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The University of Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain, situated a few minutes from the lively seaside city of Brighton on the UK's south coast. It is within easy reach of London with a regular 50 minute train service and is convenient for Gatwick airport and for ferry services to Europe.

Recently celebrating the 50th anniversary of our founding, Sussex has become a leading teaching and research institution. Within the Times Higher Education World University Rankings we are consistently in the top 100 Universities worldwide. The most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008) results show we have world-leading research across all of our schools and departments.

The University of Sussex is proud of its diverse student population. We welcome applications from mature students and those from disadvantaged groups within the community. We are committed to widening participation in Higher Education to all applicants who will benefit from the opportunity to study at one of Britain's leading Universities.

Why choose Sussex?

Academic quality. Study at a research-led university of national and international excellence with award-winning teachers at the forefront of their fields, committed to providing the highest-quality support for talented individuals, whatever their background.

Study opportunities. Benefit from a stimulating learning environment that embraces technological innovation, with state-of-the-art resources and a curriculum designed to help you make the most of your future

Fantastic student life. Enjoy a fabulous social life, extensive sports facilities, and more than 140 societies and 25 sports clubs, and gain valuable life skills through the Students’ Union volunteering scheme, all at one of the UK’s top 10 universities (NSS 2011)

Superb location. Study in one of the best campus locations in the UK, surrounded by the South Downs National Park, only minutes from the amazing city of Brighton & Hove and just an hour from London.

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General Information
Established:
1961
Location:
Falmer, Brighton, UK, UK
Address:
University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH
Telephone:
01273 606755
Website:
SU/Guild website:
UCAS Code:
S90
Type:
Plate Glass

 
 
Statistics
Total students:
12,415
Undergrad:
9,115
Postgrad:
3,300
Part-time:
443
International:
21%
Mature:
18%
Male:female
43:57
Staff:
2120
Typical offers:
300-360
Applicants per place:
8

Facilities

Recent building projects to increase quality facilities for our students

  • Northfield, the university’s flagship housing complex at the north end of campus, opened in 2010 offering 777 en-suite bed spaces. Further phases of construction are soon to be completed, adding 320 more bed spaces.
  • The £30-m Jubilee building opened in 2012, housing the School of Business, Management and Economics, teaching space, 500+ seat lecture theatre and café.
  • Major new Co-op supermarket opened in the refurbished Bramber House.
  • All catering outlets overhauled with a new Bar Centre, Café Central and Restaurant Centre – in Bramber House at the centre of the campus.
  • Expected to open in 2013–14 is a major new teaching and research centre for the arts – Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts based in the refurbished former Gardner Arts Centre – which will provide a research and teaching base to support creative arts including film, media and drama. Named after Sussex's former Chancellor, Lord Attenborough.
  • Dedicated student social spacehas been created ineach of our 11 schools – providing a physical hub for our staff and students in the school to engage academically/socially
  • Refurbishment of a major social sciences building on campus, dedicated for our School of Law, Politics and Sociology for 2013
  • We expect to begin a major housing development as our old East Slope accommodation (600 beds) starts to be replaced with further new high quality housing to accommodate the growing campus population.
  • Beginning of construction for our new biomedical sciences building – which will complement our world-leading Genome Research Centre.

Libraries

The Sussex Library can be found in the center of campus. The Library is a nice and quiet place to study with a place to eat in the basement if you choose to spend the whole day. You can study individually or in groups as there are eight good sized group work rooms. The Library has access to over 20,000 journals many of which are online so you can access from your home computer. There are also of course many books on any subject that you might be studying and also audio visual facilities to help with your course. There is computer access in the library including a wireless network should you choose to bring your own laptop to work from. You don't have to queue up to check out or return books as there is an automated book issue and return system. There are always librarian and library assistants to help you if you have any questions.

IT and Computing

Sussex university has a wide range of IT services available to students both on and off campus. As with most universities on arriving and Sussex University you will be given an email account you will also be given access to Sussex direct which gives you access to information about your degree such as your timetable and your module results. There are over 450 computers located on campus for students to use many of which are available 24 hours a day as well as printing facilities. Each campus room has internet access supplied to it and there is also a wireless network that can be connected to over much of the campus. Students are given training on how to use the extensive IT facilities that Sussex has to offer on arrival but there is always someone who you can phone to help you if you are having problems.

