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    Welcome to University of Sussex

    The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of universities founded in the 1960s and celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011–12. The campus is set entirely within the South Downs National Park whilst its location in Falmer is just minutes away from the vibrant seaside city of Brighton. The concrete buildings on campus have been arranged in the shape of a cat when viewed from above: which pretty much sums up the quirkiness of the university in a way!

    It offers a broad array of subjects to study covering those in humanities, science, culture and media all taught on campus. The University of Sussex has slowly risen up in the rankings over the years, and it boasts alumni including politicians, journalists, philosophers and scientists. All of the departments at Sussex have world-leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised research.

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    Courses and fees

    The University of Sussex has a huge selection of undergraduate and postgraduate courses on offer, many of which can be studied as joint honours degrees. You can also study an undergraduate degree with a minor, or simply choose one subject to specialise in.

    Standard entry requirements are between AAA and BBB at A Level, depending on the programme you apply for, and the university has a long tradition of welcoming mature students, with nearly 20% of all students mature, so is flexible when extending offers to such students. For postgrad degrees, Sussex usually requires a first or upper-second-class undergraduate honours degree for admission.

    Sussex has flexible undergraduate courses that allow you to tailor your studies to match your own interests and ambitions; so you may choose to do an industrial placement, spend some time studying abroad or study modules from other subject areas – allowing you to design a broader, richer, and more personalised degree.


    There are 12 schools at the University of Sussex: Business, Management and Economics; Education and Social Work; English; Global Studies; Engineering and Informatics; History, Art History and Philosophy; Law, Politics and Sociology; Life Sciences; Mathematical and Physical Sciences; Media, Film and Music; Psychology; and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School.

    The Medical School partners with Brighton University and shares facilities, offering students a dynamic and varied experience.

    Subjects that can be studied include those in American Studies, History, Education, Politics, Geography, Sociology and more.


    According to the Complete University Guide 2014, six of the subjects on offer at the University of Sussex are in the top 10. It ranks second for Social Work, sixth for History of Art, eighth for Italian, and ninth for American Studies, Sociology, and Anthropology.

    International offerings

    Sussex has always had a strong international perspective to its academic activities and its outlook, and it attracts staff and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across the world; nearly a third of staff come from outside the UK. Approximately one fifth of its students will take a year out to study abroad. For international students coming to the university, it's partnered with Study Group to provide pre-sessional English courses and foundation courses to ease students into the UK way of life and studying.

    Tuition fees

    For UK/EU undergraduate students the tuition fees are £9,000 per year, with medicine courses costing £19,000 for Islands students. International students will pay between £14,450 and £17,850 per year, and £26,100 for Medicine courses.
    Postgraduate fees vary from £3,100 to £13,500 for a course.

    The University of Sussex has a range of sector-leading scholarships and bursaries for both undergraduate and postgraduate students. These include: the First Generation Scholar Scheme - designed to help UK undergraduate students from disadvantaged backgrounds; the Sussex Excellence Scholarship - available to undergraduate students who achieve top grades in their A levels, BTEC or International Baccalaureate; and the Chancellor’s Masters Scholarship - for Masters students arriving with a first-class honours degree from any UK university.

    To find out more about Sussex's scholarships and bursaries, and to search their funding database, visit:


    University of Sussex facilities

    The University of Sussex has a variety of facilities including: a £30 million Jubilee Building which opened in 2012 and houses the School of Business, Management and Economics, teaching spaces, a 500-seat lecture theatre and a café; Northfield, the University’s flagship housing complex at the north end of campus, which opened in 2010 offering 777 en-suite bed spaces and added 320 more bed spaces in 2013; and a newly refurbished library.

    The university also plans to refurbish the Attenborough centre for the Creative Arts and a major renewal of the science estate.


    Situated in Falmer, just north of Brighton, the campus is a haven of its own surrounded by the greenery of the South Downs. Brighton centre is easily accessible by train or bus: regular buses take 15 minutes to get to the town centre, while the train from Falmer station takes less time and will also connect you to other locations on the coast. A vibrant city with something for everyone, there are hundreds of pubs, a pebbly beach and a bustling cultural scene (Brighton is also, of course, home to The Student Room HQ!). London is an hour away by train.

    Library & study Facilities

    The recently refurbished Library is open 24 hours a day during term time and has around 700,000 books and over 30,000 journals to pore over. The Library's special collections are housed at The Keep, a new state-of-the art historical resource centre a short walk from campus. The collections include original manuscripts and first editions by Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen and Rudyard Kipling, and the Mass Observation Archive, a unique social history resource.


    There are around 800 computers on campus, most with 24 hour access. Internet and wifi is available across campus and all students will be given an email address. Over £1.5 million have been invested in making the campus wifi ready.

