Our campus

Our campus, designed by renowned architect, Basil Spence, was visited by Queen Elizabeth II, been home to thousands of students, and has seen the installation of 3,000 solar panels – the largest solar power project in any UK university. Find out more about the history of our campus below.

Basil Spence & Partners are appointed architects.

Black and white photo of the Queen opening the University of Sussex Library.

Queen Elizabeth II opens the Library.

The Meeting House opens, Science Policy Research Unit (SPRU) and Institute of Development Studies (IDS) established on campus.

The first campus-based university arts centre in the UK opens – the Gardner Centre for Creative Arts.

Kulukundis House opens its accommodation for students with severe physical disabilities – the first of its kind in the UK.

Image showing the original, red-brick, stepped East Slope accommodation halls.

Phase One of East Slope opens.

Old Refectory renamed Mandela Hall.

Black and white photo showing trees and branches that have fallen over campus walkways.

The Great Storm fells 300 trees on campus.

Black and white photo of Falmer House quad with a full moat.

Basil Spence’s Falmer House (pictured above in the 60s) and Meeting House awarded Listed Building status.

Brighton & Hove Albion set up temporary home at Sports Pavilion.

Sussex becomes second university to switch to 100% ‘green’ electricity.

One of the granite tortoise sculptures next to the Arts A pond.

The stone turtles arrive outside Arts A.

Sussex launches virtual campus in Second Life.

Jubilee Building opens, named in honour of Sussex’s 50th anniversary year.

The entrance to Attenborough for Creative Arts on a sunny day.

The Gardner Centre for the Arts reopens after refurbishment and is renamed the Attenborough Centre for Creative Arts.

3,000 solar panels switched on at Sussex, the largest solar panel project in any UK university.

Sustainable Sussex strategy launches, including plans to transform campus into a stunning wildlife habitat.

The new Student Centre reception area, waiting to welcome students.

Opening of the new Student Centre on campus.

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