Described by Lonely Planet as "one of England's gems", and often referred to as "London-by-Sea", our host city of Brighton and Hove is lively and cosmopolitan, with a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. Our campus nestles in the nearby South Downs National Park.
Brighton is home to one of the UK's most popular beaches – a place to hang out with friends, play sport, eat and drink, or just relax.
The vibrant seafront has an artists' quarter, sports venues, lagoon, pier and marina, as well as a host of bars, cafés and clubs, providing a perfect counter-balance to your academic endeavours.
Brighton is home to some of the UK's most thriving creative industries and its residents have a passion for the arts. In May each year, the city hosts the Brighton Festival & Brighton Fringe – England's largest arts festival. Now more than 40 years old, this brings together film, theatre, dance, comedy, literature, music, street performances and art.
Brighton is a delight for shoppers. Whatever your style, there is a shopping area for you. You can find jewellery and chic designer labels in the 17th-century Lanes, vintage clothing and unique gifts in the North Laine, or high-street favourites at the Churchill Square and Brighton Marina malls.
If you need a break from shopping, you can relax with your laptop in one of the city's quirky coffee shops. Brighton is one of Europe's top cities for WiFi and you'll never be more than 5 minutes away from free wireless access.
People often say Brighton has a London culture and the nightlife reflects this, offering something for everyone. The city has many theatres, galleries, cinemas, fashionable bars, live music and comedy, as well as some of the UK's most popular nightclubs. Brighton is also great for dining. Brimming with over 400 restaurants (more per resident than anywhere in the UK outside London), it's easy to find great food and there are plenty of options if you're on a budget.
Although the weather in Brighton (like the rest of Britain) is variable, Sussex enjoys more hours of sunshine annually than anywhere else in the UK. Average daytime temperatures range from 5-10°C in winter to 20-25°C in summer.
Brighton has a high business start-up rate, a large number of freelancers and a greater proportion of graduates choose to remain in the city than in any other in the UK. With all of the above, it's no surprise that people in Brighton have a positive outlook and feel lucky to live in the city, which was recently voted one of the ten happiest in the UK. The quality of life has always attracted creative and innovative people.
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