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 festival 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 our English language pre-sessional programmes are based at 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 language 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 iASK 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.
There's lots of social activities for you to get involved in during your time at the Centre for Academic English Language Development including Brighton Students' Union activities, International Students Society events and the Brighton Centre for Academic English Language Development 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.
Language Centre social programme
The Language Centre also offers leisure activities throughout the year that includes weekly outings with experienced staff.
Brighton is a fantastic place with many things to see and do - the leisure programme includes:
- sports activities
- cultural events
- films afternoons.
The cost of these trips will be between £5 and £10, or free if possible.
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