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University of Sussex

University of Sussex accommodation

Make yourself at home by the sea and live in one of the UK’s most iconic cities with a University of Sussex accommodation from Student.com.

Most of the student accommodation near the University of Sussex we list is located in the heart of Brighton, close to the seafront, and a short walk from the beach. A few of the properties are also located further north, closer to the Susses University campus.

Contact us via phone or Live Chat to learn more about our Sussex Uni housing options. Our booking consultants are always happy to help and answer any questions!

Where is the University of Sussex located? 

The University of Sussex is located in Falmer in Brighton, on the south coast of England.

Surrounded by the South Downs National Park, the University of Sussex has one of the most beautiful campuses in the UK. The campus combines open, very spacious, and peaceful green spaces with award-winning architecture.

The tiny village of Falmer sits deep in the beautiful South Downs countryside, a few miles north of the Brighton city centre. The village is more than 1,000 years old and got its name from the old English word ‘fallow’, meaning pale coloured, for the colour of the village pond.

Once a largely unnoticed rural village, the arrival of the A27 road and the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club in recent decades has dramatically changed the dynamics of the area. The A27 is one of the busiest trunk roads in the UK, bringing to life a once-secluded village with a steady flow of whizzing cars and lorries.

But what has truly thrust the village into the limelight is the arrival of the English Premier League newcomers. The village serves as the home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC, where The Falmer Stadium, or the American Express Community Stadium for sponsorship purposes, hosts close to 32,000 proud and loud fans more than twenty times every year.

Close to Brighton

While life in the village has become more hectic, it remains a pretty and peaceful place, but it sits on the outskirts of one of the UK’s most popular seaside towns, just five miles northeast of Brighton.

Considered as ‘One of England’s Gems’ by respected travel publishers Lonely Planet, Brighton is lively and cosmopolitan with a strong social scene and a friendly, relaxed atmosphere.

The town has a historic association with the arts, so it has plenty of galleries, theatres, and cinemas. Each year it hosts England’s largest arts festival (Brighton Festival), which brings together film, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, music, street performances, and art.

It is also called ‘London by the Sea’ for its strong nightlife and possesses more restaurants per resident in England than anywhere else outside of London.

The university’s location is also within easy reach of London and major international airports at Gatwick and Heathrow.

South Downs National Park

Whenever you’re in need of a break from regular uni life, step off campus and explore the surrounding hills and woodlands of the South Downs National Park, a perfect place for walking and cycling. In South Downs National Park you can find for example the famous white cliffs of Seven Sisters and Beachy Head.

Studying at Sussex Uni

A leading research institution of higher education, the University of Sussex is ranked in the top 50 of UK universities - 47th in the Times University Guide and 44th in the 2022 Guardian University Guide.

The university is also ranked highly in global league tables, placing 151st and 226th in the 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) and QS World University Rankings, respectively.

Ranked inside the top 150 in the 2021 Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities, Sussex has a strong international reputation for teaching.

The university has a Teaching Excellence Framework Silver award for the quality of its teaching and has several subjects ranked in the global top 100. In the 2019 THE World Subject Rankings the university placed 54th for Social Sciences, 60th for Business and Economics, 86th for Law, and 89th for Psychology.


Research is also a core strength of Sussex Uni. 75 percent of the university’s research activity was considered ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ by the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. A major recent investment of over £100 million in the redevelopment of the main campus has further strengthened its research profile.

Among its staff, the university has world-leading academics, Nobel Prize winners, and fellows of the Royal Society and British Academy. Sussex offers over 500 undergraduate and postgraduate courses and PhD programs in 12 schools to almost 20,000 students.

High student satisfaction and employment rate

The university has also been commended for its outstanding employment strategy and excellent student success rate. A high proportion of Sussex students have completed their studies with the university and gone on to highly skilled employment or further study.

Students at Sussex are also very happy. In the National Student Survey, 82% of Sussex students revealed that they are satisfied with the education they receive as well as their experience at the university.

Sussex University student life 

Campus life at Sussex University exudes a unique combination of energy, diversity, and tranquillity. Sussex prides itself on being among the most diverse and multicultural universities, with around 35% of its students coming from outside the UK.

An international community 

There are over 120 nationalities studying at the University of Sussex, which means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to meet people from all over the world.

