The University of Brighton is a thriving university located in beautiful locations along England’s south coast within easy reach of London, Europe and beyond. The origins of the university can be traced back to 1859 with the founding of the School of Art in the Brighton Royal Pavilion. Today the university is a community of more than 20,000 students, offering over 500 professional and practice-based undergraduate and graduate courses.

A brilliant place to study and live

The University of Brighton takes its name from one of the most diverse, energetic and popular cities in the UK. The university is spread across the city from the seafront to the South Downs and also has campuses along the coast in lively Eastbourne. Brighton is less than an hour from central London and only 30 minutes away from Gatwick International Airport.

Career-focused approach

The university’s focus is on developing the skills students will use after they graduate. Almost all degree courses offer work-related learning opportunities, and many offer salaried placements of up to a year. Students can build additional experience and skills through project work, volunteering or joining local entrepreneurial and other networks.

Career support

Students receive career support from the day they arrive. Trained advisors are available to help students explore their career options and find suitable internships, placements or volunteering opportunities. They also provide practical help with CVs, applications and preparing for interviews.

Professionally accredited courses

Over 50 professional bodies accredit the university’s courses. Students can graduate with an internationally recognised degree, giving them a competitive edge in the job market almost anywhere in the world.

Specialist learning facilities

The university's professional-standard learning facilities enable students to build practical skills and experience they can use throughout their career. Facilities include TV and radio stations, a podiatry hospital, flight simulator, human movement labs, a dispensing pharmacy, prototyping facilities and many more.

Students also have access to libraries, media centres, computer rooms, campus-wide Wi-Fi and student central, the university’s online learning environment.

Ongoing investment

The university is committed to continual investment in equipment and buildings. A new advanced engineering building has been built at the Moulescoomb campus which provides specialist facilities for teaching and research. In central Brighton the Edward Street development is expanding facilities for the College of Arts and Humanities, providing a new home for photography, moving image and film and screen studies students.


The University of Brighton is a research-active community making significant contributions to social, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing across a broad range of work. The Research Excellence Framework 2014 (REF) recognised 92 percent of the university’s research as being world-leading or internationally excellent in terms of the impact it makes.

Student support

International students are supported in many different ways. Trained advisors provide personalised advice on a range of practical issues such as visas, accommodation, health and finance, and give guidance on day-to-day living in the UK.

Free orientation programme

All new international students are invited to attend an orientation programme to help them adapt to life in the UK. It’s a great way to meet other new students, get to know the university and join in with social events. The programme includes a free airport pickup.


First-year students can choose between living in university halls of residence or finding private accommodation. The university’s accommodation team helps students find the right place to live whether they’re based in Brighton or Eastbourne. Housing options include university-managed housing, privately rented accommodation or homestay with a local family.

Join our global community

More than 3,000 international and EU students study at the university each year. The rich mixture of nationalities and cultural backgrounds this represents makes the University of Brighton a truly international community. 

An experience that lasts a lifetime

During their time here, students can benefit from a wealth of experiences outside of their studies. Brighton is home to some fantastic festivals including music, arts, digital and science. The Students’ Union has over 100 societies ranging from business start-ups to cultural groups. There are also over 60 sports societies, free language classes and student community activities such as TV and radio stations and a food cooperative.



The information on this page has been submitted by the higher education institution itself. If you want to know more, get in touch and one of our student advisors will answer all your questions!

Across the Pond is this university’s official representative for selected countries around the world which, depending on where you are from, means we can help you apply to its courses as well as with gathering all the documents needed to submit an application. We can normally offer a speedier route to help you since the institution is hugely popular and receives enquiries from all around the world on a daily basis. We also have close ties with the university’s international facing staff and as such can explain your grades, your academic background and the educational system in your home country. Our partner universities appreciate that students who apply through Across the Pond get the help they need, not only in terms of submitting the application and supporting documents, but also with everything leading up to arrival in the UK, such as student accommodation, visa and funding information as well as preparing for departure to the UK.

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Student population: more than 21,000

Number of international students: around 2,900

City population: Brighton: about 277,000, Eastbourne: about 101,547

Location: Brighton is a multi-campus university with locations in city locations along England’s beautiful south coast. Wherever you’re based you’ll be close to the beach and countryside, and within easy reach of London and Europe.

Closest airports: Gatwick International Airport and Heathrow International Airport

Date of establishment: 1859

Areas of expertise: Art, fashion, pharmacy, sport and education

Notable alumni: Many of our alumni have gone on to forge rewarding and successful careers. Here are just a few: Norman Cook (DJ, musician and producer), Mandy Chesswell (Master Inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering), Rachel Whiteread CBE (Artist and Turner Prize winner), Dr Gary Brickley (British Paralympic cycling team coach) and Yvonne Powell, OBE for services to education.

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❗️Please note that our university partnerships vary from region to region. Once we are in touch and know where you are from, we can indicate the options available in your country.

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