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Find out how to get your login details, complete your pre-arrival registration and register as a new student

New student registration

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Are you returning to continue your studies? You must register at the start of each academic year. We're here to welcome you back with all the help and advice you'll need.

Welcome to Essex! You'll soon be part of our University of Essex family.

To become an official Essex student, you'll need to register.

Step 1: Obtain your Essex login details

Step 2: Register in person

  • Register in person at the Student Services Hub
  • You will need to bring some photo identification (ID) with you when you register, so we can verify that you are definitely you. Check out our guidance on accepted forms of ID at registration below.
  • As well as your ID, you should also bring along the following, as you may be asked to provide evidence at the registration event:
    • original certificates of your qualifications (if our Admissions team have asked to see them)
    • documents relating to how you are paying your tuition fees (e.g. confirmation of funding from Student Loan Company, bursary or scholarships or other sponsorship)
  • Acceptable ID at Registration

    As a new student we are required to complete a right to study check for you, so we can make sure you have a right to study in the UK and to make sure that it is definitely you registering and not someone on your behalf.

    We would prefer to see photographic identification (ID), but we do understand that not all of you may have this. Other forms of ID for UK/EEA nationals are acceptable when combined; please use the list below to make sure you bring in the right documents when you register.

    UK/EEA nationals

    Acceptable ID is one of:

    • British Passport
    • Passport of an EEA national (including Switzerland)
    • National identity card of an EEA national (including Switzerland)


    two of:

    • Birth certificate stating name(s) of parents
    • Full/provisional UK driving licence
    • National insurance card or confirmation letter
    • European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
    • Student Loans Company confirmation letter for the current academic year

    Please note: we may accept other forms of identification, depending on individual circumstances and at the discretion of the Registration Manager.

    Non UK/EEA nationals

    If you are not a UK or EEA national, you are required to provide a combination of documents from the list below depending on your status.

    • Passport
    • Visa
    • Vignette
    • BRP
    • Home office letter

    Please bring everything you have if you are unsure or refer to the visa checks at registration information on the immigration section of our website for more information.

Where and when to register