Health and Wellbeing

Student families

Although the University campus can seem dominated by students with few responsibilities outside of their studies, it is not uncommon for students to also be, or to become, parents or carers during their studies. For information on pregnancy and the support on offer see the section on Sexual Health. This section will help you to balance the responsibilities of parenting or caring alongside studying.

Students with Dependants

Balancing a family with your studies

Having children or dependants needn’t be an obstacle to you completing your course of study, though it is not without its challenges. If you are finding balancing the requirements of your course with having a family difficult, you might want to make an appointment with your Academic Advisor to discuss whether there are any ways of making your course seem more manageable. If you are considering part-time options or taking time out from your course, you may want to speak to a Student Life Advisor to discuss your situation.

Financial concerns

Further information

Student Parents

Facilities for student parents

  • Library Family Room: The Library Family Room is a space where you can study while your little ones play. It is equipped with toys and books for a range of ages, safety-gated play area, bean bags, a quiet/feeding corner with a privacy screen, and comfy chairs.
  • Sunflower Room (previously the Family Room. Located in Norwich House): contains kitchen and bathroom facilities (including a changing table), as well as a pleasant seating area and a garden. The room can be booked for use outside of teaching times, including during evenings and weekends.
    This room is now managed by the School of Education and Social Work. If you’d like to make use of the room, please look at the Sunflower Room booking page or contact the ESW Reception (01273) 877888,
  • Baby changing facilities can currently be found in the following locations:
    • Essex House – ground floor disabled toilet
    • Falmer House – first floor disabled toilet
    • Bramber House – ground floor disabled toilet and second floor office area
    • Pevensey 2 – Level 4b, ladies’ toilets and level 5b, men’s toilets
    • Falmer Sports Complex – ground floor disabled toilet
    • Sport Centre – ground floor disabled toilet
    • Silverstone – ground floor (café level), ladies’ toilets
  • Play area: located behind Lancaster House just as you go into Park Village.


  • The University has childcare services available for children aged between 4 months and 5 years. For information on these services, fees and contact details for enquiries, visit Children's facilities

Family accommodation

Connecting with other student parents

  • The Student Parents Society works with the Student Union to provide resources and help student parents while they are studying at Sussex. They are a supportive community run by student-parents at the University of Sussex, and run family friendly social events.
  • The Students’ Union runs various events both for student parents and their children, as well as events which are inclusive and accessible for children to attend so you might want to keep an eye on their event listings.
  • The International Office also arranges occasional trips for student parents and their children which are a great way to get in touch with other parents while visiting places of interest that your children will enjoy.

Child Health

  • Check the section titled “Staying well” for general health advice for your children – including vaccinations.
  • Notices are put on the student pages of the university website with regards to any outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough etc.

Further information