Join the Buddy Scheme

The Sussex Buddy Scheme helps Sussex students to connect with other students. It is a peer to peer support scheme that is open to all students at The University of Sussex.

We recognise that it is a really difficult time for many of our students, the pandemic has affected student life in many ways, especially those who have to isolate or are new to Sussex and are unable to meet many people and make friends. 

As part of the scheme, we pair students with other students who will get in touch for weekly phone or video calls, providing some social contact and the chance to make a new friend.

How does it work? 

We will match current Sussex students (Buddies) with students who are either new to Sussex or would like to meet more people (Buddy Scheme Participants), based on their preferences, such as interests, course, and language.

Our Buddies contact their matched students to check in with them and find out how they are getting on. Buddies aren’t trained counsellors but are students who may be studying on a similar course or have similar interests. They will also be able to signpost their buddies to Students’ Union and University services should you need them.

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Sign up for a Buddy


By signing up as a Buddy Scheme Participant you will be paired up  with another student (Buddy) based on your preferences who will contact you a couple times a week to chat and check in how you're getting on.

Our Buddies 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 life in Brighton. 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.

If you are a new student at Sussex or feeling isolated because of the pandemic, or would just like to make a new friend, then this scheme is for you!

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Sign up to be a Buddy


We’re looking for students to become Buddies, who’d be happy to call or message a small number of students once or twice a week. You’d be there to provide a friendly ear and to check on how they’re getting on.

You can use your experiences and knowledge of university life and the local area to help answer their questions. We wouldn’t expect you to act as a counsellor and have lots of services you can signpost them to should they need it.

We will provide you with online training and also have Students’ Union staff on hand to support you with the role.

As many students starting University are feeling isolated from normal life at Sussex and lonely due to a lack of interaction during the pandemic, your role as a Buddy is more vitally important than ever, and can really make a difference to a student's life at University.

Please click here for the full role description.

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