Welcome new students

Joining us early

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Early arrivals activity programme

Join us for some fun and engaging activities to get you into the swing of student life, we have a whole a programme of fun activities for you.


On demand activities

You can dip into our range of online events at any time. Try a yoga class or an arts workshop to get your mind and body fit, fun and happy.

Check out our Events Calendar for live activities.

And don’t forget, if you are an international student in quarantine or isolation, we are here for you. Check out our dedicated international students advice and guidance online.

Registration opens from 1 September. Once you’ve registered, you’ll be able to access a whole host of activities and information designed to get you up to speed and ready for University life.

Prepare for Essex – and receive a bursary

This year we are offering £250 cash bursary to students that complete our pre-arrival study skills course before 6 October.

The course is open to students that will register for their first year of study for a full-time undergraduate degree course starting in October 2021.

Check our website to make sure you are eligible to take part.

How to apply

You will need to complete the pre-arrival study skills course before 6 October 2021. You must fully complete the course and receive the certificate of completion to be eligible. You will be automatically identified as long as you meet the eligibility criteria.

Skills for academic success

Don’t want to do the full Essex Preparation Programme but still want to improve your academic skills? Try these online sessions

Try these online sessions to improve your academic skills.

Get to know your Students' Union

We understand the last thing you want to do when coming to university and a new country is to stay inside. So, your Students’ Union team have put together a Welcome programme to help you settle in, make friends and learn about what your SU has to offer - all of which you can get involved with whilst in isolation.

Explore the SU website to find out about the perks of your FREE SU membership, alongside some activities and the odd treat along the way.

Relax - then get to know the area

Sport and exercise

We love sport at Essex and our sports teams have created a range of great exercise classes, for all levels and abilities. Just log on and get moving.

Arts and culture

Satisfy your cultural and artistic longings with some of these great online activities.

Enjoy reading and writing?

Learn a language

Learning the basics of a new language using apps like Duolingo can be a fun way to pass the time and keep your mind sharp.

Start a reading challenge

Goodreads allows you to set and track a reading target for the year, and you can connect with like-minded book fans and swap recommendations.

Try an audiobook

Sometimes there’s nothing more comforting than being read to. Audible are offering hundreds of titles free of charge. Sign in with your Amazon account to get started.

Keep a journal

We are living through exceptional times, the kind of times that make history. Start logging your thoughts and feelings now, not only might it help you navigate these current circumstances but what you write might one day have historical significance. What are you waiting for?

Once registered, get on Moodle – our online learning platform

Moodle is our online learning platform for students. Register as an Essex student to get access to a wealth of learning activities

Getting started with IT

Get practical advice on how to access your timetable, learning resources, and software. Find out where to get help when you need it and some top tips to help you get set up and ready for online learning.

Get started

Help tackle the climate emergency

Our Sustainability team’s recommended reading/watching/listening will get you thinking

Find out more about our Sustainability Team and find us on Social Media

Find out more about life at Essex and how we are doing what we can to reduce our footprint on the environment. Why not take the WWF quiz too.

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Make new friends and meet other new students from your country or region

We can't wait to welcome you to Essex in October, so we have arranged a series of informal Arrival Mixer events for when you arrive to campus (or your managed quarantine hotel), allowing you to meet fellow students from your region before the start of term.

Join the session
Events calendar
Estimating and Testing Long-Run Risk Models: International Evidence
Accessing the Untapped Brand Leverage Potential - A capital market view
Organisational Management of Institutional Complexity