I first said I wanted to go to university in Brighton aged 9, not even knowing there was one! Growing up in North London I regularly visited family friends there and I loved the beach and the bohemian lanes. Many people have described the city as London on sea, and given the vast array of nightlife options I’d have to agree. The slightly pricey Concorde 2 is brilliant for dub and reggae nights, as well as gigs; gay clubs such as Revenge are lots of fun; and smaller venues such as Green Door store have free nights on too. There are numerous options for eating out, including many affordable vegetarian and vegan restaurants. And best of all, it’s a small enough city to get around by foot.
While Sussex is just outside Brighton in Falmer, most students live in the city in their second and third years. The campus’s location is lovely, however, just at the foot of the beautiful downs, perfect for walks to alleviate exam stress. There is a weekly farmers market, with fresh fruit and vegetables, a variety of international foods, and vintage clothing. The university has a reputation for activism and the Student Union is great, with many campaigns and societies to get involved with. I am part of the Musical Theatre Society, which provides many socials, as well as rehearsals for musicals. I have also attended several demonstrations in London, an advantage to being so close to the capital.
My English course is much more varied than at most universities, with more modern political modules such as “Post-colonial Literature” and “Gender, Culture, Politics” sparking my interest. The library is open for 24 hours a day during the week, allowing students to work through the night to meet deadlines. There are also countless opportunities for study abroad for a term or year, and I currently have friends in Scandinavia, the US and Australia, to name just a few.
The main downside to Sussex would have to be the price. Rent and drinks are close to London prices, without the extra loan. However, the University offers scholarships to those whose parents have a lower income and those who achieve three As in their A Levels, so there is a way around this for many. There are also of course the issues with Southern Rail, but bus links to the university are good including a night bus, and many also choose to brave the hills and cycle. I would certainly recommend Sussex to anyone interested in nightlife, politics or the outdoors.
By Millie Burgh