Induction - Starting with us

Housing for International students

Most new students will be living on campus although there are many students who live in University managed accommodation in Brighton or with Host Families in the local area.

Moving in to University managed accommodation

If you have been allocated University-managed housing you will be emailed a tenancy agreement with rent details from mid August onwards. You will need to log back into your online housing application to accept the terms and conditions of your room so that we know you want the room within seven days of receiving it and from 1 September set up an arrangement to pay your rent online through Sussex Direct before you arrive (information on how to do this will be provided in your accommodation offer letter). Please note that no accommodation (either on or off campus) will be available before 10am Saturday 15 September. If you are planning to arrive in the UK before this date you will need to make your own arrangements for temporary accommodation.

In addition to the free coach service available on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September, the University will be operating a minibus service from the local train stations over the arrival weekend, bringing new students onto campus.  Further details will be included in our email and can also be found in the arrival section above.

Important: Unless you have made appropriate arrangements with the Housing Office you must collect the keys to your accommodation by 4.30pm on Monday 17 September if you're an undergraduate or by 4pm on Wednesday 19 September if you're a postgraduate student. Rooms not occupied by the deadline will be reallocated to other students.

Students with families

Students should not travel with families unless they have already received written confirmation that accommodation has been arranged for them. The University can take no responsibility for housing families who do not have family accommodation confirmed in advance. If you arrive with your family without making proper arrangements in advance it will be very expensive to stay in hotel or guest-house accommodation, even for a short time. It is better for your family to follow you at a later date when you are sure of your situation.

Please make sure you also read the immigration document that accompanies this letter (or page 7 of the International Students' Pre-arrival Guide ), as there have been recent changes to the rules concerning bringing your family to the UK.

Private Accommodation

Many 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. Together with the University of Brighton, the Housing Office maintains an accommodation website, 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.

If you would like to find out more about renting in the private sector and would like a password to access the Studentpad website, please contact the Housing Office by emailing housing@sussex.ac.uk quoting your registration or application number (if you have one).

Further information about housing can be found on pages 30 of the International Students' Pre-arrival Guide. If you are in any doubt about your accommodation, please telephone the Housing Office (++ 44 1273 678220 or email housing@sussex.ac.uk) please do not call before Monday 5 September, you can also join their Facebook Page. 

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