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As a new student at Essex there are a few things you need to do before you arrive on campus, find out more here

Before you arrive

Essential tasks

  • Read Countdown to Essex

    It's time to get your head around all the essential things you need to do before you arrive. Don't know where to start? That's what 'Countdown to Essex' is for.

    Colchester Campus

    Southend Campus

    East 15

  • Choose your accommodation

    We have a range of accommodation options to suit different needs, preferences and budgets, all within walking distance of the academic departments and campus facilities.

    All full-time fully-registered undergraduate students studying at either our Colchester or Southend Campuses are entitled to accommodation for the first year of study as long as they return their application by the deadline date.

  • Get your funding in place

    Going to university is one of the best investments you will ever make, but before you arrive make sure you take a look at our fees and funding pages to ensure you’re financially prepared for life at Essex

  • Register for a doctor

    If you're studying on a course for more than 6 months, you’re required to register with a local doctor throughout your period of study.

    Our Colchester Campus has its own health centre offering NHS services including appointments with doctors, a nurse triage system for emergencies during opening hours, and specialist nurse clinics including asthma, diabetes, sexual health and contraception. The centre is operated by our NHS partners Rowhedge Surgery.

    Alternatively, you can use the NHS Choices postcode finder to find your nearest doctor to register with.

    Immunisation and meningitis

    You're going to be living communally and meeting new people from all over the world. Whatever your age, you should be vaccinated against meningitis before coming to university. Please speak to your doctor and get immunised as soon as possible. The vaccination is free and won't make you unwell.

    For more information about our healthcare services, take a look at our health and wellbeing pages.

Other things to do

  • Find out more about student life at Essex

    At Essex there's so much going on that you could never leave campus and still find something new to do. We want you to throw yourself in at the deep end, soak up life and make the most of those special Essex moments. Whichever campus you'll be based at, find out more about student life at Essex.

  • Join our Facebook groups

    Colchester Campus

    Southend Campus

    Loughton Campus


  • Do your packing

    You'll need to supply your own bedding and towels, coat hangers, cooking utensils, crockery, cutlery, saucepans and frying pans.

    If you're at our Colchester or Southend campuses, you can order stuff before you arrive that's delivered to your room

    Alternatively, there are large supermarkets near to all of our campuses, so you can stock up on household essentials when you get here.

  • Plan your journey

  • Know what to do if you're an international student

    Wherever you're travelling from, a warm welcome awaits you at Essex. We are proud to be a global community and we recognise that living and studying in the UK may be very different from your own country.

    Make sure you read all the guidance on our pages for new international students to help you arrive and settle in to your new life at Essex.

  • Know what to do if you’re a disabled student

    If you have a disability, specific learning difficulty, long term medical condition or mental health condition you can register with our disability services before your arrival so that we can consider your support needs. Find further information on what is available on our pages Disability services.

Get ready for Essex

First in your family to go to uni?

explore

A number of undergraduate students at Essex are the first in their family to study at university, and if that's you too - you're bound to have some questions about what it's like. Have a good look around our student webpages to find out more about support for settling in, plus help to ensure your wellbeing, support for students with disabilities, help with money matters, and planning for your future career. You can also Listen to students Chantel and Shannon share their experiences.

Read Josh's handy top ten tips

josh neville

We asked recent Essex graduate, Josh Neville, to change his mortar board for a thinking cap and tell you what to expect and be prepared for in the weeks leading up to your new life as a member of the Essex student community. Plus, how to navigate your way through study and socialising. Josh explains how he got the very best from his time at Essex, that is wasn't all work, work, work, and how he got house-trained. Read Josh's top ten tips. (.pdf)

Stepping up to degree-level study

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We want you to achieve the very best in your studies and that means understanding, and coping with, the transition from A-level and similar levels of study - to getting ready for being a degree-level student. Use spare time at the start of term wisely; such as finding out more about how the Talent Development Centre at Colchester and Southend can help you with numeracy, academic literacy, library research, IT, one-to-one advice, online resources and workshops.

Essex 101: get ahead of the game

undergraduate student

Welcome to Essex101: your go-to guide to achieving ultimate academic excellence. Whether you’re after expert essay-writing advice, need rescuing from revision, or want help getting your head around referencing, Essex101 has the answer. With videos, audio clips, and interactive quizzes Essex101 will help you reach your potential in your current studies, whilst exploring the key skills required for success at university and beyond. Register with MoodleX to get started.

Any questions? Ask a peer mentor!

peer mentors

Most new undergraduate students have questions about starting at university - and this is where our peer mentoring initiative can really help. A peer mentor is another student (normally from your department) with experience of the University who can offer practical advice and information, and point you in the right direction to services that may be available to you.