See guidance on travelling and getting around locally while Coronavirus is ongoing.
Travelling to Sussex for Semester Two
Students studying specified practical courses have been able to come to campus since 8 March.
If you are studying any other course, you should not return to Sussex and continue learning online – the Government will review this decision by the end of the Spring vacation.
Only come to Sussex if your School contacts you.
Travelling home for the holidays
You are allowed to travel home for the Spring vacation if you want to, however, if you only returned to university on or after 8 March you are strongly advised not to travel home.
If you do choose to travel home, you:
- are legally only allowed to travel there once before 29 April
- should plan ahead and avoid busy times or routes
- should check our international advice, if you are travelling overseas
- can travel back to your term-time accommodation at any time
- should get tested before you travel home and then again before you travel back to Sussex.
If, once home, you test positive, you must by law self-isolate for ten days and not travel.
Consider active travel options that allow social distancing, such as walking and cycling. Not only are they great forms of exercise, they minimise close contact with others and reduce the risk of coronavirus transmission.
If you don’t own a bike, you can hire one from one of the two BTN BikeShare docking stations on campus. As a Sussex student you can enjoy a free ride [PDF] – sign up with BTN Bike Share before 31 August 2021 and enter the code UNI2020; this covers the unlock fee plus one 30-minute ride. You can also buy a discounted annual membership at £65 (a 10% discount), which includes 30 minutes free every day.
If you prefer to take public transport, please travel outside peak times if possible and be patient – space on buses and trains is limited to allow social distancing.
Important: You must wear a face covering on public transport, unless you are exempt. Do not travel if you and or anyone in your household has symptoms of Covid-19.
See the latest:
- government advice on safe passenger travel
- bus passenger advice to protect against Covid-19
- train guidance relating to Coronavirus, including checking busy trains and travel information.
Brighton & Hove Buses is communicating real-time information. You can check how busy your bus is before you travel.
The bus company has put special measures in place to help keep you safe. It cleans its buses up to five times a day with hospital-grade cleaning products and has limited the capacity on its buses to support social distancing.
Try to avoid using cash on the bus. You can get up to 25% off bus tickets with a mobile app or get a student key card from travel shops. The bus company’s customer services team is available seven days a week to answer any questions.
See more about:
- face coverings on Brighton & Hove Buses
- Helping Hand cards for those with medical exemptions
- Brighton & Hove Buses Coronavirus safety updates
- bus travel to and from campus.
The bus company wants to understand new patterns of travel locally, so we are in touch all the time. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any observations or concerns.
Southern Railway, which operates the trains to Falmer station, is monitoring all trains and stations during lockdown.
It has put special measures in place to help keep you safe, including:
- checking and cleaning trains more regularly throughout the day
- stepping up cleaning regimes to ensure all surfaces including handrails, ticket machine touch-screens and door handles are clean at all stations, with particular focus on the busiest locations
- deep cleaning specific locations, if required
- employing more staff to increase overnight cleaning at their depots.
To help maintain social distancing, Southern Railway has placed stickers on floors as well as posters on exterior doors of all trains and in prominent locations, with announcements at stations about any crowding.
If you are travelling by train, follow the recommended guidance:
- plan your journey in advance. Revised timetables are in operation and journey planners are being updated daily. Check the red banner on the train website for the current status of the journey planners
- consider travelling at quieter, off-peak times; see details of the busiest times
- buy tickets online or use contactless payment if possible
- wash your hands before and after you travel
- carry hand sanitiser; there isn't hand sanitiser on trains or at all stations
- wear a face covering at all points of your journey – from when you enter the station to when you exit the station at your destination; download a travel support card if you are exempt
- follow social distancing guidance at stations, on platforms and on trains.
For up-to-date train times, check the National Rail website.
We liaise with the train company all the time and pass on any observations or concerns. See more rail travel to and from campus.
Driving and parking on campus
If you use a car, avoid sharing a car with anyone outside your household or support bubble.
Temporary parking is currently available to anyone who needs to park on campus during the national lockdown. You can apply for a temporary parking permit.