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I went to sussex for a year and it was a complete waste of time, the campus is old and depressing and it only has one food shop for the whole university which is always running low on supplys if you are going to study here live of campus!

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By member1127424
On 18th August 17

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University of Sussex Hall Rankings


Abacus House #1
Swanborough #2
East Slope #3
Brighthelm #4
Lewes Court #5
Northfield #6
Park Houses #7
Stanmer Court Flats #8
Park Village #9
York Avenue #10

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I went to sussex for a year and it was a complete waste of time, the campus is old and depressing and it only has one food shop for the whole university which is always running low on supplys if you are going to study here live of campus!

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By member1127424
On 18th August 17

Applying to University of Sussex

Entry Requirements:

176-191 UCAS Points

Average range for University of Sussex entry requirements. Varies depending on the course.

TEF Rating

More details of our TEF outcome can be found on the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) website.


Offer and Acceptance Rates:
Offers:
15,395
÷  
Applications:
17,940
=
Offer rate:
85.81%
Acceptances:
2,845
÷  
Applicants:
17,040
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Acceptance rate:
16.7%

This is the latest available data, published by UCAS - 25th January 2018. All data is based on UCAS standard definitions.

University of Sussex Reputation

The University of Sussex is located in South England. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. 16,685 students are enrolled at the University of Sussex:

- 11,225 of these students come from the UK
- 1,230 come from other EU countries
- And 4,230 are students from non-EU countries.

(Source: HESA 2016/17)

The graduate outcomes for the University of Sussex show that six months after leaving university, 96% of graduates are in work or further study. The average graduate salary six months after leaving the University of Sussex, is £20,000 a year.

(Source: DLHE Survey 2016)


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How good is this university for doing Masters in one of the Engineering courses?
By member1141539 On 17th August 19
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Considering an online postgraduate MSc, what is the support like and what is the reputation of the business school?
By member1041129 On 7th August 19
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how good is this university to pursue masters in development studies. I am from India. Is it better than SOAS
By mani78 On 17th February 19
The school of Global Studies especially Development studies are ranked 1st in the world, surpassing the likes of Cambridge and Oxford. Sussex has been ranked top for 4 out of the past 5 years that goes to show the quality Sussex has. The Uni is very proud of the School of Global Studies doing such a fantastic job within the development industry.
By member440716 On 25th July 19
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How likely it is to get a reply from professors about informal discussion about PhD application?
By member835040 On 24th November 18
It depends on the subject group. Generally if you have the money or funding then you will get a reply quickly.
By member437483 On 28th April 19
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What's the average speed of the Wifi?
By member1233452 On 16th August 18
slow
By member1133665 On 28th August 18
i get 100mbs through ethernet on console, but slow on wifi
By member1335350 On 21st December 18
Slow. The IT and intranet is very poor. The interface is poor and difficult to navigate and Wi-Fi is nearly impossible to keep live all the time. We use mobile date.
By member437483 On 28th April 19
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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 5th August 19

I've spent 4 years here so far, and been taught by faculty from two totally different schools. The quality of teaching on average is, in my experience, very poor. There were a few who were very good at teaching but the majority were perceived, not just by me, as being bad. The result is that myself and others I know felt as if we were teaching ourselves. Sussex faculty were also widely very keen to exercise their democratic right to strike whenever their pensions were affected, at the expense of the people that are funding their wages - happened twice to me since I've been here, during the run up to exams. Really helpful and totally not breach of contract guys, well done! The campus is being refurbished and expanded, but still only has two small shops where you can buy food - one of which is the co op, and the other the student union shop, the former very expensive, and both are under-supplied. Wifi is generally not the best. The library is good. Waste of time/money.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 25th June 19

Awful, I tried the computer science online -MSc here and the lecturer Andrew Pyper didn’t go past unit 1..... so I quit.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 25th June 19

This place is a wannabe Russell group. You basically have to be white and ultra middle class to join in the social circles here. If you get Ron Grau as a teacher for computer science just run a mile, he’s off his head.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 12th June 19

