Join the Buddy Scheme today!

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

Starting at University can be daunting, whether it’s leaving the family home, moving to a busy city like Brighton, or moving country altogether! Getting used to a new way of life is exciting but can leave some students feeling a bit isolated. The Buddy Scheme exists to help and support new students.

Throughout term-time we run events for Buddy Scheme members to do something fun and different with each other and allow them to meet others on the scheme. The events are subsidised by the Buddy Scheme to make them cheaper and affordable.

The scheme matches current students (Buddy Volunteers) with new students as they have lots of tips and useful information about university and Brighton which is really valuable to new students. Current students have been through it already and can identify with new students’ experiences, acting as the “go to” person for any questions they may have.

- Please apply below
- Students are matched depending on the preferences set in their application form.
- If you have a Sussex email address, we kindly ask that you use this when applying to the Buddy Scheme. We will communicate with you by email so please don’t forget to check your inbox!

The Buddy Scheme is open to every student at Sussex and you can apply at any point during the academic year up until March.

Please note you are signing up for the academic year 2019/2020.

Buddy Scheme

Apply below to become a Buddy Scheme Participant

Buddy Scheme Volunteers are here to be a friendly face and to help new students settle in to 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, mature student or undergraduate student. You don’t have to be a first year to have a Buddy either, anyone who feels like they could do with some support are welcome to join the scheme.

Buddy Scheme staff are here to help with any questions you may have regarding the scheme. If you are unhappy with your buddy, you can request to be re-matched with someone else by contacting the team.

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Apply below to become a Buddy Scheme Volunteer

Buddy Scheme Volunteers provide peer support for their assigned new students and help them settle into life at Sussex using their experience and knowledge of University life and the local area. They give practical information, answer initial questions and direct them to other relevant student services.

Buddy Scheme Volunteers are expected to commit to at least one hour a week to each buddy. This can be through messaging online or meeting up in person. Volunteers MUST contact their buddy and make themselves available to them. If there are any issues or the time commitment becomes too much, you must let the Buddy Scheme staff know and new matches can be made.

Please click here for the full role description.

There will be ongoing support for Buddy Scheme Volunteers from the Buddy Scheme staff who are there to help if needed and to ensure that they are fulfilling their role and are supported. Volunteers will be required to complete online training that will not take long and is designed to ensure that they are confident in their role as a Buddy Scheme Volunteer.

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