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Hundreds of students move into new East Slope rooms

More than 100 students moved into the new East Slope residences at the weekend, marking another important milestone in the progress of the development.

Of 258 rooms that have been completed in time for the start of the spring term, over 100 are now occupied by students at the International Study Centre, whose programmes on campus are provided by Study Group in collaboration with the University of Sussex.

Some are living in Lullington, one of the four ‘neighbourhoods’ in the new development, and seem to be appreciating the en-suite rooms in their cluster flats. Others have been placed in one of the newly completed townhouses, with shared bathroom facilities, in the Camber neighbourhood.

Later in January, a smaller number of students will arrive from the University of Gothenburg in Sweden, which offers a programme at the University of Sussex.

And from the end of this month, many of the 150 visiting and exchange students who arrive to take up their places at Sussex will also be living in the newly completed rooms in East Slope.

The contractor, Balfour Beatty, started work on site in January 2017 and the first phase opened in September 2018, providing more than 550 bedrooms. A total of 800 bedrooms have now been completed in the new development.

Construction continues, with another East Slope 200 rooms scheduled to be available for the new academic year in September 2019 (bringing the total number of rooms in University-managed accommodation to 5,500). More rooms in the new student village are being opened in phases up until project completion in early 2021.

As well as flats and townhouses, the East Slope development includes a 24-hour reception, a social hub and a laundry room. The finished student village will also include several retail units and a centre for student services.

The new development will triple the amount of student housing on the East Slope site from around 600 beds to more than 2,100.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Friday, 18 January 2019


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