$711M Overhaul Brings 2,100-Bed Student Village at the University of Sussex

The University of Sussex in Brighton, U.K. plans a 2,100-bed student village as part of a $711 million renovation project of its campus.

Brighton, U.K.—The University of Sussex recently announced plans to triple the amount of student housing on its East Slope site. The new student village will make room for more than 2,000 students to live on the university campus at Falmer.

University of Sussex Campus - project rendering

University of Sussex Campus – project rendering

As part of a $711 million investment to improve and upgrade the campus, the new development will feature a blend of town homes and flats, 2,100 student bedrooms to replace 590 outdated units, communal areas such as kitchens, common rooms and laundry space, secure cycle parking for all residents and new student facilities for studying, socializing and events. The campus redevelopment project is expected to generate around 2400 new permanent jobs, as the university is one of the largest employers in the area.

“We want to provide the best facilities for our students and staff so that we can continue to undertake life-changing research and bring all the benefits of being an internationally recognized educational institution to the Brighton region,” said John Duffy, registrar & secretary at University of Sussex, in prepared remarks.

The new buildings are designed to enhance the vision of the campus’ founding architect, Sir Basil Spence, maintaining the features of the unique landscape setting within the South Downs.

University of Sussex Campus - project rendering

University of Sussex Campus – project rendering

“The University has been working closely with local residents and businesses, Brighton & Hove City Council, Historic England and other local bodies, as well as our own students, to ensure that we take into account their views.  We are hosting a number of public information days to give people a chance to look at our plans and discuss their thoughts,” Duffy added.

The project is still in the review and approval stages, but construction on the site is expected to begin in January 2017. The first phase is scheduled for completion in fall 2018, and the student village should welcome its first residents by 2020.

Renderings via University of Sussex