Getting around

Find out how to get around Brighton & Hove and explore the wider East and West Sussex areas.

How to travel around Brighton & Hove

You can get into Brighton & Hove easily using various transport links.

Buses

You can get plenty of buses to and from campus. Depending on traffic, the journey time is about 20 to 30 minutes.

Find out which buses run to and from the University. Most buses run every ten minutes. You can also get a night bus (N25) back to campus from the centre of Brighton. There are two services an hour between midnight and 5am.

Buses may not stop at the same point they drop you off, so check with the driver if you’re unsure of where to get your bus home.

Bus tickets

Buses may be cheaper than getting the train, especially if you frequently travel to campus.

You can:

There are two types of tickets. A citySAVER gives you unlimited journeys around Brighton and Hove, except night buses. A networkSAVER allows you unlimited journeys across the entire Brighton and Hove Buses network, including night buses.

The cost of tickets depends on:

  • how you buy your ticket (M-tickets and the Key are cheaper than buying from the driver)
  • how long your ticket is valid for
  • whether your ticket is a citySAVER or networkSAVER.

With any discount, the driver may want to see your student ID card with your ticket.

Find out more on the Brighton and Hove buses website or use the Brighton & Hove buses student portal.

Trains

Falmer Station is directly opposite the south side of campus, through the A27 road underpass.

Trains run to Brighton and Lewes, every 10-20 minutes during the week but less frequently at weekends. Find out more about train services.

Check the train you’re getting stops at your destination because not all of them do. Also check whether you need to change at Brighton.

Tip: Check train information about disruptions if you have something important to do. Sometimes trains are delayed, cancelled or replaced by buses if there is engineering work.

Train tickets

There are options to buy peak and off-peak daily tickets as well as monthly and three-monthly season tickets.

You can save money by buying a 16-25 Railcard, which are also available for students of any age.

A Unizone ticket allows unlimited train travel around Brighton, Shoreham, Lewes and Eastbourne. Show your student card and a rail photo ID card to buy a Unizone ticket.

If you’re outside the Unizone area, and regularly use the train, a season ticket can save money. You get unlimited journeys while it is valid.

Check season ticket prices.

Cycling

Join the many people who cycle to and from campus every day.

If you have your own bike, you can park it in the racks outside each building on campus.

Alternatively, you can take part in the Brighton bike sharing scheme. We have more than 50 bike docking stations on campus.

Learn how to maintain your bike or get help from someone else on campus.

You can also get practical advice about cycling around Brighton & Hove from the council.

Taxis

The fixed taxi fare from campus into central Brighton is £14. If you’re travelling late at night or going to other destinations, you might pay more.

The Students’ Union runs a Student Taxis scheme. If you haven’t got enough money to get home, you can call 01273 204060 and quote the Sussex Student Take Care Scheme. You pay the Students’ Union back the next day.

Walking and running

If you’re feeling energetic, you could try walking or even running to and from campus. The distance into the city centre is about five miles (8 km) and will take you about an hour and a half to walk.

Driving and parking

We are committed to reducing our carbon footprint and encouraging travel to campus through sustainable methods.

Therefore, we encourage you to avoid driving on to campus and instead consider the options above.

If you want to drive to campus, find out how to join a waiting list for parking permits.

If you have exceptional circumstances you can apply for a campus parking permit.

We work closely with local transport companies to offer you great deals on services. If you have any suggestions on how we can improve sustainable transport options, email transport@sef.fm.

Getting home at night

Brighton and Hove is a fairly safe city but avoid walking home on your own late at night. Always get a registered taxi, go with friends or use public transport.

Other places nearby

If you’re feeling adventurous, you might also want to visit:

  • Lewes – a county town with a medieval castle and historic shopping areas
  • Ditchling Beacon – a vantage point on the South Downs with spectacular views on a clear day
  • Devil’s Dyke – another fantastic view with some short walking routes and a reasonably-priced pub and restaurant
  • Cuckmere Haven – good for a forest picnic or a winding river walk down to the coast
  • Rottingdean – a traditional English village by the sea with an undercliff walking and cycling route from Brighton Marina
  • Saltdean – has an open-air swimming pool in its art deco lido
  • Shoreham – a harbour town to the west of Brighton with a seasonal local museum.

You can reach these places by bus. Find out more on the Brighton and Hove buses website.

Find out more about things to do around the counties of East Sussex and West Sussex.

Ask staff for help

If you need help around campus, look out for staff wearing orange Ask Me badges.

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