    Careers Service

    The Careers team is devoted to helping you find work after and during your studies and advertises approximately 4,500 vacancies throughout the year. The team also helps with CV preparation and interviews, and hosts careers fairs and information sessions, as well as training courses.


    There's a brand new Co-op supermarket on site, as well as a launderette, a bank, a post office, a pharmacy, two sports centres,a book shop plus eight cafes and restaurants including a vegetarian street food stall.

    Student Union

    There are two bars and two shops run by the union, who arrange a variety of entertainment and activities for students. There is also an advice centre which provides students with support on academic and personal issues; it also runs 160 clubs and societies.


    Two sports halls and an extensive sports programme are on offer, with around 30 classes taking place every week. There's also a therapy room which can help relieve stiff muscles and sports injuries after a hectic work out!

    Medical and Welfare Services

    There's a dentist on site as well as a health centre which students can register at. The Student Life Centre at the heart of the campus can help you with any personal or academic concerns, funding and finance and progression through your course.

    Financial Aid

    The university has a number of scholarships on offer and it also offers support in the way of emergency funds to students who may be struggling financially during their studies.


    At the University of Sussex you have the option of living in on or off campus residences. The on campus accommodation gives you the opportunity to live close to the facilities of the campus (and only have a short commute to class!) while accommodation off-campus gives you a chance to get to know Brighton and live in the varied community.

    Sussex offers accommodation to around 5,100 students, mostly on campus, and guarantees housing to first year undergraduates who make Sussex their firm choice and whose housing application is received by the 1 August deadline, and to new full-time postgraduates on research degrees (I.e. PhD/MPhil) who firmly accept an academic offer, and whose housing application and £250 pre-payment is received by the 1 August deadline. The university also keeps a database of registered private-sector landlords offering accommodation locally. All accommodation is self-catering.

    All campus residences and larger off-campus residences have both wired broadband and WiFi internet access and telephone points, and WiFi is currently being installed in all residential buildings. Some of Sussex's flats are suitable for families and for people with disabilities. You can find more information about Sussex's student accommodation, including videos of each of their residences, at


    Situated in the north of the campus, this accommodation consists of 60 five bedroom flats - perfect if you want to make friends straight away! Equipped with a kitchen, two bathrooms and laundry facilities, the accommodation is ideal if this is your first year at university. It costs £125.60 per week to live here.

    East Slope

    Just along from Brighthelm is the East Slope which has 100 terraced single storey flats for between six and 12 students. Flats are divided into single or shared rooms, with a single room costing £82.20 per week and a shared room starting at £62.

    Lewes Court

    On the north of the campus is Lewes Court which has flats for between five and seven people, plus a range of studio flats and flats for students with disabilities. Prices range between £120 and £140 per week.


    Right at the back of the campus, adjacent to the pretty park is Northfield, a modern block consisting of six bedroom flats, all en-suite. There are also a number of family apartments and studio flats to rent too. It costs £142 per week for a single room and £147 for a studio flat.

    Park Houses

    In the heart of the campus, this is perfect for students who want the genuine student experience and want to share with other students. Divided into traditional dorm style flats with shared kitchens and bathrooms, it's a lively hall! Standard rent is £108 per week for a single room.

    Park Village

    Next to Lewes Court, Park Village is made up of adjoining three storey houses in a pedestrianised area. There are 36 family flats as well as standard single rooms on offer, which cost £92 per week.

    Stanmer Court

    Located opposite the university, right next to Falmer train station, Stanmer Court is a modern block of flats housing between four and six students with shared facilities. Rent is £136 per week here.


    Right in the middle of campus, Swanborough is in a prime position and consists of cluster flats for between four and seven students. Rent is £144 per week.

    Open days

    An open day is a great way to find out whether studying at the University of Sussex is right for you. You'll hear subject talks, get a chance to chat to lecturers and members of staff, tour the facilities, and find out about studying abroad as part of your degree course. Prospectuses are good for information, but visiting on open day is really the best way to decide if Sussex is for you.

    You can also see the on-campus accommodation, get advice on how to complete the UCAS application and also get a tour of Brighton on a free coach tour.

    If you would like to visit us, there are plenty of opportunities to do so: book on to one of our weekly guided campus tours where you'll be able to see our beautiful green campus for yourself and find out more about what makes living and studying here so special.

    Term Dates

    The school year is divided into three terms, with vacations and assessment periods in between. The 2014-15 dates are as follows:

    • Autumn Term: 18 September - 12 December 2014
    • Spring Term: 19 January - 17 April 2015 (with a break between 2 - 8 April)
    • Summer Term: 11 May - 12 June 2015