Students Staff

Essex Essentials

Essex Essentials is a one-stop shop to help you make your time at university hassle free. You can purchase kitchen, bedding, food and electrical packs either before you arrive or throughout the year. Your purchases will either be delivered to your accommodation if ordered by the cut-off date of Friday 24 September 2021 or will be available for collection. Collection points will be confirmed in due course.

If you live on our Colchester Campus, items purchased from 24 September onwards will be collection only. If you live at Southend the University’s internal courier service will deliver your items on either a Tuesday or Thursday.

Meal plans will always be delivered to accommodation.

Any questions? If you've checked our FAQs page and can't find your answer there, you can contact us by:

  • Email: eventessex@essex.ac.uk (monitored 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday)
  • Telephone: 01206 872358

Bedding packs

Single bedding pack with towels
Single bedding pack with towels
£40.00

Contents:

  • 10.5 single poly cotton duvet
  • Poly cotton pillow
  • Poly cotton fitted sheet
  • Single poly cotton duvet cover
  • Poly cotton pillowcase
  • 400gsm cotton hand towel
  • 400gsm cotton bath towel

Students staying at The Meadows or The Copse will require the double bedding pack.

Double bedding pack with towels
Double bedding pack with towels
£50.00

Contents:

  • 10.5 double poly cotton duvet
  • Poly cotton pillow
  • Double cotton fitted sheet
  • Double poly cotton duvet cover
  • Poly cotton pillowcase
  • 400gsm cotton hand towel
  • 400gsm cotton bath towel

Electrical

Iron
Iron
£20.00

Russell Hobbs Supreme Steam Iron

University accommodation no longer comes with an iron supplied and so you will need to bring your own.

A fast 2600w heat up and non-stick ceramic soleplate combined with 40g/min continuous steam and powerful 140g/min steam shot ensures superior heat distribution and a smooth glide to get through even the toughest of fabrics in no time.

The soft touch handle and dial alongside an easy fill large 300ml water tank makes for comfortable ironing when tackling a sizeable pile and the spray function helps you get to grips with those stubborn creases in one go.

The Supreme Steam Iron features a powerful vertical steam function which means you can take conventional ironing to the next level and steam hanging garments with ease. The 2.5m cord ensures enough flexibility to iron where you feel most comfortable. Finally, a self-clean function helps to protect the iron from scale damage, this will prolong the performance and life of your iron.

  • Power: 2600w
  • Non-stick ceramic soleplate
  • 300ml water tank
  • 40g/min continuous steam
  • 150g/min steam shot
  • Vertical steam
  • Soft touch handle
  • Easy to fill
  • Self-clean function
  • 2.5m cord
Extension Lead for UK
Extension Lead for UK
£10.00

4-way surge protected extension lead.

  • University approved extension lead (complies with BS 1363)
  • 4 way
  • Surge protected
  • 2 metre lead
Travel Adaptor - Worldwide & European to UK
Travel Adaptor - Worldwide & European to UK
£5.99

British travel adapter allows worldwide adapter plugs to be used safely in the UK.

  • Check appliance compatibility with local voltage before inserting plug.
  • Not for use with plugs that have side mounted earth contacts.
  • Standard: BS5733
  • Convert from: all continents
  • Convert to: UK plug
  • Rating: 13A, 250V AC
  • Connector colour: white

Please note that this travel adapter does not convert voltage.

Food

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 Day Meal Plan (SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 7 Day Meal Plan (SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY)
£50.00

SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY

Lunch, dinner & breakfast 7-day meal plans have been developed for students that have to self-isolate, either upon arrival or throughout their stay with us at the University of Essex. Therefore these meal plans should only be purchased by self-isolating students only.

This package includes a fully delivered meal package to including a continental breakfast, cold lunch and an evening ready meal requiring reheating in a microwave or oven, for 7 days.

