A public inquiry to decide whether the University of Sussex’s plans to extend the Falmer campus should be approved or not is to be held in October.
The £500m plans for 4,000 student bedsits and modern academic facilities, in some cases replacing 1960s buildings, were turned down by Brighton and Hove City Council last year.
The inquiry will be held on 20 October at Brighton Town Hall.
The plans were rejected by the council’s planning committee in June as it would be too dense, and would lead to the loss of too many trees (although the council proposed planting hundreds more to compensate).
It also said the accompanying increase in student numbers could have a negative impact on the city’s housing stock.
However, the scheme has been backed by Brighton Kemptown MP Simon Kirby, who says the campus accommodation would ease pressure on Moulsecoomb and Bevendean.
The planning inspector will also hold an informal hearing to decide Brighton College’s appeal against dismissal of its plans to knock down its pool and music rooms and cut down an elm tree to build a new five storey academic building at a date to be confirmed.