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 over Welcome Weekend.

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 coach travel to the University to arrive after 6pm, a student helper will tell you where to get your keys. If you’re renting privately, check where the coach stops so you can plan your journey.

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

Arriving after Welcome Weekend

Welcome Week begins on Monday 19 September 2022.

To guarantee your housing, you must notify the Housing Office if you are planning to arrive to your accommodation after Saturday 17 September 2022. You will still be charged for your room from 17 September. We will only hold your room until Friday 14 October 2022.

If you are yet to take up your accommodation, let Housing Services know you will be arriving as soon as possible. It’s important to tell them when you expect to arrive so your room is not allocated to another student. Housing Services can also tell you where to collect your key.

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

Arriving after the start of teaching

Teaching for most courses starts on Monday 26 September 2022 and we expect both our new and returning students to be on campus by this time.

Important: We understand that some students have exceptional circumstances which mean they may not be able to be on campus for the start of teaching. You must complete the formal registration process as soon as possible and ahead of the start of teaching, even if your arrival on campus is delayed.

You’ll be able to tell us if your arrival on campus is delayed as part of the formal registration process, and indicate which of the following reasons has caused this delay:

  • your visa application has been delayed
  • you currently have Covid-19 or symptoms of Covid-19, and you are required to self-isolate
  • you have an immune-suppressed condition.

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

Telling us when you’re arriving

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.

Depending on your situation, we expect you to arrive as soon as you can. We will contact you if your indicated arrival date is too late for you to join Sussex this autumn.

If you told us you were going to be delayed coming to campus when you registered, and you’re now with us, you can amend your answer in Sussex Direct. Go to your personal details page and select “I can now study in person”.

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

Government visa regulations no longer permit distance or remote learning for students on a Student Route or Tier 4 UK visa. All your academic engagement must take place in the UK or the University will be required to withdraw its visa sponsorship.

Formal registration closes on Friday 14 October 2022. If you’re not registered by this date, you will not be a University of Sussex student and we will remove your access to University systems, including Canvas and Sussex Direct. You must have completed registration and normally be in attendance by this date.

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