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hey, I have received an offer from Sussex University, and I am thinking of making it my firm choice.
now i have to decide which accommodation.
east slope was my favorite, honestly, i hated the rest... i compared Sussex accommodations to other univs, it is very bad actually and not at all modern. But east slope is kind of good and modern, the "best choice".
I am just really scared to not get this room and end up in other accommodations. I am someone that really need to be in a good place, especially that I come far from the UK and never lived alone before. I am used to having all my comfort around me.

so, if someone could tell if my choice will be granted and also if someone can tell me their experience at east slope? the rooms, the social life, the kitchen, the people, the noise, the night reunion, common area ?

and also if someone can recommend me another accommodation, that looks like east slope ? I really want to be in a place where I can sociable, get to know people, have a drink with them, a common area...

thank you !
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I've looked at some google reviews of east slope and people were really split there. Some said it was absolutely awful and others were ok with it. But I've heard they're actually getting rid of east slope? I'm also applying for accommodation at Sussex Uni right now so...
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The old East Slope was knocked down a couple of years ago and the new one generally has good reviews. When I was looking the reviews seemed so spilt as the bad ones were from before it was knocked down.

I've put East Slope as my first choice
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I've looked at some google reviews of east slope and people were really split there. Some said it was absolutely awful and others were ok with it. But I've heard they're actually getting rid of east slope? I'm also applying for accommodation at Sussex Uni right now so...
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Hi, current student here. East Slope was known as the worst housing on campus until they knocked it down and have recently finished refurbishing it. It is now one of the best options we have. With the worst being gone you have nothing to worry about, you will be more than comfortable wherever you end up and will have the best time (unfortunately most people don't get their first choice, I was given my 3rd). I used to live at Stanmer court and was super worried at first too as had seen mixed reviews online but once I got there I realised it was perfectly fine. Best of luck to you both
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The old East Slope was knocked down a couple of years ago and the new one generally has good reviews. When I was looking the reviews seemed so spilt as the bad ones were from before it was knocked down.

I've put East Slope as my first choice
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(Original post by sasyara)
hey, I have received an offer from Sussex University, and I am thinking of making it my firm choice.
now i have to decide which accommodation.
east slope was my favorite, honestly, i hated the rest... i compared Sussex accommodations to other univs, it is very bad actually and not at all modern. But east slope is kind of good and modern, the "best choice".
I am just really scared to not get this room and end up in other accommodations. I am someone that really need to be in a good place, especially that I come far from the UK and never lived alone before. I am used to having all my comfort around me.

so, if someone could tell if my choice will be granted and also if someone can tell me their experience at east slope? the rooms, the social life, the kitchen, the people, the noise, the night reunion, common area ?

and also if someone can recommend me another accommodation, that looks like east slope ? I really want to be in a place where I can sociable, get to know people, have a drink with them, a common area...

thank you
I lived in Northfield and it was great too. Lots of space and relatively modern, as is Stanmer. Lots of people initially don't seem to want to live in Stamner Court because of the location but then actually realise it's closest the lecture theatres, library and, student bar and train and bus station. East slope, northfield or stanmer court would be your best options, but you dont normally get your first choices unfortunately
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hey, i lived in the newly built townhouses (Camber) at East Slope for the past year and they were amazing!! i had to share a bathroom with another girl (depending on who decides to take which bathroom, you share with up to two others) but other than that it was fab. we had three floors, one en-suite bed on the ground floor next to the kitchen, a guest toilet downstairs, and the top two floors have five bedrooms each, with a bathroom on each end of the shared corridor. the rooms are great, they vary very slightly in size but all have 3/4 size beds which are relatively comfy.

the kitchen is shared between the 11 people that live there, with two small cupboards each (it's a pain because you will more than likely have to keep some non-perishables in your room instead) but you get two massive kitchen tables with chairs, and also a lounge area with fabric sofa-chairs that you can rearrange however you like, plus a coffee table and a tv stand. the great thing about the townhouses is that your kitchen's on the ground floor so you can have fairly decent parties without worrying about noise complaints, and there's a big back door that opens onto a shared little patio area at the back.

