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

If you’re arriving late

Find out what you should do if you’re arriving late at night during Welcome Weekend or after it has ended.


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Arriving late at night on Welcome Weekend

Find out where to collect your keys if you’re due to arrive after 6pm on this weekend.

Welcome Weekend is Saturday 18 September and Sunday 19 September 2021.

You can use some shops, bars and cafes until 10pm, and the Co-op convenience store is open until 11pm. After this, services are limited.

If you have booked a University coach from Heathrow due to arrive after 6pm, a student helper will tell you where to get your keys.

If you’re renting privately, find out where coaches stop so you can plan your journey.

If you’re lost or have any difficulties, you can go to the 24-hour receptions at York House or East Slope residences on campus, or Stanmer Court next to Falmer Station. They’re open throughout the year.

Arriving after Welcome Weekend

Welcome Week starts on Monday 20 September 2021.

If you are living in University-managed accommodation, you must email Housing Services on housing@sussex.ac.uk.

To guarantee your housing, you must notify the Housing Office if you plan on arriving after Saturday 18 September 2021. You will still be charged for your room from 18 September. We will only hold your room until Friday 15 October 2021.

Your key collection point will depend on where you’re living, and possibly what time you’re arriving.

You must let Housing Services know you will be arriving late as soon as possible. Tell them when you expect to arrive so your room is not allocated to another student.

If you’re renting accommodation privately, speak to your letting agent or landlord.

Getting help during Welcome Week

If you arrive during Welcome Week, and you need help, you can:

  • go to the Welcome Hub at Library Square or our help desk near Bramber House. These are open from 10am to 4pm during Welcome Week and the first week of term
  • ask staff wearing orange “ask me” badges or sashes
  • Residential Advisers, if you’re living in University-managed accommodation. Meet yours at your kitchen meeting or, if you arrive after this, they’ll arrange a one-to-one meeting. You can find contact details for them in your kitchen.

Arriving after the start of teaching

We expect both our new and returning students to be on campus by the beginning of term on Monday 27 September 2021.

You should start the registration process when this opens. You must also start engaging with teaching and learning once this begins.

If it’s not possible for you to join us on campus by those dates, you’ll be able to tell us as part ofthe formal registration process if you’re in one of the following categories:

  • you’re resident in a country that currently prohibits travel to the UK
  • you currently have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19, and you are required to self-isolate
  • you have an immune-suppressed condition
  • your visa application has been delayed because of local administrative problems (e.g. because of visa processing delays or visa applications being closed)
  • you’re subject to other legal restrictions that prevent travel.

You do not need to contact the University separately to tell us if you are in one of these categories.

If you know when you’ll be arriving, enter the date in your registration, but we understand if you don’t know the exact date yet.

Your School will be in contact to arrange alternatives until you can join us on campus.

Latest arrival date

We expect all students to arrive by Friday 15 October 2021 at the latest.

However, we understand there might be exceptional circumstances that prevent you from arriving by this time.

You should aim to arrive as soon as possible but, if you are delayed, we will still be able to accept you as long as you arrive by the latest arrival date.

If you are joining Sussex on a visa, this latest arrival date is automatically included in your CAS.

Remote study

If you are not able to travel to campus to take up your place at Sussex in-person because you’re in a late registration category, we will provide you with an appropriate form of remote study until you are able to arrive on campus during autumn term (Monday 27 September to Friday 10 December 2021).

We know that students may sometimes be unable to attend in-person so we’re putting alternatives in place. If you’re in this position, you will still be able to meet your learning outcomes while you prepare to join us on campus once it’s safe for you to do so.

If you have a visa, it will remain valid while you study remotely, provided you arrive in the UK no later than 6 April 2022. When you apply for your visa you will be issued with a 90-day travel vignette, which you use to enter the UK. If you cannot travel within this period, you’ll need to apply for a replacement vignette (costing £154). Only apply for your visa if you are reasonably certain you can travel to the UK. Read more about applying for a visa from outside the UK.

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