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Our campus is really special – a wonderful green location in which to study and make your home from home. Nestled right in the heart of the stunning South Downs, we’re the only English university bordered by a National Park. Not only are our surroundings spacious and splendid – so is our campus, with its iconic listed buildings, wildflower meadows and welcoming community. A short stroll on our gorgeous boundary walk takes you to the serenity of the countryside.  At Sussex you’ll find the space to explore, breathe and relax - right on your doorstep.

Everything you need can be found here, including our library, sports centre (two in fact), a bank, regular markets, shops, post office, pharmacy, a nursery, GP surgery, theatre and more - making our single-site campus the perfect environment to live and learn in. 

You’ll find all the digital and physical resources you need in our superb library, home to 78,000 journals and 550,000 books, as well as specialist resources and digital archives. It’s a great place to study and research whenever you need to. On top of that, we offer you free training, software and support with things like academic writing and digital technology. You’ll even find rare books and manuscripts at The Keep, a nearby archive centre.  

We have a dedicated career support team who will help you to find relevant work experience and expand your skills, so you’ll have a clear idea of what career options might be open to you.

The Student’s Union has over 300 clubs and societies, meaning there is something for everyone. Look out for the events they run throughout the year – from Welcome Week to the Graduation Ball.

We’re also home to the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. Named after legendary actor (and our former chancellor) Sir Richard Attenborough, this contemporary theatre hosts all kinds of cultural events and performances from the world of music, drama and art.

Our students’ wellbeing is important. Through the Students Union you’ll find a wide range of societies to help you meet friends and find new interests.  The Buddy Scheme can match you with a current student who will help you feel at home.  Or how about joining the Dog Walking Society? If you’re ever worried about finances, academic performance, or your welfare, our student support services are here for you, offering confidential advice and counselling.

Our two sports centres mean you’ll never run out of exercise options, with access to a range of facilities including outdoor pitches, exercise classes and sports hall.

The beautiful, kaleidoscopic Meeting House is the place to go if you’re looking for mindfulness, spirituality or just somewhere to chill out. You can even get married there, although there’s no rush…


Courses & Fees

Whether you want to study American Studies or Zoology, Astrophysics or Social Work, International Development or Psychology, know that our stimulating undergraduate and postgraduate courses have been tailored to enable you make a difference in the world.

As you might have guessed, our courses span the sciences, social sciences and the arts and humanities. Be inspired by world-leading academics and their ground-breaking research. Broaden your horizons with a range of modules and pathways. Develop the skills to pursue your interests with courage and confidence.    

During your time with us you’ll be supported through tutorials on essay writing and exam techniques. You’ll have one-to-one support with your tutors and academic advisors, and can join a range of digital skills workshops.

We’re looking for spirited and driven students to join our community. As well as accepting a range of qualifications, we also consider wider experience when it comes to offering you a place – you can find out more about our entry requirements here.

From tuition fees to living costs, we know that finances are a hugely important factor for any student. Find out more about fees and funding here, including eligibility for student loans and scholarships.  

If you’re an international student, there are many ways you can study with us – including summer schools, exchange programmes and English language courses.


We’ve built a lot of new accommodation in the past couple of years, so there’s a wide selection of on-campus housing options available, all of an excellent standard – and if you apply by the deadline, you could be guaranteed a room. 

All of our on-campus accommodation is self-catered, the rooms all have wifi and there’s also 24 hour security and laundry facilities. Getting to lectures will be a 10 minute (at most) stroll across our beautiful campus, whilst you’ll also have plenty of shops, bars and other amenities on your doorstep.

We have a range of en-suite and shared bathroom options:

Northfield flats (from £167.50 per week)

Stanmer Court flats (from £159.40 per week)

Swanborough flats (from £167.50 per week)

Lewes Court flats (from £123 per week)

East Slope residences (from £159.13 per week)

Brighthelm houses (from £145.90 per week)

Norwich House (from £115 per week)

Park Village (from £95 per week)

Whilst most of our accommodation is on campus, our Housing Services team can also help you to find off campus housing, and even family accommodation. Located in lively Brighton or quaint Lewes, our off campus accommodation will put you at the heart of East Sussex’s vibrant communities – with campus just a 10-30 minute train or bus ride away. And if you fancy a nice cycle, the route between campus and Brighton centre is a breeze on a bike – we even have a bike share scheme.

Open Days

Our Open Days are the best way to get a taste of life at Sussex. You’ll learn more about our subjects and courses, have the opportunity to chat to current students and meet the academics you’ll be learning from.

While we might not be able to invite you to our campus right now, you can still experience Sussex online at our Virtual Open Day on Saturday 5 June 2021. Whatever you want to find out, you can tailor your virtual experience to suit you. You'll also be able to take a 360° virtual tour to help you to picture your life on our beautiful campus and discover why Brighton is a great student city.

For postgraduate students, our Masters Information Sessions are a great chance to explore what it’s like to study a Masters here. And if you can’t make it in person, our virtual events will allow you to chat to current students and learn more about Masters (and PhD) study.

If you'd like us to keep in touch with you with useful information, including details of our open days and other events, you can register for updates.


Living Here

Our location is outstanding. The beautiful campus is surrounded by the wonderous green of the South Downs. It’s only a short journey to the centre of one of the country’s most exciting and cultural cities, and an easy train ride to Gatwick airport and London. It doesn’t really get much better than that. Experience student life to the full at Sussex.

Campus itself has the choice of eleven cafes, restaurants and bars, where you can enjoy live music and sporting events. You’ll find food and drink that caters for everyone. There’s even a great weekly market with an array of mouth-watering street food, as well clothes, books and music.

