Live in Brighton, a city that excites
Creative and vibrant
As an International Study Centre student, you’ll benefit from living in Brighton, one of the UK’s most creative and vibrant cities. The University of Sussex is just nine minutes by train from Brighton, making visits to the city centre easy and accessible.
The city is famous for its beautiful seafront, unique shops and markets, and thriving music and art scenes. Each year, millions of inquisitive tourists and open-minded individuals visit this inspirational city to experience its friendly and creative atmosphere.
Brighton is easily accessible from both campus, London and local airports:
- Campus to Brighton: 10 minutes by train
- Brighton to Gatwick Airport: 30 minutes by train
- Brighton to central London: 1 hour by train.
Brighton’s famous pebble beach is perfect for meeting up with friends for fish and chips, or enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. You can also have a go at different sports, such as volleyball and stand-up paddle boarding.
Historical Victorian pier
Brighton’s pier dates back to 1899, and it is full of Victorian charm. Here you can have hours of fun enjoying colourful fairground rides, souvenir shops, games arcades and food stalls serving warm doughnuts.
The Royal Pavilion is a top visitor attraction, and an instantly recognisable symbol of Brighton. The original building was transformed in the 1820s by George IV, to become the exotic Indian palace we see today. You can go on a tour of the Pavilion to discover its flamboyant interiors, with gilded dragons, carved palmed trees and imitation bamboo staircases.
The Lanes are home to countless independent cafés, restaurants and shops, selling everything from unique jewellery and modern art to musical instruments and quirky antiques. You will be spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out – from traditional afternoon tea, delicious Italian ice-cream and gelato, or bangers and mash in a traditional British pub.
Enjoy great festivals
Creativity is celebrated in Brighton throughout the year with colourful art, comedy, music, film and food festivals. Each May the city comes alive with music, theatre, dance, circus, art, film and literature performances as part of the Brighton Festival – the biggest arts festival in England.
Brighton is surrounded by the South Downs National Park. This means that you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy stunning views and go for peaceful walks. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can also try hiking, mountain biking or even paragliding.
“I like Brighton because it has many international restaurants and the pier. There are lots of things to do. Also, it’s very near to London.”
Zoey from China
International Foundation Year in Business, Management and Economics
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