portal, where you will find the link to the online accommodation application form under Accommodation

Timescale

It can take up to 24 to 48 hours for the relevant data to be imported into the accommodation application system from the point of creation, so set up your portal as soon as you can.

Reasons you may not be able to apply

You will not be able to apply if:

  • you have not received an offer of academic study at Essex
  • you have only just created an applicant portal (see timescale above)
  • Essex is not your firm choice
  • your status at Essex is neither conditional firm nor unconditional firm or
  • you do not have a PRID (e.g. SMITH12345) in the myAdmin section of the myEssex Applicant Portal
  • you have not allowed 48 hours after becoming firm at Essex for our system to update, before applying for accommodation

More information

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What you need to do

Applications for new postgraduate students for 2018-19 open at 10am on 9 January 2018.

All full-time fully-registered postgraduate students studying at either our Colchester or Southend Campuses are entitled to accommodation for the first year of study as long as they return their application by the deadline date.

Please only select areas you are willing to accept as we will not make any changes once an offer has been sent.

  • Colchester Campus accommodation availability

    You're guaranteed a room if you apply for accommodation before 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

    If you're a new applicant and apply after this date, we can no longer guarantee you University accommodation for your first year, but you can still apply for accommodation and we will offer you a room if possible. If we can't offer you campus accommodation then we'll put you in touch with SULets, an agency run by our Students' Union.

  • Southend Campus accommodation availability

    You're guaranteed a room if you apply for accommodation before 11.59pm on Tuesday 31 July 2018.

    If you're a new applicant and apply after this date, we can no longer guarantee you University accommodation for your first year, but you can still apply for accommodation and we will offer you a room if possible.

Make sure you read the Application Guide (.pdf) before making an application for accommodation.

You need to:

  1. Create your myEssex applicant portal (see timescales below)
  2. Login to the portal and accept your offer of academic study
  3. Go to the Living section of the portal, where you will find the link to the online accommodation application form under Accommodation

Timescales

It can take up to 24 to 48 hours for the relevant data to be imported into the accommodation application system from the point of creation, so set up your portal as soon as you can.

Payment

Don't worry about the money at this stage. When you receive an accommodation offer you have one week to accept and pay your £250 prepayment. You will be able to make this payment by credit/debit card as part of the online acceptance process.

If you are applying to live at our Colchester or Southend campuses you can also pay by credit/debit card or UK cheque at the Cash Desk, in the Student Services Hub, but please make sure you specify that the payment is for your accommodation prepayment. Payments cannot be made via online student payments.

To be guaranteed accommodation, you must complete the application form by the deadline date of 31 July 2017.

Reasons you may not be able to apply

Please also note that you will not be able to apply if:

  • you have not received an offer of academic study at Essex
  • you have only just created an applicant portal (see timescale above)
  • you have not accepted your offer of academic study or
  • you do not see a PRID (for example, SMITH12345) in the myAdmin section of the MyEssex Applicant Portal
  • you haven't allowed 48 hours after accepting your offer at Essex, before applying for accommodation

More information

South Essex College

We currently provide a small number of rooms at the University Square, Southend for new undergraduate students studying at South Essex College.

  • SEC students wishing to apply for accommodation should contact Student Services on:
    Telephone 0845 5212345, Email accommodation@southessex.ac.uk for an application form.

East 15

Private accommodation is available at Loughton, please visit the the East 15 website for more information.

East 15 students studying at Southend Campus can apply for accommodation as a new or returning undergraduate student via our normal channels.

Erasmus

Erasmus students studying for a full year (three full terms) are eligible for an allocation of accommodation.

Sports bursary

If you have a sports bursary and want to apply for accommodation, please contact the Sports Centre direct.

All other January applicants

Undergraduate

For all other undergraduate January 2018 starters wanting to apply for accommodation, please complete the 2017-18 January undergraduate arrivals Colchester Campus Accommodation Application form and return by email to accadmin@essex.ac.uk

Postgraduate

For all other Colchester postgraduate January 2018 starters wanting to apply for accommodation, please complete the 2017-18 January postgraduate arrivals Colchester Campus Accommodation Application form and return by email to accadmin@essex.ac.uk

For all other Southend postgraduate January 2018 starters wanting to apply for accommodation, please complete the 2017-18 January postgraduate arrivals Colchester Campus Accommodation Application form and return by email to accadmin@essex.ac.uk

If you accept your allocated accommodation you will enter into a legal contract with Accommodation Essex and you will be liable to pay the rent for your room for the period stated on your offer letter.
Please read our terms carefully before accepting any offer of accommodation:

Contact us if you have any queries relating to accommodation applications.