Life in the UK

International Study Centre students studying in a classroom

A vibrant place to live

International students choose the UK not only for the excellent quality of its universities, but also for its world-famous culture, beautiful countryside and exciting cities.

The University of Sussex campus is in a unique location. It is surrounded by peaceful countryside, and only nine minutes by train from the lively city of Brighton. This seaside city on the south coast of England is an inspiring place to live and study.

Discover Brighton

The University of Sussex is based in Falmer, which is close to the vibrant city of Brighton. Brighton has a large variety of restaurants, shops and tourist attractions for you to explore. You will find businesses from many different cultures, allowing you to experience a truly international lifestyle.

Welcoming community

The UK is home to many different nationalities. By living in Brighton, you will be a part of a thriving international community that welcomes people of all nationalities. Brighton is famously diverse, making it a great place to spend your time in the UK.

Weather in Brighton

On average, the south coast tends to be the sunniest part of the UK. On warm days, Brighton’s pebble beach is filled with people enjoying seaside picnics, ice cream and cool drinks. Sometimes you can experience different types of weather in one day. So it’s best to wear layers you can remove and keep your coat close by. Rain can fall at any time of year, so when you’re preparing to come to the UK you might like to pack an umbrella. You can read more about what to pack in our pre-arrival information.

There are four seasons in the UK. Winter is the coldest time of year, and summer is the warmest.

Spring (Mar-May)

Average temperatures range from 5°C to 14°C

Summer (June-Aug)

Average temperatures range from 13°C to 20°C

Autumn (Sept-Nov)

Average temperatures range from 7°C to 18°C

Winter (Dec-Feb)

Average temperatures range from 3°C to 8°C

Exploring the country

The UK is easy to explore thanks to its reliable public transport systems. There are buses to get around the city you live in, as well as to reach nearby towns. For travelling further, you can go by train. Trains can take you all over the country with most towns having a station close by.

Booking tickets in advance will help you to get cheaper fares, and as a student you are entitled to discounts on ticket prices. Brighton is only an hour on the train from London, which has excellent transport links to the rest of the UK as well as European destinations.

For international travel, Sussex is the home of Gatwick Airport. You can reach Gatwick from Brighton in 30 minutes. Sussex’s proximity to London means you also have the choice of many airports, so you are able to visit almost any country.