University of Brighton

University of Brighton

The University of Brighton takes its name from one of the most diverse and energetic cities in the UK.

There is so much going on that it’s hard to sum the city up in a few words, but it’s Brighton’s relaxed and forward-thinking attitude that makes it such a compelling place to be.

The university is spread across the city from the seafront to the South Downs and also has campuses further along the coast in East Bourne and Hastings.

Remember to check where your course is based so you can find the best possible place to live, whether that’s in our dedicated halls of residence or in the private sector.. The University of Brighton is a university of 20,685 students and 2,700 staff based on five campuses in Brighton, East Bourne and Hastings on the south coast of England.

The university focuses on professional education, with the majority of degrees awarded also recognized by professional organizations or leading to professional qualifications. Subjects include pharmacy, engineering, computing, mathematics, architecture, geology, nursing, teaching, sport science, journalism, criminology and business.

In 2015, the University of Brighton gained a first class award in the People & Planet’s University League table – UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance.

The university has five campuses: three in Brighton, at Falmer, Grand Parade and Moulsecoomb, one in Eastbourne and one in Hastings

Falmer, Brighton

The Checkland Building at Falmer campus opened in 2009

The Falmer campus is approximately three miles from Brighton city centre. The School of Humanities (literature, language and linguistics), School of Health Sciences, School of Applied Social Science, Centre for Nursing and Midwifery Research, International Health Development and Research Centre, Social Science Policy and Research Centre, School of Education, Education Research Centre, the Centre for Learning and Teaching and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School are all based on this campus.

The campus is served by a number of bus services and Falmer railway station is immediately adjacent. There are also cycle lanes leading to the campus from the city centre. The campus is adjacent to the Falmer Stadium, home to Brighton & Hove Albion F.C., which opened in 2011.

The campus includes the Great Wilkins and Paddock Field halls of residence. Other facilities on the Falmer campus include a library, computer pool rooms, restaurant and cafe/bar, and the Students’ Union[11] cafe, aka The Hive, and shop. Sports facilities on the campus include floodlit 3G AstroTurf pitch, netball and tennis courts, a sports centre with fitness suite, two activity studios and a sports hall with six badminton courts, and a new sports pavilion which opened in 2015.

Grand Parade, Brighton

Grand Parade campus in Brighton city centre is home to the university’s College of Arts and Humanities, (formerly the Faculty of Arts), the University of Brighton gallery and Sallis Benney Theatre. The university’s archives[13] include the University of Brighton Design Archives, which houses collections from the Design Council and other British and global design organisations, and the moving image archive Screen Archive South East. Facilities include the specialist humanities, art and design library at St Peter’s House, computer pool rooms, a media centre, a restaurant and cafe. The School of Art, Design and Media and the School of Humanities are based at Grand Parade.

Phoenix halls of residence provide accommodation for 298 students.

Moulsecoomb, Brighton

The Moulsecoomb campus is to the north of Brighton city centre. It is the largest of the five campuses with over 8,000 students. Brighton Business School, School of Art, Design and Media (architecture and interior architecture), School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics, School of Environment and Technology and School of Pharmacy and Biomolecule Sciences are based on the Moulsecoomb campus. The University of Brighton’s International College is in the Watts Building.

Teaching and learning resources include rapid prototyping and design equipment including 3D scanners, CNS lathes and laser cutters, clinical skills and molecular biology laboratories, specialist labs for structural dynamics, geotechnics, thermal dynamics, hydraulics and avionics, a flight simulator, real-time trading room, and architecture and interior architecture studios. Facilities include Aldrich library, computer pool rooms, two restaurants and five cafes. In early 2016 construction started on a new advanced engineering building.

Moulsecoomb Place halls of residence provides accommodation for 160 students. The campus is served well by bus services and Moulsecoomb Station.

The Brighton Students’ Union is based in Cockcroft Building.


The Eastbourne campus is at the foot of the South Downs National Park, about ten minutes walk from the seafront and twenty minutes from the pier and Eastbourne town centre. Almost 3,000 students are based here studying at the School of Sport and Service Management and the School of Health Sciences.

Teaching and learning facilities at Eastbourne campus include exercise physiology laboratories, an environmental chamber, a human movement laboratory, culinary arts studio and the Leaf Hospital podiatry and physiotherapy clinic. Study facilities in Eastbourne include Queenswood library, computer pool rooms, a learning technologies suite, restaurants, and a Students’ Union shop. Sports facilities include a 25-metre swimming pool, sports hall, artificial outdoor pitch and dance studio.

Welkin halls of residence provides accommodation for over 350 students. The campus is served by a number of bus services and is in walking distance of Eastbourne railway station. Bike storage is provided on campus.


The University of Brighton campus in Hastings is three minutes south of the station and about the same distance from the seafront and the shopping district. Students study applied social science, broadcast media, business and management, community history, computing, education, English literature, environmental biology, human biology, mathematics, media studies and sociology.

Campus facilities include TV and radio studios, a library, computer pool rooms, a cafe and a Students’ Union office. The university’s student-run radio station, Buzz Radio, is based on the Hastings campus.

Robert Tressell Halls provide accommodation for 65 students. The Priory Square building opened for teaching in 2012 and was formally opened in December 2013. It provides a 160-seat lecture theatre and laboratories for science courses.

Student services

Students on each campus have access to services including a careers service, counselling service, student advice service, disability and dyslexia service, and chaplaincy.


The university’s libraries (with 1,400 work places) contain over half a million books, journals and audio-visual materials and, additionally, have subscriptions to around 8,000 electronic journals. In a year, there are around one million loans – and, on an average day, over 6,000 student visits. Combined, the university’s libraries are open for 250 hours per week, with each library typically open between 55 and 68 hours per week, including evenings and weekends. The university has five libraries spread around its campuses.

  • Aldrich Library (Moulsecoomb)
  • Falmer Library
  • Hastings Library
  • Queenwood Library (Eastbourne)
  • St. Peter’s House Library (Grand Parade)

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