Please place orders by 2pm to ensure delivery in time for the following day. Weekend meal boxes will be delivered Friday and all fresh food will have a minimum three day shelf life. We will arrange for food to be delivered to your accommodation. Our inbox is not monitored over the weekend so any orders placed on Saturday or Sunday will be processed on the Monday.

Breakfast box contents include:

  • long life butter croissant
  • strawberry jam
  • mini granola bar
  • uht yoghurt
  • orange juice and cutlery pack

Lunch box contents include:

  • cold sandwich of the day (vegetarian option is also available, please inform us if you require this option)
  • crisps
  • mini belgian choc brownie or butter flapjack
  • apple juice

Dinner includes a different meal every day with meat and vegetarian options (please let us know if you require a meat or vegetarian option). Examples of dinner choices include chicken tikka masala and macaroni cheese.

The menu is subject to change and contents may vary slightly subject to availability.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements and allergens in advance.

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 10 Day Meal Plan (SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 10 Day Meal Plan (SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY)
£75.00

SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY

Lunch, dinner & breakfast 10-day meal plans have been developed for students that have to self-isolate, either upon arrival or throughout their stay with us at the University of Essex. Therefore these meal plans should only be purchased by self-isolating students only.

This package includes a fully delivered meal package to including a continental breakfast, cold lunch and an evening ready meal requiring reheating in a microwave or oven, for 10 days.

Please place orders by 2pm to ensure delivery in time for the following day. Weekend meal boxes will be delivered Friday and all fresh food will have a minimum three day shelf life. We will arrange for food to be delivered to your accommodation. Our inbox is not monitored over the weekend so any orders placed on Saturday or Sunday will be processed on the Monday.

Breakfast box contents include:

  • long life butter croissant
  • strawberry jam
  • mini granola bar
  • uht yoghurt
  • orange juice and cutlery pack

Lunch box contents include:

  • cold sandwich of the day (vegetarian option is also available, please inform us if you require this option)
  • crisps
  • mini belgian choc brownie or butter flapjack
  • apple juice

Dinner includes a different meal every day with meat and vegetarian options (please let us know if you require a meat or vegetarian option). Examples of dinner choices include chicken tikka masala and macaroni cheese.

The menu is subject to change and contents may vary slightly subject to availability.

Please inform us of any dietary requirements and allergens in advance.

Essentials Food Box
Essentials Food Box
£40.00

The Essentials Food Box contains essential food items for new students starting university life. The Essentials Food Box has also been designed for any students that need to quarantine upon arrival or whilst at university and forms part of the University's strategy to keep all of our students safe and secure.

Subject to availability from our suppliers, the contents of the Essentials Food Box may vary and are designed to last for 2-3 days.

Kitchen packs

Deluxe kitchen pack
Deluxe kitchen pack
£65.00

Contents:

  • Dinner plate
  • Side plate
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Drinking glass
  • 18cm saucepan, suitable for all hob types including induction
  • 26cm frying pan, suitable for all hob types including induction
  • Grater
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Can opener
  • Chopping board
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Dessert spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Oven gloves
  • Tea towel
  • Wine/bottle opener
  • Colander
  • 5-piece utensil set: serving spoon, slotted serving spoon, slotter turner, ladle and a masher
  • Baking tray

Suitable for all accommodation.

Kitchen pack standard
Kitchen pack standard
£45.00

Contents:

  • Dinner plate
  • Side plate
  • Bowl
  • Mug
  • Drinking glass
  • 18cm saucepan with lid, suitable for all hob types including induction
  • Fork
  • Knife
  • Dessert spoon
  • Teaspoon
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Can opener
  • 5 piece utensil set: serving spoon, slotted serving spoon, slotted turner, ladle and a masher

Other

Clothes horse
Clothes horse
£12.00

Bi-fold metal clothes dryer

Laundry basket
Laundry basket
£20.00

Laundry Basket with handles to make transport of your laundry easier

Coat Hangers (10 pack)
Coat Hangers (10 pack)
£5.00

10 x plastic coat hangers


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