About Lewes

Sussex Downs College has two campuses, one located in the county town of Lewes, and the other campus is located in the vibrant seaside resort of Eastbourne.

Lewes is a historic and safe town perfectly positioned within the beautiful South Downs National Park and the vibrant city of Brighton & Hove. Overlooked by the 1000 year-old castle, Lewes is full of winding streets, independent and boutique shops and cafés.

As Lewes is not a big town students who live in local homestay accommodation can walk to the College. Our students tell us that Lewes is a great place to experience ‘traditional England’, that they feel safe here and that it’s the ideal study environment.

Click here to find out what our students say about studying here.


How to find the Lewes campus


The Lewes Campus is served by a number of bus routes from Brighton, Tunbridge Wells, Newick, Peacehaven, Barcombe, Alfriston, Eastbourne, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill. Routes 28 and 29 are run by Brighton and Hove buses. They also provide Bus IDs that give students discounts on bus travel. Visit the East Sussex County Council website* for all other bus times and travel information.


Lewes railway station is close by the Lewes campus of Sussex Downs College and connects with a range of major destinations including trains to Brighton, Eastbourne, Hastings and London. Visit the National Rail website* or call 0845 748 4950 for enquiries.

Parking at the College

As part of our commitment to the environment, we strongly recommend that students and visitors travel by public transport, by bicycle or on foot. Parking at the College is limited, and we cannot guarantee a parking space for you. Please check the guidelines below to ensure a safe campus for all students, staff and visitors:



Concessionary Travel Schemes for students

Freedom and Pathfinder bus tickets provide pupils and students with unlimited bus travel on most routes within East Sussex.

The Sussex Student Card is a scheme for students aged 16 or over living in East and West Sussex or Brighton and Hove who attend a sixth form or further education college. For more information, see the Southern Rail website* or the Surrey Student Transport Partnership website*.

Travel Information Websites*

*Sussex Downs College is not responsible for the content of or services provided by external websites or companies.

..Cliffe Building, Ground Floor
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..Southover Building, All Floors
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..Cliffe Building, First Floor
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..Cliffe Building, Second Floor
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..Firle House, All Floors
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