Areas to live in and around Brighton

Find out where to live in and around Brighton & Hove – and how to get to campus by public transport.

Students walking over the South Downs at the University of Sussex

Transport links from around Brighton

When looking in the private sector many students will choose to live close to public transport that has easy access to the University campus in Falmer.

Local buses

The 23, 25, 28 and 29 buses run between the centre of Brighton and the University, bringing you directly to campus.

The number 25 bus route runs from Hove, covering areas to the west of the city and travelling through central Brighton to the campus. The number 23 bus route runs from the Brighton Marina covering areas to the east of the city and travelling through central Brighton to the campus. Travel time is up to 50 minutes from the furthest destination but shorter, the closer you are to the University.

The 28 and 29 go from central Brighton and stop right outside the University campus on their way to Lewes and beyond. Travel time is about 20-30 minutes.

All of the above bus routes are popular with students and provide easy access to good residential areas which have private rental opportunities in the city.

You can find more information about bus fares, timetables and route maps showing the areas the buses serve on the Brighton & Hove buses website.

You can also find some useful area guides through the independent site My Brighton & Hove.


Falmer train station is directly opposite the University and is less than a five minute walk to campus. Falmer is on the line between Brighton and Lewes, about nine minutes' travel time in each direction.

Find more information about train fares, timetables and route maps showing the areas they serve on the National Rail Enquiries website

Find out about Falmer train station specifically

Areas outside of Brighton linked to campus by train

The regular train service provides opportunities for students to consider other local areas outside of Brighton but within easy reach of the University of Sussex campus.


Character: a historic, picturesque, traditional English town. Popular with tourists and students.

Transport: direct train connection in less than 10 minutes to the University’s local train station Falmer. Two buses per hour to the University. Within easy reach of London (one hour direct).

Amenities: good selection of high-street shops, supermarkets, cafes, bars, restaurants, pubs. A swimming pool, parks, gardens, museums.


Character: close to Hove and considered to be ‘up and coming’ residential areas. Some good quality properties are available and often at a lower cost than central Brighton & Hove.

Transport: circa 30 minutes to the campus by train (connecting in central Brighton). Less than 10 minutes by train to Hove or Brighton where more shops and entertainment are available.

Amenities: good selection of pubs, bars, cafes, grocery stores, supermarkets and restaurants.


Character: a small, traditional English seaside town with beautiful seaside views and a picturesque river and walking/cycling routes into the South Downs National Park.

Transport: 16 minutes train to Brighton, nine minute train to Falmer. Circa 30-minute journey time to the campus. Within easy reach of London (one hour 30 minutes direct).

Amenities: less amenities than Eastbourne and Worthing but closer to the University. A good range of shops, cafes, restaurants, pubs and two supermarkets.


Character: a small port town with ferry connections across the English Channel to France.

Transport: direct train connection to the University in 20 minutes.

Amenities: limited selection of shops, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and bars.

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