How long will it take to complete my application?
It is quick and easy to complete your application, most students spend no more than 15 minutes on this process. You can access the online portal from a laptop, smartphone or tablet and you can always log in and amend your preferences should you wish to, so long as you do so before the application deadline.
If you need to submit additional documents in support of your application it is a good idea to have electronic copies of these ready to upload when you begin.
I cannot apply for university-managed accommodation, is there a waiting list in case students drop out?
We are always looking to expand our room stock and will be in a better position to advise about availability after 20 August. If you would like to apply for a room contact us after this date to discuss.
Although we cannot guarantee a room will become available, students who are prepared to commute initially may find that a room becomes available in university accommodation just before or just after the start of term.
What should I do if I am under 18?
If you have applied on time, we will offer you a room in a university-managed residence.
If you have not applied before the deadline, contact us and, although we cannot guarantee a room will become available, we may prioritise you for a vacancy should one arise.
As an international student, what will I be offered?
If you have been classified as international status for fee purposes and you have applied for accommodation through our online portal, you will be offered a room in a university-managed residence.
If you’re in any doubt about your fee status, check with our admissions team. You can do this by logging into your studentcentral account and sending your question via the messages tab.
If you have missed the deadline to apply for accommodation, contact us for advice.
Should I tell you if I am a care leaver or estranged from my family?
Yes. You can tell us in your accommodation application so that we can offer the most appropriate accommodation for your circumstances. This might be university-managed accommodation with a longer tenancy length, for example.
Providing your status is confirmed by our widening participation team (care leavers) or our student advice team (estranged students) and you apply by the accommodation deadline, you will be made an offer of a room in university-managed accommodation. If you do not declare this information during your application but disclose this later, we may prioritise you for a room in university-managed accommodation should a suitable vacancy arise.
We will also consider you for a university residence as a returning student if you request it, or help you to find suitable private rented sector accommodation. Our widening participation team can tell you about the help we offer: firstname.lastname@example.org, 01273 641043.
We offer practical support and advice to care leavers and estranged students.
As a health sciences student, which accommodation should I choose?
We recommend health science students consider university-managed houses or private rented sector housing for the following reasons.
- The contract lengths offered can be a better match for the longer terms involved in some health courses.
- Health science courses can involve shifts and weekend working which can be easier to manage when living in a house with other students
- University halls of residence do not offer parking but some of our university-managed and private rented accommodation do. This is particularly relevant for Paramedic Science students who are often required to have their own transport.
University-managed houses are allocated as part of our online accommodation application process. If you would prefer to look for accommodation in the private rented sector, we can provide advice to help you with your search.
Let us know if you need to bring a car with you to university when you apply, so that this can be taken into consideration when we allocate rooms.
As a BSMS student, how do I apply?
Eligible* BSMS students studying for the Medicine BM BS will be made an offer of a room in university-managed accommodation. Students can choose either University of Brighton accommodation at Paddock Field or University of Sussex accommodation at Lewes Court or Park Village. Both are within walking distance of the medical school and contract lengths match the BSMS term. We cannot guarantee to offer you your first choice of accommodation.
If you are allocated a room at Paddock Field you have the option to purchase a catered package. Find out more.
*Postcode exclusions apply – if you live in one of the Sussex postcodes listed in our allocation policy you may not be eligible to apply.
I have missed the deadline, can I still apply?
If you miss the deadline please contact us for advice. We operate a priority waiting list for students who meet the following criteria.
- Students who will be under 18 on 1 September 2019.
- Care leavers or students estranged from their family.
- Students with an evidenced medical condition or disability who would be unable to study successfully while living in the private rented sector.
What if my course does not start in the autumn term?
If your course starts in February, contact us for advice. We often have rooms available in halls and university-managed properties at this stage so if you contact us from 2 January onwards we may be able to add you to a waiting list. Alternatively we can share information with you to help you find a student house in the private sector.
Where should I live as a mature student?
Students aged 21 and over are classified by the university as mature students. If you are eligible to apply for accommodation but you are not sure that university-managed accommodation is the best fit for you, contact us for advice.
We tend to group students by age so if other mature students have applied we will try, wherever possible, to place you together in one flat. Our university-managed houses are often a popular choice for mature students so if people of a similar age apply we might be able to group you together in a property. University-managed houses tend to be quieter than halls as you are sharing with fewer people.
Alternatively, we can provide information to help you find accommodation in the private rented sector.
Can I apply for quiet accommodation?
We do not currently provide a specific quiet area. You may find that living with fewer people is quieter than living in a block with many others. If this is the case we recommend you choose university-managed houses as one of your preferences in your application. University-managed houses range in size from three to seven bedrooms.
How do I apply for a unihome or unilet?
University-managed houses (unihomes and unilets) are reserved for new students and allocated to students in the same way as halls of residence, so you can apply online and choose university-managed houses as one of your preferences in your application.
If you are not eligible to apply for accommodation or would prefer to live independently, contact us so that we can provide advice and support to help you explore suitable private rented sector options.