My name is Fiona and I am the Accommodation Manager at Welkin Halls.
I work with a great team including Chelsey, the Deputy Accommodation Manager, and Guy, the Estate Maintenance Officer. Working alongside us are dedicated security and cleaning staff. Together we are focussed on ensuring that you enjoy your time in Halls and get the most from your experience whilst staying here.
We are based in Reception, which is where you will collect your keys from on arrival. If you have any questions or issues, please come and chat to us, whether your light has gone out and you need it fixed, you want assistance using the onsite laundry or you want to talk about anything regarding living in Halls – we are here to help!
We know these times are strange, and we want to give you the best possible experience in halls. We will be following the latest Covid-secure government guidance to ensure your new home is safe, secure and a great place to live. Keep an eye out for the Covid signage around halls and on campus for the latest guidance on social distancing, mask wearing and one way systems.
Once you move into your new flat, your flatmates will become a part of your ‘household bubble’. This means that if one of you starts displaying symptoms, you will all need to self-isolate until at least the test results come back. If you, or your flatmate start showing symptoms, there is a process which you need to follow, which can be found below.
You can use this page to learn more about your new home and the services that support it.
We are looking forward to meeting you soon!
Explore Welkin Halls in 360
Set into the stunning South Downs, Welkin is just moments from the countryside and is at the heart of Eastbourne campus.
The onsite laundry makes those very necessary jobs just that little bit easier. You can view the laundry in the above 360.
The hub for all your support, pop-in here to ask questions and report maintenance requests. You can also do that here.
Our friendly Residential Life team at Welkin Halls are here to support you during your time with us, and to create a friendly positive and inclusive environment for you to live in. We know that it may be easier to talk to a fellow student than a member of staff, so each flat is assigned an upper-year Student Residential Advisor (SRA), who will live and work in the accommodation and check in with you regularly throughout the year to say hello. Flat and individual meetings will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams.
The SRAs organise and deliver social events where there’s an opportunity for you to build genuine friendships and have fun. We hope that you will experience a real sense of belonging and that you will quickly feel at home.
You can contact an SRA about any concerns you might have, no matter how big or small. It could be a general question about university, or perhaps a flatmate dispute. You might be concerned about someone you live with, or maybe you are feeling homesick and just want someone to talk to. If an SRA is unable to help you, they will know someone who can.
Watch the video below to meet the team or click here for more information.
A guide to residential life will be waiting in your room when you arrive.
Meet Martin and Amy
The student residential advisor team alongside the residential advisors provide a 24/7 support service everyday of the year.
This support service connects to the wider university support network, you can find more details about this in your bedroom.
For your first term you might be spending less time on campus than planned, but it’s still important to think about how you’re going to get to uni and out and about when you want to, following the Government guidelines to keep safe.
Welkin Halls are a short walk from the Hillbrow buildings and around a 10 minute walk to the Darley Road site, with the Queenwood Library.
Being on the doorstep of the town centre, walking and cycling are great choices for getting around campus and exploring the town. The town centre is about a 25 minute walk or 5-10 cycle from Welkin Halls.
If you’re thinking of bringing your own bike to university, or buying one when you’re here, bikes can be stored in the cycle cages at Welkin Halls. There is cycle parking across the Eastbourne campus, as well as bike pumps and cycle repair kits free to use. Check out where all the facilities on our online map.
In Eastbourne town centre there’s a range of bike hire shops as well as App-Bike, the town’s bike share scheme where you can rent a bike using your phone.
Plan your cycle route using Eastbourne’s online cycle map, follow the blue finger point signage and pick up our bespoke map from the halls reception.
If you need to use public transport, Stagecoach bus 3 or 3a will take you into the town centre from campus from the bus stop on Carlisle road, a few minutes walk from the halls. Use the Stagecoach app to check routes, live bus times and buy tickets.
Eastbourne train station is the closest station and about a 25 minute walk from Welkin halls in Eastbourne town centre.
However you choose to travel it’s really important to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines, as well as the measures which will be in place across the university.
When walking and cycling, maintain a 2m social distance including when waiting at crossings and traffic lights, and take precautions where this isn’t possible. When cycling, please wash or sanitise your hands before and after.
If you travel by public transport, it is a legal requirement to wear a face covering and you should maintain social distancing where possible when travelling, and wash or sanitise your hands regularly.
You’ll find lots more information about travel and transport on the c-change webpages, including details of discounts for students in bike shops and on trains with Trainsplit and Railcards - head there to find out more.
I really hope you’re looking forward to joining us here at the University of Brighton and I look forward to seeing you soon.
In line with advice from the Government for High Education providers, you are encouraged to walk or cycle to campus where possible and to avoid using public transport.
If using public transport in necessary please view and follow the Government advice on safe travel, including the legal requirement to wear a face covering, maintain 2m social distancing where possible and wash or sanitise your hands regularly:
Our Food on Campus service runs 13 cafes and canteens across campuses, giving you loads of options for food and drink in between your studies.
We also have a Click & Collect service running every weekday from 10:30am-3pm from our Food Hubs, so you can enjoy great food from the comfort of your home without having to cook or clean. Order your food now:
Here at Welkin Halls, your closest outlet is Sprinters Canteen, but you also have easy access to Greynore Book&Bean. More information about our menus, outlets and opening times can be found on our outlet finder, stop by for a coffee, meal deal or enjoy a selection of our hot meals, the choice is yours.
Sport Brighton offer services to keep you active, play sport and socialise.
Sport Brighton offer services to keep you active, play sport and a chance to socialise. Whilst this academic year may be a little different due to the current pandemic we are working hard to ensure you can access our services as safely as possible and within the industry and government guidelines. The nature of the situation means that our most up to date information can be found on our website and social media channels. Be sure to follow Sport Brighton online to keep up to date.
A big hello from your Students' Union! We are a supportive, representative, and fully independent charity run by students, for students. We're here to make your student life better.
Whether that’s getting involved with our societies and sports, representing your student voice, providing you with academic advice and support or helping you gain valuable employability skills by working and volunteering with us.
No matter where you're studying, we're always nearby for a friendly chat or advice.
To find out more, visit our website www.brightonsu.com.