Health and Wellbeing


PLEASE NOTE - If you have had unprotected sex within the last 120 hours (5 days) and you want to avoid pregnancy then you can access emergency contraception (see information below).


Contraception is free to most people in the UK. There are lots of different contraceptive options available, and different ones will suit different people.

Sexwise information on contraception

NHS information on contraception


Free condoms on campus

The X-Card scheme gives you access to free condoms on campus.

No intrusive or embarrassing questions - this scheme just provides a fair way of distributing condoms and other sexual health resources, as well as answering sexual health queries and signposting to other specialist services.

Come to an X-Card drop-in to register for an X-Card – or register online - then use it to pick up free condoms on campus.

Drop-ins are free, confidential and run by trained Sussex students.

Find out more.


Accessing contraception in the local area

Brighton and Hove have excellent Sexual Health and Contraception (SHAC) services where you can speak to trained professionals about what contraception might suit you best, and get prescriptions/fittings for contraception.

Visit the Brighton Sexual Health website for more information.

You can also speak to your GP about contraception.


Emergency Contraception

Emergency Contraception can be taken after unprotected sex (condom split, missed pill, didn't use any contraception) and can prevent pregnancy.

It is sometimes called the "morning after pill" but can be taken up to 72 hours (three days) or 120 hours (five days) after unprotected sex, depending on the method used.

The sooner emergency contraception is taken after unprotected sex, the more likely it is to be effective at preventing pregnancy, so you should access it as soon as possible.

Find out more about emergency contraception.

Where to access emergency contraception

There are three different forms of emergency contraception:
Within 72 hours (3 days) of unprotected sex you can use Levonelle (pill).
   Available from your GP, pharmacies (sometimes there is a charge), SHAC services and A&E
Within 120 hours (5 days) of unprotected sex you can use ellaOne (pill) or an emergency IUD (coil).
   Available from SHAC services and A&E

Find sexual health and contraception (SHAC) services in Brighton and Hove

Find advice on accessing emergency contraception

Find pharmacies that offer free emergency contraception to under 25's

Find your nearest A&E department