How to apply for accommodation

Discover how to apply for accommodation at Sussex and find a place you can call home.

University student in Sussex housing

Before you apply

You need to check if you are guaranteed University-managed accommodation with Sussex before you apply.

  1. Receive online housing application

    The Admissions Office sends you the housing application link from February onwards, after you receive your offer from Sussex.

  2. Look at housing options

    Find out about our on- and off-campus residences and other options. You can also go on a housing tour at an Open Day

    Our accommodation is generally mixed gender, and international and UK students live together. However, let us know on your housing application if you want to:

    • live with mature students
    • apply for a quiet area
    • live in single-gender accommodation.

    We do our best to house you according to your preferences, but all accommodation is subject to availability.

    If you have a child who will live with you, find out about our family flats

  3. Tell us if you have health or special requirements

    Tell us on your housing application if you have health requirements and give as much notice as possible. We have some wheelchair accessible rooms, and rooms and facilities if you need care support or have a hearing/visual impairment.

    We try to fulfil reasonable adjustment requests, subject to availability. When you apply, tell us your preferred residence and why living in this residence supports your needs.

    If you are considering making (or have recently made) a gender transition, you can include this in your application if you wish. We can give you support resources and consider any suitable adjustments.

  4. Choose your housing

    List 10 housing options when you apply, and fill in all options as we can't guarantee you'll get your first choice.

    If you want to look for a different room after you move in, use our swap list (available one week after arrivals weekend). 

  5. Submit your online housing application

    If you apply for an undergraduate course

    To be guaranteed University-managed accommodation (September 2018), you must submit your housing application by:

    • 30 June 2018 if you are a full-time, first-year undergraduate student applying through UCAS

    If you apply for a Masters or PhD

    To be guaranteed University-managed accommodation (September 2018), you must submit your housing application and pay a £300 pre-payment by:

    • 1 August 2018 if you are a full-time Masters student from outside the European Union (EU)
    • 1 August 2018 if you are a full-time, first-year PhD student studying for a full academic year. 

    Check if you're guaranteed University-managed accommodation at Sussex

  6. Find out where you'll live

    You'll get an email with your housing offer, start date, residence guide and tenancy agreement between July and September

    Read your residence guide to find out what's included in your housing and what you should bring. 

    You can buy bedding and kitchen equipment from our online shop and if you bring a TV, you must buy a TV licence.

  7. Move in

    You move in on arrivals weekend in September (this date will be in your housing offer email). 

    If you will get here after arrivals weekend, contact the Housing Services team so that we don't re-allocate your room. You can't move into your room before arrivals weekend and we don't accept luggage sent in advance.

    When you move in, your Residential Adviser will arrange a welcome meeting and can help with any problems.


    Your rent includes basic insurance but you can extend your cover with the insurance provider, Endsleigh.


Check if you're guaranteed University-managed accommodation at Sussex

All allocations are subject to availability and some options, like our en-suite rooms and Brighthelm, can be oversubscribed. 

We first sort guaranteed accommodation applications by your first choice, and then take into account special requirements and allocate the rest. We don't allocate on a 'first come first serve basis'.

Download our Housing Guide [PDF 4.2MB]

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