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Students under 18

We welcome students that are under 18 to our University. No matter how old you are when you start your studies, we want you to feel welcome and included. We understand that you will also want to get involved in campus life and so we have a range of activities open to you.

All questions that you might have about university life will be answered by the Student Information Team in your Student Services Hub. From accommodation to funding, exam stress to student support and wellbeing - any advice you might need, our expert teams are here to help. Email for more information.

Whilst we do expect you to take care of yourself and to live independently, the University does have an additional duty of care to you and we want to ensure that you have all of the information you need to make your experience with us a happy and successful one.

  • Personal tutor

    You will be allocated a personal tutor when you start at university. Your personal tutor will be a member of staff from your department and is someone you can talk to if you have questions about your course or encounter any difficulties which affect your studies. If you aren’t sure who your personal tutor is, please ask your department.

  • Peer mentor

    You probably have questions about university life. You can go straight to the source! All undergraduate students automatically have a peer mentor, a fellow student from your department who can answer your questions about university and share their experience.

  • Accommodation

    We will try to make your transition to university life as smooth as possible. We require you to live in University accommodation so please make sure you apply by the deadline. You can choose from a range of accommodation options, including a single gender flat if required.

    The Residence Life team provides support for all students living in accommodation and this includes students who are under 18. You will be allocated a Residents’ Assistant who is a senior student who you can contact if you have any questions or concerns ‘out of hours’.

Social activities

You have a range of exciting opportunities to try something new and meet other students. Our University and the Students’ Union have a wide range of social activities on offer from Day 1. These include film viewings, ‘Just Play’ sessions, International Milkshake Mixers, Wallpaper Party, Total Wipeout and Freshers’ Fair.

Annually, there are a colourful array of celebrations and festivals of the cultural diversity represented across our three University campuses (Colchester, Southend and Loughton). This includes fundraising events hosted by the African-Caribbean society, Malaysian Night, Holi celebrations in the spring, Ghanaian Independence Day celebrations, Chinese New Year celebrations and several other events hosted by different cultural societies. Students from all walks of life, whatever age, are invited to enjoy these.

At Essex we run a rota of ‘Just Play’ sports throughout the year. These are free and you can attend one-off sessions, so even if you cannot commit to a team or weekly training session you won’t miss out on the wide range of activities and sports available to all students, including you.

You can also check out Level Up, a games room where you can play XBox, pool and board games.

If you like to travel and explore new places, the Travel Society organises lots of trips to local sights, including Colchester Zoo, Cambridge and Oxford. Keep an eye on their Facebook page for the latest news.

Employability advice

Our Careers Centre

Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.

Get 1:1 help

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Advisers in our Talent Development Centre can offer sessions to develop your writing, referencing, time management, study skills as well as English Language. You can sign up to arrange 1:1 appointments.

Student Services Hub

Lecturer and student

Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.

Students' Union

Students' Union club night

Our Students' Union (SU) is one of the most active in the country and is run by students, for students. Our SU will be there to offer you support, plus the opportunity to join numerous clubs and societies and to enjoy lots of events and nights out.