If you’re reading this then the reality of moving to the UK is probably more than an abstract idea by now.  You may have decided on some of the universities you want to choose – great!

 

If one of them happens to be the University of Sussex, this housing guide is for you.  As a first year  student, there are a number of student halls you can apply for – as well as many off-campus options.  By the end of this post, hopefully, choosing your accommodation will be a little easier.

But First Things First…

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Before you start looking for student accommodation, make a list of the things you already know you want and are not willing to give up.  For example for me I knew I wanted an ensuite room and this saved me a lot of time when looking into what was available.

With this out of the way, ahead we go!

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Student Halls that Offer ‘Ensuite’ Rooms (by Price)

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Stanmer Court flats

Stanmere Court University of Sussex

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Location:  On campus

Cost per week:  £142.47 single ensuite / £152.00-£158.00 (if you want the studio flat option)

Who it’s for:   Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Number of flatmates:  4-6

Pros: This hall has an ensuite bathroom which means you only have to share the kitchen with your flatmates. There’s a launderette, so you don’t have to walk in the cold with your dirty clothes to wash in another hall (it’s not a must but it’s a good advantage). It’s also quieter than most of the other halls.

Cons: This hall is the furthest from the centre of campus, it’s also not in the same area as the other student halls so you might feel a bit off-campus.  Of course, for you this might be a positive thing!

Should you stay there?  Yes, if you don’t mind a bit of walking to get to your lectures and / or if you appreciate a quieter hall.

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Lewes Court fats (Phase 2)

Location:  On campus

Cost per week:  £144.92 single ensuite / £151.00 (if you want the studio flat option)

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates

Number of flatmates: 5 – 6

Pros: The rooms are pretty spacious and in my opinion are very cozy. They are ensuite, so you only share the kitchen.

Cons:  Apart from occasional flat parties, socially, it doesn’t seem like much happens there. It’s very quiet. Also, the price isn’t the best either.

Should you stay there?  Lewes Court is great so if you really want an ensuite room. It’s not cheap but it’s by no means the most expensive option available to you.

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Northfield flats

Northfield Flats University of Sussex

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Location: On campus

Cost per week:  £148.88 single ensuite / £158.00 (if you want the studio flat option)

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates

Number of flatmates:  6 – 8

Pros:  The rooms are really good and so is the bathroom you get. Despite being far from the main buildings you get to be closer to the hills which means amazing views and a more peaceful environment.

Cons: It’s so far! Okay, it’s not that far but it kind of is (???), it’s totally doable but sometimes when it’s raining and windy and cold… – you know what I mean?

Should you stay there?  If you don’t mind doing a bit of walking then yes. It took me a while to decide between Northfield and Swanborough, and even though I chose the latter, I know I wouldn’t have lost much if I had gone with Northfield.

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Swanborough flats

Swanborough Flats University of Sussex

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Location:  On campus

Cost per week:  £150.01 single ensuite

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates

Number of flatmates: 4 – 7

Pros: The location is perfect, you get to wherever you want to on campus in a matter of minutes. Also, this might seem silly but it’s very bright in Swanborough – unlike other halls, everything is pretty new and modern. The staff in the reception are really nice and helpful. Most importantly: there is a supermarket just outside Swanborough hall – believe me, this is much more convenient than you might think it is.

Cons: It’s the most expensive accommodation on campus and it feels (I chose this one) like the only reason for this is its location.  Which is kind of annoying because since you’re paying so much money it would be good to see some additional features.

Should you stay there?  If you don’t mind spending a bit more and want to be in the centre of campus then –  yes definitely! I am so glad to have chosen this one, specially when it’s pouring (always…haha) and you just want to get home as soon as possible.

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Student Halls with Shared Bathrooms (by Price)

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East Slope flats

East Slope Flats University of Sussex

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Location: On campus

Cost per week: £86.82 single room / £65.50-£75.50 shared room

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Number of flatmates: 6 – 12

Pros: It’s very cheap and the location is good. There’s a bar just outside the halls – “East Slope bar” where everyone meets – and you couldn’t be closer to it.  This is probably the most sociable  student hall.

Cons: The facilities are not the best (to say the least) but then again you’re paying so little for it. Plus I heard there’s a problem with squirrels invading your room and stealing stuff – haha, at least they’re cute 😉

Should you stay there?  You get what you pay for, keep that in mind. If your main concerns are saving money and partying, then yes! East Slope is amazing and everyone seems to like it.

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Park Houses

Student Accommodation Park Houses University of Sussex

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Location: On campus

Cost per week: £113.60

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates

Number of flatmates:  4 – 12

Pros: The rooms I’ve been in are really good and spacious. These halls are made up of different buildings: Kent House, York House, Lancaster House, Norwich House, and Kulukundis House. I can’t tell you much about the others but Lancaster House has a bit of its own social life which in my opinion is great because everyone knows everyone there.

Cons:  I heard it can get a bit chaotic as there are a lot of people sharing kitchens and bathrooms but overall it’s really about how lucky you are in the kind of people you get as flatmates.

Should you stay there?  Yes if you want a sociable place to stay that’s still close to everything on campus  – and if you are good at keeping calm if it gets a bit crazy.

