Support for international students

See the help available during your studies.

Student studying at University of Sussex

Help and advice

We want you to get the most out of your studies and student life. That’s why we help to prepare you for Sussex, welcome you when you arrive and support you during your time here.

This includes:

  • advice and support with traveling to campus upon your arrival to the UK
  • guidance on opening up a UK bank account
  • activities to help you meet people and make new friends
  • year-round support to answer any questions you may have about life in the UK or studying at Sussex.

See our tips from international students for settling into Sussex life.

Visa and immigration advice

We can offer immigration and visa advice before you arrive and during your time in the UK.

Our International Advice Team can answer your immigration questions and guide you through the visa application process.

Find out everything you need to know about the support they offer and applying for a visa on the Student Hub.

Finding accommodation

If you want to rent privately, our Housing Team offer free advice and can help you look for student houses and rooms. 

If you're going to rent from a private landlord, they can check through your tenancy agreement so you know what you are signing up for.

You can also ask them about living in Brighton & Hove, including recycling and rubbish collection, how to avoid anti-social behaviour and how to find accessible housing.

Welfare and disability support

The Student Centre is the first place to go if you need support during your time at University.

They can help with any worries or concerns you may have, such as settling in or challenges in your personal life.

Assistance and support is available for those with disabilities or learning difficulty, such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.

English language and academic study skills

The English language and academic study team help students improve their academic English and their understanding of British academic culture. 

They offer free workshops, 'time to write' sessions and one-to-one tutorials throughout the academic year to students whose first language is not English

Enriching your experience

You can get recognised for taking part career-readiness activities through our Spirit of Sussex Award. The award celebrates engagement with extra-curricular activities and voluntary achievements.

By taking part in different activities, such as volunteering for our Buddy Scheme, becoming a Student Rep, or participating in business challenges such as Startup Sussex, you can gain points towards either a BronzeSilver, or Gold Spirit of Sussex Award.

Find out more about the award and how to enrich your university experience.

Four members of Geography Society at a fayre table smiling

 Attending events hosted by a Students' Union society contributes points towards your Spirit of Sussex Award.


Career support

The Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time jobs and work experience opportunities.

They also manage CareerHub, a database of part-time jobs in the local area, and host various careers events and fairs throughout the year.

You can book a one-to-one appointment with a Careers Consultant to discuss your CV, career plans and more.

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