If you have Covid-19 symptoms you must self-isolate and let us know using a simple form. All the details are available here.

Keeping campus safe

See what we’re doing to make sure our campus is a safe place to be while the Covid-19 situation is ongoing.

How we’re protecting you

We are following guidance from the government to make sure our campus remains a safe and welcoming place for you to live, work and study.

Returning to University-managed accommodation

If you live in accommodation that’s managed by us (not private housing), please take a few minutes to tell us your plans for coming back in 2022 after the winter break.

This helps us make arrangements and keep people safe while the Coronavirus situation continues.

Getting tested for Covid-19

We strongly encourage all students on campus to take two lateral flow tests a week to help minimise the spread of Covid-19 and protect everyone in our community.

Find out more about getting tested.

Reporting Covid-19 cases and self-isolating

If you are showing symptoms of Covid-19 you should take a test and may have to self-isolate.

Find out what to do if you need to self-isolate, including completing a symptoms or self-isolation reporting form.

Contact-tracing app

Download the NHS Covid-19 app to help the NHS keep control of Coronavirus and protect everyone. It is part of the Test and Trace service in England.

The contact-tracing app notices and logs other app users nearby. If any of those users later test positive for Covid-19, you’ll receive an alert with advice.

You can scan QR codes at particular locations (including on campus) so you can be alerted if any location is linked to infections.

Face coverings

Face coverings (such as a mask) can significantly reduce the spread of coronavirus, including reducing transmission by people who have Covid-19 but don’t realise it.

We strongly encourage you to wear a face covering, unless exempt:

  • in all shops on campus
  • on public transport
  • in teaching spaces and indoor common areas (such as the Library, corridors and study spaces).

It is currently the law to wear face coverings in public spaces although Covid rules change from Thursday 27 January (BBC).

Read government guidance on face coverings.


Regular and thorough hand-washing is one of the most effective ways of killing germs and reducing the spread of coronavirus.

There are also clearly labelled hand sanitiser stations across campus.


Our cleaners regularly sanitise and prepare our campus buildings for use by staff and students.

Cleaning materials will be provided during taught sessions to wipe down desks when you arrive and leave.

Our campus community

We care passionately that the University of Sussex environment, both online and on campus, is a place where everyone is treated with dignity, respect and kindness and feels safe, supported and included.

We will not tolerate inappropriate behaviour or harassment of any kind. You should report this to our Student Life Centre without delay.

Sign our Community Pledge to show your support.

Find out about vaccinations on campus and read our position on Covid-19 vaccinations.

Checking cases at Sussex

Stay updated on the number of Coronavirus cases at Sussex by viewing our dashboard, which we update every working day.

We don’t share details on the identity or location of individuals.

If the number of cases rises to a point where we need to restrict movement around campus, such as reducing the number of indoor spaces where people mix (even with face coverings on), we will do that.

We have a clear plan for a range of changes, in line with guidance from the government.

If you’re coming back to Sussex accommodation

If you’re in housing that’s managed by the University (in other words, not private accommodation), please let us know if you have already returned after Christmas, or when you are planning to return in 2022.