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 a 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 now view the 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

Use Skills Hub to develop your skills at Sussex (such as presentation skills, essay writing, report writing, referencing and time management). Skills Hub is an interactive website especially 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.

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 the SU 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. 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.

9. Download our app and follow us on Twitter

Once you have registered on or after 1 September, you can download our Sussex Mobile app which is available for free on iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices and also as a web-based interface. It provides easy access to lots of useful information, such as your personalised timetable, your Sussex emails, student blogs, wellbeing, printing; in addition to assessment and feedback on your studies.

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 #sussexfresher hashtag!

10. Make a plan for eating well and staying healthy

There is something for everyone at Sussexsport, sign up to our facilities through Bronze, Silver, or Gold memberships, 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 the timetable here.

Trying new things is also made easy with Active US. Many of our 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, or volleyball, quidditch, fencing and 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.

11. 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 project. Sign 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. 

12. 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.