Student Life Centre

Student Life Centre will be closed on Monday 21st August. We will reopen on Tuesday 22nd at 9 and stay open until 5 pm.

We are the first place to come when you have questions, queries, worries or concerns.
Our information desk is open all day and we offer email and telephone advice, easily bookable appointments and welfare drop-in sessions for urgent concerns.

Entrance to the Student Life Centre

 

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
  • feeling anxious about seminars, concerns about study skills, performance and progression
  • 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 (eg LGBT issues, Care Leaver support) and 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.

The Buddy Scheme is looking for volunteers

Are you a current student at Sussex University? Are you familiar with the university and the local area? Share your knowledge with a student who is new to Sussex. You will really make a difference, join the Buddy Scheme: www.buddyscheme.com

Contact

T 01273 876767
E
studentlifecentre@sussex.ac.uk

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

To Book an Appointment

You can book an appointment through your Sussex Direct page. If you click on the 'Study' tab you will find an option to select 'Student Life' then 'Student Life Centre' - by clicking here you will be able to book yourself in for an appointment to suit your timetable.

You can also book by email:
studentlifecentre@sussex.ac.uk

by phone:
01273 876767

or in person at the Student Life Centre, Bramber House, Monday to Friday 9am-5pm

Out-of-Hours Help

For students in university-managed accommodation:
Campus & Residential Support (CRS) supports you whilst in university-managed accommodation. CRS has a staff desk in York House 10am-10pm weekdays. For out-of-hours emergency welfare support, contact Security to access this service on:
01273 87 3333

E: campus-support@sussex.ac.uk

For students in private rented accommodation:
If you live in the private sector, for emergency welfare support please phone JAM, the out-of-hours call-back service, on: (+44) (0)2089  383873
JAM gives guidance over-the phone and will also contact CRS who will return your call within the hour to offer over-the-phone welfare support and advice, along with signposting for additional available support.
This service is not designed or intended in any way to replace the role of the emergency services or other relevant agencies such as GP's or other local NHS provision.

NOTE: Calls are charged at your local standard mobile / landline rate.

Student Life Centre Budget planner

The 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 can make an appointment with one of our student funding coordinators who will be happy to see you for a 1:1 budgeting session.  Appointments can be booked through Sussex Direct.