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. Download the Sussex Mobile app and follow us on Twitter

The Sussex Mobile app

The Sussex Mobile app is our very own University of Sussex app. It is simple, effective and full of everything you need know: timetables, assessments, emails, student blogs - and much more. You can download it at any time but as soon as you've got your username and password you will be able to use all of its features fully.

You can download our the app which for free on iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices; it also comes as a web-based interface. It provides easy access to lots of useful information, such as your personalised timetable, your Sussex email account, student blogs; in addition to assessment and feedback on your studies. 

Twitter

You can also keep up to date via Twitter by Following our @SusxUniStudents account which provides up to date news, announcements and opportunities - so well worth a follow. 

FLINT

Every Sussex student also receives the bi-weekly FLINT e-magazine. Sent to your Sussex email account but also appearing on the app, FLINT has everything you need to know all in one place. From careers and job opportunities, volunteering, awareness weeks, student blogs to a list of the campus' best kept secrets, it is your compendium to a better Sussex experience. 

3. Find your new flatmates on Facebook

Each of our University residences has its own Facebook group - something which always proves popular! Why not join yours and start to get to know your new neighbours?

4. Study your induction timetable

Before you even arrive you can view your central induction timetable to find out everything that will be happening in your first two weeks of university life. Your personalised academic timetables will then be available to you once you have registered online on or after 1 September.

There are also a number of compulsory sessions which you are expected to attend in order to help you be effective in your studies.

5. Prepare for university-level study

Academically, starting university is a challenge. There are so many new things to learn - not least the new expectations placed on you now you've made the transition into higher education. 

However, there's no need to panic. At Sussex we have a dedicated resource which provides you with all the help you'll need to develop your academic skills (such as presentation skills, essay writing, report writing, referencing and time management). 

Skills Hub is an interactive website specially designed to help you prepare for studying at Sussex and to develop your skills during your time here. The website includes online tutorials, video guides and tips from students and staff. A really important tool.

6. Book your Freshers' Week tickets

The Students' Union organises a huge array of events throughout Freshers' Week. You can find out about their events on the SU website.

You can also follow every event and activity using the Freshers' week timetable on the app. 

7. Search for part-time work

For a whole host of current and upcoming part-time opportunities visit our jobs page.

You can access CareerHub for jobs and work experience opportunities, events, careers advice, and more once you have registered. You will also be sent a collection of specially chosen jobs via FLINT every two weeks. 

8. Read your housing information

If you're moving into University-managed accommodation please make sure you have made a note of arrival deadlines and that you bring your signed Tenancy Agreement with you.

Now might be a good time to take a look through your Residence handbook. If you have yet to find a place to live or need further information, please contact our Residential Services team.

9. Make a plan for eating well and staying healthy

It may sound obvious but staying healthy in the midst of studying, late nights and a packed social life is harder than you think. However, fear not, there is something for everyone at Sussexsport - the University's sports service. However, staying healthy is not all about what sport activity you choose to do. Fortunately, as a Sussex student you can choose between a multitude of SussexFood and Students' Union outlets - all serving a scrumptious array of food and drink.  

SussexSport

Asa a student you could sign up for a Bronze, Silver, or Gold membership - depending on your budget, or get involved as a non-member on a pay and play basis. Sussexsport runs a diverse group exercise programme all year round, so check out thier timetable.

Trying new things is also made easy with Active US. Many Sussex students make the most of drop-in social sport activities, run by a friendly team of student activators. This is a great way of getting into fitness as all abilities are warmly welcomed. Most activities are £1 or free. Why not try swimming for £1, volleyball, quidditch (Harry Potter's 'official' sport for those of you not in the know), fencing and much much more. There are no membership fees, no barriers, no fuss.

Check out the timetable in your Fresher’s bag, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to stay in the know.

SussexFood

Lying on the edge of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the UK means that as a student you are never far away from incredible food. Fortunately, you can find a fantastic selection of choices on campus - with healthy choices high on the agenda. 

SussexFood regularly serve up healthy dishes through their On the Pulse range, a selection of delicious pulse based, vegan and gluten free dishes - all at very competitive prices. 

SussexFood runs the majority of catering facilities on campus and offers students a wide range of delicious cuisines from around the world from salads and sandwiches to fresh barista coffee and vegan specialities; whatever takes your fancy, you’ll be able to find it somewhere on campus. 

There are 10 varied cafes and restaurants on campus so there’s certainly something for everyone. You can see what’s on offer across campus here. Also check out the ACCA café for a quiet place for a tasty sandwich.

SussexFood also have a loyalty scheme called Munch Money which is a contactless payment system where you can earn points to bag yourself a free coffee!

So drop in for lunch and check them out on social media for great recipe ideas and tips and tricks on eating on a budget: Twitter, Facebook and Instagram

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 Active US projectSign up online and we will enter you into a prize draw to win some iTunes vouchers.

Active US 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 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.