Join the Buddy Scheme for next year!

The Buddy Scheme is a peer to peer support scheme that helps students to adjust into life at University and Brighton. 

Being a member of the Buddy Scheme has lots of benefits, it will help you to meet new people, make new friends and try something new on our trips, activities, and events. 

We match current Sussex students (Buddy Scheme Volunteers) with students who are new to Sussex or would like a helping hand (Buddy Scheme Participants), based on their preferences, such as interests, course, and language.

We feel that it is more meaningful for students to be matched with a peer who knows what it is like to be a student at Sussex and can identify with other students’ experiences. 

It is a flexible, informal scheme that works around you!

Take your first step to new connections by joining the Buddy Scheme.

Buddy Scheme

Join the Buddy Scheme as a participant to be matched with a Buddy Scheme Volunteer.

By signing up as a Buddy Scheme Participant you will be matched with another student based on your preference who will be there to help you to make the most of your time here. Our Buddy Scheme Volunteers are here to be a friendly face and to help you settle into life at Sussex. They will share their tips and knowledge about university and the local area, from how to get cheaper travel to where’s the best cafe in town. You can meet up or chat online, whatever suits you best.

The Buddy Scheme is open to anyone - whether you are an international student, a student who is the first in their family to go to university, a postgraduate student, a mature student or an undergraduate student. 

Matching will begin on the 13th of August 2020 (A-Level Results Day)

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Become a Buddy Scheme Volunteer to support new students.

Sign up to become a Buddy Scheme Volunteer to provide peer support to your assigned new students and help them settle into life at Sussex using your experience and knowledge of University life and the local area. You can give them give practical information, answer initial questions and direct them to other relevant student services.

Please click here for the full role description.

Why volunteer as a Buddy?

  • Gain excellent CV boosting skills including; mentoring, problem solving, leadership, communication, team-work and citizenship 
  • For the chance to be awarded as Buddy Scheme Volunteer of the Year at our annual Student Award Ceremony
  • Build confidence by taking on a leadership role and supporting students 
  • Benefit from free and low-cost events 
  • Reference and certificate from the Buddy Scheme upon completion of the scheme 
  • Meet new people from different backgrounds and life experiences- making friends is what we're all about!

Matching will begin on the 13th of August 2020 (A-Level Results Day).

Apply Now