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.

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