Mature and part-time students
The mature student community is a diverse one and if you're over the age of
21 at the start of your course, you're a part of it.
Your life and professional experience might vary from fellow students as may your
individual needs. There are many facets to being a student and being a particular age
is just one of them. We'll give you a range of support and guidance so you enjoy
your studies and life as a student.
We appreciate that studying as a mature student can present challenges. This is
particularly true if this is your first experience of higher education and you have
other commitments and responsibilities, such as work and family, so we're here to help you.
Welcome events during your first term at Essex
At the start of your studies at Essex, we run a couple of events specifically
for you to meet other mature students:
- a housewarming event at our Colchester Campus
- the mature students' mixer held during Welcome Week
You might have additional financial responsibilities that you need to juggle but we're here to help with:
Accommodation and living arrangements
We realise that living arrangements will create different experiences for you.
Living in University accommodation
All new undergraduates are guaranteed University accommodation, and this includes mature students.
The Residence Life team provide support if you're living in
University accommodation. They can tell you who your Residents’ Assistant is and run a programme of events throughout
the year, so you can socialise with other students.
Living off campus
SU Lets can help you find secure, private accommodation if you
want to live off campus.
You may want to stay on campus for one or two nights for example during resit exams. We can't guarantee you short-stay accommodation,
but contact your Student Services Hub to see what might be available.
Mature students' network
You can meet up and get to know fellow students who share academic and social interests via the Students' Union mature students' network.
The network is for mature students, student parents and part time students.
Study and social spaces
Colchester Campus common room.
The postgraduate and mature students' common room is a meeting space for you to use. Located
in room 5.401 on the
Colchester Campus, it's easily accessible from the Mathematics entrance off Square 2.
- Comfortable, informal seating.
- Tea and coffee making facilities.
- Newspapers delivered daily.
The student common room, located in the Gateway Building (GB.2.32), provides a space to relax or
study on your own or with friends.
Places to study
You have access to a plethora of study spaces, which
are available for you to study individually or in groups.
Academic and skills support
You'll automatically be assigned a peer mentor,
who is a second or third student in your department. You'll meet them during Welcome Week and they can answer any questions about
university life and help you settle in.
If you'd like your peer mentor to be a mature student, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can contact fellow students for advice via the 'Ask a Postgraduate' scheme.
You'll be allocated a personal tutor at the beginning of your studies
who can help with academic and personal concerns.
Talent Development Centre
As a mature student, you've also got access to advisers in our Talent Development Centre.
They can assist you with the transition to university and help develop your academic, writing or study skills or get help with your maths or statistics.
Join the mature students mailing list to receive
regular news about forthcoming activities such as social events, study skills or careers workshops and other mature student-related information. You'll
need to enter your username and password to open the link. Then, click 'join'. You can unsubscribe at any time.
There's also advice and guidance on a range of topics, including:
"Talk to people on your course about the material you are studying. Many people will share ideas which stimulates both good academic discussion, developing
ideas for essays and assignments but also friendships within departments."
Chris, School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering
We conduct surveys, interviews and focus groups to make sure we're helping you, as a mature student. If you'd like to take part, please email
Our Employability and Careers Centre helps you develop the skills for a successful career. Our friendly staff and excellent resources help you to make
informed career choices and to enter your chosen field.
Get one-to-one help
Advisers in our Talent Development Centre can offer sessions to develop your writing, referencing, time management, study skills as well as English Language. You can sign up to
arrange one-to-one appointments.
Student Services Hub
Our team of advisers are based within your Student Services Hub and can provide information, advice and guidance on a range of topics from accommodation and funding to exam stress and
wellbeing. Drop us a line or pay us a visit.
Our Students' Union (SU) is one of the most active in the country and is run by students,
for students. Our SU will be there to offer you support, plus the opportunity to join numerous clubs and societies
and to enjoy lots of events and nights out.