Brighton student life
Your guide to living in Brighton as a student
Brighton is a vibrant and exciting place to study in the UK – and our Brighton campus is located right in the heart of this seaside city. Brighton is often known as ‘London by the sea' because of its cosmopolitan atmosphere. It is smaller than London and gives you a safe, welcoming place to study. Perfect for students, Brighton is home to two respected universities with a high student population.
Top things to do in Brighton
- Visit boutique shops and cafés in the Lanes and North Laine.
- Try traditional British fish and chips and arcade games at Brighton Palace Pier.
- Discover the history of King George IV at the Royal Pavilion and Gardens.
- Explore the countryside and take a bus up to Devil’s Dyke in the South Downs National Park.
Beach and countryside
On the beach, you can enjoy activities like basketball, stand-up paddle boarding and kayaking. Walking along the promenade you can find unique shops and restaurants as well as one of the tallest moving observation towers in the world, the i360.
Outside the city, the South Downs National Park offers beautiful countryside and is just a short bus ride from our campus.
Brighton is home to its own football team, Brighton & Hove Albion F.C, who play in the Premier League – the top league in English football. The team are known as the Seagulls, due to Brighton’s seaside location. Brighton is also known for the Sussex Cricket Club and the Brighton Sailing Club.
If you’re more interested in playing sport than watching, the city is home to multiple parks and open spaces for you to play your favourite sports with your friends.
Music and festivals
You can visit Brighton Festival, one of the biggest arts festivals in Europe. Every year, Brighton Science Festival brings events, hands-on activities and workshops to the city. The CINECITY Film Festival also hosts the best in international cinema each November.
Popular bands from around the world often play shows in Brighton. The city is home to venues of different sizes, from smaller venues like The Old Market and Komedia to larger ones such as the Brighton Centre and Brighton Dome. No matter your taste in music, you’re sure to find a concert and venue to suit you.
An international city
Brighton is an international destination with a multicultural atmosphere. Its two universities are home to students from around the world and its streets are lined with shops and restaurants celebrating every country you can think of. Bellerbys’ Brighton campus itself has a huge range of nationalities, for a truly multicultural experience in the UK.
Food and restaurants
The North Laine is just five minutes’ walk from campus and has many cafés and shops to enjoy. The city also has a thriving restaurant scene with award-winning places to eat and cuisines from around the world.
Dasha, a student from Ukraine, talks about her favourite places to eat in Brighton:
Places of worship
The city’s multicultural community has access to a variety of places of worship. In Brighton, you will find mosques, Catholic and Anglican churches, a Buddhist centre, an Islamic centre, synagogues, and Greek and Coptic Orthodox churches.
Museums and galleries
Explore local history at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery or the Booth Museum of Natural History. The Royal Pavilion is a beautiful Regency palace built for King George IV. Here you can learn about its interesting Royal history and admire the exotic mix of India and China-inspired décor.
You can walk, cycle or take a bus to anywhere in the city. Brighton has a city bike share scheme called BTN Bikeshare. The buses and taxis are an easy way to travel across Brighton and surrounding areas.
Why not take a trip along the beach on an old Victorian railway line? Built in 1883, Volks Electric Railway is Britain’s oldest electric railway and takes you from the Aquarium to the Marina during the summer months.
The College is next to the Brighton train station so transport links are easy and convenient:
- Brighton to Gatwick Airport: 30 minutes by train
- Brighton to London: 50 minutes by train
Jeong (Edward) from South Korea
"My favourite thing about Brighton has to be the environment, with its fresh, sea air and sunny weather. After school I can be on the beach in just five minutes. I come a very urban environment, so this is very refreshing to me.''
Jeong (Edward) from South Korea - Studying A Levels
Live in safe, modern and comfortable accommodation in Brighton. Choose from on-campus rooms, student accommodation off-campus, or a homestay family. Whatever you choose you will be part of a friendly community and make new friends.
Bellerbys College Brighton offers a wide choice of subjects for students aged 16 and older. Study options include A Levels and other university preparation courses. Find out what the College campus is like, what you can study and take an interactive tour.