University Clearing 2023
If you’ve taken A-levels, we're normally looking for:
- First-year entry: from BBC upwards
- Foundation Years: from DDD upwards
If you've achieved our entry requirements, phone us on +44 (0)1273 007820.
Speak to our Admissions team on +44 (0)1273 007820.
You can call us weekdays between 10am and 4pm.
(Our phone lines will be closed on Monday 28 August for the bank holiday).
How to apply
- Check your clearing status in UCAS Hub
- Explore our Clearing places for UK students or international students
- Call the Sussex Clearing Team on +44 (0)1273 007820, from 8am on Thursday 17 August
- If you are applying with three A-levels and meet our entry requirements you can apply online from 8am on Thursday 17 August – check our course requirements
- If we make you an offer, you can accept it using UCAS Hub
- We will send you details of how to apply for accommodation once your offer has been confirmed.
Further information in this section:
- accommodation for Clearing students at Sussex
- key dates for Clearing 2023
- help and guidance for Clearing students
- student life at Sussex
- hear from our students who came through Clearing.
Key dates for Clearing 2023
If you apply for a university course after 30 June 2023, you'll automatically be entered into Clearing. Clearing 2023 opened in July 2023. Key dates for your diary include:
- International Baccalaureate, BTEC, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and other international qualifications and vocational courses: Clearing is open as soon as you have your results from the 5 July 2023
- A-level results: Clearing opens on 17 August 2023.
Find your space at Sussex
- Video transcript
If you're gonna love me now, you're gonna love me tomorrow.
The best thing about Sussex is you will find someone like you.
Take a chance, get involved.
When you see the number of societies available. You'll be shocked.
I made all my friends through salsa.
Everyone's here to make the world a better place.
University is meant to be a home. That's what Sussex is for me.
My goodness! Someone help me.
Help and guidance
How to survive Clearing
- Video transcript
I had a feeling that I hadn’t done that well in my A-levels.
It is quite an emotional day because some people are so happy and it was quite upsetting.
So, I made the call to Sussex.
Did you call them first?
Yes, and straight away I sorted it out.
And then, that same day I came to Sussex looked around the campus because I had not been before, absolutely loved it and just felt so welcome.
When you go to a campus and you get a good vibe and feel like you fit in...that’s what I felt at Sussex.
Two weeks before results day I decided I needed to start doing my research.
How does Clearing work? Which universities are offering clearing spaces?
So, I was looking through individual university websites, UCAS as well. Who offers Philosophy?
I knew Sussex was a good university. Some of my friends had been there the year before.
And they had a really good experience.
I looked at their Philosophy course and it was really good.
Then on results day I saw I hadn’t got into my first choice, cried for about five minutes, then I thought, “OK, cool. I’m over it now.”
I couldn’t get through for the first ten minutes because it was so busy but I didn’t panic.
I just waited a bit, left it for 15 minutes and then called back, got through and the lady was really lovely.
She explained to me that I couldn’t get on to my chosen course with the grades I had but I could get on to the foundation course.
So, I just said, “Yeah, let’s do it!” That was it!
I literally prepared myself for it to be so hard...it was so easy.
What do you think your life would have been like if you didn’t go to Sussex and hadn’t taken that step to go through Clearing?
I honestly have no idea. I couldn’t imagine not going to Sussex and not living in Brighton.
Brighton has become my favourite place in the UK, hands down.
It’s got the sea. It’s got the countryside; just past Sussex and you’ve also got city life.
And great teaching as well, what more could you want?
I feel like I’ve grown massively. Having gone through that process you have to grow up quite quickly when you go through Clearing as you have to make decisions and you need to know what you want.
At the time it seems like such a big deal, so scary, but everything works out.
What is university Clearing
Find out about the Clearing process
Our guide to Clearing
See our tips for applying for a place at university through Clearing
Clearing for international students
Follow our advice for applying through Clearing as an international student
Accommodation at Sussex
Once you accept your Clearing offer and are placed at the University, you will receive a link to register for our accommodation waiting list.
If university-managed accommodation is not available, our Housing team can offer expert guidance on finding suitable accommodation from the private rental market in Brighton and Hove and the surrounding areas.
Explore our campus
Could there be a better place to be a student than our beautiful campus? Nestled in the South Downs National Park, we’re just nine minutes from one of the UK’s most iconic cities and the sea.
To get a picture of life on our campus and the excitement of being in the city of Brighton, take our virtual tour.
Get a taste of life at Sussex by exploring our campus on a guided tour.
Hear from students who came through Clearing
If plans for applying to your chosen university change, don't panic. Read some of our students' stories about how they found the Clearing experience and how they secured a place at Sussex.
Uni checklist: How to choose a university
Before you choose a university, check it has everything a university should have:
Was it founded in the year of progress?
We were founded in 1961 when humanity went to space and hatchbacks were on the streets.
Find out more about us.
Is it nine minutes from Brighton?
We're located just nine minutes from Brighton & Hove and zero minutes from the South Downs National Park.
Discover more about our location.
Does it have iconic architecture?
Our students have posed next to our concrete University of Sussex sign for decades.
Our 60-year-old architecture remains as beautiful as it did on day one - and some of our buildings are Grade I listed.
We also have our very own arts centre named after our former Chancellor Lord Richard Attenborough.
Read more about our architecture.
Is it working with robots to create future technologies?
Our Future Technologies Lab is teaching future workers about robotics and other developing technologies.
Explore our research.
Does its students stand up for what they believe in?
Studying at Sussex is about more than just the classroom – you'll be encouraged to push yourself, explore new ideas and stand up for what you believe in. Our staff have also included three nobel prize winners.
Read about our inspiring community.
Does it have an ever growing list of societies?
Our Students' Union has more than 200 societies and sport clubs for you to choose from.
Find out more about our Students' Union.
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