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The University of Sussex is only 9 minutes away from Brighton by train plus has excellent links to both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports. According to The Guardian, the university ranks as joint 27th in the UK and the NSS rated it among the top 10 for its quality of teaching. Additional to this, The University of Sussex is known internationally for its research across all subject areas. The university is made up of over 10,000 students with nearly a quarter being international.
The Students' Union hosts more than 25 sports clubs and 140 societies as well as several forms of media; The Badger weekly newspaper, on-line magazine, The Pulse, bronze award winning University Radio Falmer and UniTV student channel.
On campus there are shops (including a Co-Op supermarket), banks, a dentist, pharmacy, doctors and childcare facilities, cafés, a library, 24 hour access IT suites and plenty of sporting opportunities in the Sport Centre and Falmer Sports Complex. The campus is also now the home of BBC documentary, 'Bang Goes the Theory'.
Brighton is one of the country's most well-known cities for its diversity and fun atmosphere and is among the top three safest university cities. There are more than 200 bars and pubs and nearly every night of the week plays host to a band, gigs or live street performances. Every May the city welcomes the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe which attracts plenty of well known artists, comedians and more. There's plenty of shopping, hundreds of places to eat, a football stadium, beaches, theatres, cinemas and night life that is talked of throughout the UK.
Alongside its incredible location and campus facilities the University of Sussex aims to make study and the student experience a life-changing one. There are plenty of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment plus plenty of feedback from tutors to help individuals improve and learn as much as possible. Teaching methods not only use the more traditional routes of lectures and group work but also the internet, digital media and SussexMobile which helps to make it easy to learn and get relevant information wherever you are via your mobile phone.
Many well known figures have studied at the University of Sussex including musician Billy Idol, Wimbledon Champion Virginia Wade, comedians Frankie Boyle and Bob Mortimer, novelists Philippa Gregory, Tobias Hill and Ian McEwan, BBC newsreader Michael Buerk, editor of Vogue Alexandra Shulman and Member of Parliament Andrew George.
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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.
Do not come to this university. I’ve been here only one month and 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!
If you like agoraphobic people, depressing decor and TOWIE rejects then this is the place for you. You can solidly scrape a DDE and get in to your dream course! Most societies are for the inner David Beckham in you, oh and your Paul Gascoigne. The buildings are Dulux's foreword-in-a-suucide note. A lot of students here get Daddy to pick them up in his Lexus to pop home to Waitrose in the home counties so you can get a lift home. Also home to the Westminster terrorist, you are instructed not to have any view apart from socialist on your arrival. Enjoy!
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.