Induction for new students - Starting with us

Before you arrive checklist

Use this checklist to ensure you have made all the right arrangements before setting off for university and to help make your arrival at Sussex as smooth as possible.

Things to do before you arrive

1. Register online

To become a University of Sussex student and member of the Students’ Union, and to activate your IT and Library accounts, you need to complete our simple online registration. This process will open on 1 September and we will send you an email nearer the time to remind you.

2. Read your housing information

If you have been allocated University-managed accommodation please make sure you have made note of arrival deadlines and that you bring your signed Tenancy Agreement with you. You should also make sure you have read your copy of the Residence handbook. If you have yet to find a place to live or need further information, please contact our Residential Services team.

3. Find your new flatmates on Facebook

Each of our University residences has its own Facebook group. Why not join yours and start to get to know your new neighbours?

4. Study your induction timetable

You can view your academic induction timetable online. Your school of study will also contact you directly to let you know when your academic induction events will take place. There are a number of compulsory sessions which you are expected to attend in order to help you be effective in your studies. If you have received a copy of your academic induction timetable, make sure you bring this to university with you. Please contact your school office if you haven't received one before you arrive at Sussex.

5. Prepare for university-level study

Academic skills – such as analytical, critical thinking, presentation skills, essay writing, report writing, referencing and time management – become the skills employers look for when they recruit graduates. Study Success at Sussex is an interactive website especially designed to help you prepare for studying at university. The site includes online tutorials, video guides and tips from students and staff.

6. Book your Freshers Week tickets

The Students' Union organises a range of events to help you meet new people, get to know Brighton and have fun. You can find out about their events on their website.

7. Take advice from the Students’ Union

Take a look at the Student Union's tips for other things to do before you arrive.

8. Download our app and follow us on Twitter

Our Sussex Mobile app is available for free on iOS (iPhone, iPad), Android and Blackberry 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.

You can also download the Students' Union's app for new students to keep track of events and useful information.

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!

9. Make a plan for eating well and staying healthy

To get the most out of university, it is important that you look after yourself. Our health and wellbeing guidance takes you through everything you need to lead a happy and healthy life at Sussex, from keeping fit and eating well, to sexual health, settling into student life and registering with a doctor.

10. Sign up for your free sports membership

You can get fit, try something new, build friendships and explore your city by signing up for a free bronze Sussexsport membership as part of our exciting new Active US project. Sign up online and we will enter you into a prize draw to win some iTunes vouchers.

Active US is a new project starting this September. The project is a collaboration between Sussexsport (the University's sport service) and the Students’ Union, funded by Sport England. We are dedicated to introducing you to unlimited fitness and sporting opportunities on and off campus. From yoga and dance, to traditional sports, to mountain biking and bouldering, be a part of our activity and social calendar to make the most of your university experience and enhance your graduate employability by getting involved with sports on your doorstep.  There really is something for everyone, of all abilities. 

11. Plan how you will get around

Brighton and Hove Buses will be on campus over Welcome Weekend and during Freshers Week selling daily and weekly tickets and giving you lots of information on bus routes and other ticket types. But if you want to avoid the queues and possibly save some money you can buy online before you arrive. Falmer train station is also close by and campus is easy to get to by bike and foot from surrounding areas.

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