Congratulations! You’re coming to Essex, what now?

Make sure you’ve applied for university accommodation.

(If you want to that is). As long as you have applied for accommodation by Friday 21 August 2015 you will be guaranteed accommodation, even if you have secured your place with University of Essex through clearing.

If you haven’t applied yet – don’t panic! Our Student Services team will still do as much as they can to help. Email or phone our Campus Accommodation Office on 01206 874274.


Work out how you’re getting to uni.

Which ever way you choose to get to uni on arrivals day (Sunday 27 September 2015) there is information about the best routes on our website.

The University of Essex also runs a coach transfer service for new international students arriving from London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports. These coaches will be running on Sunday 27 September 2015 and do require booking.

It’s also easy to get to our Colchester campus from London Stansted airport, just get on the 133 coach service.


Have a look at all of the welcome week activities.

Start planning which activities you’d like to go to (although your departmental events won’t be optional). The Students’ Union will be running lots of great activities during welcome week so keep up to date with all the announcements.


Don’t buy too much!

When you find out you have been accepted into uni it is very tempting to go out and buy plates, pots, pans and bedding but if you’re not fussy about having new things it might worth holding back. The majority of the accommodation at Essex is set out in flats or houses with a shared kitchen and therefore if everyone brings a set of pans your cupboards will be overflowing! Hold back on buying these items until you’ve either found some of your flatmates online and chatted about who is bringing what or wait until you get to uni. There will be plenty of opportunity to buy these items at stalls on campus  during welcome week or at Tesco (only 5 minutes away by bus).

Find your flatmates.

If you know what accommodation you have been allocated you can find a Facebook group with other students who will also be living with you. Simply select your accommodation from this list, click to find out more information and scroll to the bottom of the page for all of the Facebook links.


Reading lists.

If you’re an eager beaver who wants to get started on your university reading early then reading lists are available online for all modules.


Want another look around campus?

If you want to come and visit the University of Essex before you start your course then you are more than welcome! There is an Open Day on 19 September or if you’d prefer a more informal look around the university then you can book onto a campus tour. Campus tours are run by current Essex students who can answer any of your questions, this is really helpful if you’ve thought of some new questions after being accepted into uni.


If you really love checklists here’s another with a few more items to tick off before you arrive.

Finally, if you have any questions about arrivals and welcome week please feel free to email for more information.

How to win during Clearing

Check your offers from 8am

UCAS will open at 8am on Thursday morning. Make sure you log in as soon as possible so that you can see if you have met the conditions of your firm offer, insurance offer or if looking at Clearing spaces is on the cards. Remember that even if you meet the conditions of your firm offer you can choose to use Clearing as a last chance to shop around and look at other universities.

Alarm Clock 7:50am

Have everything ready

Even though your UCAS Track will tell you if you have been successful in meeting the conditions of any offers, you will not be able to get your A-Level results via UCAS. Find out beforehand where and when you can collect your results from, or if your college will be making them available to you online. You won’t be able to make any Clearing applications without knowing your results.

man at computer screen checking ucas

Have your GCSE results handy

Although studying for your GCSEs may be a distant memory, you will probably need your results easily accessible on Thursday. Many courses have specific GCSE requirements and you will be unable to make Clearing applications without knowing your GCSE grades.

school scissor pot

Don’t panic about accommodation

Not knowing where you will be living in October can be a scary thought, but don’t worry! At the University of Essex you are guaranteed accommodation – even via Clearing –  as long as you apply by Friday 21 August. There is a wide range of accommodation on offer at Essex and we’ve got a great reputation for offering something to suit everybody.

Colchester campus night

You will still get to enjoy all of the perks

The University of Essex offers amazing freebies for you to enjoy. Lots of sports facilities are free such as club memberships, insurance and court hire fees. Plus, Essex is also one of the only universities in the UK to not charge tuition fees for year abroad or placement years. On top of all that, students can learn a language alongside their degree, for no extra charge with the Languages for All scheme. Amazing.

Just Play sports at the University of Essex

There is still some monetary help available

With options such as the International Baccalaureate Scholarship, the University of Essex Bursary and the University of Essex Sports Scholarship there is lots of financial help available when studying at the University of Essex – even if you apply via Clearing. More information on all of the scholarships we offer can be found on our website.

student receiving cheque

Want to come and see the university for yourself?

If you are offered a Clearing place but want to learn more about the University of Essex before deciding if it is definitely the university for you, then you can come to the Clearing Open Day. Enjoy tours of our campus, discuss courses with academics and view the accommodation. Find out more here.

University of Essex Open Day

If you have accepted an offer through Clearing you can also come to a Clearing Experience Day. Experience Days let you get to know your department, ask questions about accommodation and take a tour of our university. Experience Days are also a great chance to meet other students that will be starting university at the same time as you. More details on Experience Days can be found here and will be included in your clearing acceptance email.

Students Union Open Day

Or if you cannot come to any of these events then you can take a student-led campus tour so you can be shown around the campus by a student who can answer any questions you may have about studying at the University of Essex.

University of Essex Experience Day

Welcome to the family

At Essex, we pride ourselves in treating all students like members of the family – offering the same perks, lifestyle and experience to students and whether you’ve applied through Clearing is irrelevant.

For more advice and guidance, check out the University of Essex Results Day Survival Guide!

Good luck!