i'd say the only drawback living in camber specifically (situated at the top of Brighthelm & East Slope Bodiam & Lullington) is the fact that it's a **** walk to lectures etc and the bars/library - basically anything - there's three choices of walk - two different flights of steps which are equally crappy, or a fatoff hill past East Slope reception. but you get used to the walk, and i never had to pay for a gym membership cos that kept me fit! also the reception is a bit too far away from the houses (5 min walk?) but you get used to that too

bear in mind that Camber is completely different to Bodiam / Lullington - Bodiam are also townhouses, but i believe they're smaller with less people, and they're closer to reception. Lullington are flats which are shared between 5 or 6 people and most (i think) are en-suite. they're both much closer/attached to reception but if you smoke it's rly inconvenient to have to take a lift outside.

overall, east slope is clearly the best accom in terms of its quality. it's also cheaper than northfield!! (if you have shared bathrooms - i think it's something like £146 for shared and £156 for ensuite in ES, and somewhere around £157 for typical northfield en-suite - don't quote me on that tho lol) only bad thing is the walking to and from, and the fact that you have to walk at least 5 mins to get your mail/wash your clothes.

oh also the keycards used to open the doors in east slope are annoying as hell as you can lock yourself out rly easily. i've had to ring the porters a fair few times. best thing to do is get a lanyard and keep it around your neck at all times haha

sry that was super long, but if you want to know anything else feel free to lmk!!
(Original post by elser)
The old East Slope was knocked down a couple of years ago and the new one generally has good reviews. When I was looking the reviews seemed so spilt as the bad ones were from before it was knocked down.

I've put East Slope as my first choice
(Original post by FictionalMink)
I've looked at some google reviews of east slope and people were really split there. Some said it was absolutely awful and others were ok with it. But I've heard they're actually getting rid of east slope? I'm also applying for accommodation at Sussex Uni right now so...
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Hi, current student here. East Slope was known as the worst housing on campus until they knocked it down and have recently finished refurbishing it. It is now one of the best options we have. With the worst being gone you have nothing to worry about, you will be more than comfortable wherever you end up and will have the best time (unfortunately most people don't get their first choice, I was given my 3rd). I used to live at Stanmer court and was super worried at first too as had seen mixed reviews online but once I got there I realised it was perfectly fine. Best of luck to you both
I lived in the old East Slope and honestly loved it haha! It was so much fun but definitely needed knocking down as it was so run down.

The one accommodation I would really not recommend is Park Village as there is no table in the kitchen so it's really hard to socialise. All the other accommodations are fine but if you want an ensuite then Northfield and the new East Slope are probably the best choices.
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Has anybody received their housing offer yet? I’ve applied with Northfield, East Slope and Swanborough as my top 3 and I’m pretty nervous to find out what I’ve been allocated.
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Hey, a close friend of mine lived in the new East Slope (Lullington building) last year. I've been inside there and it's honestly amazing. Very sleek decor and cosy, and the bedrooms are a great size. Couldn't see anything wrong with it at all. It's also pretty secluded from the rest of campus which is lovely.

As a reasonable adjustment for my disability I'm allowed to live on campus again this year and was SUPER happy to get a housing offer for East Slope. It looks even better than Northfield where I was before.
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(Original post by Ash2810)
Has anybody received their housing offer yet? I’ve applied with Northfield, East Slope and Swanborough as my top 3 and I’m pretty nervous to find out what I’ve been allocated.
I got mine through for Lewes Court today !
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Hi,
I got my offer for Northfield a few days ago and I'm really excited, it was my first choice so I'm very happy. A small question but someone on another forum said it, do bikes really get nicked from the racks outside Northfield? I was planning on bringing my bike down as I'm a keen cyclist but I don't want to wake up one morning with the front wheel gone haha. Thanks for any advice or experience you've had/seen.
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I got my offer from East Slope today (only because I have already got my results last year) but thank you guys for the positive and useful information! I'm in Bodiam and I do like the sound of them being slightly smaller than Camber townhouses. I never got to see East Slope on open day so just hoping it's as good as it sounds and looks aha! Hope you all get the housing you want!
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I remember seeing an email last year about bikes being stolen on campus but I don't think its that much of a common thing specific to Northfield. In my opinion you'll be fine try not to overthink it too much. Congrats anyways, Northfield is a lovely accommodation I am just going into my final year so feel free to ask me anything else you want to know
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I got my offer for Northfield a few days ago and I'm really excited, it was my first choice so I'm very happy. A small question but someone on another forum said it, do bikes really get nicked from the racks outside Northfield? I was planning on bringing my bike down as I'm a keen cyclist but I don't want to wake up one morning with the front wheel gone haha. Thanks for any advice or experience you've had/seen.
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Hey! I will come to Sussex Uni in September and I’ll be in East slope Lullington. I went online a bit and some people said that there were rodents etc. Do you think they were talking about the old East slope? Because I saw the pictures on the uni website and it looks amazing. Just got be worried... thank you!
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Hey! I’ll also be in East slope (exchange student)Lullington. I didn’t go either so I hope it’s as beautiful as in the pictures haha
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Hey! I just got my offer letter for East slope Lullington. I am super excited to go there.

