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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.
- TEACHING DELIVERY STATUS:
- Confirmed Sept/Oct start
- TEACHING MODE:
- Blended learning
- OPEN DAYS:
- Virtual open day has taken place
- TEACHING NOTES:
- There is a mix of campus-based learning experiences and remote approaches. They are running some on-campus classroom and laboratory-based teaching, including small group work, seminars and tutorials, and are ensuring that there is plenty of space to adhere to social distancing rules.
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. 19,155 students are enrolled at the University of Sussex:
- 13,000 of these students come from the UK
- 1,515 come from other EU countries
- And 4,640 are students from non-EU countries.
(Source: HESA 2018/19)
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)
Updated: 7th September 2020
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Came here because apparently the development economics program is good, but it's not. Teachers have no clue how to use online learning and don't teach well. More than half the course is just them assigning reading, so there's no teaching, just self study. On campus housing is lacking. Hot water issues, wifi outages, residences smell like mildew, and prices are astronomical.
Meh, at best Sussex is a lower than average institution. Internet is ghastly slow, IT facilities not up to par. Basically the university's marketing is top notch until you get here and realize its not an amazing school. Campus is way too small and out of the way, not that many options for eating, and the conduct of the housing department with covid has been ATROCIOUS to say the least. Didn't receive any hot water for the first WEEK I lived on campus and housing kept saying it would send someone and only sent one two weeks later. Education is sub par, and online learning has been horrendous.
Came here believing this is the best school in the world for international development. Two months later as a MA Development Studies student, I've learned that the professors couldn't care less, the material taught is highly superficial, and that the 'highly regarded' Institute of Development Studies is just a dilapidated building with almost no facilities. No quantitative methods taught and no meaningful career support, so alongside this course I have to pay extra money to learn statistical methods and programming on Coursera, which kind of defeats the purpose of attending school here.
What to say? Its been the worst decision of my life. Housing services are abominable. They say its ok to move onto campus, then a Covid outbreak begins and when kids want to stop their contracts and go home, housing says they have to pay the whole years rent up front or keep paying rent until someone else takes the room. I'm f*****g done with this university. The teaching has been garbage and every time I have to go into Brighton, its a 40 minute bus ride. I'm transferring out.
Two months into my first year as an undergraduate and I profoundly regret coming here. Teaching support is absolutely terrible, living facilities including food is terrible, CONSTANT construction, not remotely near Brighton central, and student life support is nonexistent
Sussex is the Trump University of the UK. Avoid at all costs. The education and curriculum was terribly simplistic, and student and academic support on campus is the pits. Constant strikes with no solution in sight means that not only did we miss out on almost 2 months of education, but that it will happen again next academic year. Housing services were the worst. Internet connectivity is horrible, and laundry is inordinately expensive. Rooms are tiny as well. Housing services actually told me to borrow money from family members when I said I had to defer payment. This is a private corporation, not a university. Avoid.
Avoid this university if you can. Psychology masters program is pretty lousy. Professors don't really care about teaching students, and course material is a little dated. The support services academically and lifestyle-wise are terrible. Counseling services take weeks to get back, and there is really isn't any place students can really hang out on campus. Campus is also not centrally located and quite a ways out of Brighton.
Not a nice place to spend my first year of uni. Campus amenities are lacking, education and curriculum at best scratches the surface, and location of uni is highly inconvenient. Wifi is terrible. Two strikes this year and no compensation for any of the time lost.
Terrible postgraduate experience. Everything about the university was lacking, from academics and housing to amenities and support. School advertises itself as #1 in the world for development studies, but this cannot be further from the truth.
UCU strike and COVID-19 lockdown support at the uni has been atrocious. As an international student, it’s clear Sussex has just recruited us for the money. I would pick a better-ranked university over this one, even for development-related subjects.
DO NOT LIVE ON CAMPUS The worse thing about University of Sussex is its campus, NEVER LIVE ON CAMPUS!! they charge you soooo much money and they treat you like s***. they have walked into students' rooms without permission and they neglect your queries. Specially during Covid they have been just awful and heartless!
I'm a year 3 student in engineering and sussex was great - staff supportive during covid online teaching, lots of school resources, some buildings should be renovated, and there could be more access to workshop. Great societies and careers support in the school.
