Health and Wellbeing

X-Card service on Campus

Announcement: COVID-19

Following the University’s decision to move to online teaching, we will not be running X-Card drop-ins for the rest of this term.

During this difficult time, if anyone requires condoms they can call the SHAC Clinic on 01273 523388 and some will be posted to them for free. Alternatively, they can be picked up from a C-Card pharmacy, with or without a C-Card if U25, for free. Find out more.

Any students with a Brighton postcode (BN1/BN2/BN3/BN41) can order a free home STI testing kit for Chlamydia, Gonorrhoea, Syphilis & HIV. Find out more

Terrence Higgins Trust are offering a range of support and services for people living with HIV via their At Home service. THT Brighton are able to provide a range of support services over the phone. Find out more.


 What is X-Card?

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 and register for an X-Card - then use it to pick up free condoms on campus.

Drop-ins are free, confidential and run by trained student volunteers. 

The X-card is like a coffee loyalty card...

Once you have registered for an X-Card at the drop-in, you can use it to pick up condoms at any of the locations and times listed below, so you do not need to wait to come to the drop-in next time you need supplies.
Front and back of X-Card

Whoever gives you the condoms will initial and date one of the squares on the back of your card. Once the squares have filled up you can
come back to the drop-in to pick up another card.

What can I get from the X-Card drop-in?

Come to an X-Card drop-in to:

  • Register for an X-Card, which you can use to pick up free condoms on campus
  • Access free condoms, vaginal condoms and lube
  • Access free Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea self-testing kits
  • Access free pregnancy test
  • Find out more about local services and support

Please note that we do not provide emergency contraception at X-Card Drop-ins. Find out where to access emergency contraception

When is the drop-in open?

Wednesday 1-2pm – Student Life Centre - wheelchair accessible
Thursday 1-2pm – Student Life Centre - wheelchair accessible
Friday 1-2pm – Student Wellbeing Office (next to the Pharmacy) - there is a small step into this room, and the doorway is quite narrow

To arrange an alternative appointment, or speak to someone outside term-time, email healthandwellbeing@sussex.ac.uk

Where can I pick up free condoms?

Once you have an X-Card (available from X-Card drop-ins) you can use it to pick up free condoms on campus.

X-Card free condom pick-up points:

Student Life Centre Reception, Bramber House
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm all year
For a wide variety of condoms, vaginal condoms, Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea self-tests and pregnancy tests

Students' Union Reception, Falmer House
Monday-Friday 9am-5pm during term-time
For standard condoms only

Falmer Bar, Falmer House
Monday-Friday 9am-late during term-time
For standard condoms only

York House 24-hr Reception Desk, Norwich House Road
Monday-Friday 24/7 all year
For standard condoms only

You can also pick up free Chlamydia/Gonorrhoea self-testing kits and pregnancy tests from the Student Life Centre reception without an X-Card.

Consent and Healthy Relationships

Sexual consent and healthy relationships are a key part of safer sex, and an important part of having consensual sex is taking joint responsibility for sexual health and contraception.

Find out more about the REDS (Respect, Equality, Diversity, Safety) programme and sexual consent on our web pages and in the Let's Talk About Sex and Relationships booklet.