The University of Brighton is a thriving multi-campus university on the south coast of England with a longstanding focus on practice-based, creative and professional education. All undergraduate courses provide opportunities for work-related learning, with many offering professional accreditation and extended work placements. Students can tailor their degree through optional modules that fit with their particular interests.

City Centre
City Centre

In or close to the centre of a city


On the coast, near the sea

UCAS Code: B72

Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF)

TEF Silver is awarded to institutions that deliver high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for their students, and consistently exceed "rigorous national quality requirements" for higher education in the UK. Find out more about TEF.

Student Statistics

Student population


Level of study

  • Undergraduate 82%
  • Postgraduate 18%

Mode of study

  • Full Time 77%
  • Part Time 23%

Where students come from

  • UK 87%
  • EU 5%
  • Other 8%

Student gender

  • Male 39%
  • Female 61%

Undergraduate Open Days

Open days allow you to experience the university first hand, and help you decide if it's the right place for you​.

Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • Each university site has library and computing facilities so students are always close to the resources that they need.
  • The libraries include dedicated study spaces and operate extended opening hours. Students also have access to a 24-hour online library with thousands of e-books, databases and full text journals – most accessible from anywhere with an Internet connection.
  • Students have access to free campus-wide Wi-Fi.

Student jobs

  • Many full-time students work part-time while they are studying at the University of Brighton.
  • The university's Vacancies Service is an online jobs database which advertises part-time and holiday work, including university-based roles.
  • There are careers centres on each university campus which can help students find a job and provide career guidance.

Careers advice

  • Career Development Advisors are available to give practical help with CVs, job applications and preparing for interviews. They can also help arrange professional mentoring.
  • Practical careers guidance is complemented by the university's career-focused approach to learning. Students benefit from opportunities throughout their course to build real-world experience and transferable skills through project work, volunteering and placements.

Health services

  • Students have access to a wide range of healthcare services to help with studies and life in general.
  • The university has its own medical centres in Eastbourne and Moulsecoomb, and students can also access the extensive healthcare provision in their local communities.

Counselling and Mental Health Support

  • The university offers a range of support to students experiencing stress, anxiety, and other mental health issues. Well-being workshops are available to support students through the various demands of the academic year.
  • Each of the university's academic schools has a Student Support and Guidance Tutor (SSGT); they provide support about a wide range of personal and academic issues and can refer students to specialist services.
  • A free counselling service provides short-term one-to-one support to students who need a safe and confidential setting in which to work through problems.

Disability support

  • Support is available for all disabled students, whether they have a specific learning difference such as dyslexia; hearing, visual or mobility impairment; mental health issues; or any other long-term medical condition.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Other services and facilities

  • The university is committed to continuously investing in equipment, facilities and buildings. New facilities include a new advanced engineering building, a podiatry hospital, flight simulators, human movement laboratories, a dispensing pharmacy, prototyping facilities, and clinical skills facilities including ambulance and midwifery suite simulations. There are also studios, exhibition spaces and specialist equipment for architecture, design, fine art, fashion, textiles photography and media courses.

Students' Union

  • Brighton Students' Union offers over 100 student societies, more than 50 sports clubs and a range of other activities where students can make friends, visit new places and build a wealth of experiences.
  • There are also opportunities to gain experience by volunteering to become a course representative or get involved in student campaigns.
  • The Students' Union creates a diverse events programme every year, from cinema and club nights to black-tie balls, as well as helping societies to hold cultural and religious events for festivals such as Eid, Diwali, Hanukkah, Chinese New Year and Christmas.


  • The origins of the university can be traced back to 1859 with the founding of the School of Art in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.
  • Since being granted university status in 1992 the University of Brighton has grown steadily. Today it is a community of more than 21,000 students, offering over 160 practice-based and professional undergraduate courses.

Fascinating Fact

  • One of the University of Brighton's alumni, Alison Lapper MBE, was featured on the 'fourth plinth' of Trafalgar Square in a sculpture by Marc Quinn.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Dr Gary Brickley – British Paralympic cycling team coach.
  • Emily Brooke MBE – founder and CEO of Blaze.
  • Mandy Chessell CBE – computer scientist, master inventor and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering.
  • Paddy Considine – actor, screenwriter and director.
  • Norman Cook - DJ, musician and producer.
  • Emily Gravett – children's book illustrator and author.
  • Dr Steve Ingham – Head of Physiology at the English Institute of Sport (IES).
  • Paris Lees – journalist, presenter and transgender rights campaigner.
  • Jill McDonald – chief executive of Halfords.
  • Julien Macdonald OBE – designer.
  • Orlando Weeks – musician, The Maccabees.
  • Rachel Whiteread CBE – artist and Turner Prize winner, 1993.


University of Brighton, Student Admissions Office, Watts Building, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4GJ