I read online though that there could be rodents? I’m not sure if they were talking about the old East slope? Because the pictures looks really good and I find it really weird that there could be such things in the room?
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Hey! I just got my offer letter for East slope Lullington. I am super excited to go there.

I read online though that there could be rodents? I’m not sure if they were talking about the old East slope? Because the pictures looks really good and I find it really weird that there could be such things in the room?
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Hey! I will come to Sussex Uni in September and I’ll be in East slope Lullington. I went online a bit and some people said that there were rodents etc. Do you think they were talking about the old East slope? Because I saw the pictures on the uni website and it looks amazing. Just got be worried... thank you!
Definitely the old east slope!
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(Original post by tl330)
I remember seeing an email last year about bikes being stolen on campus but I don't think its that much of a common thing specific to Northfield. In my opinion you'll be fine try not to overthink it too much. Congrats anyways, Northfield is a lovely accommodation I am just going into my final year so feel free to ask me anything else you want to know
Thanks for the info. Still undecided about the bike since it's quite a nice one but I'll see. Would love to join the cycling group there so I'll have a think about it, and possibly buy a very very very strong lock or two. If I think of anything else I'll definitely ask, thanks!
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(Original post by Olie212)
I got my offer from East Slope today (only because I have already got my results last year) but thank you guys for the positive and useful information! I'm in Bodiam and I do like the sound of them being slightly smaller than Camber townhouses. I never got to see East Slope on open day so just hoping it's as good as it sounds and looks aha! Hope you all get the housing you want!
i've been to a few parties and stuff at Bodiam and they're great, maybe better than Camber for socialising and stuff since there are so many of the houses with a court-yard type space in between them all. the bedrooms are the best thing. I'd say the only drawbacks are of course the key cards and also the fact that you basically have to keep your curtains closed all the time, unless you want someone peeping into your room (since the windows are floor to ceiling) lol

also - if you see this before moving in:
- don't buy a kettle or a toaster
- bring plenty of teatowels and binbags cos they will get stolen/damaged
- bring a big bin if you have one (or buy a cheap one as a flat, basically the ones u get in the kitchen are tiny and will need emptying after a couple days)
- get there as early as u can and bags a good cupboard and fridge space in the kitchen (in my experience, the cupboard closest to the fridge and a whole shelf in the middle of the fridge is best. + in the freezers the bottom drawer is slightly bigger than the rest so put your stuff in that one if u can!)

(remember to book an early moving-in slot, but if yours is late i'd get there early regardless because most people turned up at random times last year anyways, but beware in Bodiam there's not much parking spaces or space to move ur car at all so u may get stuck!!)

you'll get an inventory sheet to hand in to reception - fill it in and take pics of your room so that u won't get charged for any defects or damage at the end of the year. make sure everything's working before too much time goes by to fix anything and report it to reception. they're usually pretty good for that kind of thing and they work 24/7 so u can even walk there/call in the middle of the night if need be!

sry that was super detailed but i'd have loved to know all this stuff before i moved in last year, so hopefully it all helps! have fun at uni x
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My daughter got accommodation in East slope Bodiam, automatically, without any choice. I started reading reviews and it was horrible. I scared and wanted to reject or planned to swap. But now it seems tht all those reviews were for old East slope. Now relaxed. Only issue is tht she wanted en suit, but got shared bathroom option. If possible she will try to swap.
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