The University of Sussex provides a range of specialist resources to support your studies and enhance your learning experience.
a learning environment that embraces technological innovation
extensive library resources – our main Library is open 24/7 during term-time
wide range of IT skills training
support for students with disabilities, mental health difficulties and specific learning difficulties
multimedia language-learning facilities
The University of Sussex has ambitious plans to engage you wherever you learn – on the internet, on digital media players and on mobile phones. We are transforming learning on and off campus. Using a blended approach, our teaching and learning is embracing technological innovation, allowing for the introduction of a 24/7 learning environment in a 24/7 culture.
The Library has recently undergone a substantial and exciting refurbishment, and its friendly staff are ready to help you from the day you arrive. Easy to find at the centre of campus, the Library is a quiet and comfortable place to study. It is open 24 hours a day during term time. Much of the Library’s information is also available online so you can use the electronic library anywhere and at any time.
The Library also runs InfoSuss, a web-based tutorial to help you find your way through the many online resources.
In addition, the Library has a unique collection of manuscripts, archives and rare books, as well as housing the world-famous Mass Observation Archive.
Over 1,000 study places
Bookable study rooms for two to eight people
Electronic Library with access to over 20,000 journals
Over 100 PCs, laptop facilities and wireless coverage throughout
Audio-visual facilities including films and documentaries
Automated book issue and return
Based in the Library, the bookshop stocks both academic and general-interest books. Experienced staff work with course tutors to ensure that course books are readliy available.
IT Services (ITS)
When on campus attending lectures and seminars, you can use your laptop to take advantage of our extensive wireless network. As well as being able to prepare your assignments when and where you choose, you will be in a better position to take advantage of the big investment Sussex is making in virtual learning and access online support and information services.
ITS provide a range of computer facilities. Located across the campus, often with 24-hour access, all PCs have a customised desktop, a full MS Office suite, email and internet access. You can print and use your personal file storage from all these PCs. In addition ITS provide specialist software and a small number of iMac computers.
There is also an extensive range of IT skills training courses.
450 PCs, many available 24/7
Wireless network to enable laptop owners to access online resources
Free email and internet access
Access to personalised information about your degree
Help via the web, by email, over the telephone and in person
Safe storage for computer files, easily accessible both on and off campus via the internet
Extensive printing facilities
Adapted PCs for students with disabilities or additional learning needs
Students who live on campus have a wired connection from their study bedroom enabling access to the internet
Online learning support
Sussex Direct is a secure website offering personalised access to the information you need to study, work and socialise at Sussex. Many students use it to register before arriving at the University. Once here, you can use it for personal and secure access to information about your courses, reading lists, timetables and marks.
Study Direct is your online learninng environment where you will find your e-learning course materials and activities. An increasing number of courses are making use of computer-led technology so you can listen to your lectures again online.
ITS currently support 10 adapted PCs with assistive software packages specifically for use by students with a disability or additional learning needs. The PCs are located across campus in easily accessible rooms.
The Sussex Regional Access Centre offers needs assessments, advice and training on assistive technology for disabled students. The Centre is easily accessible by wheelchair users and those with visual impairments.
To access support for specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, ADHD, autism among others, contact the Student Support Unit on
T +44 (0)1273 877466
The Centre offers self-access and structured learning facilities for students who need help with English and other languages, as well as study skills support.
The Centre offers a resource library of language-learning materials including computer programs, audio and video media, access to the internet, and satellite TV programmes. Teaching facilities include a digital multimedia language laboratory.
If your first language is not English, you may like to improve your English language skills while at Sussex. The Sussex Centre for Language Studies is accredited by the British Council and runs a variety of courses throughout the year, which you can take before you start your academic courses. The Centre runs full-time English courses throughout the autumn and spring terms, as well as during the summer months. You can enrol on these courses for academic credit. Depending on how much English language training you will need to bring you up to the required level for academic study, you can take English courses lasting from a month up to one year as part of your Study Abroad programme. The Centre also provides part-time courses in English for Academic Purposes, covering topics such as academic writing and presenting seminar papers. Courses are also organised to prepare you for the Cambridge ESOL exams (FCE, CAE and CPE). All courses may also be taken for credit. Refer to Applying for more information on English language requirements.
Jorge Roberto Ahumada Garcia
‘Studying at the University of Sussex has enriched my experience abroad in every way. Surrounded by the beauty of the South Downs, Sussex is the perfect university environment. My English language abilities have improved enormously, thanks to everyday interaction with students from around the world. The housing office placed me in an off-campus residence with students from the UK, Canada, Italy, Ukraine, and Nigeria; when I return to Mexico, I’ll take a little bit of all these cultures with me.
‘I’d heard wonderful things about Brighton, and its vibrant culture, lively city centre, and beautiful seafront have surpassed my every expectation. Although I must admit the weather took some getting used to!
‘I never thought I would come to call another place home, but Sussex has become just that.’
Jorge Roberto Ahumada Garcia,
from Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico