Getting around Brighton
One of the advantages of living and studying in Brighton is that there are so many places of interest within a quick walk of the city centre. Students studying at the Grand Parade and Moulsecoomb sites are particularly encouraged to walk or use public transport.
A network of cycle lanes run across the city. Cycle cages are available at Mithras House, Cockcroft, Watts and Grand Parade. You can use the same key, available from premises offices, to open all of these cages. Cycle racks are available at other university sites.
There are now two bus companies running in the Brighton area, with a range of affordable fares and discount deals:
- The Big Lemon runs a free shuttle service between our Brighton campuses for students and staff presenting a university UniCard.
- Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company runs services across the city, with tickets for limited services running past our Brighton campuses (£10 weekly), and a discount for NUS card holders on all services (£10.50 weekly). Tickets can be bought from bus drivers, online and on mobile phone apps, although NUS tickets must be bought from 1 Stop Travel on North Street or at campus shops along with a valid NUS card.
The price of a one day return ticket can vary considerably - remember that trains are more expensive if you travel before 9am. Although there are no discounts for students on weekly or monthly tickets, it is still much better value to buy a weekly ticket if you have to get in for 9am lectures.
The 'UniZone' rail ticket gives seven days unlimited travel between stations in the Brighton area for £13 a week. You'll need to produce a valid NUS card to buy this kind of ticket. More details on the Unizone from the Southern Railway website.
For most students travelling to most sites, car use is not necessary. University car parks get very full and parking cannot be guaranteed. If you park on a university site you will need to obtain a sticker for your car window from the appropriate premises office. A parking permit is required to park at the Falmer campus. Permits are only given to drivers who can demonstrate that car travel is essential.
Parking in Brighton city centre is also difficult and can be very expensive. You will need buy parking vouchers to display in your car window when you park. These can be bought from most newsagents. Failure to display the voucher could result in your car being towed away or clamped. There are a number of NCP car parks within the city centre. Parking permits are required in some residential areas of the city centre.