Student Life Centre

We are the first place to come when you have questions, queries, worries or concerns.

The Student Life Centre services can be accessed by completing our enquiry form and a member from the team will be in contact.

How we help

The kind of things you can come to see a Student Life Advisor about include:

  • Emotional, personal or family crisis
  • Feeling homesick, difficulties settling in, housing problems
  • Safety, crime, sexual violence
  • Concerns about study skills, performance and progression
  • Issues affecting attendance, such as personal matters or feeling anxious about seminars
  • Health concerns and other situations that may be impacting on studies

We give guidance about University rules and processes, signpost to services on and off campus, make appropriate direct referrals, and provide follow up support where relevant.

Advisors have particular area specialisms (e.g. Race and Culture, LGBTQ+ issues, Care Leaver support) and have links with allocated Academic Schools, so we have knowledge relevant to particular areas and levels of study.

Student Money Advisors can help with money worries and problems, give advice and guidance on funding from Student Finance, budgeting, maximising income and minimizing expenditure.

We play a key role in ensuring Sussex is a supportive environment for you.
We provide information, guidance, referrals and resources to enhance your transition to, and progress through, the University.

Have you had your MMR vaccination?

We would like to remind you to have an MMR (Measles, Mumps and Rubella) vaccination if you haven’t already done so following an increase in confirmed cases of measles over the past few weeks.

Cases have mainly been confirmed in unimmunised adolescents and young adults, some of which are known to be university students in the South. Many of these cases have been admitted to hospital.

Measles is a highly infectious viral illness that can be very unpleasant and sometimes lead to serious complications. It’s now uncommon in the UK because of the effective MMR vaccination programme. Although it may be a mild illness in children, measles can be more severe in adults. Those who are unvaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, remain susceptible to the disease.

It’s never too late to have the vaccine. Students who have not received two doses of the vaccine in the past – or who are unsure – should speak to their GP. There’s no harm in receiving an additional dose if there is any uncertainty.

Students are also asked to remain alert to measles, which can include cold-like symptoms, sore red eyes, a high temperature or a red-brown blotchy rash. Those experiencing symptoms should seek medical attention, but phone ahead before visiting GP surgeries so arrangements can be made to prevent others from being infected. Those who have been in close contact with someone who has measles should also see their GP, if they have not been fully vaccinated (had two doses of the MMR vaccine) or haven’t had the infection before – particularly those who are immunosuppressed, pregnant or infants.

Two doses of MMR vaccine are routinely provided as part of the NHS Childhood Immunisation Programme in England. Uptake is now high with more than 90% of children receiving 1 dose of the vaccine by 2 years of age, but uptake of the vaccine was lower at the time the majority of current university students were offered the vaccine as children.  

Public Health England has published a blog on the avoidable health threats every student should know about.  Keep an eye on their Twitter account  - @PHE_UK – and Facebook page ‘Public Health England’ for further advice.

If you develop any of these symptoms, it is important that you stay away from other people to avoid passing on any infection and that you phone your doctor for advice rather than attend the surgery in person.

The NHS offers further information about measles and vaccinations.

Information on registering with a doctor (GP) and staying well can be found on our wellbeing pages.

Out-of-Hours Help

University Services

If you are on campus and you require urgent help call the Security Office: Ext 3333 or 01273 873333

Even if you require an ambulance, fire brigade or the police, the Security Team are First Aid-trained and can assist you until further services arrive.

If anyone is aware of an imminent and serious threat to someone’s health or personal safety, they should contact Security (3333 on campus phones or 01273 678234). Security will then co-ordinate any necessary intervention by emergency services.

Non University Services

Mental Health Rapid Response Service (MHRRS) on 0300 304 0078. MHRRS is an NHS rapid assessment service for people suffering from mental health problems who are at risk and may not be able to keep themselves safe, or who would otherwise attend A&E for help with their mental health.

The Samaritans on 116 123 which is free from mobiles and landlines. Or you can call them locally on 01273 772277 for 24-hour confidential emotional support.

Sussex Mental Healthline on 0800 0309 500 provides help for anyone in Sussex with a concern related to mental health. Staffed by NHS mental health workers and open 5pm-9am Monday-Friday and 24 hours at weekends and bank holidays.


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Student Life Centre, Bramber House, University of Sussex, BN1 9QU

Student Life Centre Budget planner

Piggy Bank With BeltThe Student Life Centre Budget planner has been specifically designed to help Students at Sussex (or for Students who plan to come to Sussex) manage their money more effectively.

If you need assistance completing this, or want help with budgeting you may wish to speak with one of our Student Money Advisors at

Privacy notice

Privacy Notice – Directorate for Student Experience

In the Directorate for Student Experience, we collect and process personal information for two main purposes:

  1. The provision of educational services, and
  2. The provision of student support and welfare services.

This privacy notice relates to why and how we use your personal data in the provision of student services relating to support and welfare, i.e. the administration and provision of pastoral care, wellbeing and support services provided by the Directorate for Student Experience.

The University processes students’ personal data largely on the basis that it is necessary to carry out our public task which is “to advance learning and knowledge by teaching and research”. As part of that, and our contract with students, we provide associated support to students through the various services in the Directorate of Student Experience. This may include, for example, support with your academic studies, disabilities, personal development or careers advice.

We may also process your personal data where it is necessary to protect your or another person’s vital interests, or in circumstances where we have your specific consent to do so.

Disclosure of your personal data

To enable us to provide support and welfare services to our students, we will share personal data across the different teams in the Directorate for Student Experience and may sometimes share relevant information with others at the University, for example, your School. This helps us to provide the best support possible to students, in a coordinated way.

In some cases, we may need to ask for your consent before disclosing personal data to other colleagues or teams, although this will not always be necessary. Where your consent is needed, you will be asked to sign a consent form to confirm who we can share relevant information with.

Where we do not have your consent, we will usually only disclose your personal data to third parties where it is necessary to protect your or another person’s vital interests.

If you have any concerns about your personal data being shared with others at the University, please discuss this with the relevant Student Experience team. You can also seek advice from the University’s Data Protection Officer, by email at

Further information

You can find out further information about how we process personal data in our University privacy notice and in the guidance on our data protection pages here: You can also contact the University’s Data Protection Officer for further advice at

Restore Respect


Restore Respect is a new restorative programme that offers support to anyone who has been involved in an incident on campus that is perceived to be motivated by identity-based prejudice.

For more information visit the website