What's on campus
Our Eastbourne campus is set in the Meads area of this historic seaside town, on the edge of the dramatic Seven Sisters Country Park. It's just a mile from the town centre and even closer to the seafront. Almost 3,000 students study here, benefitting from the close-knit university community and the excellent facilities.
The Welkin halls of residence is home to more than 350 students. Our accommodation office can help you find a place to live if you prefer to rent privately.
Social scene – Eastbourne has a range of modern bars, more traditional pubs, and live music venues popular with students, and being a compact town it's easy to find your friends on a night out.
Arts – Besides the modern Towner Contemporary Art Gallery there are also five theatres in Eastbourne and a number of arts and music festivals throughout the year.
Sports – On campus there is a 25-metre swimming pool, sports hall, gym, artificial outdoor pitch and dance studio. Our students take advantage of the proximity of the sea and the South Downs, exploring them on foot or by bike. The town also hosts some major sporting events, including the Eastbourne Extreme sports festival which includes kite surfing, parkour, street surfing and speed skating.
Food and drink on campus – There's a choice of cafes and restaurants on all of our campuses.
Travel and transport
Bicycle: Eastbourne town centre and the seafront are both within walking and cycling distance of the university. There is a cycle path all along the seafront. On campus there are plenty of covered cycle stands.
Bus: The 3 or the 3A will take you from the town centre to the campus. For timetables and routes visit the Stagecoach website.
Train: The closest station is Eastbourne. It is about a 25-minute walk to campus. There are two direct trains to Brighton every hour (35 minutes), up to six trains per hour to London (90 minutes) and regular trains to Hastings (30 minutes). For timetables check National Rail Enquiries.
Car: There is limited permit-controlled car parking on campus. Staff and students are encouraged to use bikes and public transport. To get the best route for your journey use the following postcodes:
- Leaf Hospital – BN21 2HW
- Bishopsbourne, Trevin Towers (and Annexe) – BN20 7SP
- Hillbrow – BN20 7SR
- Welkin halls of residence – BN20 7SH
- Welkin House – BN20 7SN
- Aldro, Greynore 1 and 2, Robert Dodd (and Annexes) – BN20 7UR
- Queenwood – BN20 7UN
Open day travel
How to get to our open day
From Eastbourne station there is a free shuttle bus to the university from 8:30am. It takes around 15 minutes, but at peak times you may need to allow slightly longer. Look out for our students wearing bright blue t-shirts at the station who will direct you to the bus.
Parking close to the campus is very limited so if you are travelling by car you will need to park at one of the town centre car parks and then take the free shuttle bus from the train station. Look out for our students at the station wearing bright blue t-shirts who will direct you to the bus.
Discounted car parking for open day visitors:
- Junction Road car park (BN21 3QZ) is offering discounted parking of £2.00 per day for visitors for the open day. To take advantage of this discount you must request a voucher at the open day registration, which you will need to produce when exiting the car park.
- The Eastbourne long-stay train station car park is also offering open day visitors discounted parking of £3.00 for the day. To obtain the discount you will need to purchase your parking ticket from the station ticket office, not the automatic machines. Please show your open day email at the ticket office.
If you’re travelling to Eastbourne by bus, please make sure that you get off close to Eastbourne station, from where our free shuttle bus will run from 8:30am to 3.30pm. Look out for our students wearing bright blue t-shirts at the station who will be able to direct you to the bus. The following websites may help:
Stagecoach buses: www.stagecoachbus.com
Brighton and Hove buses: www.buses.co.uk (the coaster buses number 12 runs to Eastbourne from Brighton)
Advice from Eastbourne Borough Council: www.eastbourne.gov.uk