It's okay except for the crowded student halls which feels like a ghetto. It clearly makes money for the developers though and that;s all that matters to the Uni

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 28th May 19

If you’re black the covert racism is unreal here you will be made to feel like you’re not good enough by the lectures even if ur work is of the same standard to a white student. This university is simply about capitalism and funny thing is they do so much teaching about capitalism but they are at the forefront of it. The co-op is ridiculously priced for students and the mental health services here are beyond a joke I think it’s gonna take a death for them to wake up. If you’re not white, dress like a hippie and mummy and daddy don’t pay for everything don’t bother ur not welcome here.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 28th May 19

This is by far the worst decision of my entire life. The internet is beyond bad and here’s the great part about it ... THE UNIVERSITY DOESN'T CARE as long as staff are getting their monthly pay they really don’t give a damn. The security and porters have a very stinking attitude when you ask them for help especially if ur locked out of your house because sadly that means they have to actually do something when doing a night shift and come and help u get back in to ur room and they will show u that you’ve annoyed them by making them do their job they are being paid to do probably from your tuition fees which u are paying. If you live on Northfield honestly just forget about having a phone because the WiFi and signal is so bad that you won’t even be able to get calls from your own family. The lecturers have a stinking attitude because they feel like they’ve made it in life they worked this hard to have a lecture salary which btw for a few slides I feel are being over paid for.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 28th May 19

Not gonna lie the campus has everything you need and the library is peng but in terms of accommodations some need to be taken down and redone (i.e Park Village) not having a living room and eating in your bed is disgusting. The internet works sometimes, again if you're in PV don't count on it. There's no emphasis on clubs and societies not really any fairs for them, but they do exist- I think. Overall would recommend this uni just make sure you stay ANYWHERE BUT PARK VILLAGE (& Lewes Court) - my friends who live off-campus tend to have the most fun, so that's always an option.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 27th May 19

Honestly, not even worth your time. If you are considering using your degree (which you will have paid tens of thousands of pounds for?) for something g other than ornamentation, chose any other university. You don't need the headache, or the poor tutors. I'm totally exasperated with this. Worst still, if you have any concerns about your mental health, Seriously do not look for help on campus!!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 28th March 19

The campus is designed to keep students there as little as possible. there is no "hub" where you can go and spend hours meeting people and hanging out: I suppose the best approximation would be Falmer bar, which is always full to bursting. Even the onsite cafes are designed to keep people there for as short a time as humanly possible: spend your money, then go away please. There is a lot of green space but very few benches, and those that there are are spaced out so that's not very sociable either. Perhaps as a consequence of this, the general atmosphere is incredibly reserved- it's almost impossible to meet people you don't know except at "acceptable" times like societies. The library is over-full and not enough plug sockets. The wifi is patchy so it's unlikely that you'll be able to work outside on a nice day. In general my experience has been very poor here at Sussex. Disinterested tutors, low quality teaching and I wish I'd gone elsewhere.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 21st March 19

The university itself is not bad in terms of course content and facilities, however some lecturers are useless. Not a single one of my emails have been replied to this term, and it seems the lecturers are never in their office when they say they are, so there is absolutely no support outside of class. They are so biased towards sports clubs over societies e.g if a sports club books a room they will get priority over a society usually. I would not recommend staying on campus, although campus life is fun, when you are trying to sleep and doors are slamming and music is blaring, the complaints will never be dealt with. Security will come for 5 mins, leave and then the problems resume. Not a single maintenance issue my flat have found has been resolved. The wifi is absolutely terrible and nobody gets any signal in the Northfield area. The only good thing about this uni for me is benefits for working class and poorer families. Sussex actually does a lot to help out here.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 10th March 19

The worst school in my entire life.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 1st February 19

I am an international student who is doing postgraduate course this year (2018-2019). The followings are my honest impression about the University of Sussex. Overall, the University of Sussex is accepting too many students, thus, overcrowded. It is difficult to use facilities (e.g. library, cafeteria, etc…) especially during the daytime. ESL service are also fully booked, so not able to use it most of times. If I knew this environment, I wouldn’t choose Sussex no matter what their education level is as the school environment is not adequate for the study. It does not worth paying more than 20,000 pounds for this environment. I have requested University to improve the condition several times, yet they just shared irrelevant information… If you live the off-campus accommodation, you might face a trouble with commute. The local bus is often packed in the morning. Thus, you have to wait for next bus.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th January 19

I am mildly annoyed by the wi-fi going down every few seconds, but I have to say, the new facilities are incredible. I love the labs, the campus is beautiful, the people from clubs and shops are very nice (although the shop prices are extreme).

