Universities on the UK’s South Coast offer international students an overwhelming amount of choices. In this edition we look at four of the best places to study at and why you should seriously consider the opportunities and experiences available on England’s amazing South Coast.
Brighton is one of Britain’s liveliest towns – its bohemian, artistic and eccentric atmosphere can’t be found anywhere else in the UK. It has practically everything London has to offer a student but concentrated and set within a glorious and grand English seaside town. This South Coast town is basically a student paradise!
The town’s two universities mean that Brighton is always filled with students from all over the globe. Individualism is celebrated here and it’s known for being a place where you’ll never be bored. The town has very strong tradition of acceptance and alternative lifestyles are celebrated. Did you know that Brighton is the first place in the UK to have a Green Member of Parliament? It’s also a picturesque town which provides traditional seaside fun against the backdrop of Regency architecture.
Brighton’s nightlife is legendary with something to cater for all tastes. From rave bars and clubs along the beachside like the Honeyclub, through to retro sixties/mod nights and comedy nights at the Komedia. The town also has a vibrant music scene with bands playing practically every day of the week. Brighton is a centre for art and culture with galleries and theatres in abundance.
It’s also great for shopping. You’ll find all of the big chain stores in Churchill Square shopping centre. On the Lanes there is an eclectic mix of individual stores, vintage clothes boutiques, Tattoo parlors, quirky cafes and cosmopolitan restaurants, as good as any you’ll find in London’s Camden Town.
If it’s heritage you crave you can visit the Royal Pavilion, seaside fantasy palace of King George IV, built by John Nash, which combines an Indian mogul exterior with an exotic Chinese interior. Or take a look at the lifestyle of the Edwardian gentry at Preston Manor with its collections of furniture, paintings and porcelain upstairs, and the simpler surroundings of the servants’ quarters down stairs.
Put simply Brighton is one of the most vibrant and exciting place to learn in the world.
University of Brighton
University of Sussex
Bournemouth is a fantastic choice for any postgraduate student. This location offers stunning scenery with seven miles of golden sands and a vibrant cosmopolitan town that is extremely student orientated. TripAdvisor recently voted Bournemouth as the UK’s number one beach destination.
In Bournemouth you can enjoy the atmosphere and attractions of an award-winning Victorian town and discover the stunning area that surrounds it. It’s pedestrianized town centre with great shops and award-winning gardens, are adjacent to each other.
Bournemouth as resort thrives on its population of international students. Bournemouth also arguably has the best nightlife on the south coast. Nightclubs are to be found throughout the town centre and offer something to suit all tastes. There really are far too many to mention so if clubbing is your thing then Bournemouth should come top of your list.
To study a Masters degree Bournemouth University (BU) is a fantastc choice. BU is a modern and innovative institution. The University’s courses are designed and delivered to provide graduates with a head start in pursuing employment and career enhancement. All of these activities result in BU’s year-on-year track record for achieving one of the highest graduate employment rates in the UK.
Portsmouth offers students a mixture of history, a vibrant arts scene, bars, clubs, restaurants and culture. This waterfront city is proud of its maritime and naval heritage, but Portsmouth has a whole lot more to offer.
As you’d expect from the birthplace of Charles Dickens, Portsmouth is a culturally rich and diverse city. Boasting a lively music scene, theatres and art galleries Portsmouth offers a stimulating cultural experience for any student.
Portsmouth also offers a unique shopping experience; from the award winning Gunwharf Quays and major high-street names in the city centre to the array of independent, vintage, outlet and quirky shops in Southsea.
Being a lively port, Portsmouth has an extremely bustling nightlife. Friday and Saturday nights in the town centre are packed with visitors, students and locals all enjoying the vast array of bars and clubs.
For outdoor types the pebbly beachfront and public gardens offer tranquil walks. Portsmouth is also renowned for hosting world-class sailing events and several international festivals of the sea, windsurfing and sailing are popular activities.
University of Portsmouth
Chichester is a small town with a lot to offer students. This beautiful historic town is located right next too a charming part of the south coast and surrounded by glorious countryside. Chichester is a welcoming, and friendly place to study. These qualities are reflected in the atmosphere of the university which is renowned for being a supportive and sociable institution.
For students looking for a more serene and relaxed atmosphere to study in Chichester is an ideal choice. The town offers some great traditional English pubs and one nightclub which fully caters for the student population. There are an eclectic range of restaurants and all of the main high street shops in this quaint location. If you are interested in history Chichester offers a great number sight seeing opportunities.
Life in Chichester in is best summed up by the following student review:
“For me, Chichester is a gorgeous city. England in miniature - a picturesque little city, filled with nice places to eat, a great theatre, some interesting independent shops and some peregrine falcons nesting in the Cathedral. Who could ask for more?” (www.whatuni.com)
University of Chichester