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Welcome to the Students' Union!

New Student Checklist

Work out how much income you will have as a student then map out your expenditure for the year ahead.

You can save money by following the Money Saving Expert supermarket shopping tips

The University's Student Life Centre has tools to help you budget and you can find part-time jobs via the University's Careers & Employability Centre.

We'll be recruiting new staff for our shops & bars. You will be able to apply online between 10am and 10pm on Monday 24th August 2015.

You can help yourself to all sorts of free things from our Free Shop so save yourself some money and the environment by holding off buying new things.

Try to find out what your accommodation provides. If you know who you'll be living with you could check what they're bringing so you don't end up with too many toasters!

The Student Room have a list of things you might want to bring.

Don't forget to bring proof of age if you plan to go to bars and clubs. A passport, EU driving licence or card with the PASS logo are usually accepted. For events on campus you can use your Sussex student card once you've picked it up.

Get involved in sport - You can find out more about sport at Sussex -

Stick together - we suggest you stick with your new friends and don't travel home alone. You can share a taxi or get the night bus if you're travelling around town or back to the campus.

Look out for your friends - make sure they look out for you too! Make sure you and your friends know how you're getting home

Keep your property such as your phone and wallet secure - by keeping it with you at all times or use the cloakroom when you go out. Make sure you lock your room/house when you go out and don't leave valuables on display.

Don't use unlicensed taxis - we recommend City Cabs - 01273 205205 - put the number in your phone now so you'll have it when you need it

Know your limits - if you're drinking alcohol, drink in moderation and don't binge. For more information on safe drinking visit

Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks

Don't leave your drink unattended - don't drink from drinks that have been left unattended and cover the top of your bottle with your thumb when it is away from your mouth

Don't accept drinks offered by strangers

If you have sex make sure you use protection

Check out for information about drugs and local support services.

You can call 01273 873333 in an emergency to speak to University Security or visit their office in York House.

If you wish to report any non emergency or incident to Sussex Police call 0845 6070999. Call 999 in an emergency if you are off campus.

The campus Health Centre is located on campus by East Slope Bar.

To get medical advice when the surgery is closed, call 111 or use the NHS symptom checker

If you are a current student or a prospective student with a long term physical or mental health condition, the Student Support Unit are available for advice, information, and they may be able to arrange dedicated support for your needs.

The Student Support Unit have specialist staff to advise you, and because you are covered by the Equality Act, It's entirely confidential. They are experts in their fields and have worked with many students in the past.

They can enable you to get the most out of your University education; Last year, 80% of students with a registered disability achieved a 1st class or a 2:1 in their degree.

Find out more »

We recommend public transport as there are great bus and train links between the city (and beyond) and the campus, walking or cycling.

Nothing in Brighton is too far away, so have a good explore and try out the city’s bus routes and cycle lanes, maybe even heading further afield to surrounding country & coastal sights.

Remember, we’re living in an area of outstanding national beauty, so take time to appreciate your environment.

Get a bike

Wherever it is, if you’re on a bike estimate ten minutes. There are plenty of cycle lanes, but there are also plenty of (huge) hills so please remember to test your brakes. But don’t be put off, remember cycling is both more scenic and cheaper than the gym.

It’s worth getting a decent lock for your two wheeled friend, otherwise thieving little scoundrels will be quick to take it off your hands.

Hop on the bus

Brighton & Hove Buses operate the 25 & 23 bus routes which run between the campus and Brighton. They offer student tickets and you can buy saver tickets from most newsagents, our shops on campus or using their mobile app. They also run the N25 night bus.

Brighton and Hove buses »

Ditch the car

Driving can be more hassle than it’s worth in the city and many areas have limited parking.

It is so easy to get to campus via public transport or on your bike that it isn't worth trying to find (and pay for) a parking space.

Information about parking on campus »

Jump on a train

The train is a pretty straightforward method of travel from Brighton to its surrounding areas including the University campus. Trains run four times an hour in both directions between Brighton and Falmer station and the journey takes 9 minutes.

You can buy a 16-25 Railcard to save money on train travel but you can’t use it before 10am. If you’re feeling the pinch on the old purse strings remember there are ticket barriers at Brighton and Falmer stations and regular inspectors on trains.

Alternatively you can get a Unizone ticket for unlimited travel between all Brighton stations and Falmer, for which you’ll need a student card.

Hail a taxi

Taxis are all over the place in Brighton and if you call one it will usually be there in minutes. There are several taxi ranks in town or just call City Cabs on 01273 205205 who operate a 'fare deal' discount for students. It will cost around £12 to get from the seafront to campus, but make sure you specify you are a student when you book your taxi.

Although your student card will give you access to lots of discounts, if you want to take advantage of hundreds more exclusive discounts we suggest getting your hands on an NUS Extra card. You can buy your card online or from us in Falmer House.

Whether there’s something you’re already into or you fancy trying something new, there are loads of opportunities to try out.

Sport, volunteering, acting, campaigning, dance, film-making, performing, charity fundraising; if we don’t already do it we can help you set up your own group. Don't forget to visit the Freshers Fair to see the clubs & societies available to you.

Find out more »

One of the best ways to get to know your new University is to join the Buddy Scheme. We'll match you with a current student and they'll be your guide to living and studying at Sussex.

If you're moving down to Brighton one of your first tasks might be to buy food. You can shop at the Co-operative supermarket we co-run on campus and buy fresh fruit and vegetables from our weekly market by Falmer House on Tuesdays. There are lots of places to buy food in Brighton:

  • The Open Market - off London Road, behind The Level 

  • Infinity Foods - vegetarian, organic, wholefoods store - 25 North Road

  • Aldi - London Road 

  • Sainsburys - Vogue Gyratory, Lewes Rd (easy to get to on the bus)

  • Asda - Hollingbury and Brighton Marina

Get your tickets sorted now so you have more time for fun when you arrive on campus. Check out our information to help you decide which events to go to or chat to our Welcome Team to get their recommendations.

Buy your tickets »

In the run up to the General Election in 2015 the Students’ Union started a campaign to encourage students and young people to register and vote in the General Election. This was aimed at counterbalancing the new registration system which the Students’ Union felt would adversely affect students as they change address frequently.

The Students’ Union launched the Your Voice, Your Choice (YVYC) campaign on the 4th of December 2014.The result of this campaign was the number of students living in campus postcodes who registered to vote increasing tenfold since the campaign launch.  At a time when the overwhelming narrative is one of student apathy this is a huge achievement.

Register to vote »

Freshers Week events & tickets

We've put together a packed week of events for you to choose from to get to know Sussex, Brighton and the Students' Union.

Lots of our events are free but you need to buy tickets for some of them.

Freshers Week events »

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Chat to other new students on Facebook

We run the only official Facebook group for new Sussex & BSMS students

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Work for us

Applications to work in the Students' Union's shops and bars will be opening very soon. Sign up for our vacancy notification service for updates on vacancies!

Find out about our vacancies »

What does the Students' Union do?

The Students' Union is run for and by students, and provides students with an opportunity to get involved in a variety of activities

When you enrol with the University you'll automatically become a member of the Students' Union and be part of our independent, student-led organisation. That means you can make it what you want it to be and be part of our collective voice.

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