30 Things Everyone Who Went To University Of Sussex Will Remember

You won’t remember Coca-Cola or Nestle products from your university days, that’s for sure.

1. Hearing the rumour that the campus was supposed to look like a cat from the air.

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You’re still not sure whether it did or not…

2. These sandwich-thieving bastards waking you up every morning.


The campus wasn’t even THAT near the sea.

3. There was someone with this haircut in every seminar.

4. You spent a lot of your time riding the 25 bus between campus and Brighton.

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It was particularly lively on the way back from a night out.



You might get on 50% of the time with a fiver. Oh, you’ve only got a tenner? Better start walking.

6. You could always take the train to Falmer Station instead…

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If you didn’t mind paying £5 for a return ticket.

7. You never actually bought The Argus, but the billboards made great souvenirs from a night out.

Great Brighton Argus headline from just before Christmas via @FredPipes

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8. Everyone had at least one drunken group photo in front of this concrete sign.

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A fixture on every Facebook profile.

9. The campus was full of 1960s buildings… that were actually kind of cool.

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10. In fact, the campus was just lovely. Especially in the summer.

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11. …And the autumn.

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12. …And the spring.

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13. And even in the winter.

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14. And when things got a bit too much, you were three minutes walk from some amazing countryside.

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Stanmer Park, and then into the South Downs national park, as far as the eye could see.

15. There were also plenty of raves to go to in the woods behind Lewes Court.

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16. Otherwise, you could always rely on East Slope for a good time.

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17. As long as that good time didn’t involve Coca-Cola. This stuff was contraband.

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Because a Colombian bottling plant trade union called for a boycott. Nestle products were also off limits.

18. As nice as campus was, the real fun was in Brighton.

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19. But not at Oceana.

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20. For a small city Brighton has a ridiculously high number of excellent pubs.

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The Basketmakers Arms, the Hand in Hand, the Prince Albert, the Heart and Hand, the Great Eastern, the St James, the Pull and Pump, the Gladstone, the Druids Arms, the Constant Service, the Bear, the Bees Mouth, the Temple Bar, the Robin Hood, the Lion and Lobster, the Devonshire, the Waggon and Horses, the Mash Tun… barely scratching the surface.

21. But you sometimes wondered how one city could be so windy.

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22. You knew at least one person who lived up Elm Grove, and you dreaded the hike up the hill to visit them.

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“Hey, why don’t you come over to my place today instead?”

23. On campus it seemed like there’d be a protest every week.

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Probably because management kept trying to close down bits of the university.

24. And even when there wasn’t, you still couldn’t walk through Library Square without being given a flyer by one group or another.

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25. The student union had meetings which hundreds of people actually attended.

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26. You probably went to the Palace Pier once in your first year, before quickly realising it was a tourist trap.

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27. The West Pier was the Best Pier, the perfect backdrop for beach barbecues at sunset.


28. Despite technically living in ‘Brighton and Hove’ you never really went to Hove much while you were at uni…

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29. …but now you’ve left half of the people you know who stayed in the city live there.

30. You’ve probably moved out of Brighton. But every time you come back to visit, it makes you smile.

Even though you’re one of those annoying tourists now.

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