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

We think the Sussex Mobile app is brilliant - and so will you. 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 Sussex Mobile app which is available for free on iOS (iPhone, iPad) and Android devices and also as a web-based interface at any point. However, once you have your username and password you can log in for your personalised timetable. It provides easy access to lots of useful information, such as your personalised timetable, your Sussex emails, student blogs; in addition to assessment and feedback on your studies.

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. 

If that wasn't enough, 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 compressed into one handy email. 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 which can be found on the Housing Facebook page - 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 Housing Services team.

9. Your health and wellbeing

Make sure you’re up to date with your vaccinations...

Starting university involves coming into close contact with lots of new people, which means that you can be exposed to bacteria and viruses that you haven’t come across before. Some of the illnesses you could be exposed to can be very serious, so it’s important to make sure you’re up to date with your vaccinations before starting university.

Make sure you have received the following vaccinations, which are available free through the NHS:

You might also want to consider paying privately to receive the following vaccinations:

  • MenB – for Meningitis B


Bring some medications with you

The first few weeks of university life can be very busy, so it’s good to be prepared.

Make sure you pack the following things so that you have them close at hand when you arrive:

  • A few weeks’ supply of any medications which you regularly take, so that you don’t run out before you are able to register with a doctor and get a new prescription, if necessary
  • Some standard flu remedies, such as paracetamol, and a thermometer


Learn some basic recipes

If you’re not used to cooking for yourself then it could be a good idea to get some practice in before you arrive at Sussex.

Find some inspiration on our Eating Well web page


Make a budget

Work out how much money you will have to live on while you’re at university, and make a weekly/monthly budget to help you manage your finances.

Try using our Student Budget Planner to help you


If you have a long term mental health condition or a disability

The Student Support Unit (SSU) can look at reasonable adjustments to your teaching, assessments, exams and other services provided by the University to reduce the impact your condition or disability may have on your studies or student’s experience.

You can only register with the SSU after you have enrolled at Sussex, but there are a couple of things you can do before starting your course.

  • Make sure that you have some medical evidence

To register with the Student Support Unit, you will need to provide medical evidence. Make sure you obtain a letter from the relevant health professionals who know you before you start at the university.

You will find further information about the type of evidence you need and their registration process on their webpage

Make sure you check the relevant section on their webpage: Mental Health, Autism Spectrum, Disability, Specific Learning Difficulty.

  • Apply for DSA (Disabled Student’s Allowances)

If you have a long term mental health condition, a specific learning difficulty or a physical disability, you may be entitled to further support. This may be equipment to assist you with your studies, travel cost, one-to-one support. These are only some examples of types of support paid for by DSA. You do not need to pay this back.

You can apply at any stage during your course but the Student Support Unit recommends that apply early to avoid delays and ensure that your support package is in place as soon as possible.

Further information and guidance on how to apply is available on the Student Support Unit’s webpage


Find out more about student health and wellbeing

Take a look at our wellbeing web pages for loads more information about health and wellbeing at Sussex



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 serves 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 has 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
11. Plan how you will get around

Getting home safely at night

If you’re going out at night then it’s important that you plan in advance how to get home safely.


  • If you take a taxi then make sure that you use a registered company
  • If you find yourself without any cash you can use the Take Care Taxi scheme to make sure you get home safely 


  • Brighton and Hove Buses run to campus all night
  • You can catch any of the local Brighton and Hove buses through campus for free (23, 25 and N25)

Find more information about getting home safely here


12. International, EEA & EU students: visas & other requirements

If you are an international student, you may need to apply for a student visa to study in the UK.

If you’re a European national

If you are a European Economic Area (EEA) or Swiss national and have been accepted onto a course, you don't need to apply for a visa to study in the UK. However, you will need to meet certain requirements to exercise your right to reside in the UK for the duration of your course. 

If you’re not a European national

Please make sure that you have read the full information on how to apply for a student visa. Most students on courses longer than 6 months will now be issued a 30 day visa which you will use to enter the UK and will then collect their BRP from Sussex on arrival.

You will need to allow plenty of time as some embassies and high commissions can take several months to process student applications. If you are applying to come as a Tier 4 general student then you will need a CAS (Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies) which will be issued to you from the University. You cannot apply for a Tier 4 student visa until 3 months before your course start date and the CAS is valid for use within 6 months.

Register with the Police

Students from some countries have a stamp in their passport or wording on their visa that tells them to register with the police. If your spouse or children (aged 16 or over) entered the UK as your dependants, they are likely to also have this condition. If you need to register, it should usually be written on your visa or BRP as "register with the Police within 7 days" or in some cases (where a person has made an extension within the UK), it may state the condition in an accompanying letter so please be sure to check this.


Sussex has excellent sports facilities, offering a wealth of opportunities. We cater for diverse interests and levels of ability. Getting involved in sport is a good way to try out new things, improve your skills and make new friends while you are doing it.


Sussexsport are offering £20 off the price of annual gold and silver student memberships if you purchase by Sunday 15 October 2017, making an all-inclusive Gold membership only £150 for the year and an annual Silver off-peak membership just £115! Find out more by visiting the student sport webpages.