Sports

Sussex has extensive sports facilities to cater for personal training needs as well as traditional team sports. The Students' Union sports membership means you can join most sports clubs for a single payment of £50. Sport is an important part of life and Sussex and the varsity between Sussex and the University of Brighton is always an exciting event within all sports teams and the general population of the university.

Sports facilities can be found in two main areas on campus. The Sports Centre where all indoor sports can take place, the other is the Falmer Sports Complex where outdoor activities take place. Finally there is also a well equipped gym with sports and exercise equipment. There are good public swimming facilities provided within both Brighton and Hove.

Welfare

There are good student support facilities at place at the University of Sussex, people will be assigned a tutor who they can go and talk to if they are having any problems in with the course or personal problems. There is also support available for students who are struggling with their finances, careers and accommodation. Advice is given by the Student Life Centre and the Students' Union's Advice & Representation Centre.

Healthcare

There is a good range of on campus healthcare provided at Sussex, students can register with the health center in their first year and they will be assigned a GP, this enables them to go to the health center whenever they need to throughout their three years. Some students after the first year will choose to register with their local GP once they have moved into town. There is a GP surgery, a dentist and a pharmacy on campus.

Shops

You can get the basic things that you need on campus, there is a co-op supermarket which stays open late, as well as the student union shop. If you need to do a more comprehensive shop then you will need to go to one of the supermarkets in Brighton, however an ASDA and a Sainsburys are a short bus ride away so this is rarely problematic. On campus you are are also just a 10 minute train journey from the center of Brighton with all the high street and alternative shops that you can find there. There is also a post office, a laundrette and a book shop on campus. Every Tuesday in Falmer House there is a farmers market which sells fresh organic fruit and vegetables very cheaply. There is also a market which sells hats/bags and second hand books and dvds every week.

Restaurants

You can get food at a number of places on campus. There is a self-service restaurant and a dining hall in Bramber House or you can also go to one of the many other cafes on campus to have lunch or just buy a sandwich. Most of the bars on campus will serve lunches so you will never be stuck for somewhere to eat.

Banks

There are a number of cashpoints to be found on Sussex campus and also branches of Barclays and HSBC banks.

Transport

There are two main ways that students who go to Sussex University commute from Brighton to campus and that is by bus or by train.

There are 3 main train stations which you can use to travel to the Sussex University(the local train station is Falmer), the main Brighton station, London Road station and Moulsecoomb station. All of these are within a 10 minute train journey of the university. Students at the University of Sussex can take advantage of the Unizone rail fare discount, especially if they are living off campus.

The main bus which goes to campus from central Brighton is the 25. These go from Old Steine (by the pier) to Falmer, and travel around the Sussex campus, then calling at the Falmer campus of University of Brighton before returning to Brighton. Many 25 buses go beyond Old Steine to Churchill Square main shopping area and Hove. The journey into town take 20-30 minutes and there are other buses 28/29 between Brighton and Lewes stopping outside the campus. The 23 goes between campus and the county hospital in Kemp Town ending at Brighton Marina. There are a number of ticket options for students who choose to take the bus.

A one-week student bus super-saver (with NUS) can be bought for £10, a three month student super -saver can be bought for £100 and a one year student super-saver can be bought for £300. There is also a good night bus service to take students back to campus following a night out.

Careers service

The Careers and Employability Centre helps students find part time work during their studies as well as jobs on graduation. They also organise workshops and careers fairs throughout the year.

Part-time jobs

There are part-time jobs which are available in the Students' Union's bars and shops but most students will go and find jobs in town if they feel that they need extra money. With Brighton having as many clubs and bars as it does bar work is a common job to have. There is also a huge shopping area which many students will work in. The Careers and Employability Centre is always there to help students who need to find a part time job.

