Brighton: a City by the Sea

By University of Sussex Modified on January 02, 2024
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Discover the famous city that the University of Sussex resides in.

 Brighton: a City by the Sea

A sunny seaside city famous for its sense of inclusivity — there can be few better places to be a student than Brighton. Dynamic and cosmopolitan, it’s a place where you can express yourself and be who you want to be, all just a few minutes from the University of Sussex.

Brighton is located on England’s South Coast in the county of East Sussex. It’s only an hour away from Central London by train and 30 minutes from London Gatwick, one of the UK's major international airports.

Brighton beach

Brighton’s seafront is the ideal place to soak up the sun in the summer or take bracing walks to clear your head on winter days. Along the prom you’ll find cafés, bars, and nightclubs, as well as beach and water sports.

The Lanes

The Lanes is a maze of alleyways crammed with quirky boutiques, antique jewellery shops, and tempting cafés, bars, and restaurants. North Laine has one of the largest selections of independent shops on England’s South Coast and is a perfect spot to grab a coffee and watch the world go by.


The city has some of the best club nights in the country, along with fantastic pubs, restaurants, independent cinemas, and a great live music scene.


Music is a way of life in Brighton. Walk around the city and you might bump into legends past and present who’ve found a home in this unique location. With an estimated 500 bands in the city, and gigs every night of the week, you’re bound to find something for you.

Internationally, the city is known for The Great Escape, the UK’s leading showcase for new music.


Throughout May the city hosts England’s biggest arts festival. Brighton Festival features theatre, music, art, and visual media by leading names from around the world. And all year round there are plays, art exhibitions, gigs, and events at many of the theatres, pubs, museums, and galleries in the city.

Brighton is a hub for the performing arts. Venues range from small theatres above pubs to The Theatre Royal, featuring West End productions. Brighton is also home to the Duke of York’s Picture House, an art house cinema, which is claimed to be the oldest in the country. There are also two multiplex cinemas in the city.

Other major arts events include:

Food and drink

Brighton is crammed with cafés, restaurants, and coffee shops. Whether you want to dine in style or grab a cheap deal, take afternoon tea, or try an award-winning curry, you’ll find something to suit your taste and your budget. Brighton also has some of the best vegetarian restaurants in the country.


If you’re the sporty type, or just a spectator, the city has plenty of opportunities to get involved:

  • The Amex Stadium, close to our campus, is home to Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club, newly promoted to the English Premier League for the 2017/18 season
  • Watch cricket at Sussex County Cricket Club in nearby Hove
  • Join over 12,000 other runners through the streets of Brighton for the Brighton Marathon — there’s also a half marathon in February
  • Ride the London to Brighton Bike Ride, where thousands of cyclists complete the 50-mile course from the capital to Brighton.

The seafront is also a great place to get active, with sea swimming, windsurfing, kitesurfing, wakeboarding, sailing, and paddle boarding.

Our campus also has fantastic sports facilities and lots of teams to get involved with.

An international city

Grab some Mexican street food, try Pan-Asian fine dining, or buy ingredients from an Afro-Caribbean or Asian supermarket. Brighton’s international community and culture means you are never far from home comforts or trying something new.

You can go to a range of events that celebrate Brighton’s diversity, including:

  • CINECITY, which showcases films from all over the globe
  • Brighton’s range of expat groups, which host formal and informal events.

There are also three mosques and an Islamic centre, Catholic and Anglican Churches, a Buddhist centre, four synagogues, and Greek and Coptic Orthodox churches in Brighton and the local area.

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