Life at Sussex

Just nine minutes from Brighton and surrounded by the South Downs National Park, you'll find everything you need to enjoy student life on our single-site campus.

Life at Sussex

Your student experience doesn’t stop when you leave the lecture theatre. That’s why we have over 200 societies, cafés, bars and events on campus. And as we're only nine minutes from Brighton, with its famous beach, shopping streets and festivals, you're never short of things to do.

Discover student life at Sussex…

Get involved in university events and societies

We run welcome events when you first arrive and regular cultural events such as our Holi-One World Week to help you get the most out of your time at Sussex.

You can sign up to our Buddy Scheme to help you settle in. As part of the scheme, you'll be matched to a current Sussex student based on your interests, course or language and you will regularly meet up with your buddy. 

Many subject areas have student-run societies which you can join and take part in. Past activities have included:

  • trips to Brussels (International Relations Society)
  • trips to NASA and open lectures (Physics Society)
  • participation in trips or the Winter Ball (Law Society)

Travel around the UK

We can help you get to know the UK through visits and day trips to famous places in England such as London, Stonehenge and Oxford.

You can also go on shorter afternoon or evening events letting you experience what Brighton has to offer.

At the weekends and during the holidays, you can also explore the UK and Europe, with London just a short train journey from Brighton.

If you want to travel to other European countries, Sussex is a great base. We are close to two international airports (Gatwick and Heathrow) the Eurostar, and a short boat journey away from Europe.