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Before you arrive

Essential tasks

  • Read your campus guide

    It's time to get your head around all the help, guidance and advice that's here for you and everything that's on offer during your first week.

    Colchester Campus

    Southend Campus

    Loughton Campus

  • 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

Get ready for Essex

explore First in your family to go to uni?

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, important dates, 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.

josh nevilleRead Josh's handy top ten tips

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)

exploreStepping up to degree-level study

From day one of your lectures and seminars we want you to achieve the very best in your studies at your University; 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 our Colchester Campus or our Southend Campus can help you with numeracy, academic literacy, library research, IT, one-to-one advice, online resources, and courses and workshops.

undergraduate studentEssex 101: get ahead of the game

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 to inspire, challenge and support you, 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.

peer mentorsAny questions? Ask a peer mentor!

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.