Coming to Essex this October? It’s time to get clued up on what Essex Students’ Union has in store for you!

Your official Essex University welcome (no phonies here!). We’re here to help you get you settled & make friends who will make your university experience amazing.

And this page is the place to discover it all. From welcome events to Freshers Fortnight, SU Freshers Fair, campus tours, venues, advice, volunteering, sports clubs, society and media opportunities.

Days until UK ALevel Results Day...



Ready to get started? Here's when you'll be able to register with the uni, book tickets and buy memberships.


UK ALevel Results: this is when you decide if you are definitely coming to Essex! 🎉

SU Welcome events line-up announced: take a look at what we have in store for you. From tours to nights out - start planning your first few weeks.


University registration opens online: set up your email, complete online pre-registration and more.

SU Welcome events tickets on sale (including free tickets!): once you have your university email you can log in to this website and start booking your events 🙌

Join Sports Clubs, Societies, Rebel & VTeam: choose from a free trial or jump straight in to a membership. You'll need your email for this one.


In-person University registration: if you're a local student, you'll be invited in early for your registratin check. Great to get this done early so you can get to more events!


Arrivals Weekend: if you're living on campus, this is when you'll most likely move into your new home.

SU Welcome Hub opens: discover everything your SU has in store for you or stop by to ask questions at the hub on Square 3.

Events start: from board games to nights out, there's something for everyone!



Join the official Essex SU Welcome and Freshers Fortnight channels to be one of the first to get updates 🤩

SU Welcome 24 Channel
SU Freshers Fortnight 24 Channel

SU Welcome 24 Broadcast
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and follow us on socials @essexsu







Meet others and have fun doing something you enjoy. 

Whether you’re looking for members of your faith or cultural background, searching for others in your department or just want to hang out with those who share the same interests; there’s something for everyone to get involved with. A family of 60+ unique and wonderful communities.



Get ready for the highs and low as we win and lose as a team. 

Whether you're into solo or group sports, indoor or outdoor activities, water or land-based fun, competitive or recreational games – there’s something for everyone. A tight-knit family of 40+ student-run sports clubs!



Do good, feel good and make lifelong friends.

From animal welfare to art, creative writing to teaching – there’s a variety of projects for you to get involved with. You’ll meet others, gain transferable skills and give your CV an upgrade while helping the local community.



No matter your passion, Rebel is the place for you.

Whether you're a budding journalist, aspiring broadcaster, eager to see your work on the big screen, or simply curious about media, we've got your back. Debate, educate, inform, and entertain 14,000+ other students at Essex - the possibilities are endless! No experience needed - we're all about inclusivity and working together as a collective to create amazing things.



SU Spaces

Your free SU membership unlocks a world of awesome spaces on campus…

Whether you’re looking to study or socialise, rehydrate or caffeinate, relax or party; we’ve got you covered.

You’ll be able to choose from a Starbucks café, three shops, two bars, two nightclubs, hang-out spaces, cinema, an advice centre, a letting agency and more.

Whatever you want to do, there’s an SU Space for you - scroll left and right to explore your new favourite locations…



Sub Zero line-up drops 15 August 🔥

Your SU Membership

We’re proud to have been voted by students as one of the top 10 SU’s in the country 🏆.

Your SU membership is the key to getting the most out of your time at Essex, including these great benefits…

So, you picked Essex for your course, huh? Smart move! Here's the deal: we're all about helping you get a kickass qualification and scoring that dream job! (And maybe, just maybe, you were drawn in by our awesome SU 😉)

The biggest adventure of your life? It’s just around the corner. During your time at Essex, you'll embark on an exciting journey of self-discovery, finding your passions, and shaping your future self. And we've got your back every step of the way!

Because university life is about more than earning a degree. It's your time to dive into your passions and interests, while making lifelong friends who share them too. Your uniqueness is your superpower, and we celebrate that!

Hey there, change-maker! Essex is the place where your voice matters, and making a difference is the name of the game.

We've built a membership that celebrates your uniqueness. Your passions, your personality, and your needs take centre stage here. Find your voice with us.

University life can be a rollercoaster of emotions - the highs, the lows, and everything in between. Stress, anxiety, and sadness are all part of the package, but you're not alone.

Reach out whenever you need a chat, a laugh, or someone to lean on. Together, we'll make your uni experience unforgettable, with great memories and genuine support.



Looking for somewhere to live next year?

SUHomes are here for you. With a range of properties available; including shared houses, resident landlords, family friendly housing, entire houses, and purpose built student accommodation; short and fixed term tenancies, there’s something for every one.

And they've been doing it for years - no one gets student homes better! Prices start from £69 per week.


SU Advice

University life can be a rollercoaster of emotions - the highs, lows and everything in between.

As a member of Essex SU you’ll never have to manage alone. Our caring and supportive SU Advice team are here whenever you need them, ready to listen and offer the advice you need.

Reach out whenever you need a chat, a laugh, or someone to lean on. Together, we'll make sure you get everything you want out of your uni experience.