The university consistently performs well in the International Student Barometer thanks to its strong degree programmes, student support, and campus environment.

Several international events are held on campus, from the ‘One World Sussex week’ to Super Bowl watch parties at the university’s bars.

You can also get a taste of home with international cuisine at the cafés, shops, food stalls, and at the twice-weekly ‘Street Diner food market’ serving everything from vegetarian food to fish and chips.


Home to great facilities in a stunning location, Sussex’s beautiful single-site campus is designed to help students make the most of their uni life.

The campus is equipped with everything you need for day-to-day life including a health centre with a pharmacy, a supermarket, a bank, two sports centres, a post office, childcare facilities, cafés, bars, and restaurants.

Whether you’re looking for somewhere to chill and have a drink with friends, watch a game or dance the uni stress away during your downtime, the university has you covered. Enjoy live music, sporting events, and student-friendly priced food and drink at one of the university’s student bars, cafés, and restaurants.


With two sports centres on campus, you’ll have ample opportunities to stay fit, whether you’re a beginner or a sports fanatic. You’ll have access to fitness rooms, sports halls, squash courts, outdoor pitches, and a range of group exercise classes with discounted student membership deals.

If you’re a competitor, you can partake in different sports, including football, cricket or squash, or join one of the university’s sports teams.

Societies and events

To fulfil its commitment to looking after its students’ wellbeing, the University of Sussex has established dozens of societies to help students feel at home and make friends.

Choose from over 230 clubs and societies, including the popular Dog Walking Society and the Buddy Scheme, dance societies, sports societies, academic societies, religious student societies, and even a ukulele society.

You can get involved in a number of events, including Freshers’ Week and One World Sussex, or make an appearance on an award-winning TV station, all run by the Students’ Union.

History of the University of Sussex

Officially formed in 1961, the University of Sussex was the first of a new generation of ‘plate glass universities’ - a group of universities in the United Kingdom established or promoted to university status in the 1960s.

The university was established as a company in 1959 before being granted a Royal Charter on August 16, 1961. Other than Keele University, it became the first university to be established in the UK since the Second World War.

Sussex University quickly grew from the 52 students it opened its doors with to 3,200 in 1967–68.

It won the television quiz University Challenge in 1967 and 1969. Also, in the late 1960s, the United Nations requested science policy recommendations from a team of renowned academics at the university, which materialised into the Sussex Manifesto report.

1980, Sussex beat out the prestigious University of Oxford to become the university with the highest income from research grants and contracts.

Frequently asked questions about student accommodation near the University of Sussex 

How can I book the student housing options available on Student.com?

Book the most suitable property for you after using our search filters and mapping tools to compare our property options. After finding the best accommodation for you, go to the property page by clicking ‘View rooms’.

On the property page you’ll need to choose your preferred room type and then click ‘Book Now’ or ‘Enquire.’ One of our booking consultants will contact you soon after to answer any questions you may still have and to explain the next steps of the booking process.

Why should I book private accommodation instead of student dorms?

Choosing a private accommodation over student dorms provides several benefits. You can choose the area where you’d like to live, whether you prefer to live in Falmer right next to the campus or in the Brighton city centre.

You can also choose what type of room you’d like, so you can choose to save some money by sharing with flatmates or go for a studio apartment just for yourself.

What are the different types of rooms you offer near Sussex Uni? 

The student properties we list offer different three types of rooms:

In a Shared Room you’ll share a bedroom with a roommate. You’ll also share a bathroom as well as a kitchen with your roommate and tenants from other rooms.

In a Private Room you’ll have a bedroom for yourself. Depending on the property, the bathroom is either private or shared. You’ll share a kitchen with other students.

In an Entire Place you’ll have your very own, fully self-contained studio property with fully private living facilities. You’ll have your own bedroom, bathroom and kitchenette and won’t have to share anything.

Are bills included in the rent?

Yes, in most cases, bills are included in the rent. In some properties you may have to pay some of the bills though, so make sure you check the property page of the place you’re interested in to see which bills are included.

Are the apartments rented fully furnished? 

Yes, most of the apartments we rent are fully furnished. A few of the properties we list in Brighton are rented unfurnished though, so check the property page to see if the place you’re thinking of booking is rented furnished or unfurnished.