Study Abroad UK, University of Sussex

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Published on: 08/08/2021

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Amelia Hellman, University of Sussex


Why study abroad?

I knew I wanted to stay and study in the UK after having spent 6 months here on a gap year after finishing school. I really enjoyed the people and culture and felt like a change of scenery was the best decision for me at that time. My degree at the University of Sussex (International Development) was also the first one that I had a passion for. Sussex ticked all my boxes for what I wanted from university. Although tuition fees are higher than in most other European countries, I discovered that there was a wide range of scholarships available to me, as well as accessible loans and student finance that help students to cover fees.

Moving into a different country can be quite daunting – especially if it’s the first time you’re living away from home. What eased my nerves was knowing that Sussex (and most UK universities in general) was very international: out of the 6 people I lived with in university halls, 4 were international students. I never had issues settling into British culture, but when you’re feeling homesick, it’s always nice knowing there are people around you who are in the exact same situation.




Overall, I am glad I took the plunge and moved to the UK for university. Studying abroad is overall an amazing experience for any young person – not only do you get to experience a new culture, but it is a good way to get out of your comfort zone and become more independent. You get to meet friends from all around the world, and broaden your horizons toward new opportunities that you may not have taken otherwise.



The most common accommodation when you first start at university is living on campus in shared accommodation, or “halls”. You will be able to apply through your university, and most universities will have a range of options for different types of rooms and different price points. Although living in halls has its ups and downs, it is a great way to network and meet new people, especially as an international student with no existing contacts around you.

After your first year, most students like to house-share with friends or other students. Living in Brighton on your own can be expensive, so house sharing is the cheaper alternative. You can choose to live with friends, or there are always rooms being advertised on Facebook. Living with friends is what made my university experience for me – I wouldn’t have had the experiences and memories I did if it wasn’t for my housemates!



Brighton – Things To See and Do

Brighton as a city is the perfect size in my opinion: you can easily walk to and from town, to the beach, etc., but equally there are great public transport networks available throughout the day and night.

Brighton offers a good mixture of daytime activities and nightlife: you can spend your days shopping in local small boutiques in the North Laines, exploring independent cafes and restaurants, or enjoying the scenic views at Brighton Beach. In the evenings, you can enjoy a drink at one of the many pubs and bars scattered around town, and even continue your night onto the seafront for nightclubs (where you will definitely get a glimpse of true British culture).  You can also frequently attend different pop-up events, shows, and festivals in and around Brighton, which are always great fun.



Credit – Amelia Hellman

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