Posted by: Students Worldwide
Published on: 08/08/2021Back to Blog
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.
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.
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