Brighton & Hove, a vibrant cosmopolitan city of 250,000 people, is an ideal place for international students to live and study.
- it has a well-established, large and welcoming student community which includes two universities
- it is a popular seaside town with the beautiful Sussex countryside only minutes away
- it has excellent transport links to London, about 50 minutes away by train, with quick and easy access to the international airports of Heathrow and Gatwick by rail and coach (see below for more details)
- it is full of unique tourist attractions, and hosts special events such as the London to Brighton bike ride, the Brighton Festival of Arts and Music, wind-surfing championships and many more
The Royal Pavilion, justifiably termed "the most extraordinary palace in Europe", is one of the city's top attractions, along with Brighton Pier with its amusements, stalls and fun-fair.
In the city you will find several cinemas, concert halls, theatres, museums and art galleries. The Royal Pavilion, one of the most fascinating palaces in England with its Indian-style exterior and mainly Chinese interior, is the highlight of any visit to Brighton & Hove.
Brighton & Hove has probably the best choice of entertainment on the south coast. In the city you will find several cinemas, concert halls and theatres. Top names in the music world regularly perform here before moving to London's West End. In addition, Brighton & Hove has a reputation for some of the best nightclubs outside London with top DJ's regularly playing here.
From the modern shopping mall in Churchill Square to the antique jewellery shops of the 'Lanes' in the old town or the bohemian shops of the North Laine, there is something for everyone.
Throughout the year the city is host to many festivals and special events. The Brighton Festival of Arts and Music, held in May, is one of the largest festivals in Europe. The London to Brighton Bike Ride, in June every year, is Europe's largest cycle event. The Brighton Food Festival takes place in September. The London to Brighton Veteran Car Run takes place on the first Sunday of every November and commemorates the Emancipation run of 1896.
As well as sports centres and swimming pools, there are sports facilities available for sailing, windsurfing, beach volleyball, golf, cycling, football, basketball and tennis, amongst others.
Visit Brighton: http://www.visitbrighton.com
What's On In Brighton: http://whatson.brighton.co.uk
Brighton Festival http://www.brightonfestival.org