About the area
Brighton is a place that looks at the world differently. Independent and inclusive, it attracts all kinds of people, often united by a commitment to positive change. It’s also a true student city – around 14% of people living here are students. Its reputation for fun goes without saying, but it’s also known for being forward-thinking – it leads the way in arts, creative technology and the environment.
Brighton is a vibrant seaside city on the south coast of England. Each year, 8 million people from the UK and abroad visit the city for leisure and business.
The city has excellent transport links, with central London under an hour away by train.
As a resident or employee in Brighton you will be surrounded by beautiful architecture, specialist shops and a vibrant art and music scene.
Brighton's pebble beach is the ideal place to take a lunch break or enjoy a walk along the promenade.
The famous seafront is home to the historic Brighton Palace Pier and the i-360, which opened in August 2016.
Other top city attractions include the Royal Pavilion, a historic palace with exotic interiors and the North Laine where you will find 400 independent shops, cafés, restaurants and entertainment venues.
Brighton hosts musical, artistic and cultural events throughout the year. Each spring the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe Festival bring theatre, dance, music and comedy entertainment to the city.
The city also hosts many other events such as Brighton Pride.
Brighton is surrounded by beautiful countryside. The South Downs National Park and picturesque villages such as Rottingdean, once the home of Rudyard Kipling, are located on the doorstep.
Eastbourne is officially the sunniest place in the UK, which might be why it’s so friendly, welcoming and relaxed. A third of people living in Eastbourne are under 30, the town has nearly 3,000 students, and it’s a great fit for our sport science, tourism, physio and health students who are based here.
It’s a place for being outdoors, with horse riding, mountain biking, paragliding, sailing, canoeing, body boarding, kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing all on offer.
Our students and staff run in – and volunteer at – the Beachy Head Marathon, one of the UK’s largest off-road marathons with challenging climbs and descents along the Seven Sisters, Britain’s highest chalk sea cliff Every June, some of the world’s best tennis players come to Eastbourne for The Nature Valley International, a vital part of preparations for Wimbledon. Our students often work at the tournament.
There’s plenty of arts and culture with the renowned contemporary Towner Art Gallery, four theatres and a brand new eight-screen cinema. The Sunday Times described Eastbourne’s Little Chelsea as ‘the next wave of coastal cool…packed with independent boutiques, craft shops and eateries’. And it’s brilliantly accessible, with the beach, the town centre and the beautiful hills of the South Downs all within a 15-minute walk of our campus.