Check the equipment and technology you need to study at Sussex.

Technology for most courses

Whether you study in-person or online, you will use two systems to support you:

  • Canvas, the University’s online study platform, where you find your modules, including learning materials, multimedia content and other resources
  • Sussex Direct, the University’s administration system, where you manage your University records and access course information.

See more about how you’ll be taught.

There is some hardware (physical stuff) and software (such as programs and apps) you may need.


You will need access to a computer for study and when submitting assessments.

You can use the dedicated student PCs on campus. These are pre-loaded with a range of software you cannot install at home.

However, they are open-access spaces to study so if you want the flexibility and convenience of using your own computer, we recommend a PC or laptop.

You’ll need a minimum Intel Core i3 or equivalent, 4 gigabytes (4GB) of RAM and a screen resolution of at least 1280 x 800.

You will also need headphones or speakers, a microphone and a webcam (most laptops include a webcam).

Course content and activities may be accessible on a tablet or other mobile device, but we don’t recommend this as your main method of learning.

Operating system

Here are the minimum operating system requirements for your device:

  • Windows – Windows 10 or later
  • Mac – OS X 10.10 or later
  • Linux – Ubuntu 12.04+, Debian 6.0+, Fedora 16+, Open SUSE 12.1+
  • Android – OS 7.0+
  • iOS – iOS10+

Internet connection

To connect to the internet, you should use a broadband or high-speed connection of at least 2.5 Mbps.

Recommended browsers

You should use the latest versions of either:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Safari
  • Edge.

Tip: Make sure your browser allows JavaScript and cross-site cookie use.


All Sussex students can download and install Windows 10 (Education edition) and Office 365 on their own computer for free.

We also recommend that you download and install the Zoom meeting client or mobile app as this is the University’s supported platform for online seminars and tutorials.

A range of other software applications to install on personal laptops or computers are available from IT Services.

Storing files

You have access to download and install OneDrive, a cloud-based solution that provides all Sussex students with 1 terabyte (1TB) of space to store and manage files.

Converting files

You can convert scanned PDF documents, presentations and pictures of text into other useful formats, such as an MP3.

Find out how to use SensusAccess.

Creating captions

You can get software-generated captions to appear on video and audio materials provided as part of your course.

Download a captioning factsheet for course content (PDF 145KB).

Specific course technology

If you are studying a course that uses specialist software (such as creative software in a media subject) or hardware (such as a microscope), your school of study will tell you how to access this.


Some subjects (usually maths) specify certain types of calculator for exams.

See what you may need for an exam.