Religious facilities

Sussex University has the Meeting House; this is a quiet area that people of all faiths can go to pray and worship solitary or in small groups. There is also a muslim prayer room. A local church group called CCK (the church of Christ the king) who provide buses to Sunday worship. There are a number of religious societies which students can join if they need to, there is the Christian union, the Islamic society, the Jewish society and the society fro Buddhist meditation.

Social

Bars, Pubs and clubs

There are a number of bars on the Sussex campus with something for everyone. Falmer bar has pub games and quizzes and is a great place to go for a drink or a bite to eat following exams which often take place in the same building or nearby. There is East slope bar which is a a bit louder! There are regular bands and DJ’s playing here and is an infamous student haunt which has attracted bands such as The Kooks and Mystery Jets in recent years. Many students opt for a night out in Brighton, which being only 10 minutes away by train is often way too tempting!

If you want to escape the campus, nearby Stanmer village, a short walk over the sussex downs, has very quaint tea rooms in which to sit back and absorb the slow pace of the rolling countryside. There are also a number of nearby pubs, a short walk or drive away in the countryside.

Events

There is always something going on at Sussex University ranging from a local band playing at one of the bars on campus to a protest in the main square. There are plays put on by the drama societies and sports matches to go and watch. You will never find yourself without something to do unless you don't put yourself out there and see what's going on!

Clubs and societies

As well as the sports teams there really is something for everyone at the University of Sussex when it comes to student societies. Whether you are interested in drama or politics you will find a group that you can join. For more information about Societies at the University of Sussex then you should read the University of Sussex: Student Societies article.

Accommodation

As Sussex University is a campus university much of the accommodation is found on the Sussex campus at Falmer. There are some smaller off campus residences but these make up the minority. All accommodation at the University of Sussex is self catered and varies in quality and cost. As a new undergraduate, providing you get the housing application in by the August deadline, you are guaranteed University-managed accommodation at the Falmer campus or in Brighton.

For more information look at the University of Sussex accommodation article.

Students' Union

The Students' Union is based at Falmer House and provides a range of facilities. The Advice & Representation Centre provides academic and welfare advice. Falmer House is also home to the student media including the Badger newspaper and Pulse magazine. The Students' Union also coordinates the weekly market in the courtyard.

The Students' Union is involved in many political campaigns one of which is the boycott of Coca-Cola due to “un-ethical practices” which has resulted in the ceasing of coca-cola sales from any union shops or bars on campus. The “Sort US out” campaign in 2005/6was well publicised and was the students response to problems that they felt there were at the university.

Environment

Architecture

As it was previously stated the Sussex university campus is based near the village of Falmer four miles from the centre of Brighton. It is the only university in England to have a campus entirely surrounded by a national park. The Sussex campus was designed by Sir Basil Spence who drew influence from everyday objects to influence his original design for the campus. For example the library design is based on a book and Falmer House is meant to look like a camera. The campus while modern still has many green areas and has been kept up to date through refurbishment over the last forty years.

The article on the Sussex University Campus can be found here

Local area

The University of Sussex is situated close to the City of Brighton and Hove. Brighton is a city on the south coast which including its outlying areas has an estimated population of 480,000 people. There are two universities in and around Brighton the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton and so students make up a considerable proportion of the population meaning that there is always something to do. Brighton is traditionally a seaside resort and so has a large number or hotels restaurants and a vibrant nightlife.

Perhaps one of the most famous things about Brighton is the pier or piers. There is the Palace Pier, which is still a popular tourist attraction, and the West Pier, which is no longer in use, following a fire. There is also the Brighton Pavilion, which is a beautiful building in the centre of Brighton where some of the university events, such as graduation, are held. Brighton being by the sea means that it has a large number of very beautiful beaches. In the summer there are a number of city-wide events which you can take part in including the Brighton festival and Brighton fringe festival in May, the London to Brighton Bike ride and the Gay Pride parade which happens in September.

Teaching quality

Sussex is an academically world-renowned university. According to the Good University Guide 2011, the University ranks overall in 21th position out of 113 Universities across the UK. The Guardian University Guide 2011 ranks Sussex 15th out of 118 universities. Research ratings across the sciences and humanities are expected to increase in the latest RAE (Research Assessment Exercise) to be published in December 2008.

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