Campus accommodation is only available during July, August and September whilst you are studying either on pre-sessional or Intensive English courses. All the rest of the year SCLS is only able to provide homestay host accommodation.
We are unable to provide advice to students on private rented accommodation. Brighton is a difficult city in which to find your own accommodation. If you do manage to find accommodation, please don't be tempted to transfer any sums of money as a 'deposit' for accommodation. It is much better for you to come into homestay at least for your first term so that you can settle into a new way of life in a safe and secure environment. It is a good idea to wait until you become accustomed to the city and become familiar with how the rental market works in the UK.
Please ensure that you arrive in the UK during the weekend before your course starts on the Monday. Delayed arrivals are discouraged. On the first morning of your course, you are expected at the University by 9.00am.
If you are staying with a homestay host family, contact the family either by phone or email once you have your travel arrangements finalised so that they know when you are due to arrive and are at home to welcome you. Alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org with travel details.
Before departure from your country make sure that arrangements have been made to pay tuition fees and accommodation fees by bank transfer. If you intend to pay by credit card, please arrange for the limit on your credit card to be sufficient to cover all tuition and accommodation fees. All payments are to be made on the first day of the course. Students are advised not to arrive in the UK with large amounts of cash.
Bring your passport with you on the first day of your course for scanning in order to comply with the UK Border Agency requirements.
Remember, even during the summer months, the climate can be cool – bring some warm clothing!
Students may open bank accounts if they are here to study for 6 months or more, with an introduction letter produced by Simon Boyle on Reception in the Language Learning Centre.
Ensure that your passport and visa (if required) are valid and will remain valid during your visit to the UK.
It is advisable for students living outside the EU to have private medical insurance.
On arrival in the UK you may be required to register with the police within seven days.
If you arrive at London Gatwick Airport you can travel to Brighton by rail or coach but if you arrive at London Heathrow Airport it is advisable to travel to Brighton by coach. This will avoid travelling across London to reach Victoria Station where the trains leave to come to Brighton. On arrival in Brighton, take a taxi to your homestay host accommodation or a train to Falmer if staying on campus.
The main University website offers a lot of information for International students.