Students Staff

Essex Essentials

Winter break closing times

You will still be able to place orders on the Essex Essentials website during the winter break between 23 December 2021 and 4 January 2022. However, any orders placed during the winter break will be not be actioned until 4 January 2022. You may experience a slight delay as our teams catch up with orders that have been placed over this period.

We will not be accepting any meal plan orders between 15 December 2021 and 4 January 2022.

Any emails sent to eventessex@essex.ac.uk during the winter break will not be monitored and you will not receive a response until after 4 January 2022.

If you are arriving on campus between these dates and need to isolate during this time please contact the Student Isolation Team at isupport@essex.ac.uk who will be able to offer support during the winter break.


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. Collection point 5N5.6, Square 4. Our normal opening times 10am - 4pm, Monday to Friday.

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


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
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

We will not be accepting any meal plan orders between 15 December 2021 and 4 January 2022.

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

Please note - we only deliver to isolating students residing in accommodation on our Colchester campus and, at The Copse, Meadows and University Quays.

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

Please note - we only deliver to isolating students residing in accommodation on our Colchester campus and, at The Copse, Meadows and University Quays.

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.

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


Your details
Name: *
Address Line 1 (including any accommodation room number): *
Address Line 2: *
Address Line 3:
Address Line 4:
Postcode: *
Contact number: *
Email address: *
PRID: *
Arrival date: *
Are you in quarantine or self-isolating?
Quarantine/self-isolating start date:
Quarantine/self-isolating end date:
Dietary requirements:
* required