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Brighton University

UCAS Code: B72

Location: Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings Show on Map

Site: Three campuses in Brighton, one each in Eastbourne and Hastings; partner colleges in Brighton, Lewes, Plumpton, Eastbourne and Hastings.

A modern university.

Student Population

Total Students:22,075
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:17,665
Full Time:82%
Mature on Entry:27%
UK Students:89%
State school entry:93%

Teaching Staff

930 (full and part-time)

Broad study areas

Art, architecture, business, computing, education, sport, engineering, environment, health, hospitality, mathematics, midwifery, nursing, pharmacy, social sciences, medicine. (You can look up the Brighton & Sussex Medical School separately.)


Admission Information:Flexible admissions policy to enable as many people as possible to take advantage of higher education; applications considered on their merit. UCAS tariff used.
Points on Entry (Mean):278
Drop Out Rate:10%
Accommodation:Majority of first years housed (guaranteed for international students who meet application dates and criteria).


Founded:University status 1992. Formerly Brighton Polytechnic, from merger of technology and teacher training colleges and school of art, with histories going back to the 1860s.
Structural features:Brighton & Sussex Medical School, joint with Sussex University.
Site:3 campuses in Brighton (Grand Parade, Moulsecoomb and Falmer); campuses in Eastbourne and Hastings.
How to get there:Under 1 hour by train from London to Brighton (35 minutes from Gatwick Airport), approx 1½ hours to Eastbourne or Hastings; M/A23 from London/Gatwick to Brighton, A22 to Eastbourne, A21 to Hastings. Bus and train services provide regular inter-site travel.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Welfare and accommodation officers, doctor, personal counsellor, chaplain, disability support services at each site; 2 nurseries. Community liaison officer. Some accommodation suitable for wheelchair users.
Amenities:Banks, cafés, canteens.
Sporting facilities:At Falmer site, playing fields, 2 gymnasia, new sports centre, access to well-equipped Brighton Health & Racquets Club; Eastbourne is a regional centre for elite athletes with swimming pool, sports hall, activity halls, fitness suite, synthetic pitch; at Moulsecoomb, sports centre, fitness suite, 2 badminton courts.
Accommodation:Majority of first years housed (guaranteed for international students who meet application dates and criteria). 1959 places in halls of residence in Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings (many ensuite), rent includes all bills and 24-hour staff cover; rents £80−£127 per week self-catering, £126−£148 pw catered; most on 39−40-week contracts. Also 300 places in university-managed flats. Most students in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years: self-catering rents £85−£95 pw in Brighton, £75−£85 pw in Eastbourne and Hastings. Accommodation office runs house-hunting days (students can meet potential flat-mates and househunt together).

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:6 libraries: 650,500+ volumes, 3000 ebooks. 1500+ study places. Library and IT services converged. Information provision, £81 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library and computer induction sessions; information advisors on each site. Special collections: design archives of 20th century design materials.
Other learning resources:Industry-standard radio station and television studio (at Hastings); flight simulator; functional news room (for university's sports journalists); clinical skills laboratories (for pharmacy); sport-science laboratories; culinary arts studio; podiatry clinic; biodiesel research and development labs; mock court room; microbiological and tissue culture suites.
Study abroad:Range of courses offer study abroad, eg computing, engineering, fashion and textile design, geography, nursing.
Careers:Careers service helps with CVs, job applications and interview technique; career planning agreements for every student. Careers fairs; part-time work and volunteering opportunities, mentoring and entrepreneurship support. Careers help continues after graduation.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £210 per week (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:University recommends maximum of 15 hours/week term-time work for full-time students (46% believed to work). Some jobs available on campus, for example, student ambassadors; university student employment office (careers centre) helps find work in and out of term.
Financial help:Bursaries of £3000 in Year 1 (£2000 pa thereafter) for English students with a family income of up to £16.2k pa, or care leavers with a family income of up to £25k pa; bursaries of £1000 or £2000 pa for students with low family income from university partner colleges or those studying architecture, teaching and pharmacy. Various scholarships, of £500–£4000 pa, open to athletes and other sports performers, or to international students.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £9000 pa for first degrees (less for sandwich years; £7000-£8300 at partner colleges). International students pay £9960 pa (classroom), £11,580 (lab/studio); international fees are fixed for the duration of the course.


