University of Sussex
University of Sussex


University of Sussex  Ranking



University of Sussex  Location

South England

University of Sussex University of Sussex


University Ranking




South England


Key Information
Location Brighton, England
Established 1961
Percent International Students 22.8%
Famous For Media and Film, Politics, Art
Key Information
Location Brighton, England
Established 1961
Percent International Students 22.8%
Famous For Media and Film, Politics, Art


The University of Sussex was founded in 1961 and is located in Brighton on the south coast of England. There are currently around 13,000 students enrolled from over 120 countries and the University consistently performs well in the International Student Barometer, offering funded work placements as part of its student support and degree programmes.

The University of Sussex is 4th in the UK for employability, while 96% of graduates from the University are in work or further study within six months of graduation. Following the most recent National Student Survey, 87% of students were happy, while 92% said staff were good at explaining things.

Research is a core strength of Sussex, with Nobel Prize winners and fellows of the Royal Society and British Academy among its staff. The University has just finished a major £100 million redevelopment of the main campus, adding more facilities to fit the growing student population. Recent investment has further strengthened Sussex’s research profile, including the opening of institutes for the study of consciousness science, corruption and Middle East studies. Sussex is ranked 4th in the UK for research influence.

Services for International Students

New international students receive a handbook with useful pre-departure advice, as well as a free pickup service from London Heathrow Airport and a programme of events at the beginning of the year. Pre-sessional courses of up to ten weeks are available for students who have yet to meet the English language requirements for entry. Academic support from the International and Study Abroad Office is free for degree course students and includes note taking, academic writing, referencing and general and intensive English courses.


  • 18th in the Times University Guide 2017
  • 20th in the Guardian University Guide 2017
  • 187th in QS World University Rankings 2017

Sussex is ranked highly in league tables across the world. It is currently 9th for overall graduate prospects, and 8th in the UK for investment in services and facilities. Students at Sussex are also very happy, with the University scoring 87% satisfaction following the last National Student Survey.

Following the 2014 Research Excellence Framework, 75% of Sussex research activity was ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. History, English, Geography and Psychology submissions all performed well.


The University of Sussex guarantees university-owned accommodation for all international students during their first year of study. There are currently 5,500 room’s available, most of which are on campus with some student houses available in Brighton. All accommodation is self-catered, most are en suite and shared rooms are available. Off campus accommodation has a regular bus service to and from the campus, and the Student Union can also help students find private rented accommodation.


Described by Lonely Planet as 'One of England's Gems', Brighton is lively and cosmopolitan with a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. One of the UK’s most popular seaside towns, it is known as ‘London by the Sea’ for its strong nightlife and social scene. An historic association with the arts means that Brighton has plentiful galleries, theatres and cinemas, as well as more restaurants per resident than anywhere outside London. Each year the city hosts the Brighton festival (England’s largest arts festival), which brings together film, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, music, street performances and art.


  • Ian McEwan (Author)
  • Frankie Boyle (Comedian)
  • Rebeca Grynspan (Former Under-Secretary General of the UN)
  • Ian Cullimore (Computer Scientist)
  • A. C. Grayling (Philosopher)

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