Induction for new students - Starting with us

Late arrivals

You’ve been looking forward to starting university for weeks now, but now you won’t be able to arrive when you planned (for example, you won’t receive your visa in time). Don’t worry! We know that things sometimes happen outside of your control, and there will be other people in a similar situation.

Take a look at our guide below for advice on what to do. Select from Scenario A or Scenario B, depending on when you will arrive.

Scenario A: I will arrive during Induction Week (16 - 22 September).

1. Move into your accommodation

If you have been allocated University-managed accommodation, read your email from Housing Services with details about where to collect your keys from – read this carefully as your key collection point will depend on where you’re living, and possibly what time you’re arriving.  If you have any queries about this, please contact Housing Services before you arrive.

Important: you must let Housing Services know you will be arriving late as soon as possible, and inform them what your expected arrival date is, in order to ensure your room is not allocated to another student.

2. Attend your academic Induction events

Check your timetable via the SussexMobile app (download it to your phone if you haven't already) or the online Induction calendar to see what events you should attend to get to know your lecturers and other students on your course.

3. Attend the registration session for your School

You should do as much of your registration online as possible, but there may be some you need to do in person (such as showing documentation if you are an International student), or to collect your ID card.
Look at your Induction timetable to see when your registration session is; see box 2 above.
If you’ve missed the registration session for your School then you should choose another registration session and attend that.

4. Attend other events relevant to your School or department

There will be School/department social events to attend, if you are in time.  Check your Induction timetable; see box 2 above.

5. Watch your School welcome video

If you have missed the main welcome talk for your School or department, please access your video welcome talk (undergraduate / foundation or postgraduate) at a convenient time to catch up on the information given.

6. Access your Sussex Essentials online modules

If you have missed the Sussex Essentials talk for your School, please visit the Sussex Essentials online modules at a convenient time to catch up on the information given.  Sussex Essentials contains essential information about being a student at Sussex, including how to access the computers, Library and Careers and Employabiity Centre.  You can work your way through the online modules at your own pace in your own time.

7. Make contact with your Academic Advisor

If you’ve missed your School or course welcome talks, you may have missed out on meeting with your Academic Advisor, a member of academic staff who is there to support you through your studies.  You should meet with them during Induction Week or early in the term.  If you think you have missed your session, do email them to ask (you can find details of your Academic Advisor through Sussex Direct) or ask in your School Office.

8. Attend other events and activities that you like the sound of

There’s plenty going on through the week – whether you like loud parties or chill out zones, there’s something for everyone.  Check what's on through the Induction calendar or via your SussexMobile app.

 

Scenario B: I will arrive after Induction Week has finished (after Friday 22 September).

1. Move into your accommodation

If you have been allocated University-managed accommodation, read your email from Housing Services with details about where to collect your keys from – read this carefully as your key collection point will depend on where you’re living, and possibly what time you’re arriving.  If you have any queries about this, please contact Housing Services before you arrive.

Important: you must let Housing Services know you will be arriving late as soon as possible, and inform them what your expected arrival date is, in order to ensure your room is not allocated to another student.

2. Check your study timetable

Log in to Sussex Direct to see when your lectures and other teaching sessions are – teaching starts from Monday 25 September onwards.

3. Find your School Office if you have course queries

If you have any queries about your course or where you’re supposed to be for lectures, call in to see the friendly staff in your School Office (Monday to Friday) who will be happy to help.

4. Complete (or start) registration

The final registration sessions are on 25 and 26 September for all students who are still unregistered (Bramber House level 2).  After these times, late registration begins: see the late registration drop-down option on the registration page for further details.

5. Catch up with information given in your School welcome

Access your School welcome video online (undergraduate / foundation or postgraduate) to hear a welcome from your Head of School.

6. Access your Sussex essential online modules

If you have missed the Sussex Essentials talk for your School, please visit the Sussex Essentials online modules at a convenient time to catch up on the information given.  Sussex Essentials contains essential information about being a student at Sussex, including how to access the computers, Library and Careers and Employabiity Centre.  You can work your way through the online modules at your own pace in your own time.

7. Make contact with your Academic Advisor

If you’ve missed your School or course welcome talks, may have missed out on meeting with your Academic Advisor, a member of academic staff who is there to support you through your studies.  You should meet with them during Induction Week or early in the term.  If you think you have missed your session, do email them to ask (you can find details of your Academic Advisor through Sussex Direct) or ask in your School Office.

8. Visit our helpdesk marquees for help

If you arrive in week 1 (week beginning 25 September), our helpdesk marquees will still be in place Monday to Friday.  Visit our helpdesk outside Bramber House or Library Square with any queries, or look out for our friendly student ambassadors in turquoise t-shirts around the campus.  They will be happy to help if you're not sure where to go or what you should be doing.

9. Attend events to meet people

There are still plenty of social events going on where you can meet people.  Check out the calendar online or via your SussexMobile app to see welcome events running up to 29 September, and there will be plenty of events running all the way through the term, courtesy of the Students’ Union, International Student Support team and Campus and Residential Support team.

10. Attend a welcome and information session for late arrivals

Come along to International Student Support's welcome and information session where you can ask any questions you have about starting at Sussex and meet other students.  There will be tea and coffee and you are welcome to bring your lunch.  The sessions will be held at the following times:

  • Friday 29 September, 1pm - 2pm, Bramber House 243
  • Friday 6 October, 1pm - 2pm, Bramber House 243
  • Friday 13 October, 1pm - 2pm, Bramber House 243