Visiting IDS

The Institute of Development Studies is situated on the University of Sussex (UoS) campus, which is conveniently located on the outskirts of Brighton on the south coast of England. The campus is nine minutes by train from Brighton, 40 minutes from Gatwick international airport and just over an hour away from London.

Where to stay 

Information on local hotels, including how to access discounted hotel rates, for your stay as a visitor to IDS is available on the University of Sussex website

A limited number of single room accommodation on site at IDS is also available.

How to find us

Google map location of IDS
University of Sussex campus map

Use the links below for details on reaching the University of Sussex campus if you are travelling by:

Train       Coach      Bus       Car     Taxi      Air      Sea      Channel Tunnel

Useful travel and transport websites

By Train

Book through to Falmer railway station. The station is immediately opposite the University of Sussex campus entrance. Some trains on the East Coastway line east of Brighton run direct to Falmer, but travellers from London and on most other lines will need to change at Brighton or Lewes. Falmer station is well served by frequent local trains from Brighton and Lewes (about eight minutes from either direction) which run until about midnight.

  • Enquiries (train times nationwide) - 08457 484950
  • For further information and timetables, see the Network Rail website

By Coach

Coaches to Brighton leave Victoria every 90 minutes from 09:00 hours. The journey takes around 1 hour 45 minutes. The coach arrives in Brighton Pool Valley bus station and you can then take a bus to the campus from the Old Steine (approx. 100 metres' walk). Alternatively take a taxi.

By Bus

Bus numbers 28, 29, 29A, 29B and 29C travel between Brighton (Old Steine) and Lewes and stop outside the University campus; bus number 23 and 25 runs between Brighton (Churchill Square and Old Steine) and the University and comes onto the campus.

By Car

The University campus is on the main A27 road between Brighton and Lewes, about four miles (six kilometres) from the centre of Brighton and the same distance from Lewes. Visitors driving from London should take the M23/A23, coming off at Patcham to join the A27 eastbound towards Lewes. Drivers from the West should take the A27 direct to the University; from the East they should go to Lewes and follow the signs for Brighton. Visitors may use any of the designated car parks but should note that the car parks are open and unattended. Cars should be locked and objects of value should not be left in them.

By Taxi

Taxis are available at Brighton and Lewes railway stations and in central Brighton, but please note that there is no taxi service at Falmer station. It is about four miles (six kilometres) from the centre of Brighton to the University of Sussex; due to traffic congestion it can often be quicker to take the train.

By Air

If there is a choice of airport, it is advisable to fly to London (Gatwick) since it is closer to the University than London (Heathrow), and has better transport links to Falmer.

From Gatwick take the train to Brighton or Lewes and change for Falmer.

From Heathrow take the Underground (London Transport) to Victoria railway station and then take the train to Brighton or Lewes and on to Falmer; or take the airport bus to Gatwick and go on by train from there. Coaches (numbers JL747 or EXG23) run from both Gatwick and Heathrow Airports to the centre of Brighton. This is a good option from Heathrow if you have lots of luggage.

By Sea

From Newhaven, take the train direct to Falmer. From Portsmouth or Southampton, take the train to Brighton and change there for Falmer. From all other ports, take the train to London and travel from London Victoria Station via Brighton or Lewes.

Channel Tunnel

Eurostar operates train services to and from continental Europe via the Channel Tunnel. There is a passenger terminal at Ashford, but it is easier to carry on to London St. Pancras Railway Station. From St. Pancras take the First Capital Connect train to Brighton Station and then the train to Falmer.

Useful travel and transport websites

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