Whatever sport you’re into, there’ll probably be a sports society for you. With two sports facilities there’s plenty of opportunities to get active and make friends, whether that’s through fitness rooms, group exercise classes or hiring a football pitch. You can also benefit from a range of membership deals.

There’s always something new to learn about us – did you know our chancellor is the brilliant Sanjeev Bhaskar? You can expect a hug, high five or dance off from him at your graduation! Speaking of graduates – some of our famous honoraries include Paul McCartney and Bodyshop founder Anita Roddick.

Then there’s Brighton itself. Home to the biggest arts festival in England, with its lively music and food festivals, the buzzing beach front and the famous Lanes, our city is wonderfully unique. Living in Brighton you’ll never run out of things to do. Rated the happiest city in England for students not long ago (source: Sodexo, 2017), there are a bunch words to describe Brighton – eccentric, inclusive, alternative, bohemian, energetic. Not to mention it’s only a short train journey to London and Gatwick airport.

A little closer to home, the historic villages of Falmer and Stanmer are right on our doorstep (perfect for tea and cake!). For football fans - we’re situated near the AMEX Brighton and Hove Albions’s impressive Premier League football stadium. 

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Term Dates

Arrival weekend – Sat 19 Sep to Sun 20 Sep 2020

Autumn term – Mon 21 Sep to Fri 11 Dec 2020

Spring term – Mon 4 Jan to Fri 26 Mar 2021

Summer term – Mon 19 Apr to Sat 5 Jun 2021

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What fields of study is the university best known for?

We’ve designed a wide range of courses in the arts and humanities, science and social sciences to help you make a difference in the world. We have been ranked first in the world for Development Studies for four years in a row (QS World Rankings by Subject 2017-2020) and are in the top 10 in the UK for Business and Economics (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 by subject). With our newly launched School of Media, Arts and Humanities, we will be introducing brand new liberal arts degree and digital media and culture degree in 2021. At Sussex we encourage students to challenge old perceptions, explore new ideas and rethink the future in ways that benefit all of society.

How far is the campus from the town centre and what is the public transport like?

Although set in the remarkable beauty of the South Downs, our campus is just a short trip away from the vibrant seaside city of Brighton and Hove. We have excellent public transport links. The uni has its own train station that takes you to the centre of the city in 9 minutes.  We have bus stops throughout campus and many of our students make use of Brighton’s superb cycle routes (we even have a bike share scheme). 

Is it a campus or city based university? What advantages do you think this offers?

Our spacious out-of-town campus is the only one in the country to be surrounded by a National Park. You’ll find all the essential amenities (shops, laundrette, health centre, dentist, sports facilities, bars and cafés, places of worship), as well as some highly desirable assets. You’ll love the trees, the ponds, the wildflower meadows and the opportunity to stomp across the South Downs whenever the mood takes you. It’s the perfect environment to enjoy our welcoming community feel  - and with Brighton city just a short train/bus/cycle away, it’s easy to enjoy the best of both worlds.

Do you help students to get employed after uni?

We are connected with thousands of employers, and our Careers, Employability and Entrepreneurship Centre will help you gain skills and real-world experience. They will also support you to explore a range of career options relevant to your degree and to prepare for job applications and interviews. Our University strategy is to embed employability within our courses, and, for example, our placement year options will help you develop a greater understanding of your subject by applying your knowledge in the workplace. On top of this, we can help to put you in touch with our network of alumni so you can benefit from their expertise and connections.

Do you have any famous or notable alumni?  

Yes! We’ve had an amazing array of graduates – from comedians (Sara Pascoe) to writers (Ian McEwan, Michael McMillan); musicians (Jessie Ware) to tennis champions (Virginia Wade); broadcasters (Clive Myrie) to economists (Shamshad Akhtar – the first female Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan); and scientists (Tom Welton, President of the Royal Society of Chemistry) to historians (Lucy Worsley). And many more!

What grants/scholarships do you offer?  

At least a quarter of our students were eligible for the Sussex Bursary in September 2020, worth £1,000 in the first year and £500 for each subsequent qualifying year. We also have merit-based scholarships such as the Sussex Excellence Scholarship, scholarships for distinction in areas like music and chemistry, and Masters scholarships such as the Sussex Graduate Scholarship. Find out more about our fees and funding.

What will my first few weeks at uni be like?

When you start your studies with Sussex you'll be supported not only with getting settled into your academic life, but also, just as importantly, in making the most of your free time.

Each school of study will provide sessions to introduce you to your course and to ensure you get to know your lecturers and fellow students.

Welcoming teams will be on hand to help you settle into your accommodation and find your way around campus. And as you'd expect, we are focused on providing students and staff with a safe environment to learn and live during the Covid-19 pandemic. We are very fortunate that our campus is surrounded by National Park and we are close to beautiful coastal areas to explore.

Along with the excitement of starting uni, it can sometimes feel daunting too. The Buddy Scheme, run by the Students' Union, is open to all our students, and helps you to settle into life at Sussex with informal support from your fellow students. It’s an opportunity to meet new people in a fun way.

What sort of societies are there?

The Students’ Union supports more than 180 student-led societies and over 40 sports clubs – so there’s lots to get involved with! From Dog Walking to Poetry to Astronomy - you’ll find all kinds of ways to make friends and feel at home.   

What is the university’s disability and welfare support like?

Our specialist Disability Advisors provide disability-related information and support to current and future students, whilst all step-free routes are clearly indicated on our campus maps. The Student Life Centre will help with your welfare concerns, including money matters, academic performance and wellbeing. Find out more about all our student support.