Induction for new students - Starting with us

When you arrive

Most new students will arrive on Saturday 16 or Sunday 17 September. If you are arriving over this weekend, you can be sure of finding a whole host of people to welcome you to your new home.

Things to do when you arrive

1. Find your bearings

We have four welcome teams working across campus, with the Red Team (run by the Students' Union) helping you find out about all of the events that the Students' Union are running. Additionally, we have the Turquoise Team who will be around to answer any questions and help you find your way around campus, the Blue Team who will be supporting International students and the Black Team who are Residential Advisors here to help you settle in to your new University accommodation.

2. Collect your Student ID card

This gives you Library access and entitles you to student discounts (you will have been given the location for collecting your card when completing online registration).

NOTE: If you were unable to complete online registration before arriving, then you will not be able to collect your Student ID card until you have completed in-person registration.

3. Register with the University Health Centre and dentist surgery

The helpful doctors and nurses at the University Health Centre will make sure you get the best treatment if you ever need it. If you haven't been able to register online before you arrive you can still register when you get to Sussex. Also see our advice on creating a health action plan.

4. Attend the induction activities

Keep an eye on your Welcome Events calendar on the SussexMobile app or the Sussex website to make sure you don't miss out on any compulsory sessions (they're good for you, honest). Your school will also be arranging some social activities which will appear on the same calendar.

5. Check out the Freshers' Fair and other events

Your Students' Union has been working through the summer to design and plan a whole host of activities for your first week on campus. At the Freshers' Fair, you can sign up for all sorts of clubs and societies, find out about part-time jobs and even get some freebies. Visit the Students' Union's site for the full programme.

7. Get online

IT Services will be in Shawcross and Northfield to help you over arrivals weekend and offering a full range of services out of Shawcross from 8.300am on Monday 18th September.

You can also see our guidance on getting online.

8. Download our app and follow us on Twitter

Our Sussex Mobile app is available for free on iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices and as a web-based interface. It provides easy access to lots of useful information, such as your personalised timetable, your Sussex emails, printing, and assessment and feedback on your studies.

Follow our @SusxUniStudents Twitter account and the Students' Union's @USSU feed to get updates, news and events specifically for you as a Sussex student. Look out for the #sussexfreshers hashtag! 

10. Contact your friends and family back home

While you're living and studying in Brighton it’s important to keep in touch with friends and family back home. They’re certainly missing you as much as you miss them, and they’ll want to hear all about your course and the new friends you're making on campus.

If you are an international student, there are some great ways to communicate with friends and family overseas for free, or at a reduced cost. To help you work out which is the best option for you, we’ve collected all of our favourite methods and included them on our 'Living in the UK page'.

When you arrive

Student Ambassadors

Our friendly Welcome Teams will be happy to help you find your bearings when you arrive!