University of Sussex


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Quick Facts

  • Top 1% University, 30th in the UK and 187th in the world (QS 2015/6).
  • Development studies at Sussex ranked 1st in the world, ahead of Harvard and Oxford.
  • The late actor, director, producer, and entrepreneur Lord Richard Attenborough, CBE was the Chancellor of the University of Sussex from 1999-2009 and was one of the University’s most ardent and committed supporters for four decades.

The University of Sussex was the first of the new wave of United Kingdom universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in August 1961. Sussex has since become a leading teaching and research institution, recently ranked 110 by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

From its foundation, Sussex has had an international perspective to its academic activities and its outlook. The University attracts staff and students to its campus from over 120 different countries across the world. Nearly a third of Sussex staff come from outside the United Kingdom, which provides a truly global perspective. The University has extensive links with many institutions worldwide, such as Peking University, National Taiwan University and the Harvard-Sussex programme.

Sussex has one of the most beautiful campus locations in Britain. Situated in rolling parkland on the edge of Brighton, the campus combines award-winning architecture with green open spaces. The campus is surrounded by the South Downs National Park, but is just a few minutes away from the lively city of Brighton and Hove.

Sussex and Canada
Sussex is home to a large and friendly community of Canadian students. Many students come to study at the prestigious Sussex Law School for the LLB programmes.  Politics, International Relations, Business and Management are also popular courses.

Sussex agreements for student exchange with some of the country’s leading universities including the University of Toronto and UBC in Vancouver and the faculty are actively involved in research collaboration with colleagues across Canada.

Schools and Departments
Sussex’s academic structure is based on 12 Schools containing a total of 31 Departments:

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Sussex offers a range of International Scholarships. Click here to learn more.

Over 15,000 students and 3,000 staff.

Entrance Requirements
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Sussex guarantees accommodation for all first year undergraduates who firmly accept and meet the terms of their offer by August. There are 5,100 university or college beds available. All campus residences and larger off campus residences have both wired broadband and WiFi internet access and telephone points, WiFi internet access is provided in the smaller off-campus properties.

Sussex has invested £100m in its campus infrastructure over the past five years, giving students new residences, a major new academic building, refurbishing the library, and opening new cafes, restaurants and a supermarket. Plans are under way for a revamped Gardner arts centre, to reopen as the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (in honour of former chancellor, Lord Attenborough).

London is under an hour by train. Gatwick is half that. Train service and 24-hour bus service is available direct from central Brighton to the campus at Falmer. Many people in Brighton choose to cycle in the easily accessible city.

Living in Brighton
Brighton is a town on the south coast of the UK. From iconic tourist attractions to beachfront cool, Brighton is a treasure trove of things to do and places to go. Vibrant, colourful, fun and free, Brighton offers the energy of the city and freedom of the sea. It really is unique. From the stunning heritage of the Royal Pavilion, Regency architecture and Victorian aquariums to the seaside fun of Brighton Pier, the Brighton Wheel and the famous pebble beach, Brighton offers something for every walk of life.

Bursting with beachfront sports and events, tranquil green spaces, plus Brighton tourist attractions and activities for all, there’s so much in store just waiting to be explored. Brighton has always been known as a musical city, which has influenced everyone from the Who to the Go! Team and the Kooks. Landmark moments in pop history have taken place here including Bing Crosby’s last concert and Abba winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

Brighton and Hove really is a city of festivals. From the biggest arts Festival in England to comedy, food, music, film and artists’ open houses, you’ll usually find somewhere in the city that is in full festival swing. And its not just the summer months that draw the festival crowds. The city knows how to celebrate arts and culture year round with Brighton festivals packing venues and filling the streets right across the calendar.