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 and electrical packs either before you arrive or until mid-September. The collection point will be the Event Essex Summer Hub located on Square 5.

Arriving In January? If you order by Wednesday 4 January 2023 we will arrange free delivery to your accommodation.

All orders placed on the webshop after this date will be collection only from the Event Essex office which is located in 6.314. Southend orders will be delivered by the courier every Tuesday.

Any questions? If you've checked our FAQs page and can't find your answer there, you can contact us via email or the telephone number below. (Monitored between 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday).

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 5 Day Meal Plan (SELF-ISOLATING STUDENTS ONLY)
Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 5 Day Meal Plan (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 5-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 5 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.

Bedding packs

Single bedding pack with towels
Single bedding pack with towels


  • 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


  • 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



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


Clothes horse
Clothes horse

Bi-fold metal clothes dryer

Laundry basket
Laundry basket

Laundry Basket with handles to make transport of your laundry easier

Extension Lead for UK
Extension Lead for UK

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

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.

Travel Adaptor - Indian to UK
Travel Adaptor - Indian to UK

Travel Adaptor - Indian to UK.

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