Freshers' 2020 is just arond the corner!

We can’t wait to welcome our new students to Sussex. Whether you’re arriving as a Foundation Year, an Undergraduate, Postgraduate Taught or Research student - we’ve got you covered.

We’ve got a programme of virtual events to introduce you to Brighton life, help you make friends and discover all the amazing societies, sport clubs and other opportunities you can get involved with when you’re studying at Sussex.

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Your safety is our key priority.

Our aim is to help those of you coming to campus (or planning to live in Brighton) to safely explore your new environment. We’re working closely with the University and following the government’s guidance on making all our spaces on campus safe for you to eat, drink, and socialise.


Your wellbeing is important to us. We’ve created a listing of resources to point you in the right direction if you’re feeling uncertain, overwhelmed or need a helping hand during your time at Sussex.

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Our Advice team offers a friendly, confidential, safe and independent service just for students. Whether academic, housing related or personal, we are here to help. And if we can’t help, we will point you in the right direction.

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Our team has curated a jam-packed virtual events programme. Bookings open now!

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What is a Students' Union?

It might be a new concept (or maybe you’ve heard of an SU before). Basically, we are a charity, we are independent from the University and we exist to make student life better. We do this by providing spaces for you to socialise and relax, eat and drink, by supporting you academically, personally and socially through your time at uni.

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Join the Buddy Scheme and you’ll be matched with a current student based on your interests, preferences, course, language etc. They'll be your go-to person for questions about Sussex life and will help you settle in. You'll also get to join all Buddy Scheme activities and social events.

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Freshers' FAQ

We want to make sure that everyone is safe and all events are accessible to all, so we’ve decided to focus on a virtual programme of events this year.

You can view all the events on our events listings.

The events programme is made to settle you into life at Sussex, meet new people (including our clubs and societies) and give you a fun entertainment programme to get involved with in your free time.


Many of our virtual events are ‘Meet and Greet’ style, so the perfect opportunity to meet new people with a shared interest.

We are also hosting virtual ‘Speed Mates’ which is always incredibly popular, multiple times throughout the first week.

If you’d like to start meeting new people now, then consider joining our Buddy Scheme!

Freshers’ 2020 starts on Saturday 19th September and you’ll see that the majority of events will run in that first week until Sunday 27th September. However, keep an eye out for our Freshers’ branding at events within the first few weeks of term, as there will be more events that will be suitable for new students to attend and created with Freshers’ in mind.

For the majority of virtual events, you will need to sign up in advance (even if it is free). This is so we can make sure you have all the right links and information you need beforehand.

All tickets will go live from Friday 4th September from this page.

Our priority this Freshers’ is making sure that everyone is safe, so we are still looking into government and university guidelines. However, we will strive to host small scale events in person as soon as we can, where you can have the opportunity to meet new students. We will keep our Freshers’ event listings updated on this.

We also have plans for an in person Freshers’ Fair and one of our most iconic Freshers’ events towards the end of the year. Watch this space!

At the Students’ Union we are not selling or endorsing any Freshers’ wristbands this year.

Any wristbands / ticket bundles are unaffiliated with the Students’ Union.

When you register for an event, you’ll receive an email in advance so you can know exactly what to expect. This will often be in the event description on our website too.

Generally speaking, you won’t be required to be on camera but there are some events (e.g Speed Mates) where the programme requires you to have camera and microphone access.

If you have any concerns about being on camera / accessing an event, please email us at [email protected] and we will try to help so you don’t miss out!


Many events will be free, but will still suggest you reserve your place in advance as there may be limits to how many people can attend online.

For our ticketed events that cost money, you’re welcome to watch them with your friends. But bear in mind that the link for a virtual stream can only be used on one device, so will not be able to be shared.


Our Virtual Freshers’ Fair launches on Saturday 19th September and will be live 24/7 until midnight on Sunday 27th September.

Expect to see all our clubs, societies and campaigns, as well as plenty of discounts and freebies from local and national brands.