Looking to study in the real England, outside the glitz and glamour of London? Redirect your eyes about 45 miles south to the eclectic and artsy seaside city of Brighton. A lesser-known city to study abroad in England, Brighton is great for those who would appreciate its unique blend of outrageous architecture, coastal scenery, 24/7 entertainment, and the opportunity to study at a world-class university.
Geography & Demographics
Located on England’s southern coast, Brighton boasts one of the highest numbers of sunny days in the U.K. each year.
Things to Do
London is an hour away by train, a convenient weekend getaway for students. But most of the time, it’s folks from London who are coming to Brighton for a weekend holiday in this laid-back seaside city. Most of Brighton’s attractions are located along the seafront: a pier, several nightclubs, a shopping center, a cinema, music venues, many eateries, a health walk for the exercise-minded, and of course, the beach itself.
Studying in Brighton
International students from more than 120 countries come to live and study in Brighton. The University of Sussex, just outside the city, is rated one of the most gorgeous campuses in the U.K. It’s located on the outskirts of Brighton in a village called Falmer, nestled in the rolling green hills of the South Downs. It is designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Because the landscape varies dramatically in just few miles, many geography majors find the location ideal. History and art history are two strong fields here, and are enhanced by Brighton’s close proximity to London. The University of Sussex appeals to a wide variety of academic majors. It also encourages taking elective classes outside of one’s intended course of study in order to gain a more well-rounded education.
The University of Brighton is highly focused on putting students on the right career path, which is why 94 percent of the courses there include practical work experience, and students start meeting with a career counselor to plan professional goals from the first year of study. They will also work with your home university to get your credits transferred.
Though each course is different, most international students will find themselves taking a mix of lectures and seminars. The seminars help to build close relationships with tutors, which is important since education in the U.K. is certainly more focused and research-oriented than what Americans are used to. Lectures allow for a wide breadth of information to be introduced, which can then be discussed in greater depth during breakout seminar sessions.
Most international students live in student housing on campus. Options vary greatly by institution. Student housing offices provide good resources to any students choosing to live off campus.
Brighton may not be as large as London, but it’s still a major U.K. city, so it’s not easy on the wallet. While studying abroad in Brighton is cheaper than in London, Brighton is not a cheap place. But there are ways to help reduce the costs. Luckily, student deals abound there. Nightclubs, bars, and music venues have reduced rates during the week for students. Many shops in Brighton offer a discount to those with a valid student ID. Additionally, rail travel is significantly reduced for youth travelers (under 26 years old).
Overall, this is a very diverse seaside city in terms of scenery, entertainment options, courses of study, and types of students coming to study abroad in Brighton. From the city’s buzzing energy to the more tranquil countryside, Brighton strikes a balance that students from all over the world grow to adore.