The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer support scheme coordinated by the Students’ Union that aims to help new students settle in to life at University and Brighton.

The Students’ Union Buddy Scheme helps Sussex students to connect with other students. It is a peer to peer support scheme that provides students with pastoral support and is open to all students at The University of Sussex.

The Buddy Scheme works by matching current Sussex students (Buddy Scheme Volunteers) with students who are either new to Sussex or would like to meet more people (Buddy Scheme Members or Sign-Ups), based on their preferences, such as interests, course, and language.

Buddy Scheme Volunteers (Buddies) provide support by regularly keeping in touch (online and/or in-person) to check in with their matched sign-up and find out how they are getting on, by sharing their experiences and tips. Our Buddies aren’t trained counsellors but they will also be able to signpost their matched participants to Students’ Union and University services should they need them.

The scheme offers all Sussex students the opportunity to make new friends and be a part of something that celebrates diversity in an informal, fun and sociable way. We offer a series of exclusive events for Buddies to enjoy.

"It made me so much more comfortable arriving here knowing that there was someone at the university who I've talked to and who could help me out. The trips have been so helpful, because they've gotten me off campus and given me the opportunity to do things I wouldn't have done otherwise (most of the trips would have been too expensive for me to feel they were worth it otherwise). Finally, I've met my very best friend here through the Buddy Scheme. My experience here would have been very different without her, so I appreciate that."