Students Staff

How to apply for accommodation

Our award-winning accommodation provides the perfect base from which to enjoy your life at Essex. As a new undergraduate, if you apply for accommodation by 25 August we'll guarantee you a room for your first year.

Application process

You can apply for accommodation once your status in UCAS Track has changed to either 'UF' or 'CF'. You should then:

  1. check out our accommodation options and facilities
  2. register your myEssex applicant portal account as soon as possible after your status changes - it can take 24-48 hours after registering before you can apply for accommodation
  3. log in to the portal
  4. go to the Living section and look for the Accommodation heading, under which you'll find a link to the accommodation application form
  5. complete the application form by 11.59pm Friday 25 August 2017 to be guaranteed accommodation

Timescales and deadlines

Register your myEssex portal account as soon as you can, as it can take between 24 to 48 hours for the relevant data to be imported into the accommodation application system and you won't be able to apply before the data transfer has taken place. To be guaranteed accommodation, you must complete the online application form by the deadline, 11.59pm Friday 25 August 2017.

Between 26 August and 8 October, new undergraduates can still apply for accommodation using the myEssex applicant portal and we'll continue to offer rooms while we have availability; however, we'll not be able to guarantee you a room in University accommodation.

Our Colchester accommodation

Set amongst beautiful parkland, our accommodation is close to all the academic buildings and amenities on campus.

Our Southend University Square accommodation

Conveniently located just off the High Street, only 2 minutes’ walk from the Southend Campus, University Square is perfectly placed for students to enjoy the many attractions and facilities the town has to offer.

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