Study in Brighton – the happiest city in England for students – with 93% of University of Sussex and University of Brighton students surveyed saying they’re ‘very happy’ with their education and city life (Student Living by Sodexo survey).

Life in Brighton - the happiest city in England for students

Brighton’s a vibrant place with so much to do. There’s loads of stuff geared around students.”Molly RayMer
English and Art History BA


One of the top-10 city beach destinations in the world (Lonely Planet), Brighton’s seafront is the ideal place to soak up the sun in the summer, or take bracing walks to clear your head on winter days.

Along the prom you’ll find cafés, bars and nightclubs, as well as beach and water sports.

Brighton beach with Brighton pier


When the sun goes down Brighton comes into its own.

Ranked by students as the top university in the south of England for student nightlife (Which? University Student Survey 2016), Brighton has some of the best club nights in the country.

Brighton festival


Music is a way of life in Brighton. Walk around the city and you might bump into Rizzle Kicks, Adele or Royal Blood, legends who’ve found a home in this unique location.

With an estimated 500 bands in the city, and gigs every night of the week, you’re bound to find something for you.

Internationally, the city is known for The Great Escape, the UK’s leading showcase for new music, featuring hundreds of bands in over 30 venues in a three-day event.

Other music festivals include:

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Throughout May the city hosts England’s biggest arts festival. Brighton Festival features theatre, music, art and visual media by leading names from around the world.

And all year round there are plays, art exhibitions, gigs and events at many of the theatres, pubs, museums and galleries in the city.

Brighton is a hub for the performing arts. Venues range from small theatres above pubs to The Theatre Royal, featuring West End productions.

Brighton is also home to the Duke of York’s Picture House, an art house cinema, which is claimed to be the oldest in the country. There are also two multiplex cinemas in the city.

Other major arts events include:

Students by the Royal Pavilion in Brighton


Brighton is crammed with cafés restaurants and coffee shops. Whether you want to dine in style or grab a cheap deal, take afternoon tea or try an award-winning curry, you’ll find something to suit your taste and your budget.

Brighton also has some of the best vegetarian restaurants in the country.

Royal Pavilion in Brighton


Like most city centres, Brighton has the usual high street stores. But it’s the independent shops and flea markets that make it a unique shopping destination and a great place to browse.

The Lanes is a maze of alleyways crammed with antique jewellery shops and quirky boutiques; or you could head over to North Laine for one of the largest selections of independent shops on the south coast.

Here you’ll find anything from 50s kitsch to vintage fashion, architectural salvage to vegetarian shoes.

Shoppers walking through the lanes in Brighton city centre


If you’re the sporty type, or just a spectator, the city has plenty of opportunities to get involved:

  • The Amex Stadium, home to Brighton and Hove Albion FC, is located across the road from campus. The club will be playing in the Premier League from August 2017.
  • Sussex County Cricket Club 
  • The Brighton Marathon. Join 18,000 other runners through the streets of Brighton. There’s also a half marathon in February
  • London to Brighton Bike Ride – 30,000 cyclists complete the 50-mile course from the capital to Brighton.

The seafront is also a great place to get active, with sea swimming, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, sailing and paddle boarding.

Sport at Sussex: On your marks

Our campus also has fantastic sports facilities and lots of teams to get involved with.

International diversity

Grab some Mexican street food, try Pan-Asian fine dining or buy ingredients from an Afro-Caribbean or Asian supermarket.

Brighton's international community and culture means you are never far from home comforts or trying something new. Find out about life in Brighton as an international student

You can go to a range of events that celebrate Brighton's diversity, including:

  • CINECITY, which showcases films from all over the globe
  • festivals such as The Costume Games, which celebrate individual countries and cultures
  • Brighton’s range of expat groups, which host formal and informal events.

There are also three mosques and an Islamic centre, Catholic and Anglican Churches, a Buddhist centre, four synagogues, and Greek and Coptic Orthodox churches in Brighton and the local area.

Brighton - one of the world’s top 10 destinations on the rise.”Tripadvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2016

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