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 4th January 19

This university is all about making money. Their robotics and autonomous systems msc claims to be a conversion course however it is impossible to do without computer science/engineering background. Lecture slides lack information and the assignments are unrelated to the course content. For engineering and computer science go elsewhere and if you are an arts/ humanities student, don’t take their robotics conversion course as it isn’t a proper conversion course

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 16th December 18

Like a little town of its own. Don't shop in COOP - super expensive. Internet cuts out for roughly 30 seconds every 30 minutes or so on mobile (for four years now ). More students than library spaces - super crowded and will get even worse with the building of more halls.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 7th November 18

The campus is undergoing extensive refurbishment, as a result the accommodation facilities it offers is impresssive such as East Slopes however I would not recommend Park Village at all. The Lecture Halls are all of good quality and the campus is generally a nice place to be. It has a strong community feel.The Hni offers an extensive range of Clubs and Societies to join. The WiFi is also generally good however can be temperamental at times.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th September 18

Really beautiful location with Brighton to explore and a wide range of courses and a multicultural student population. good links to study in other countries and most staff really out to make things work for you. Hard to believe some of the other negative comments . Where were they. ?

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 29th July 18

Beautiful Campus with green areas and facilities that provided in campus are fantastic. Availabe internet wifi throughout the campus.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 2nd July 18

Terrible university, where students are treated appallingly. Do not even consider this university.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 1st July 18

Overall my graduate degree got me where I hoped to. The graduate student 'headlease' housing which I was placed in was a complete dump managed by a third party. Class was cancelled relatively often for faculty strikes - noble causes, but as an international student these fights were generally distant to me and it was hard to justify tuition costs versus cancelled class. I'm ultimately satisfied, but would encourage international fee-paying graduate students to consider their admission options and avoid using the Sussex housing office if possible.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st July 18

Probably the best year I’ve ever had. The campus is beautiful, surrounded by the Sussex Downs and right next to Brighton, the location is pefect. Incredible clubbing if thats your thing, or nice long walks. The studying facilities are state of the art, as is the research conducted here. If you want to graduate from a great university and have the best time of your life, Sussex is the place for you.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th May 18

Absolutely lovely campus - WiFi OK, but that's Eduroam for you.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd January 18

I had one of the best years of my life in the University of Sussex! The atmosphere is amazing, the people are friendly, and the teaching is top quality. I could not recommend highly enough, I loved it!

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 20th January 18

Overall this University has been badly managed for over 30 years and all attempts at improvement have failed because fundamentally it believes it is the best and it is complacent. The staff behave like a free-masonic clique and are very arrogant. I do not advise anyone to consider this university. Do not believe all the marketing about the University of Sussex.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 10th January 18

Was a mature international student in the MA media school and my experience was rewarding,could never have wanted to be in another UNI.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st November 17

lovely uni spoiled by their shocking internet.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 16th November 17

Services are useful and well managed. Internet is unusable.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 17th October 17

Do not come to this university. I hate it. The campus is so old and depressing, most of the accommodation is revolting and the only nice accommodation is still far too expensive for what it is. The student union isshockingly bad, I’ve joined so many societies and clubs and have barely been emailed about any events or socials. Don’t listen to them on the open day - it’s all lies. They act like it’s amazing and you’ll get help whenever you need it which is FALSE. The communication is terrible and I’ve been made to feel like a child many times even though they tell you to act like adults. The campus is out of the way of the real world which is very annoying as you can’t even go for a stroll somewhere you HAVE to get on the bus as its off a main road. They also act like you’re really close to Brighton but again, it can be 40 minutes on a bus. Very unimpressed so far with how I’ve been treated. I will not be recommending this university to anybody.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 18th August 17

