Many students live off campus in private rented accommodation, mainly in Brighton & Hove. The Housing Office has an online database of available properties, but it cannot arrange your housing for you.
All University accommodation is self-catering, usually with communal kitchens. You will need cutlery, crockery, saucepans and kitchen utensils; it may be more practical to buy these in the UK rather than to bring them with you. You can purchase University catering packs containing cooking utensils and crockery for £30. Bathroom facilities are normally shared, although about 45% of accommodations now have en-suite facilites. Keeping in touch with family and friends is easy as all rooms on campus are equipped with telephones and broadband internet access. The University provides pillows to students in residence. You may wish to purchase a set of quality new bedding (including duvet, duvet cover, bottom sheet, pillow and pillow case and bath-towel), for around £40.
The University of Sussex aims to help you settle in as smoothly as possible upon your arrival. It is understood that when you first come to the UK, you may feel anxious; however, you can rest assured, as many other students feel the same way and, by living in University accommodation, you will soon get to know your neighbors. To help you settle in, most residences have a live-in residential advisor- an established Sussex student who will help you when you arrive and can assist with minor problems that may crop up.
Housing is only guaranteed for students studying at Sussex for a full year (two semesters), but not for students only studying for a single semester. For details, please review the following page.