University profile

University of Sussex

2017/18 edition

About University of Sussex

We are a research-intensive campus university located within the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove, on the UK's south coast. We are ranked in the top 20 UK universities (The Guardian University Guide 2018 and The Complete University Guide 2018), and with an excellent international reputation, we are proud to be placed in the top 150 in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016/17).

Study with us

We’re a multicultural campus and welcome spirited students who want to study in a creative and intellectually-challenging environment. We have 16,000 students from more than 120 different countries and almost a quarter of our students come from outside the UK.

Our courses are designed to enable you to go out in the world and make a difference. We offer more than 500 courses and some of them are internationally recognised, such as our Development Studies course which is ranked 1st in the world (QS World Rankings 2017).

From American Studies to Zoology, International Business to Astrophysics, Media Practice to Social Work, we have stimulating courses – and world-respected academics – across the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities.

Our research feeds empirical knowledge into the great questions of our age, impacting policy and practice for businesses, NGOs and governments. More than 75% of our research activity is categorised as world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014).

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Where city, countryside and coast meet

We shape the world from a fantastic location that combines both tranquillity and energy. We are the only UK university surrounded by a national park and we’re only nine minutes from Brighton, one of the top-10 city beach destinations in the world (Lonely Planet).

Brighton is a vibrant city with artists, activism, politics and music, and has been voted the happiest city in England for students (Student Living Survey, Sodexo). Whether you want a barbeque on the beach or to party all night, you can do it all in Brighton.

Our campus is well served by train, bus and road. We’re also only an hour away from Central London by train and 30 minutes from London Gatwick, one of the UK's major international airports.

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Focus on employability

The University of Sussex is one of the UK’s most successful universities for employability, with 90% of our graduates being employed or in further study within six months (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education, 2016). Our students are thoughtful, critical and brave, and go on to shape both policy and practice in economics, health, culture, climate change and more.

These are just some of our notable alumni who have taken the spirit of Sussex with them into their chosen profession:

  • 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

Our Careers and Employability Centre supports you throughout your studies, offering a wide range of employability, professional and career development services.

English language support and requirements

All teaching at Sussex is in the English. You must therefore meet our language requirements to be able to benefit from our education. We require IELTS 6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each section.

We want you to get the most out of your studies and student life and the Sussex Centre for Language Studies runs language courses all year round for adult learners who wish to reach a high standard of English.

Library and academic facilities

Our study facilities provide the perfect environment for you to study, conduct research and develop academic and professional skills.

Our library is open 24 hours a day during term time, providing a vast collection of resources including over 38,000 online journals and 52,000 e-books. Choose from 1,000 computers across several cluster rooms and benefit from free Wi-Fi whether you’re studying on campus or in your halls of residence.


Supporting your studies

Whether you need academic help, financial advice or have concerns about your health, our network of services are here to help.

Our Student Life Centre supports students throughout their studies, providing information and guidance on a range of subjects including academic issues, funding queries and personal difficulties.

Home from home

The university offers a large selection of flats and houses to suit different tastes and budgets, including accommodation particularly suited to families and people with disabilities. From self-contained flats to single study bedrooms, you can choose from nine campus housing options, and 45% of our accommodation is en-suite. Housing prices on campus range from £98 per week to £153 per week. The university can also offer advice on renting in the private sector.

University-managed housing is guaranteed for students who are either full-time Masters students from outside the European Union, studying for the full academic year, or full-time, first-year PhD students studying for a full academic year.

Campus life

More than 4,200 students from 100 countries live on campus and there is a buzzing social life, making it an exciting place to find friends and build networks that will stay long after you’ve left.

You’ll find everything you need on campus, from a health centre with a daily drop-in service to childcare facilities. Our campus is like a large village, with everything you need for day-to-day life. This includes a bank, post office, GP surgery, dentist, and pharmacy as well as numerous cafés, bars and restaurants, and a weekly food market.

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Fees and funding

Brighton is a city that has the buzz of London without the price tag and we’ve broken down the typical costs per week for a Sussex student.

We offer a variety of scholarships and we’re proud to offer an exciting range of postgraduate scholarships worth up to £5,000.

How to apply

For entry to full-time undergraduate courses, you must apply through UCAS. You do this using the online UCAS Apply Service.

The quickest way to apply for one of our postgraduate courses is to apply through our postgraduate application system.

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Contact details

+44 (0)1273 606755
Sussex House
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