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Institute of Development Studies, Library Road, Brighton, BN1 9RE, UK

How to get to IDS

The Institute of Development Studies is based at the University of Sussex

With the South Downs National Park on our doorstep, we’re well-served by train, bus and road while cycling is also popular. We are nine minutes from Brighton, an hour from London and 30 minutes away from an international airport.

By Train

You can reach IDS directly from Brighton Station and Lewes Station. Falmer Station is directly opposite the campus. You can walk to the campus from the station through a subway under the A27. Follow signs for the University of Sussex (the University of Brighton also has a campus at Falmer).

You can get from Brighton to Falmer in nine minutes by train. Four trains per hour go to Falmer during the day. If you are travelling from London and the west, take a train to Brighton and change there for Falmer.

The journey time from London to Brighton is just under an hour. You can also change at Lewes for Falmer, if you are coming from the east.

By Car

The Institute is at Falmer on the A27 between Brighton and Lewes, about four miles (six kilometres) from the centre of Brighton.

Follow signs for the University of Sussex, which is on the north side of the A27. The University of Brighton also has a campus at Falmer, on the south side of the A27.

If you are coming from London and the north, take the M23/A23 road towards Brighton. Before you enter Brighton, join the A27 eastbound signposting Lewes. If you’re travelling from the east or west take the A27 direct to the University.

By Bus

The 23, 25, 25X, 28 and 29 buses run between the centre of Brighton and the campus.

The 25 buses run from Palmeira Square in Hove, through Churchill Square and the Old Steine in Brighton, into the campus.

The 23 route runs from Brighton Marina in the east, through Hanover, into the campus.

The 28 and 29 go from Churchill Square and stop outside the University campus.

Some 5B (Hollingbury) and 50 (Hollingdean) buses also run to the campus.

By Bike

If you’re a cyclist, you can benefit from purpose-built bike lanes along Lewes Road connecting the University to the centre of Brighton.

It takes about 25 minutes to cycle to the campus from Brighton.

Accessible routes

There is a step-free route into the IDS building. This is located at the front of the building. You can use the what3words location-based address system to locate it. The what3words address refers to a three-metre square location. Click the link below or enter the three words into the free what3words app to find it:

There is also a step-free entrance to the IDS Bar and Kitchen located at:

For full information on the route and building, visit the accessibility information page.