Brighton: our seaside city

Our famous seaside city is just a few minutes away from campus. Known for its sense of inclusivity – there can be few better places to be a student than Brighton.

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Our location 

Sussex is just nine minutes by train from the famed seaside city of Brighton & Hove. Brighton is located on England’s south coast in the county of East Sussex and is only an hour away from central London by train.

We’re also 30 minutes away from Gatwick, one of Europe’s largest airports, serving over 90 countries and 200 destinations including Barcelona, Dublin, Amsterdam, Madrid and Copenhagen.

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Get a flavour of the city with our top ten things to do as a student in Brighton, or read about some of our local attractions below.

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Things to do in Brighton and surrounding areas

Discover the top things to see and do in Brighton and surrounding areas while you study at Sussex.

Food and drink 

With hundreds of cafés and restaurants to choose from, there is plenty of choice – from the traditional British fish and chips, Chinese, French, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai and Mediterranean. Brighton has also been named as the best city for vegetarian and vegan foods.

There are pubs everywhere – from busy city centre bars to quiet and traditional country retreats.

Students walking along Brighton seafront with ice creams


Brighton’s vibrant club scene gives it a well-deserved reputation as the clubbing capital of the south coast. 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, along with fantastic pubs, restaurants, independent cinemas and a great live music scene. 

Students watching an entertainer in Brighton & Hove


Brighton’s shops range from the conventional to the quirky. Big-name stores, markets and clothing shops are all just a short walk away from each other.

The North Laine area is a bohemian bazaar of specialist food, music and clothes shops, and open-air balcony cafés where you can relax and watch the crowds below. The labyrinth of cobbled alleyways in the Lanes are home to jewellers, antiquarian bookshops and exclusive fashion outlets in converted fishermen’s cottages.

Students shopping in the lanes in Brighton & Hove

Brighton beach

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. 

Students on Brighton beach


If you’re the sporty type, or just a spectator, the city has plenty of opportunities to get involved. You can visit the Amex Stadium, close to our campus, which is home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club or watch cricket at Sussex County Cricket Club in nearby Hove.

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

Students cycling along the seafront in Brighton


The campus is next to the fields and woods of Stanmer Park and on the edge of the beautiful South Downs. Sussex is the only university campus in England that is surrounded by a National Park, with fields, farmland and villages to explore nearby.

Students walking in the South Downs


Visit King George IV’s exotic palace, the Royal Pavilion, see Brighton from up high on the i360 or take a look around the Sea Life Centre.  Whatever you want to do, Brighton has a range of top attractions to visit. Find out more from Visit Brighton.

The top of the Royal Pavilion in Brighton & Hove 

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