The campus isn't that great, the SU is non existent seriously! The library is so bad, never any space and is very ugly. There were strikes all the time interrupting my studying and didn't get any compensation besides £100. The feel of the uni is just very cold no-one seems that friendly. Sport at the uni is pretty bad not very well organised or incorporated into the uni. The uni is also outside of Brighton and is a pain to get into.The only good things about the uni is that my course is really good and accommodation is really nice other than that its bad uni.
Mine is an experience of a foreign students hoping to get a world class education. In its stead I got literally a headache, as I left the university with significantly damaged mental health. I feel instrumentalised and disrespected. Far from world class, Sussex does deserve to be called a university at all!
The campus is easy to wrap your head around, and has plenty of places to eat, drink and socialise. There are plenty of societies, ranging from the classic ones to more niche interests. I haven’t tried myself, but I’ve heard setting up a society is really easy, so hence there are so many. The students union love to put on events, and they love to be inclusive, so there’s always stuff going on in the bars on-campus. The co-op is expensive but you’re never gonna do your weekly shops there anyway so it’s not a big deal
There are several reasons not to come here: education, housing, location, facilities. -I study Governance and Public Policy and the education has been mediocre. The content is no different from that of an undergraduate political science program and the assessment in no way tests you're understanding of the content at all. - Strikes effectively cancelled more than half of the taught content this year. - The housing services are highly subpar. Many residences are old and dilapidated, and wifi is absolutely atrocious. -Management is completely deaf to the concerns of students. If you were lucky, you could get back GBP 100 for compensation for many weeks of missed classes. Long story short: go somewhere better.
I am a first year student at Sussex University, studying Drama & English Literature BA. If you are considering coming to Sussex, I would strongly advise against going! They were on strike for a good half of the year, so I haven't been taught the full course, and my money is not being reimbursed. Not only this, but they are incredibly poor at listening to students' needs. I have bad asthma and this was made clear in my application. A drug addict was allowed to move into our accommodation part way through the year, despite the university knowing about her condition, and my health problems. I asked her politely to stop smoking illegal substance in our halls of residence, and when she refused, I reported it to the university. I had to go to various meetings and send several emails to get anyone to listen to me; and when they said they would take action, they didn't. I've had a really poor experience here and now feel I cannot move because it seems too stressful to start over again.
where to start i am currently studying here and June cant come fast enough if you are not white and rich this uni aint for you heads up this uni will run your money dry the accommodation i stayed in (northfield) was far away from anything so if i wanted to go main brighton i would have to walk 18 minutes to get to a bus stop. they have been on strikes twice the most recent one for 4 weeks so we have nothing to do but be in our rooms bored half the time. I sighed up for counselling but they stop my sessions 3 weeks in for reasons that havent been clear to me also this uni aint as progressive as it thinks it is especially to BAME students whatever is your second option or your on the fence about which uni to go to i can assure you it will be better than here
Do NOT go to this university! I studied towards a PdD at Sussex, which was the worst decision of my life. In fact, after two years I changed university. The location is inconvenient. The campus is ugly. The food on campus is revolting. Everything is super expensive and of low quality. Many academics care formostly for their personal activism. No Socratic dialogue. Just ideology.
Campus is big and green with a mixture of architecture. The library is absolutely huge. Situated in the countryside. Regular buses throughout campus and a train station withing walking distance (20 minutes walk from Northfield, the furthest accomodation). Can't really give feedback on clubs and societies since I didn't join any. I don't know what the students union actually did either so I can't say whether they were useful or useless. Never used careers service either. The internet was great over ethernet, 100Mb/s upload and download. Wi-fi had occasionally drop outs.
I study computer science at Sussex, the teaching is adequate but the course is not overly challenging compared to other unis where some of my friends study. The campus is nothing special really, There are not many social spaces and last year the university decided to demolish the main bar on campus to build more expensive accommodation. The computer science facilities however are truly excellent as a lot of money has been invested into building state of the art computer labs with modern hardware and dual 1440p monitors at every desk, but unless you are studying computer science or engineering you will not be allowed to use the labs and instead will have to use the library computers which are painfully slow and outdated. Before you decide to come here you should check whether your department went on strike this year, as this is likely to happen again next year and will cause you to miss out on teaching. Overall 4/10 would not really recommend.
To be completely honest, this university is probably the greediest one you will ever come across. It has the worst accommodations as well. My block has been out of warm water for an entire week yet they refuse to fix the problem even though 4 flatmates of mine including me have gotten ill from this incident. There is only one tiny supermarket which is always crowded and everything is constantly out of stock. I suggest you go elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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.
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. ?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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
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.
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!
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.