I went to sussex for a year and it was a complete waste of time, the campus is old and depressing and it only has one food shop for the whole university which is always running low on supplys if you are going to study here live of campus!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th May 17

I love sussex, the campus is massive but, to quote my tutor, it shrinks when you find your way around. The library is a great facility with three stories and varying sections so you can always find an area that fits your studying style. There is always something going on in library square and there are so many cafes and places to eat that there is no excuse to not meet up with friends and be socials! Societies are amazing and super fun

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 2nd May 17

It was an ok experience but it wasn't the best. Campus was easy to navigate and there were a tonne of societies but careers and wifi could be improved on.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 26th February 17

Sussex is incredible, I wouldn't have gone anywhere else. The campus is lovely, the social side is great (especially if you're living in East Slope) and the people are wonderful. It's amazing living in Brighton too. 10/10 uni, I love it!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 9th January 17

THE INTERNET IS UTTER SHEEETTTT OMG WHY CANT THEY GIVE US GOOD WIFI AND SO I CAN STOP USING MY DATA

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 9th December 16

Poor feedback, very bad management, teaching quality is very inconsistent, very overcrowded

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 28th September 16

the s****** university you could go to

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 3rd July 16

Student Union is highly disappointing. Our union building is almost non existent, not many activities and exciting events happening on campus. Don't feel like I even know who the members of the Union are. Facilities on campus are great but another few ranges of shops would be welcome- really good two bars!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th April 16

Brilliant campus with great facilities and beautiful surrounding. Internet is very bipolar working brilliantly one minute and being nowhere to be found the other

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 29th April 16

Very nice and convenient campus - quick to get anywhere in a matter of minutes. Clubs and societies could be expanded on. Student Union not really involved except for voting - however they hold extremely fun nights at East Slope Bar every week. Internet connection tends to always be poor (near Swanborough and the library) - this could be improved on.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 29th April 16

Campus facilities such as library, computer clusters , NHS, Laundrette ,,a nd many others are available and well maintained .

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 28th April 16

Standards maintained are quite high

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 28th April 16

Facilities are adequate with the library being full at all sensible times during the working day. The clubs and societies are plentiful but not much is done about then other than the societies fair. The students union is very lacking, only contains a small shop and a number of empty rooms, very much lacking in comparison to other campus universities.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd April 16

Range of facilities however the old 1960s university is showing its age, and there is desperate need for modernisation and maintenance

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 30th November 15

Although being really close to Brighton I was happy enough to stay on campus for long periods of time

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 24th November 15

Great campus - everything is conveniently located within reasonable distance of each other but the internet, unfortunately, is a pile of crap.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 9th November 15

Wifi isn't too bad considering the campus is in the middle of a field.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 9th November 15

The campus is very nice and large, it has a wide selection of restaurants and bars for everyone. Although some facilities/buildings are quite old and the wifi throughout is very poor, overall it is good.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 29th October 15

Fantastic location! Best it could possibly be for a campus uni, right on the border of a beautiful national park and a brilliantly buzzing city! Great attention to the needs of the student, and the 'Sussex Choice' options are a great way of customising your course to exactly what you want! The city of Brighton provides incredible nightlife with loads of promotional company's having a real online presence throughout the uni, making it so easy to know where to go for a big night out! But Brighton is so much more than a night out hotspot. The city has wonderful culture with an incredibly relaxed feel. From the lanes down to the seafront, though the Old Stein to the Marina there is nothing that you can't find and anyone would be more than satisfied to live here! The uni provides great housing links for moving onto your second year, and a great range of on & off campus 1st year accommodation! The best advice I could give you to enjoy your first year, JOIN BRIGHTON ROX!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th October 15

the wifi around campus works great however in my halls of residence it enjoys to be slow and turn itself on and off .

