How to apply for accommodation

From en-suite bedrooms to student houses, there are a range of housing options for you. Discover how to apply for accommodation at Sussex and find a place you can call home.

University student in Sussex housing

  1. Receive online housing application

    We send you the housing application link from February onwards, after you receive your offer from Sussex.

  2. Explore our accommodation

    Look at different housing options on our accommodation pages. You can also go on a campus housing tour at an Open Day.

  3. Consider housing options

    Our accommodation is generally mixed gender, and international and UK students live together. However, let us know on your housing application if you:

    • are a mature student and want to live with other mature students
    • want to apply for a quiet area
    • want to live in single-gender accommodation.

    We do our best to house you according to your preferences, but all accommodation is subject to availability.

    If you have a child who will live with you, find out about our family flats

    Students with health or special requirements

    Tell us on your housing application if you have health requirements. We have some accessible rooms with wheelchair access, and rooms and facilities if you need care support or have a hearing/visual impairment.

    We try to fulfil reasonable adjustments requests, subject to availability. When you apply, give as much notice as possible, include your preferred residence and tell us why living in this residence would support your needs.

    If you are considering making (or have recently made) a gender transition, you can include this in your application if you wish. We can give you support resources and consider any suitable adjustments.

  4. Choose your housing

    List 10 housing options on your application. You should fill out all options as we can't guarantee you'll get your first choice.

    If you're not happy with your housing after you've moved in, use our swap list (available one week after arrivals weekend) to search for a different room. 

  5. Submit your application

    To be guaranteed University-managed accommodation for September 2018, you must submit your online housing application by:

    • 30 June 2018 if you are a full-time, first-year undergraduate student
    • 1 August 2018 if you are a full-time Masters student from outside the EU or a full-time, first-year PhD student studying for a full academic year. You must also pay a £300 pre-payment by 1 August to be guaranteed accommodation.
  6. Find out where you're living

    You'll receive your housing offer email between July and September. This email also contains your residence guide, tenancy agreement and start date.

  7. Move in

    You move in on arrivals weekend in September. 

    If you plan to get here after arrivals weekend, contact the Housing Services team so that we don't re-allocate your room. You can't move into your room before arrivals weekend and we don't accept luggage sent in advance.

    Read your tenancy agreement and residence guide to find out what's included in your housing, what you should bring and any prohibited items. 

    You can order items like bedding and kitchen equipment from our online shop. If you bring a TV, you must buy a TV licence.

    When you move in, your Residential Adviser will arrange a welcome meeting and help with any problems.


    Your rent includes basic insurance but if you have valuable items, you can extend your cover with the insurance provider, Endsleigh.


Guaranteed accommodation applications are first sorted by your first choice of housing. They are not allocated on a 'first come first serve basis'.

Special requirements are then taken into consideration and the rest are then allocated. All allocations are subject to availability and some options, like our en-suite rooms and Brighthelm, can be oversubscribed.

Download our Housing Guide [PDF 4.2MB] for more information.

Check if you're guaranteed University-managed accommodation at Sussex

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