A cosmopolitan city famed for its nightlife, bohemian atmosphere and beautiful surroundings, Brighton is a great place to be a student.
Whether you prefer the natural delights of the sea and South Downs or the bustle of the North Laine shopping district, there are fantastic events throughout the year that reflect the huge amount of character – both historic and modern – that the city possesses.
Brighton is host to three university campuses: City campus, Moulsecoomb and Falmer. City campus is in the centre of town, while Moulsecoomb and Falmer are just ten minutes away by bus or by train.
Social scene – Most students head into the lively centre of Brighton for its mix of bars, pubs, clubs, theatres, comedy houses and live music venues. In the summer the seafront buzzes with activities and impromptu BBQs and picnics on the beach.
The Great Escape meanwhile has been firmly established as the leading event for showcasing new music, with over 300 bands playing 30 venues across the city over three days.
Arts – Brighton hosts England’s biggest arts festival in May each year, and has a selection of highly regarded theatres, galleries and events, not to mention the quirky Royal Pavilion which has become a symbol of the city's eccentricities.
The Brighton Festival is now the largest arts festival in England, and is one of the major milestones in the international cultural calendar. The Brighton Fringe is one of the largest fringe festivals in the world.
All of our English language pre-sessional programmes are based on the Falmer campus. The campus is on the edge of the South Downs National Park, just four miles from Brighton seafront.
With around 7,000 students based here, we've invested £60 million in this campus in the last 10 years, equipping it with outstanding modern facilities.
Over 600 students live in Great Wilkins and Paddock Field halls of residence, both within walking distance. There are a number of areas of Brighton that are popular with students a short cycle or bus ride away.
The campus has excellent sports facilities including:
- a floodlit astroturf football pitch,
- netball courts,
- tennis courts,
- a sports centre with a fitness suite,
- two activity studios,
- a sports hall with six badminton courts.
The campus is right next to Brighton & Hove Albion's Amex Stadium which houses not only football matches, but a number of events throughout the year.
Facilities and support
Whilst you are studying on one of our English pre-sessional programmes you will have full access to all of the facilities enjoyed by other students at the university. This includes a wide range of academic and personal support services as well as full use of libraries and computer systems.
Our open learning centre is home to facilities including:
- Brand-new computer workstations.
- Viewing station equipped with a large screen for group work.
- Extensive collection of graded readers.
- Large collection of English language books and dictionaries for general and academic English.
- Pronunciation worksheets tailored to several first languages.
- Local access to photocopier, scanner and printing facilities.
- Searchable online catalogue of materials
- Live satellite television in English, French, German, Spanish
- English and foreign language news, documentaries and films
You'll also have access to University of Brighton support services including:
- our international academic study kit
- visa advice
- careers guidance
- academic study resources
- specialist international student advice
- health, disability and dyslexia support.
Our accommodation service will be happy to arrange accommodation for the duration of your English pre-sessional programme, and your degree course.
We offer accommodation options including on-campus university halls of residence, and local host family accommodation:
Halls of residence
Halls accommodation usually consists of a bedroom and shared living and kitchen space in a flat accommodating six students. Most bedrooms have ensuite facilities.
You'll be treated as a member of the family, eating together and sharing the common living areas. Catered and self-catered homestays are available.
I'm a Pre-sessional English student and require accommodation
CAELD students who wish to stay in university accommodation should apply by emailing us at email@example.com or calling +44 (0)1273 642858.
Or if you’d prefer to stay with a homestay host for the duration of your programme, you should contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1273 644100.
I'm a Summer Pre-sessional or Extended Masters student and require accommodation
Summer Pre-sessional and Extended Masters students can apply to stay in university accommodation (if available) on one of our campuses for the duration of your study. Please indicate your preference when you apply for your course at CAELD. There’s no need to apply for accommodation separately for both courses.
If you have any queries about accommodation get in touch with us at email@example.com or on +44 (0)1273 642858.
Or if you would prefer to stay with a homestay host for the duration of your programme, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 (0)1273 644100.
I would like accommodation for my degree course only
If you don't require accommodation for your course at CAELD, but will require accommodation for your degree course at Brighton - visit our accommodation pages to find out more about your options and how to apply.
There are lots of social activities for you to get involved in during your time at the University of Brighton including Brighton Students' Union activities, International Students Society (ISS) events and CAELD's weekly social programme.
Brighton Students' Union activities
The University of Brighton Students' Union provides a year-round programme of events including club nights, karaoke and cinema events.
There are over 100 student-run societies and some exclusively for international and EU students - the International Students Society (ISS) is the largest.
The ISS organises events and social activities throughout the academic year especially for international students. Examples of past events are:
- Diwali, Hanukah, Chinese New Year and Christmas celebrations
- trips to London, Bath and Oxford.
CAELD's weekly social programme
CAELD also offers weekly social activities throughout the year including outings with CAELD staff.
Brighton is a fantastic place with many things to see and do – the social programme includes:
- museum trips
- boat tours
- cultural events
- social activities.
The cost of these trips is free wherever possible, or under 20 pounds.
Look out for social programme posters around the Falmer campus as well as weekly updates in the CAELD student newsletter.
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