Term dates

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
Summer Term#
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.

Graduation dates

 2017-182018-19

Winter graduation

16-19 January 2018

23-25 January 2019

Summer graduation

23-27 July 2018

22-26 July 2019

Minimum service days 

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.

 2017-18
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
 2018-19
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