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 runs 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.
The Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company runs services across the city, with tickets for limited services running past our Brighton campuses and a discount for NUS card holders on all services. Tickets can be bought from bus drivers, online and on mobile phone apps. NUS tickets must be bought from 1 Stop Travel on North Street or at campus shops.
A university bus service (UOB1) also runs during term time, between Varley Park halls of residence and the Falmer campus. Fares are £1 per journey (paid by cash) and you will need to have your UniCard (university ID card) with you. Read this timetable (pdf) to see the bus times. Compass Travel Limited (CTL) operates this service.
During the first few weeks of the autumn term, CTL is running additional services in Brighton to support during busy times supplied by the University on the routes between campus sites. This includes:
- A ‘morning rush bus service’ (UOB2) runs from Grand Parade, Old Steine (bus stop S) through Moulsecoomb to Falmer (circular route) from 2-24 October, Monday to Friday, between 8am and 10am. This service is free of charge for University of Brighton students and staff on production of a UniCard.
- A new night bus service (UOB3) running between Varley Park and the Old Steine (one way) that will continue to run until 8 October to help Varley residents to enjoy Freshers activities. Two buses per hour at 9pm, 10pm and 11pm. This service is also free of charge on production of a UniCard.
Access timetables (pdf) for all these services.
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 are available on Southern Railway's website.
Only the Falmer and Moulsecoomb campuses have car parks. There is no parking available at Varley Park except for students with disabilities. There is no student parking available at the Grand Parade campus.
If you park on a university site you will need to obtain a parking permit from the Parking and Transport office.
Please note that university car parks get very full and parking cannot be guaranteed. Because of this, students in halls are strongly discouraged from bringing cars. Find out more in our guide to Living in halls (page 10, rules and regulations).
Students may park in any appropriate university parking space without the need for a permit after 1500 and until 0700 the following day, Monday to Friday, and at all times over the weekend or during vacation periods.
Parking in Brighton city centre is also difficult and can be very expensive. You will need a permit or to Pay & Display in most areas of the city. There are also a number of NCP car parks. Brighton and Hove City Council run other car parks and their website has lots of information about parking.
Campus parking permits
You can apply for a parking permit for the Falmer or Moulsecoomb campus. Students may only park in those campus car parks for which their permit is issued.
Permits are only given to drivers who can demonstrate that car travel is essential. All applications are carefully considered in line with the university's Parking permit criteria and the decision to accept or reject an application is made solely on the basis of the information you provide.
How to apply
You will need to fill in an online application form for a permit.
It is important to answer all parts of the application form. Failure to do so will result in your application being discounted without notification. By submitting the application, you agree that the information provided can be checked by the university.
Parking for people with disabilities
The Blue Badge scheme helps you park closer to your destination if you’re disabled. Blue Badge holders can use any bay in university car parks without the need for a parking permit, but you must ensure that the Blue Badge is clearly displayed on your vehicle.
You should display the Blue Badge in the windscreen of your vehicle, where it can be clearly read. The front of the badge should face upwards, showing the wheelchair symbol or the hologram in the new badge design. When no parking restrictions are in force, you do not need to show a Blue Badge. This includes out of term time and holiday periods.
Temporary parking permits for people with disabilities
Students who do not hold a Blue Badge, but who have current medical evidence of a disability or health issue that necessitates them using their own car to travel to the university, may be eligible for a temporary parking permit.
You may apply for a temporary University Disability Badge following an assessment by, and recommendation from, the university's Occupational Health Department. Applications for this permit should be made directly to the Disability and Dyslexia team email@example.com 01273 643799. Permits will be issued at the discretion of a university Learning and Support Coordinator and will be issued on a temporary basis.
Please note that parking at the university is extremely limited and so priority will be given to those with a genuine need.