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Travelling to Sussex

We strongly recommend that you arrive at Sussex on Sunday 13 September over our Welcome Weekend. There is a football match at the Amex Stadium near campus between Brighton and Hove Albion and Hull City on the afternoon of Saturday 12 September, and the roads, trains and buses going to campus are likely to be much busier than usual.

If you have already made plans (for example, you have already booked a plane or train ticket), then please see the relevant information below

Arriving by train to Falmer Station

Welcome team and buses

If you will be arriving on Saturday 12 September:

Unless you live very locally, your normal train journey will involve taking a train to Brighton station and changing trains there to take a train to Falmer station, which is close to the University of Sussex campus. If you will be arriving on Saturday 12 September, the trains between Brighton and Falmer will be busy before and after the football match, so we recommend that you get off your train at Brighton station, and take a ride on our free minibus service, which will take you and your luggage to the University of Sussex campus. Student ambassadors will be at Brighton station on this day, so look out for them – some will be wearing green t-shirts, and some will be wearing blue t-shirts. They will direct you to the free minibus.

If you will be arriving on Sunday 13 September:

A free minibus service will be running from Falmer train station to the University of Sussex campus. Student ambassadors will be at Falmer station on this day, so look out for them – some will be wearing green t-shirts, and some will be wearing blue t-shirts. They will direct you to the free minibus.

Regular trains from London Victoria to Brighton station take as little as 50 minutes, and run approximately every 20 minutes (although less frequently on Sundays).

Falmer station – which is directly opposite the University campus – is well served by frequent local trains from Brighton and Lewes (the journey takes about nine minutes from either direction).

If you arrive at the station outside of the minibus hours then you should follow the signposts to campus, which is just on the other side of the underpass. It takes on average 20 minutes to walk to your accommodation, and number 23 or 25 buses are free to travel across campus. If you have a lot of luggage then there is a bus stop just on the other side of the underpass outside Sussex House at the front of campus.

Arriving by train to Brighton Station (for those students living off campus only)

There will also be a free minibus service from Brighton station to Kings Road Residences and Abacus House (please note this service is for students who are living off campus only), which will run on Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 September.

Arriving by coach to Pool Valley

If you are living on campus and arriving by coach you will need to take a taxi to campus from the Old Steine taxi rank (just behind Pool Valley Coach Station) or a bus (25/28/29/N29). We do not recommend the bus option if you have lots of luggage.

There are regular coach services from London Victoria station and Gatwick and Heathrow airports to the Brighton Pool Valley coach station. Number 25/28/29/29B buses run frequently from the city centre to campus; alternatively, taxis from Old Steine, Brighton (just behind Pool Valley Coach Station) to the University cost between £12 and £15.

When arriving on campus, make sure that you are dropped off at the bus stop near the Brighthelm Residences (at the back of campus) and not near Sussex House at the front of campus. The taxi or bus driver will be happy to advise you.

Arriving by bus

Brighton & Hove buses run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the University – see the Brighton & Hove Buses student ticket guide for details. Brighton & Hove Buses normally have a stall open throughout Welcome Weekend and on Monday 14th and Tuesday 15th, where you can find out travel information for rail, coach and local bus services. Pick up your local Bus Times and buy your Saver ticket to use on all Brighton & Hove buses, including night buses.