Welcome to Sunny Sussex! The University of Sussex is situated on the southern coast of the UK, near the vibrant city of Brighton and one hour by train from London.
- The university is campus based inside the South Downs National Park, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
- Brighton is ranked in the top 10 cities in the UK for young people to live in (UK Today: Best city to be young, 2013)
- Ranked 4th in the UK for Research excellence (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2014-15)
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Top Five Things to do whilst at Sussex
1. Go for a walk on the Sussex Downs
2. Explore North Laines and find a bargain or a vegetarian meal!
3. Eat fish and chips at the end of the pier
4. Watch a Brighton & Hove soccer match in their stadium right next to campus
5. Go to Lewes on 5th November for Bonfire Night to watch the amazing procession
The campus is spacious and has everything you can possibly need for your time here. This is a bike friendly campus, with many students cycling around between classes. There are two Student Union run bars and plenty of open spaces, inside and out to study and meet-up with friends. The Students’ Union runs regular events both on and off campus and supports over 180 societies and 30 sport clubs, covering everything from academic groups, dance societies, an award winning television station or even a Ukulele society! Anyone can join and try a new activity enabling you to meet new friends and enhance your study abroad experience. SussexSport offers you an opportunity to try new things and has two large sports facilities on campus with multi-purpose halls, two gyms, free-weights room, a dance studio, martial arts dojo, as well as outdoor grass and astro pitches.
The university recently opened a new arts hub in 2015 – called the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts named after the alumnus and previous Chancellor of Sussex, Richard Attenborough who directed the Oscar winning film Ghandi and starred in Jurassic Park and The Great Escape.
The campus is well linked to the city of Brighton – you can catch a train from campus, a bus (which also runs 24 hours) or take the safe cycle path to the city. Brighton is ranked as one of the top ten cities to live in the UK as a young person due to its thriving music and political scenes. Situated by the beach (though be warned – there isn’t much sand in sight), Brighton can be seen as a typical British seaside resort – sporting a pier with fairground attractions and a marina! Yet with a truly diverse social scene and culture that caters for all tastes, it’s no wonder Brighton has gained a reputation as one of the coolest cities in the UK. If you enjoy live music you will find gigs in pubs, small clubs, on street corners and even on the beach. Enjoy the cinema? The city boasts the oldest purpose built cinema in Britain along with three other cinemas. You can take a trip to the Royal Pavilion, a historic palace built with the flair of India and China, or to Brighton Art Museum and Gallery which has free entry.
Sussex itself is a beautiful county and perfect for walking and exploring traditional English countryside. Take walks around the South Downs literally next door to campus and explore stunning green scenery. Close to campus is the small town of Lewes – which includes a castle from 1069, a bookshop dating back to the 15th century as well as more medieval buildings. Thomas Paine and Virginia Woolf both lived and worked in Lewes. Every year on Bonfire Night (5th November) the town holds one of the largest and most famous bonfires in the UK. It is quite spectacular to see!
Sussex has great connection links to Europe and the rest of the world – Gatwick airport is 30 minutes away by train, and London 50 minutes. The Eurostar can be taken from London to travel into France and Brussels or travel via ferry to France. With so many options, the University of Sussex offers a bright and engaging community perfect for your study abroad experience!