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Lewes Court flats (Phase 1)

Lewes Court Sussex University

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Location: On campus

Cost per week:  £126.22 single room / £151.00 (if you want the studio flat option)

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates

Number of flatmates:  5 – 6

Pros:  The rooms are very spacious and it’s close to the laundrette.

Cons:  The location might not be the best and the facilities are not the most modern.

Should you stay there? I have friends there and no one seems to dislike it, in my opinion it can be a great place to live as it is quiet but close enough to get to where the parties are.

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Brighthelm Houses

Location: On campus

Cost per week: £131.29

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Number of flatmates:  5

Pros: I don’t know anyone that lives in Brighthelm and doesn’t love it! You even get a washing machine and dryer in your house which is a big plus.  Every house has a balcony which is cool when the sun comes out and it gets warmer.

Cons: The only disadvantage I can think of is that the facilities manager is based in Swanborough hall which means you have to go there to sort out any issues – to be fair I don’t think it even counts as a real downside.

Should you stay there? Yes! Check the video and the pictures and, if you like it, go for it! The only problem you might get is with your flatmates and to be fair that can happen in any of the halls.

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Off-Campus Accommodation

University-Managed Flats

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Okay, so above you have the on-campus options the university provides. If your main concern is staying close to buildings such as the library, health centre and lectures then I would advise you choose one of the above student halls.

If, on the other hand, you feel like you haven’t quite found what you want, then continue reading!

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Abacus House flats

Abacus House University of Sussex

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Location: Off campus (London Road)

Cost per week: £151.00 single ensuite room

Who it’s for:  Postgraduates

Number of flatmates:  3 – 5

Pros: You’re right in the heart of town which means you get easy access to a lot of shops, bars, restaurants and, in my opinion, you get to experience Brighton on a whole different level. Also, the student rooms seem to be much better than those on campus!

Cons:  You will kind of miss the campus lifestyle, which for me, is the best part about university. Also if you are kind of lazy (join the club!) having to get on a bus/train everyday to get to your lectures doesn’t seem tempting.

Should you stay there?  If you think on-campus accommodation is not for you or you didn’t get a place, then yes! The rooms are great and the location is even better!

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Kings Road flats

University of Sussex Kings Road flats

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Location: Off campus

Cost per week: £124.13

Who it’s for:  Undergraduates and Postgraduates

Number of flatmates:  5

Pros:  Just like Abacus House flats you are right in the city centre.  This allows to explore the city with much more ease and you’ll probably get to know your way around it much faster.

Cons:  Keep in mind that the majority of first year students live on campus.  Therefore, when it comes to meeting your group to prepare a presentation for example, the meeting location will probably be somewhere around campus (such as in the library).

Should you stay there?  If you want (or have) to live off-campus and / or prefer a more affordable option then yes, go for it. The location is great and like in every hall the bills are included which is very convenient.

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Off-Campus  Accommodation

University-Managed Houses

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If you don’t get a room in a hall – or you decide not to apply – you can opt for a ‘university-managed’ property.  The University of Sussex has a number of fully furnished houses in Brighton & Hove where you can rent a single bedroom, sharing the kitchen and bathroom(s) – usually with 2 to 11 people depending on the house and area that you choose.

Price: The price ranges from £109.00-£126.00 per week on average and all the bills are included.

Pros: The biggest advantage of renting from the university compared to privately is, unlike privately-rented accommodation, you won’t have to pay agency fees, a large deposit, or your rent upfront – and there’s no  need to provide a guarantor either as the university is you landlord.

Cons: If you’re considering this option I would say make sure you are okay with missing out on the ‘campus experience’. Of course you will still have flatmates but you are living off-campus and the social environment won’t be the same. Apart from that, with this option you get a little more freedom to choose a place that suits you.

Off-Campus  Accommodation

Privately-Rented Properties

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If you decide to rent accommodation in Brighton from a private landlord, the University of Sussex will still be able to provide some guidance – I’d recommend you use it!

Price: Private rent prices are similar to university accommodation, though it really depends on what you go for.  However, do keep in mind that this option carries some extra expenses such as paying a larger deposit, agency fees and so on.  And, you will have to find a guarantor – a person who agrees to pay your rent in case you don’t – or pay 6 months of rent in advance if you don’t.  I’m renting privately now and simply paid my rent upfront.

Should you choose this option? If you are an international student living on your own for the first time I would say to avoid this option in your first year.

During your first year you will meet a lot of people and become good friends with some of them. Most students move on to privately-rented accommodation in their second year after they meet people they would actually want to share and live with.

For me this seems very logical and I’m happy to say that’s exactly what I did.

Final Thoughts

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As you can see there are plenty of options to choose from so basically it’s all about making sure you go with what best suits your preferences and needs.

If you don’t want to miss out on university accommodation, keep a look out for emails from the University on when and how to apply.  This will enhance your chances of getting exactly what you what.

In case they can’t meet your first choice of housing, don’t worry, a lot of people end up loving what they get once they actually move in.

Good luck room hunting!

Meet me, Marta!

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Born in beautiful Portugal, I moved to the UK to pursue an undergraduate degree in Business Management with a professional placement year atUniversity of Sussex in Brighton.

I  love meeting new people, new places and basically anything involving new experiences. I joined the MESH-ED bloggers team as I believe that taking chances in life and putting yourself out there is very important. Hopefully, answering some of your questions, I can help make your study abroad decisions a little easier.

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