Accommodation guarantee

We have a housing guarantee in place for specific groups of students. Our housing guarantee is outlined in detail below.

Sussex students in housing

Who is guaranteed accommodation

Your accommodation guarantee depends on the type of student you are.

Undergraduate students

If you apply for an undergraduate course which starts in September 2018, you are guaranteed University-managed accommodation if you:

  • are a full-time, first-year undergraduate student applying through UCAS for September 2018
  • firmly accept our offer
  • apply for accommodation by 30 June 2018.

Masters students

If you apply for a Masters which starts in September 2018, you are guaranteed University-managed accommodation if you:

  • are a full-time Masters student from outside the European Union
  • apply for accommodation by 1 August 2018
  • pay a £300 pre-payment by 1 August 2018.

PhD students

If you apply for a PhD which starts in September 2018, you are guaranteed University-managed accommodation if you:

  • are a full-time, first-year PhD student studying for a full academic year
  • apply for University-managed accommodation by 1 August 2018
  • pay a £300 pre-payment by 1 August 2018.

Visiting and exchange students

If you are a visiting or exchange student studying for:

  • a full academic year, you apply for housing using the online application form and the Sussex Abroad Office send you housing information
  • part of the year, we may arrange, or help you arrange, privately-rented accommodation (including renting a room in the house of a private landlord). If we offer you University-managed accommodation, you must pay £50.

Other students

You are guaranteed University-managed housing if you apply by 30 June 2018 and you:

  • are already studying a pre-sessional course at Sussex
  • are a Brighton and Sussex Medical School (BSMS) student. You'll receive housing information from the University of Brighton Accommodation Office. Email accommodation@brighton.ac.uk for more information
  • have a foundation-year offer. You can only guaranteed University-managed housing for your first year of study (Year 0).

Find out how to apply for housing if you are an International Foundation Year student


If you have an insurance or clearing offer

You are not guaranteed University-managed accommodation if you have:

  • an insurance offer from Sussex. You should still apply for housing before the deadline
  • a clearing offer from Sussex. You can make an online expression of interest in accommodation.

If you apply or make an expression of interest, we can advise you about your accommodation options.


If you apply after the deadline

If you apply for housing after the deadline, we consider your application as an expression of interest and we do our best to house you.

If we can't offer you University-managed housing, we'll help you look for private accommodation in the local area.

You can only apply for University-managed accommodation after your first year if you applied via the Housing and Health process and have agreed adjustments in place to help with your health or accessibility needs.


Masters and PhD pre-payments

If you are a Masters or PhD student, you must pay a £300 pre-payment by 1 August 2018 to be guaranteed University-managed accommodation for September 2018.

You need to pay the pre-payment through our postgraduate application system.

If you are sponsored, or think you shouldn't pay the £300 pre-payment, you must send proof to housing@sussex.ac.uk before 1 August 2018. 

We can only refund the pre-payment if:

  • we decline your application
  • you contact us before your tenancy start date to agree that you don't need University housing
  • your visa has been declined and you can provide evidence of this.

If you are allocated University-managed accommodation and you make your own arrangements, we will not refund the £300 pre-payment.


Private accommodation

To help you rent a room, flat or house in Brighton & Hove and the local area, we can also give you advice and check your tenancy agreement.

You can also search for accommodation through Sussex Studentpad.


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