International Study Centre

How to have the best student life in Brighton

Posted 11 July 2019

The International Study Centre is an essential part of student life at the University of Sussex. Based in the heart of the University campus, it comprises facilities, study and social spaces. Living and studying here, you will be able to meet other students and immerse yourself in the British and university lifestyle right away.

Things you should know before moving to the UK

The UK is a welcoming and international country. Students at the University of Sussex are open-minded, creative and on the same journey as you. Brighton, a lovely coastal city only a short train ride away from campus, is one of the most outward-looking places in the country.

To help you settle in, many of our students suggest being open to meeting new people.

“Be confident, don’t be shy and don’t worry about speaking English” says International Year One student Yolanda from China. “Try to explore new areas and meet new people, because I think you can meet amazing people here, make new friends and enjoy your university life.”

You should also be ready to socialise and try new experiences. International Foundation Year student Valeriia says: “Taking part in social events is as important as studying because it gives you the opportunity to meet many people, develops your communicative skills and demonstrate all your talents in different spheres.”

“There are many clubs for different tastes that everyone can join. Every week something new happens. That’s why there is no time for missing out. As we were told in our first lecture: play hard, work hard and just enjoy your university life!”

What is student life like in Brighton?

Courses at the International Study Centre are specifically designed for international students. Teaching and learning styles are the same as you will experience at university, in order to prepare you for higher-level study. Coming from another education system and teaching style, you might find staff use different methods than you are used to.

Study culture

The International Study Centre will help you discover who you are and what you enjoy. Your course will teach you essential academic skills, but you should take responsibility for your development. This means:

  • arriving to class on time
  • keeping deadlines
  • completing all reading for your course and related work on time
  • having a routine that allows you to study and relax
  • following agreed procedures to submit your essays, communicate with staff and interact with other students
  • making sure you understand what you are required to achieve and ask questions if you don’t.

Studying in the UK is an exciting journey that broadens your academic and social perspective. Keeping these tips in mind will help you develop the skills you need to be a successful undergraduate student at the University of Sussex.

Things to look forward to

As a student at the International Study Centre, you will be able to enjoy the benefits of a campus university. This means that everything you need is in one place – from classrooms and labs, a bookshop and a gym, to a supermarket, pharmacy, bank and launderette.

Don’t miss out on:

  • joining clubs and societies with people who share your interests
  • starting a new club or society, if you think something should be represented
  • attending your Induction Week, where you can meet fellow students
  • going to Brighton to discover the beach and the city's vibrant centre.

Leaving home to study abroad in the UK is a life-changing and exciting experience. We are here to help you every step of the way, to give you all the support you might need to get the most out of your time here.

Get ready to study in the UK

Find out more about starting your studies or check the latest COVID-19 information.