University of Essex Applicant Days

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University of Essex Applicant Days

University of Essex Applicant Days

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Applicant Days

If you’ve made an application to us you’ll be invited to attend an Applicant Day. Your invite will be sent through the post, so keep an eye out for it! Our Applicant Days are departmental focused events, providing the opportunity to meet your department and discover your course in more detail before making your final decision through UCAS.

Your Applicant Day could either be at Colchester or Southend depending on where you’ve applied and the course you’ve chosen to study. Double check your invite or search for your course to make sure you visit the right campus.

If you’re an applicant from outside the UK, please email us if you would like to attend an Applicant Day

Accepting your place

Please accept your place as soon as you receive your invitation:

  1. register to create your MyEssex applicant portal (have your UCAS number handy!)
  2. log in to your MyEssex applicant portal, view your department’s programme and accept your place

Your MyEssex portal can take up to 24 hours to be created (but it’s usually much quicker). Once you have access, you’ll be able to login and confirm your place. If you have any problems with MyEssex, email our IT Helpdesk

If you can’t attend

Don’t worry, we have lots of Applicant Days – just head to your MyEssex portal to request a change of date.

Your Applicant Day

Your programme

Some departments will interview you as part of their recruitment process which gives them the chance to meet you and discover your passions for the course, so it’s important to attend.

You’ll find a brief overview of our itinerary below. A more detailed version can be found in your MyEssex portal.

If you haven’t been to an Open Day or you would like to tour the campus and accommodation, we recommend attending the Experience Essex session. If you don’t want to attend this session you’re welcome to arrive in time for the Essex Education talk at 12.30pm. You won’t be able to view accommodation unless you attend the Experience Essex session.

If you’re a journalism, nursing, physiotherapy or occupational therapy student then your Applicant Day won’t follow the itinerary listed below. Instead, follow your individual programme available in your MyEssex portal.

  • 10.00am – 12.30pm: Experience Essex

    Your one-stop-shop to get the low down on life as an Essex student.

    • Information sessions: chat to representatives from Student Finance, Employability, Undergraduate Admissions, Accommodation, Languages for all, Student Support and Essex Abroad.
    • Campus tours: discover our vibrant campus with a guided tour by a current student.
    • View our student accommodation: we run ‘open accommodation’ so you can view as much or as little as you like!
  • 12.30pm – 1.00pm: Essex Education

    Following this talk, you will be split into your individual subjects and guided to your department so please make sure you attend this session.

  • 1.00pm – 3.30pm: Departmental activities and interviews

    Each department’s programme is unique so to find out what your subject has to offer but downloading your programme from your MyEssex portal.

    Your interview

    If you have an interview as part of your Applicant Day, most will take place during the departmental activities between 1.00pm – 3.30pm. Your exact interview time will be assigned once you arrive in your department on the day. Please note, we’re unable to interview you outside of these times.

How to get here

  • Arriving at our campus

    You’ll be able to register on our Applicant Day any time between 10.00am – 12.30pm. When you arrive please head to the Ivor Crewe Lecture Hall (the big, round, silver building!), where you’ll find our check-in desks and, more importantly, the tea and coffee. Our welcome talk will take place at 12.30pm.

  • Travelling by car

    Directions to our campus

    • Postcode to use: CO7 9HT

    As our campus is so large, satnav’s can sometimes become confused so use the postcode above for our Wivenhoe House Hotel, which is on the south side of our campus. You’ll then see signs directing you to our Applicant Day parking bays.

    Whether approaching our University from London and the South or Ipswich and the North via the A12, you should:

    • take the exit marked Colchester (A133)
    • follow the A133 towards Clacton and ignore the entrance to the Knowledge Gateway
    • continue along the A133, then take the B1028 towards Wivenhoe
    • turn right into Boundary Road and then right again into Park Road
    • the Applicant Day parking bays will be signposted

    Visitors are advised not to park in the multi-storey car park as this is for registered vehicles only.

    Parking permit

    You parking permit is in the Applicant Day Guide we sent you with your invitation letter. Alternatively, you’ll also find a copy of the parking permit on your MyEssex applicant portal.

  • Travelling by train

    Free coach service from Colchester train station

    If you’re travelling by train, hop on our coach – it’s free of charge!

    Our coach will make two pick-ups in the morning. If you want to attend the Experience Essex session, you’ll need to use the first coach service. The coach pick-up and departure times below are approximate due to traffic conditions on the day:

    • first coach service: arrives at 9.45am, departs station at 10.15am
    • second coach service: arrives at 11.00am, departs station at 11.30am

    The journey from Colchester station to our Colchester Campus usually takes around 15 minutes.

    Heading home

    After the Applicant Day the coach will depart at 3.45pm. Student Ambassadors in your department will guide you to the coach stop following your Applicant Day.

  • Arriving from an airport

    London Stansted airport is less than an hour from our Colchester Campus and is easily accessible by bus. We recommend using the SXConnect bus service that runs between the airport and the campus.

    If you’re arriving to other London airports we recommend taking the London Underground to London Liverpool Street (Central line) where trains depart for Colchester.

    If you’re travelling from the EU or overseas, please feel free to contact the Applicant Day Team by emailing who will be happy to provide further travel details and support.

  • Stay with us

    Long journey? Why not book a stay at our beautiful Wivenhoe House Hotel. This luxury 4* hotel is situated on our Colchester Campus and boasts free parking, free wi-fi and an award winning brasserie. Guests visiting our campus can take advantage of our special preferential rate.

    For further information or to book a room please contact Wivenhoe House Hotel and quote “UoE visitor rate” when booking to receive our special discounted rate. (Subject to availability, terms and conditions apply.)

Contact us

If you have any queries about your Applicant Day, please feel free to contact us – we like a question!