Awarding body:

University of Brighton.

Main undergraduate awards:

BA, BA QTS, BSc, BEng, MEng, MPharm, FdA, FdSc, FEng

Length of courses:

3 years; others 4 years (QTS, MEng and sandwich, some part-time courses); 2 years (FdA/FdSc/FdEng).

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acupuncture
  • Aerodynamics
  • Aeronautical Engineering
  • Agriculture
  • Animal Science
  • Architectural Technology
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Audio
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Banking
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Brewing
  • Broadcasting
  • Building Studies
  • Building Surveying
  • Building Technology
  • Business Administration
  • Business Economics
  • Business Studies
  • Catering
  • Ceramics
  • Chemistry
  • Childhood Studies
  • Choreography
  • Civil Engineering
  • Communication Studies
  • Complementary Therapies
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Technology
  • Computing
  • Conservation
  • Construction
  • Contemporary Decorative Arts/Crafts
  • Counselling
  • Countryside Management
  • Criminology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Dance
  • Earth Sciences
  • Ecology
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Engineering (General)
  • English
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental Science
  • Equine Studies
  • Events Management
  • Fashion
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Financial Economics
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • Furniture Design
  • Garden Design
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Graphic Design
  • Health
  • Horticulture
  • Hospitality Management
  • Humanities
  • Illustration
  • Information Science
  • Information Studies
  • Information Systems
  • Information Technology
  • Interactive Games Production
  • Interactive Multimedia
  • Interior Design
  • International Business
  • Internet Technology
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Leisure Management
  • Leisure Studies
  • Linguistics
  • Management
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Media Studies
  • Medicine
  • Midwifery
  • Molecular Biology
  • Multimedia
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Nursing
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education
  • Physiotherapy
  • Podiatry
  • Politics
  • Printing/Typography
  • Printmaking
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Retail Management
  • Sculpture
  • Social History
  • Social Policy
  • Social Science
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Software Engineering
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Statistics
  • Surveying
  • Sustainable Development
  • Teacher Training
  • Textile Technology
  • Textiles
  • Three-Dimensional Design
  • Tourism
  • Town/Country Planning
  • TV Studies
  • Veterinary Nursing
  • Visual Arts
  • Waste Studies
  • Water Resources
  • Wine Studies
  • Wood Technology
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Joel Andrews, Vice-President Communications & Finance, Brighton Students Union, and Editor of Student Newspaper


What’s it like as a place to live? It’s a fun, vibrant city with something to offer everyone.

How’s the student accommodation? Due to there being 2 unis in the area, there are many student houses available and are generally of a good quality.

What’s the student population like? 10% of Brighton residents are students, this coupled with Brighton’s unique, friendly feel make this an awesome place to study.

How do students and locals get on? Students are spread throughout the community, and as such town-gown relationships are good.


What’s it like as a place to study? There are a huge variety of courses available, I found my tutors fantastic and always around to help.

What are the teaching staff like? Staff take the view that students are the future researchers and innovators and provide great support accordingly.


What are student societies like? Huge range of societies with a large budget to bid for, lots of support for starting a new society.

What’s a typical night out? No such thing in Brighton!

And how much does it cost? £20−£40 a night, loads of student deals.

How can you get home safely? CityCabs offering 10% student discount and set fares to halls.


Is it an expensive place to live? With so many bars and clubs there is always work to keep you in money!

Average price of a pint? £2.80.

And the price of a takeaway? £8 per person.

What’s the part-time work situation? University runs part-time and FT job workshops to help you find employment whilst at uni.


What’s the best feature about the place? The friendly, diverse and 100% unique feel whilst studying here.

 And the worst? Having to leave uni at the end of it!

And to sum it all up? Most people who come here to study don’t leave – that speaks for itself!

More info?

Check out the union website on www.ubsu.net



University of Brighton
Mithras House
Lewes Road
East Sussex


01273 600900





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