The University of Sussex is a research-intensive campus university adjacent to the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove on the UK's south coast. With an excellent international reputation, the university welcomes spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually challenging environment. Students are encouraged to open their mind, deepen their knowledge and leave their mark on the world.


On the outskirts of a city or town


In or close to the countryside


On the coast, near the sea


The university (including student accommodation, teaching, and leisure facilities) is located on one site


Located on a green space in, or near to, a city or town centre

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Offers degrees in a wide range of subjects

UCAS Code: S90

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 73%
  • Postgraduate 27%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%

Where students come from

  • UK 68%
  • EU 8%
  • Other 25%

Student gender

  • Male 45%
  • Female 55%

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The library is open 24 hours a day during term time, providing a vast collection of resources including more than 58,000 online journals and over 800,000 books. Its facilities provide the perfect environment for students to study, conduct research and develop academic and professional skills.
  • Special Collections are housed at The Keep, a historical resource centre just a few minutes' walk from campus.
  • IT Services help students get online and get access to a wide range of software. They provide a networking, computing and support service, a comprehensive online study platform, and free training in Microsoft and Adobe software.

Student jobs

  • As a busy seaside city, Brighton & Hove is a fantastic place to pick up casual or seasonal work to fit around studies.
  • If students are looking for a part-time job while they study, the Careers and Employability Centre advertises a wide range of student jobs throughout the year, both on campus and in Brighton.
  • There's an annual part-time jobs fair early in the Autumn term, plus drop-ins with employers for part-time roles, and workshops to help with the application process.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Centre supports students throughout their studies and for up to three years after graduation, offering a wide range of services to develop ideas, gain skills and enhance students' employability.
  • Careers advice is provided one-to-one and through group workshops, covering all aspects of students' career planning and job search. Careers are also covered in the curriculum; many courses incorporate career-related content and each school of study has a dedicated Careers and Employability Consultant.
  • The CareerHub includes all types of vacancy from placements, internships and volunteering to graduate roles. There is also a comprehensive careers website providing job and careers information.
  • Over 400 events are held each year, including employer presentations, careers fairs and skills workshops.
  • Placements: all Sussex undergraduates can undertake a professional placement as part of their degree; the Careers and Employability Centre supports students throughout the process.

Health services

  • There is a Health Centre located on campus, as well as a dentist and a pharmacy.
  • General medical care and some other services, including contraception, are provided at the Health Centre.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The Counselling Service offers short term counselling and cognitive behavioural therapy for a range of issues affecting a student's mental health. Students can book an appointment within 24 hours for an Initial Assessment where the counsellor will be able to allocate them to an appropriate form of support. This can include short term one to one sessions, short courses or longer term support. 
  • There are also workshops tackling procrastination, insomnia, managing stress and homesickness at various points throughout the academic year.

Disability support

  • The Student Support Unit (SSU) offer specialist advice and guidance to any student with a disability, ongoing medical condition, long-term mental health condition, or specific learning difference such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. In some cases, the SSU may be able to offer support for a temporary disability.
  • Once students engage with the SSU they are allocated an adviser(s) who will assess their support needs and put reasonable adjustments in place. Examples are exam supports, non-medical helpers and extensions to deadlines.
  • SSU advisors also offer advice and guidance regarding Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA) and international funding for disability support.

Other services and facilities

  • The campus is like a large village, providing everything students need for day-to-day life – with a bank, post office,  childcare, and healthcare facilities including a dentist and pharmacy. There are also numerous cafés, bars and restaurants, and a twice-weekly food market.

Students' Union

  • The Students' Union supports more than 250 clubs and societies and over 30 sports teams.
  • There are academic societies, dance societies, a TV station and even a Doctor Who Society – the current list can be found on the Students' Union website.
  • The union runs two campus shops and three bars, and organises a variety of social events, from Freshers' Week to the Graduation Ball. It also campaigns on relevant local, national and international issues and runs an independent advice centre offering advocacy and support for students on academic and other issues.


  • Sussex was founded on the principle of 'Making the Future'. In the words of the first Vice-Chancellor, Lord Fulton, "The best way to predict your future is to create it". This pioneering spirit continues today, inspiring a new generation to make their education count and make a difference in the world.
  • Sussex was one of the first new wave UK universities founded in the 1960s. Sussex pioneered an interdisciplinary and experimental approach to teaching and learning that helped to break down boundaries between traditional disciplines. This approach quickly became a model used by many UK universities.
  • Staff have included three Nobel Prize-winners: Sir Harry Kroto, Sir John Cornforth and Sir Anthony Leggett.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Sussex's campus was designed by the famous modernist architect Sir Basil Spence, with the Grade l listed Falmer House and the striking Meeting House. Spence designed the campus in harmony with its green and leafy parkland setting – now many buildings are even more 'green', with green roofs and solar panels, as part of the university's effort to reduce its carbon footprint.​​

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Ian McEwan CBE – Man Booker Prize-winning author.
  • Harriet Lamb CBE – CEO of International Alert.
  • Lucy Worsley OBE – historian, curator and television presenter.
  • Zhang Xin – co-founder and CEO of SOHO China.
  • Jeremy Deller – Turner Prize-wining artist.
  • Shamshad Akhtar – executive secretary of the economic and social commission for Asia and Pacific, United Nations.
  • Maria Balshaw CBE – director at Tate.
  • Simon Segars – CEO of Arm.
  • Sir Suma Chakrabarti KCB – president of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.
  • Clive Myrie – journalist and presenter, BBC.


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