Induction for new students - Starting with us


If you have been allocated University-managed accommodation, you will be sent details of your residence during August and early September.

In that email you will also be given instructions on where you need to go to collect your key and a last reminder about the need to set up a payment arrangement for your rent between 1 September when you able to set up payment, and before you arrive at Sussex.

You will also be provided with details about how to complete your personalised housing online welcome ahead of your arrival, so that you have all the information you need, including areas of support, facilities and more before you arrive. You can complete this by logging back in to your Housing application, and clicking on ‘Arrivals Induction’.

For most students (except early arrivals for CPE and pre-sessional courses) accommodation will be available from 10am on Saturday 16 September, and your arrival date is noted on your housing allocation email.

Undergraduates and postgraduates

If you have been allocated a room on campus, you will be able to collect your keys from the porter at your residence by showing identification, such as a passport. The porter will check to see that you have accepted the terms and conditions of your room online in advance, as we will not be able to issue keys unless you have done so. You will find it helpful to bring a copy of your accommodation letter with you, as this letter contains your address. You should also complete the Arrivals Induction before you collect your keys.

If you are going to be living off campus, please refer to the direction guide and instructions sent to you with your tenancy agreement for how and where to collect your keys.

University accommodation is in high demand. For undergraduates, if you will not be arriving by 4.30pm on Monday 18 September you must inform our Housing Services office to avoid your room being reallocated, and for postgraduates, you must arrive by Wednesday 20 September unless you have agreed a later arrival date with the Housing Office in advance.

Visiting and Exchange students

If you are a visiting student from abroad for part of – or the full – year, and have applied for accommodation, you should receive your tenancy details by the end of August.

University accommodation is in high demand so if you will not be arriving by 4.30pm on Monday 18 September, you must inform our Housing Services office to avoid your room being reallocated.

Waiting lists for those not allocated a room

We will not be opening a waiting list for housing until once term has started. We would advise anyone who wants housing for the beginning of term who is not guaranteed University accommodation to search for accommodation in the private sector, and you can find information about this on our Private Sector housing webpages.

Private-sector accommodation

Some students prefer to find their own accommodation in the private sector. More information about searching for private-sector housing is available on our housing pages. The Housing Services office maintains an accommodation website called Sussex Student Pad, which lists details of properties available to rent in the private sector in Brighton and Hove and Lewes areas, but cannot undertake to arrange accommodation for you.

The Students' Union also have their own 'fee-free' letting agency. Sussex Student Lettings is a student-focused lettings agency offering a very friendly, accessible and free service to students.. This is a great way to save money if you're looking for accommodation in Brighton, as some lettings agencies can charge well over £100 per person for administration and referee fees. 

Developing our housing provision

We continue to develop plans to both increase the number and quality of our student bedrooms.

We’re creating a new student village on campus of 2,100 units to replace about 590 student bedrooms built in the 1970s. We aim to have the first phase ready for next autumn; this new accommodation will add to the range of student housing we have on campus.