International Study Centre

Make the most of your time at university

Posted 31 July 2019

Studying in the UK is not only about what you learn in the classroom. Student life on campus, discovering the local area, and becoming a member of a vibrant society are all exciting things you can experience while in Sussex.

Fun things to do in Brighton

Brighton gives you a unique English seaside experience. Home to two universities, it is a bustling city with a relaxed atmosphere. The city is just a few minutes from campus by train. With events throughout the whole year to suit everyone’s interests, you will easily find activities and events you enjoy while studying here.


Living in an international city, you will benefit from having international cuisine at your doorstep. Try new food at:

  • Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival in May
  • Sussex and the World Weekender in August
  • Thai Festival in August.

The city also has a large community of vegans, vegetarians and sustainable food supporters – so you will not be short of culinary choices.

If you are worried about finding food from home, Brighton has specialist shops selling food from all over the world.


Being by the sea, you can swim, go kayaking or paddle boarding with ease. Brighton is also home to some large local sporting events, including:

  • Brighton & Hove Full and Half Marathon in April and February
  • Paddle Round the Pier in July
  • London to Brighton Bike Ride in June
  • Ice skating at the Royal Pavilion from November to February.

Music and arts

Brighton is home to creative and talented people from all over the country and the world. You can enjoy their work if you go to:

  • Artists’ Open Houses exhibitions in May and December
  • Brighton Fringe Festival between May and June
  • Brighton Festival in May
  • Brighton Early Music Festival between October and November.

Explore the local area

Brighton is a beautiful city, but the surrounding area is just as amazing. Before you leave, you must escape the city centre and experience:

  • The South Downs for a hike
  • Newhaven Cliffs for a walk by the sea
  • Brighton Marina, the largest marina in Europe - home to a variety of stores and restaurants in a stunning quayside location.

London is only an hour away by train, offering you even more opportunities to explore the country.

How to improve your English

One of the best things about living in the UK is the chance to improve your language skills. There is no better way to develop your English than to immerse yourself in local life, speaking with native speakers to learn new words and improve your fluency. For some fun ways to improve your English outside the classroom, you can:

  • watch your favourite Netflix show with English subtitles to get a feel of the language and see how words are spelt
  • read a book you're familiar with in English, looking up any words you don’t know
  • listen to podcasts on topics you are interested in and explain what you have learnt to friends

Living in Sussex and studying at the International Study Centre is the experience of a lifetime. Hear from some of our students and alumni about their experiences at Sussex.

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