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First East Slope residences officially open ahead of welcome weekend

Pro-Vice-Chancellor Michael Davies is joined by the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Dee Simson, current student Irati Michel Saute and alumna Joanna Lozinska to cut the ribbon.

The first phase of the new East Slope residences officially opened this week, marking an important milestone in the progress of the development.

Hundreds of students will be moving into the brand new accommodation from this weekend.

The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Dee Simson, cut the ribbon on Tuesday morning (11 September) to celebrate the completion of the first phase of the new accommodation. Pro-Vice Chancellor Michael Davies, who has chaired the East Slope project board since its inception, accompanied the Mayor to officially open the residences.

Also present to mark the occasion were past and future generations of ‘East Slopers’. Alumna Joanna Lozinska was an early resident in the original East Slope accommodation soon after it was built in the 1970s. Accounting & Finance undergraduate Irati Michel Saute will be amongst the first residents living in the new accommodation during the coming academic year, and both were pleased to join in with the official ribbon cutting.

A total of 535 bedrooms have been completed in the new development – almost 200 more than were scheduled for occupation at this stage in the project. Construction partner Balfour Beatty accelerated their building programme to deliver the extra bedrooms ahead of plan.

Michael Davies said: “Balfour Beatty have been excellent partners throughout the project, and together we are delighted to offer the first of these new East Slope residences for a new generation, ensuring that we continue to deliver the best experience for our students as well as making a positive contribution to our community.”

The first phase of the new residences will see hundreds of students moving in during welcome weekend this Saturday and Sunday (15 and 16 September). As well as flats and town houses providing accommodation, the area also includes a new 24-hour reception, a social hub and a laundry room.

Construction of the development continues, with more rooms being opened in phases up until project completion in early 2021. The finished student village will house over 2,100 students and will also include several retail units and a centre for student services.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Tuesday, 18 September 2018


I was one of the students who helped design the First East Slope. It was a radical change, moving the University away from Halls of Residence (Kent House was the last one), to the concept of Flats, which our questionnaire showed that students preferred. All the housing built since then follows this concept, although the more recent housing is built to a much higher standard than the first East Slope, which I saw yesterday is currently being demolished! I was also one of the first two porters in the original East Slope, when it opened in 1974.

From Paul Tofts on 14 September 2018
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