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University of Brighton

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Overview of University of Brighton

The University of Brighton is a thriving university with four campuses on the south coast of England: three in Brighton and one in Eastbourne. It has a diverse academic community of over 21,000 students, including over 3,000 international and EU students from more than 150 countries.

The university focuses on work-related learning, offering over 500 professional and practice-based courses, many of which offer 12-month work placements, and all designed to prepare students for career success. Nearly 95% of the university’s graduates are working, training, or pursuing further study within six months of graduation.

During their time at the University of Brighton, students benefit from opportunities to develop additional experience and skills by joining the university’s professional and entrepreneurial networks, and by undertaking volunteering and project work.

Why University of Brighton?
  • The University of Brighton is ranked in the top 25 in the UK league tables for many subjects including, sports, arts, hospitality & tourism and education (The Guardian 2018) and architecture, physiotherapy (Complete University Guide 2018)
  • We’re in the top 25% of UK universities for world-leading research impact (REF 2014).
  • 94.4% of our full-time degree graduates are working, studying or training within six months of completing their course (DLHE 2015-16).
  • We’ve invested more than £100 million in the last 10 years on the equipment and buildings our students use every day.
  • There are over 50 scholarships available for international students, worth up to £5,000.
  • 100% of full-time undergraduate students have the chance to do work-related learning as part of their course.
  • Brighton has a first class award for environmental sustainability and ethical performance placing us in the top 2 greenest UK universities in People & Planet’s University League 2016.

Just like the city we call home, the University of Brighton is a place where different ideas meet. A place where opinions and visions of the world come together to inspire creativity. We encourage our students to discover the topics that excite you the most, then give you the tools and support to explore them in depth.

Courses are innovative and globally relevant, informed by the latest research and industry partnerships. We emphasise hands-on learning, have excellent connections to businesses, and offer salary paid placements and work experience opportunities in the UK and overseas.
With over 50 professional organisations that accredit our courses, students also have the opportunity to gain an additional qualification, a licence to practice or exemption from professional exams. These learning experiences and our environment helps give our students a competitive edge in their chosen career paths.

We are a multi-campus university based across the beautiful south east coast of England within easy reach of London, just 1 hour away. Brighton was recently placed in the top 10 of best UK student cities*, and was also ranked as the happiest city in England for students, with 93% of University of Brighton and University of Sussex students surveyed in the National Student Survey 2018 saying they’re “very happy” with their education and city life.
Explore the University of Brighton- A place like no other.

*QS Best Student Cities, 2019

Services for International Students

We recently ranked in the global top 20 of student mix in the QS rankings, an assessment of how welcoming and well equipped we are as a location for international students. Before and after your arrival we provide dedicated services and advice from trained specialists about visas, accommodation, careers, support, health and welfare to provide a smooth transition into the university. We also provide guidance on day-to-day living in the UK and access to use our free English language support service throughout your time with us.
In addition, all new international students are invited to attend an orientation program to help you adapt to life in the UK. The programme includes an airport pick-up service, talks and workshops to help you settle; and plenty of opportunities to meet other new students, get to know the university and join in with social events.

  • 122nd in the Times University Guide 2020
  • 114th in the Guardian University Guide 2020

Following the last Research Excellence Framework in 2014, Brighton was ranked 27th out of 128 UK universities for our world leading research impact. We are also widely renowned for our arts and design programmes having a rich history dating back over 150 years in arts and a recent ranking placing us 8th in the UK and top 40 globally for art and design programmes in the QS World University Rankings 2019. Brighton is also ranked 25th in the People and Planet University League tables for its commitment to and progression towards sustainability.

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The University of Brighton has 4 campuses along the South East coast of England in Brighton and Eastbourne, within reach of the beach, the countryside and within an hour by train to central London and less than 30 minutes to Gatwick International Airport*
Brighton is famous for being independent and welcoming to a mix of cultures, nationalities and religions meaning you’ll be at home no matter what country or background you are from. It’s also a true student city with 14% of people living here being students. Its reputation for fun goes without saying but it is also known for being forward-thinking, leading the way in arts, creative technology and the environment.


There are over 2,000 places available in university halls around Brighton and Eastbourne, and prices begin from £131 self-catering. The University manages a further 400 rooms in the private sector and independent housing is available. Find-a-home days help students find private rented accommodation and housemates.

  • Dato Ir.Abdule Rahim Abu Bakar (former Vice-President of Petronas Petrochemical Business, Malaysia)
  • John Pasche (Art Designer, including Rolling Stones’ Tongue & Lip motif)
  • Lin Cheung (Designer of the London 2012 Paralympic Medals)
  • Cressida Cowell (Children’s author of “How to Train Your Dragon”, subsequently made into a series of animation films)
  • Julien Macdonald OBE (Designer)
  • Dr Hong Lu OBE (Chairman of the Trustees, Chinese Education Development Project)
  • Rachel Whiteread CBE (Artist and Turner Prize winner)
Fun Facts
  • An important first point is that Brighton is formally known as the City of Brighton and Hove. The cities of Brighton and Hove established a unitary authority in 1997 and were given the status of a city by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001. Most people still find the two separate cities.
  • A well-known landmark in Brighton is the iconic Duke of York cinema – considered to be the oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain, providing a cosy, immersive atmosphere to watch the latest releases and re-runs of classics.
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