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd October 15

There should be a laundrette in swanborough's hall :P And the internet is weak when walking around campus.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th September 15

Really nice atmosphere, great events and societies and people which get you involved quickly and quite a lot packed into a fairly small campus without feeling cramped!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 30th September 15

I fall in love everyday with the new things I discover about sussex university

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 28th September 15

Love it! The campus is great, the course is great, unfortunately the student support isn't as great but I think it's definitely improving!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 25th August 15

I'm from France and my first year at Sussex uni was my first year in uk it was amazing I had the opportunity to meet lots of people thought all the societies and stuff organised by the student union, the campus is really nice we have access to everything we need it was really nice to live on campus.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th July 15

Really great place, friendly, fun and enjoyable.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 1st July 15

I've been in uni of Sussex for a year now, and I absolutely love everything. Nice, professional staff, campus is pretty, everything you need really.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 26th June 15

Sussex university had a lovely campus. There's so many facilities for everyone to use, bars, restaurants, health care, supermarket, buses and even child care. However, the student union isn't that great. They focus a lot on international students rather than English students. Although there is still things going on in Brighton and the clubs have student night every night. Compared to other universities the SU doesn't give students a lot to do, there wasn't much going on in freshers week, except a welcome party, a night at the bar and some stuff in the day. We also didn't have a summer or Christmas all like others did. Apart from that I would highly recemend Sussex university for anyone that is looking for a great student experience and to get a good degree. Brighton is also a lovely place to live

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 4th June 15

Brighton is an amazing place to live and the atmosphere is buzzing. Sports need more support from the university though.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 27th April 15

WiFi is terrible and the worst selection of shops known to man

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 27th April 15

Beautiful campus in a great location however very Marxist oriented which they are keen to shove down your throat, and the Students' Union is more like a socialist union who doesn't really make social events for students. Encouraging freedom of speech yet banning certain words to be used on campus, and also banning a UKIP society.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th April 15

very good university, it will be a shame to leave

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 26th April 15

Good university in an amazing city, why not!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 26th April 15

Wifi is not good however the campus is really nice and fun, on campus accommodation is great

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 25th April 15

Wonderful university! My experience in the Philosophy department has been that all the staff are extremely helpful and concerned about their students- not just academically but with all aspect of their student experience, and are there to support, and encourage students to succeed. So many opportunities with in the SU, and societies for people of all kinds of intrests. A political student population- great if that's your thing!- isn't really mine but it's great to see people in Library square who are passionate about their cause- leads to an amazing atmosphere!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 25th April 15

Campus is amazing...enough said. The clubs don't make me laugh I signed up for 10clubs how manyemail replies didn't I get back...zero. The student what? If there was a student union I doubt they made much influence because they didn't seem to do anything. That WiFi is the cheapest thing they could have probably brought. The amount of times I tried to access online revision notes or video lecture notes and it crashed...I'm getting wound up aha

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15

Could be more facilities on campus such as additional places to eat and shop. Spacious campus with a friendly vibe but the wifi is very temperamental!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15

I love my university for the high standard of education and high levels of participation in student politics.The thing is the uni itself doesn't truely represent the student wishes and is based more on money making projects. If they spent more time in creating a unique academic atmosphere with air of student activism, the university will rise in rankings and attract more potential students.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 24th April 15

University of Sussex is definitely a place you should study. It is a multicultural university that has students from around the world. This can benefit the students into making great connections for the future. In addition the facilities are amazing. Anything that someone wants can find it there. The University campus is all in one place and that can bring all students together. There are numerous societies which students can share the same interests. You can find cafes, supermarkets, bank, studios, gym, sport center... All these on campus. Last but not least the weather and the quality of life in Brighton is something that can not be compared with other cities in UK!

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 24th April 15

Join societies else it will be very boring

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 23rd April 15

Sussex is a beautiful university, surrounded by the Sussex Downs it is the perfect combination of country and city university. However like many institutions improvements need to be made. The student union is far to active on campus, causing strikes and boycotts for the loudest minorities on campus. The wifi also needs to be improved, as currently it is poor. Having said that, the courses are interesting and the staff knowledgable and research intensive.

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