Student Life Centre

Mature students

The Student Life Centre is here to offer support, advice and guidance to the whole of the student community at Sussex.  Mature students bring a diverse wealth of experience to their University life and can often offer unique perspectives that are highly valued by fellow students. 
However at times mature students can experience additional pressures such as family or work commitments and the challenges of adjusting to academic life after a break from studying can be significant.  We are here to talk through your experiences at University and help you address any difficulties you encounter.  Our advisors will work to support you, making sure that you have the information and help that you need to make positive progress through University.
Some useful links for mature students:
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The Students' Union have a Family Room is located in Norwich House. This is a room for any students with kids to use free of charge, it has a fully functioning kitchen, baby change facilities, lots of toys and games and some comfy sofas.

External sources of support and advice:

  • The Student Room – An online student forum. Includes an online forum for mature students to discuss topics related to life at University.
  • Citizens’ Advice Bureau  – A national service offering advice on a wide range of topics such as legal, money, employment, housing, benefits, tax, debt.
  • St Luke’s Advice Service, Brighton – Offering money advice around debt, benefits plus advocacy, disability and carers.
  • Children’s Services – various locations in Sussex offering a range of parenting support and advice.
  • Gingerbread – A national organisation providing advice and practical support to single parents.
  • Young Minds –Young Minds focuses on the mental health issues of children, recognising that many children have troublesome worries and fears. They publish a huge range of information to help parents, carers or other professionals who are worried about a child
  • Family Lives – A service offering support, information and guidance on all issues of concern related to caring of children
  • Parent Lifeline – A helpline which offers emotional support and understanding for parents under stress. This helpline can also put parents in touch with further help if they wish.