The University of Sussex is a research-intensive campus university located within the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove, on the UK's south coast. With an excellent international reputation, the university is ranked in the top 25 UK universities (The Complete University Guide 2019). It welcomes spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually-challenging environment, and encouraged to open their mind, deepen their thinking 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

UCAS Code: S90

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

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Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 72%
  • Postgraduate 28%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 96%
  • Part Time 4%

Where students come from

  • UK 67%
  • EU 7%
  • Other 25%

Student gender

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%

Student Services and Facilities


  • The library is open 24 hours a day during term time, providing a vast collection of resources including more than 38,000 online journals and 52,000 e-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.

Student jobs

  • 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.
  • As a busy seaside city, Brighton & Hove is also a fantastic place to pick up casual or seasonal work to fit around studies.

Careers advice

  • The Careers and Employability Centre supports students throughout their studies, offering a wide range of employability, professional and career development services.

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 services

  • The university Counselling Service provides free confidential therapy to students, offering a range of therapeutic approaches for individual and group counselling, as well as workshops.
  • Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long. During this time the counsellor will supports students to talk through their thoughts and feelings, helping them find ways to cope and giving non-judgmental support.

Disability support

  • The Student Support Unit offer specialist advice and guidance to any student with a long-term condition such as a physical disability, long-term mental health condition, or specific learning difference such as dyslexia or dyspraxia.
  • All students with a disability or long term health condition who register at the SSU will be allocated a Disability Advisor.
  • There is also a pool of support workers, including note takers, typists, readers, library support and communication support workers, who are available to assist students when required.

Other services and facilities

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

Students' Union

  • The Students’ Union supports more than 200 clubs and societies and over 30 sports teams.
  • There are academic societies, dance societies, a TV station and even a Doctor Who Society!
  • 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 one of the first new wave UK universities founded in the 1960s and acclaimed architect Sir Basil Spence designed the campus' award-winning architecture.
  • Staff have included three Nobel Prize winners, 14 Fellows of the Royal Society, 12 Fellows of the British Academy and a winner of the prestigious Crafoord Prize.

Fascinating Fact

  • The University of Sussex's campus was designed by famous architect Sir Basil Spence. It includes the Grade l listed Falmer House (complete with moat) and the striking Meeting House, sometimes used as a setting for weddings of university alumni.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Ian McEwan CBE – Man Booker Prize-winning author.
  • Harriet Lamb CBE – CEO, International Alert.
  • Lucy Worsley – historian, curator and television presenter.
  • Zhang Xin – Co-founder and CEO, SOHO China.
  • Jeremy Deller – Turner Prize-wining artist.
  • Shamshad Akhtar – Executive Secretary, Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific, United Nations.


University of Sussex, Sussex House, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9RH