International Student Support

New Students January 2019

We are here to welcome you on your arrival at Sussex, and provide support throughout your time here. Below you will find information about beginning your studies at Sussex.

Three Sussex student helpers wearing blue Sussex t-shirts with a Sussex sign, smiling at the railway station.

Travelling to Sussex

The arrival day for new students is Wednesday 30 January. The University of Sussex campus is at Falmer, about four miles (six kilometers) from the centre of Brighton & Hove. Falmer Railway Station is the closest to campus. From Brighton Railway Station, get a train from platform 7 or 8 to Falmer. Falmer Station is the third stop on leaving Brighton, after London Road and Moulsecoomb. The journey takes approximately 10 minutes. 

On arrivals day, look out for our team of student helpers in blue Sussex shirts and carrying Sussex signs (like those pictured above) who will be at Falmer Train Station to welcome you. We will also be running a free minibus shuttle service from Falmer Station to on campus residences from 9am to 5pm on Wednesday 30 January.

If you have been allocated University managed accommodation, please see the Key Collection information PDF on the right of this page.

Gatwick Airport

Gatwick Airport is the closest airport to the University of Sussex.

Train: The railway station is located at the South Terminal, just a short walk from both departures and arrivals. The station is easily accessible from the North Terminal by a free shuttle. You can buy tickets at the station or at the rail information desks located in arrivals at both terminals. Trains departing to Brighton leave around every 15 minutes.

Coach: Coaches to Brighton leave approximately once an hour, and the journey time is one hour. Tickets can be booked in advance through National Express. 

Taxi: If you choose to travel by taxi, we would recommend booking in advance with a reputable taxi firm. A taxi from Gatwick to Brighton could cost up to £60. 

Heathrow Airport

If you arrive at Heathrow Airport there are two ways to get to Brighton:

Coach: This is the easiest and most direct option, and is usually cheaper than taking the train if you book your ticket in advance from National Express.

Train: This option is not recommended if you have heavy luggage. Take the underground train (Piccadilly line) to South Kensington Station and change to the Circle or District lines to travel to Victoria Station. At Victoria, follow the signs to the mainline station and take the National Rail train to Brighton. If you are going to take the underground train then check the Transport for London website for travel information. 

Taxi: If you choose to travel by taxi, we would recommend booking in advance with a reputable taxi firm. A taxi from Heathrow to Brighton could cost up to £100. 

From London-Stansted airport

There are two ways to get to Brighton:

Coach: The coach station is located in front of the terminal building. The direct journey takes about four hours. You can also take a journey where you change coaches in London, which takes up to four and a half hours but is generally cheaper (£16-£18). Visit the National Express website for more information.

Train: This will be difficult if you have lots of luggage. You can travel by train to London Liverpool Street Station, change to the underground train (Circle line) to London Victoria Station. Then take the National Rail train to Brighton. For more information see the Transport for London website.

Eurostar St Pancras London

Train: From St Pancras you can take a direct train to Brighton. Tickets are available from machines at the station or the ticket office.

From ferry ports

The nearest sea ports are Newhaven, Portsmouth and Southampton. See our directions page for details.

From any other arrival port

Take the train to London Victoria Station. There are also direct trains to Brighton from London Bridge and London St Pancras. For enquiries visit National Rail Enquiries website.

If you arrive at another mainline train station in London, take the underground train to one of the previously mentioned London train stations (you could also take a taxi, but first ask how much it will cost). There are maps in each underground station that are easy to follow and colour-coded for clarity. From there, take a train to Brighton. The journey takes about one hour and costs approximately £25.

For more information and underground train maps visit the Transport for London website.

Travelling to campus when you arrive in Brighton

The University is easily accessible and well served by buses, trains and taxis from Brighton.

From Brighton Train Station

Falmer Station is the third stop on leaving Brighton, after London Road and Moulsecoomb.

From Pool Valley coach station

If you are arriving by a National Express coach to the Pool Valley coach station, and you have heavy luggage, we recommend taking a taxi to campus. You can take a taxi from the taxi rank at the top of East Street (five-minute walk from Pool Valley). The journey is likely to cost about £12.

If you do not have much luggage, a cheaper option is to take a bus to the campus. The number 25 bus runs every 10 minutes during the day. The nearest bus stop to Pool Valley is at Old Steine, about 5 minutes' walk from the coach station.

Taxi service in Brighton

You can pre-book a taxi or get one from the many licensed taxi ranks around the city. There is a taxi rank just outside Brighton Station. The nearest taxi rank to Pool Valley coach station is a five-minute walk away (see above).

Two popular taxi companies in Brighton are Citycabs (+44 (0)1273 205205) and Streamline Taxis (+44 (0)1273 747474).

Streamline operates a 'One Stop Fare Deal'. Students or visitors travelling from central Brighton to campus (or campus to central Brighton) can ask for a £12 fare deal. See the Streamline Taxis website.


For insurance and security reasons, the University offices cannot take responsibility for luggage. You will need to make your own arrangements for storage of luggage if necessary.

International Student Support

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