Following requests for a Students' Union from its students, Brighton Student's Union partnered with Sussex Downs College in January 2017 in order to provide you access to all of our social and participatory activities. We are now the Students' Union for all Higher Education students at Sussex Downs College Lewes and Eastbourne.


As an associate member of Brighton Students' Union, you now have access to funding, support and social activities. These include...


A society is a group of students who get together because of a shared interest, and recieve funding and support from the Students' Union.

There are over a hundred societies already running, so have a look at what's already there, and get in touch with the society leader if you want to join.

You can also easily set your own society up if you want - this could be a group for your course, a sport, a hobby, something arty, anything you want! You only need three students to start a society, then you'll get access to BSU support and can bid for money to run events or trips.


You are entitiled to join any volunteering activities running at the Students' Union. We can also provide support if you'd like to set up a new volunteering scheme - for instance, some Northbrook College students are volunteering and fundraising to help build a school in Africa!


The Students' Union have money specifically for course-enriching activities for Sussex Downs students. This can be spent on things like:

  • Having a guest speaker visit the college
  • Supporting a class trip to a course-related conference, museum or event

We can, for instance, pay for your travel if you pay the entrance fee.

Please drop us an email or pop in if you have an idea for something you'd like us to support!

Find out more and apply here.


Course Reps are the essential link between students and the college. They collect views from others on their course, and then share these with staff so the course be developed and improved.

The Students' Union provides training for all Course Reps, and offer ongoing support if you have any questions or ideas. Course Reps will also be part of the end-of-year course rep survey, and will receive a certificate acknowledging their work and acheivement.

Training took place on:

Lewes: Wednesday 1st March 12-13.30; LC220, Sussex Downs College Lewes Campus. 

Eastbourne: Thursday 9th March 12-13.30; Eastbourne Corporation Room, Tyler House, Sussex Downs College Eastbourne Campus.


Hopefully you won't experience any problems which affect your studying or your grades. However, if things do go wrong, the SU Support Service are there to help. They are independent, free, impartial and non-judgemental, and there to provide help when you need it most. This includes extensions and mitigating circumstances, accusations of academic misconduct (e.g. plagiarism), disciplinary problems and supporting appeals.

If you think you might need their help, get in touch ASAP - the sooner you speak to them, the better they can help you. 

SUSS is only available to those on University of Brighton validated courses, as their advice is tailored to this University's procedures. Students on HNC/D courses (engineering, health and social care, hospitality) have alternative examining bodies so unfortunately can't access our Support Service's advice.


You now have a member of staff dedicated to supporting the development of Sussex Downs Students' Union. You can contact Caroline via email, Facebook or face-to-face - the Students' Union office is in the foyer of Cliffe Building, Lewes Campus on the left hand side; usually open Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Like us on Facebook

We'll keep the Sussex Downs Students' Union Facebook page up-to-date with what's going on, share new developments and help support you as an online community.

Visit us

There is a Students' Union office in the Cliffe Building of Lewes Campus, on the left hand side of the foyer.

You can visit any campus office at the University of Brighton - there is a campus office on the University of Brighton site in Eastbourne, and Falmer is the nearest site to Lewes.

Falmer SU reception provides NUS Extra cards, ticket sales for Brighton SU entertainment events, fax and photocopying facilities, clubs & societies Information. Societies and clubs may also hold meetings here by prior arrangement - contact Trudy (Falmer Campus Organiser.)

Eastbourne SU reception provides NUS Extra cards, ticket sales for Brighton SU entertainment events, fax and photocopying facilities, clubs & societies Information. Societies and clubs may also hold meetings here by prior arrangement - contact Di or Nigel (Eastbourne Campus Organisers).

T: 01273 643816
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Address: University of Brighton Students' Union, Bishopsbourne, 32 Carlisle Road, Eastbourne, BN20 7SP (Map and directions)
Opening times: 10am - 4pm Mon-Fri (Term time only)


We have a team of five students/graduates who were elected by University of Brighton students to be your full-time Student Officer team. You can get in touch with any of the elected officers by email, Facebook or visiting them in their Moulsecoomb office.

VP Campus Development Cat Bach