Why Sussex?

Find out everything that makes Sussex a great place to study, work and call your home.

Why choose Sussex?

From our beautiful location to our wide-ranging courses and high world rankings, there's plenty of reasons to study at Sussex.

Location

We're located within the stunning South Downs National Park in East Sussex – just nine minutes from the lively city of Brighton & Hove.

Brighton is only an hour away from Central London by train and 30 minutes from London Gatwick, one of the UK's major international airports.

We are a campus university, and so you'll most likely live at Sussex in your first year and then move out to the city for your second and third years. This means during your first year, you'll benefit from our campus cafes, study spaces and facilities.   

Find out more about campus life and Brighton & Hove. Also see our seven things you might not know about Sussex and what to do as a student in Brighton guides. 

Join a campus tour and life in Brighton web chat.

A runner on the South Downs


Facilities

Lose yourself in thousands of books in our world-class library. Be inspired by renowned lecturers in our specialist facilities. At Sussex, our facilities provide the perfect environment for you to study.

Our facilities include: 

Find out more about our facilities

The University of Sussex library at night


World university rankings 

We are joint 20th out of 101 UK institutions and joint 160th in the world in the The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

Find out more about our rankings and figures.

Two students sitting on the University of Sussex sign


Courses 

We have more than 200 undergraduate degrees from more than 40 subject areas for you to choose from.

Our curriculum is shaped by the latest research and you'll get to learn from academics at the forefront of their fields. 

Find out more about our undergraduate courses

Students setting up an experiment at the University of Sussex


Student life

Choose from more than 230 clubs, societies and sports teams, all supported by the Students' Union.

You can also get involved in events run by the Students' Union, including Welcome Week and One World Sussex, which celebrates the diversity of our campus community. 

Find out more about student life at Sussex

People sit on Brighton Beach


International community

There are more than 140 nationalities studying at Sussex and a third of our students come from outside the UK, which means there are lots of chances to meet people from all over the world.

You can also buy international food from our cafés, shops and food stalls, including Street Diner, a weekly street food market.

And with our Language CaféBuddy Scheme and student societies, you can explore new cultures and meet others who share your interests.

See our information for international students.

Students celebrate the Holi festival at the University of Sussex


Careers support

We’ll help you explore different career choices, develop your skills, and gain valuable experience in the workplace.

You can look for part-time work while you study and explore placements and internships. 

Find out more about our careers service.

Student on a work placement at the University of Sussex


Student support 

Whether you’re concerned about your studies, need financial advice or have emotional or health concerns, our student support services are here to help.

Find out more about the student support services at Sussex.

Students in a seminar at the University of Sussex

Covid-19 update

Some universities are having to change the way they teach during the global pandemic. This means you may not have the face-to face contact time you normally would when studying. You may find you are using online tools and attending seminars and lectures virtually. Teaching methods may also vary depending on subject area or course.

Students are also having to find new ways to socialise during the global pandemic. You may be able to join clubs virtually and meet new people through student chat rooms.

Find out how we're supporting applicants during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Virtual tour

Could there be a better place to be a student than our beautiful campus? Nestled in the South Downs National Park, we're just nine minutes from one of the UK's most iconic cities.

To get a picture of life on our campus and the excitement of being in the city of Brighton, take our virtual tour.

Begin your 360° journey

Contact us

For general queries, email study@sussex.ac.uk.

You can also register for updates about Sussex.


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