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Travel information

Arriving at Sussex

Arriving by car

The University is on the A27 road between Brighton and Lewes. Visitors driving from London and the north should take the M23/A23 towards Brighton and then follow the signs to join the A27 eastbound.  Follow the A27 until you see the signs to the University of  Sussex.

Parking charges will not apply for new students or their visitors on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 September but once you have unloaded your belongings a marshal will direct you to one of the designated general car parks at the front of the campus, to give other new arrivals space to unload.

Please note, however, that students who are resident in University-owned accommodation at Falmer are not usually allowed to park a vehicle on campus. The only exceptions are for students with a mobility disability, students on a specific sports scholarship or students with their families in residence with them. Students residing in off-campus accommodation are eligible to apply for a permit or pass to park (charges apply).

For more information on our student parking policy - including contact details for queries - please have a look at our transport information web page.

Arriving by train to Falmer Station 

If you will be arriving on Saturday 15 September or Sunday 16 September, a free minibus service will be available between 9.30am and 5pm, which will take you and your luggage to the University of Sussex campus.

Student ambassadors will be at the station on this day, wearing turquoise t-shirts, and will direct you to the free minibus.

Regular trains from London Victoria to Brighton station take as little as 50 minutes, and run approximately every 20 minutes (although less frequently on Sundays).

Falmer station – which is directly opposite the University campus – is well served by frequent local trains from Brighton and Lewes (the journey takes about nine minutes from either direction).

If you arrive at the station outside of the minibus hours then you should follow the signposts to campus, which is just on the other side of the underpass. 
It takes on average 20 minutes to walk to your accommodation, and number 23 or 25 buses are free to travel across campus. If you have a lot of luggage then there is a bus stop just on the other side of the underpass outside Sussex House at the front of campus.

Arriving by train to Brighton station (if living off campus)

Taxi Service from Brighton Station to off-campus residences.

A free taxi voucher service will also be running on 16 & 17 September from Brighton Station to Kings Road Residences, Abacus House, Imperial Hotel, and Langfords Hotel. Please note that this service is for students who are living in off campus university managed accommodation only.

Hours of operation on 15 & 16 September, will be 9:00am to 5:30pm.

Look for our student helpers in blue University of Sussex t-shirts, who will be at Brighton Station from 9:00am to 6:00pm, to give you a taxi voucher and help you with your onward journey.

Arriving by coach to Pool Valley

If you are living on campus and arriving by coach you will need to take a taxi to campus from the Old Steine taxi rank (just behind Pool Valley Coach Station) or a bus (25/28/29/N29). We do not recommend the bus option if you have lots of luggage.

There are regular coach services from London Victoria station and Gatwick and Heathrow airports to the Brighton Pool Valley coach station. Number 25/28/29/29B buses run frequently from the city centre to campus; alternatively, taxis from Old Steine, Brighton (just behind Pool Valley Coach Station) to the University cost between £12 and £15.

When arriving on campus, make sure that you are dropped off at the bus stop near or at your accomodation. The taxi or bus driver will be happy to advise you.

Look for our student helpers in blue University of Sussex t-shirts, who will be at Pool Valley Coach Station from 9:00am to 6:00pm, to help you with your onward journey.

Arriving by bus

Brighton & Hove buses run 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to the University. Brighton & Hove Buses normally have a stall open throughout Welcome Weekend, where you can find out travel information for rail, coach and local bus services. 

Arriving from outside the UK

We know that many of you will be travelling hundreds of miles to get to Sussex, and we would like to help you find the easiest and smoothest way to get here.

To help make your journey to Brighton and to the Sussex campus easier, the University is offering the following services during Arrival Weekend (15-16 September 2018):

  • There will be University representatives at Heathrow and Gatwick airports to welcome you to the UK and advise you regarding how you can continue your onward journey to Brighton (to see which terminals they will be based at, and when, please refer to Airport Meet and Greet Service)
  • Pre-bookable coach service from London Heathrow Airport for new international students (to see coach times and to book a place on one of the coaches please visit Airport Meet and Greet Service).
  • Free minibus services will be running from Falmer and Brighton train stations. Please see the applicable headings above for further information.

If you are arriving outside of these times, or need information about alternative travel options for overseas arrivals, please take a look at the information about 'Travelling to the University of Sussex'