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See what your options are if you’re planning to stay on the Sussex campus or nearby over the Easter break, summer vacation or Christmas holidays.

Holiday dates

The main breaks in our academic year dates are:

  • Christmas, listed as the winter vacation
  • Easter, listed as the spring vacation
  • Summer, listed as the summer vacation.


Christmas happens during the winter vacation listed in our academic year dates.

Although there are some Covid-19 restrictions you can still book a table at a local restaurant or visit shops in town.

See details of our support services if you need them. We will continue to support you if you have Covid-19 symptoms or need to self-isolate.


Our Residential Life team aim to bring you Sussex events throughout the Christmas break.

You can also see ideas for festive fun in Brighton & Hove on the VisitBrighton website.

Christmas celebrations

If you are staying on campus, there is a:

Check all Meeting House opening times over the holidays and see events for mass times.

Students’ Union events

The Students’ Union runs its own events over Christmas.

Travelling abroad

Many Sussex students use this time to travel abroad. The winter vacation is usually about three weeks.

Check our Coronavirus information before you leave and before you return.

If you need a visa for travelling in Europe, request a visa letter as soon as possible to allow time for it to be produced and emailed to you. Most University offices will close from Tuesday 21 December 2021. Before you request a letter, check the government guidelines for the country you are travelling to and the waiting times for appointments at the embassy of your destination.

Operational hours

Outside of term time some services on campus run reduced hours.


The University Pharmacy is closed 25-28 December 2021 and 1-3 January 2022.

Our Ask Us Contact Centre will close at 5pm on 23 December 2021. It is set to reopen at 9am on 4 January 2022.

Security and the launderette are running as normal.

Public transport does not run on Christmas Day (25 December).

Check which services are running around the Christmas and New Year period for:

Sending letters and parcels

If you’re planning to send packages or letters home before Christmas, there are last posting dates for Royal Mail.

Staying with us

You’re welcome to stay in your University-managed accommodation over the break. If you want to do this, fill in a form to let us know.

Your accommodation agreement covers you for the winter vacation.


Easter takes place during the spring vacation listed in our academic year dates.

If you’re staying in University-managed accommodation, your accommodation agreement covers you for the spring vacation.


Our summer vacation period is listed in our academic year dates.

If you’re staying in University-managed accommodation, your accommodation agreement normally ends before the summer vacation starts.

You can find out about staying in University-managed accommodation over the summer.