We are open throughout the year, with events and activities taking place over the summer and during vacations.
Term dates and assessment periods
These term dates are for all students, although the exact dates and assessment periods that apply to you will depend on your course. Masters and PhD students are engaged in study beyond term dates throughout the full academic year.
You can check the term dates and assessment periods that apply to you by contacting your school or by logging on to Study Direct.
The Summer vacation assessment period runs from Monday 20 August 2018 to Friday 7 September 2018.
2018/19 term dates
|Welcome Weekend||New Undergraduates attend||Sat 15 Sep 2018|
|Welcome Week||Mon 17 Sep 2018|
|Autumn Term#||Teaching starts||Mon 24 Sep 2018|
|Teaching finishes||Fri 14 Dec 2018|
|Christmas vacation||Sat 15 Dec 2018 – Sun 6 Jan 2019|
|Private study period||Private study||Mon 7 Jan - Wed 9 Jan 2019|
|Mid-year assessment period starts||Attendance only if required*||Thu 10 Jan 2019|
|Mid-year assessment period ends||Attendance only if required*||Fri 25 Jan 2019|
|Inter-session week||Sat 26 Jan - Sun 3 Feb 2019|
|Spring Term#||Teaching starts||Mon 4 Feb 2019|
|Teaching finishes||Fri 10 May 2019|
|Winter Graduation||Wed 23 - Fri 25 Jan 2019|
|Easter teaching break and Spring Vacation||Sat 13 Apr – Sun 28 Apr 2019|
|Private study period||Private study||Mon 13 - Wed 15 May 2019|
|Year-end assessment period starts*||Thur 16 May 2019|
|Year-end assessment period ends*||Fri 14 Jun 2019|
|Summer vacation||Sat 15 Jun 2019|
|Summer Graduation||Mon 22 - Fri 26 Jul 2019|
|Summer vacation assessment period||Attendance only if required*||Mon 19 Aug - Fri 6 Sep 2019|
# Term dates for all students:- UG, PGT and PGR. However, term and vacation periods may apply differently depending on your course. Further information for Tier 4 students on working during term time.
* Students will need to attend if they have examinations and submissions of assessments due, and should consult their assessment information of Sussex Direct. Please note that exams may be scheduled during evenings and on Saturdays and bank holidays.
16-19 January 2018
23-25 January 2019
23-27 July 2018
22-26 July 2019
There are a number of minimum service days. These usually coincide with national holidays and UK bank holidays, when most campus facilities are closed.
Our 24-hour IT facilities, residences and 24-hour security continue to operate throughout the year.
|22 December 2017||Minimum service day|
|25 December 2017||Christmas Day bank holiday|
|26 December 2017||Boxing Day bank holiday|
|27 December 2017||Minimum service day|
|28 December 2017||Minimum service day|
|29 December 2017||Minimum service day|
|1 January 2018||New Year’s Day bank holiday|
|29 March 2018||Minimum service day|
|30 March 2018||Good Friday public holiday|
|2 April 2018||Easter Monday public holiday|
|3 April 2018||Minimum service day|
|7 May 2018||Early May bank holiday|
|28 May 2018||Spring bank holiday|
|27 August 2018||Summer bank holiday|
|24 December 2018||Minimum service day|
|25 December 2018||Christmas Day bank holiday|
|26 December 2018||Boxing Day bank holiday|
|27 December 2018||Minimum service day|
|28 December 2018||Minimum service day|
|31 December 2018||Minimum service day|
|1 January 2019||New Year’s Day bank holiday|
|18 April 2019||Minimum service day|
|19 April 2019||Good Friday public holiday|
|22 April 2019||Easter Monday public holiday|
|23 April 2019||Minimum service day|
|6 May 2019||Early May bank holiday|
|27 May 2019||Spring bank holiday|
|26 August 2019||Summer bank holiday|