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Living here

One thing is certain at BSMS - you'll never be short of options when it comes to your free time. There is a very rich student life here, with two vibrant campuses situated at the edge of the South Downs National Park, and near a bustling eclectic city centre.

Our student society, MedSoc, has more than 40 societies and clubs to get involved with. You are automatically a member of the student unions of two parent universities, which means you can join any of their societies too – and gain membership access to all the bars, clubs and events on both campuses. Whether your interests are sports, arts or spiritual, there’s something for everyone.

If that doesn’t keep you busy enough, Brighton is on the doorstep, with all the shopping, culture and entertainment you’d expect from this colourful and cosmopolitan seaside town.

Three students sitting in the kitchen in halls

Accommodation options

Halls of residence are provided by both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, and BSMS students are allocated evenly between the two universities.

As a first-year medical student, you will be guaranteed accommodation at Falmer, where the medical school is based. However, you must make BSMS your first choice when confirming places with UCAS, and submit your application for university residences by the deadline in late June.

At the University of Brighton, you will normally be placed in Paddock Field residences, where all rooms are en suite. 

At the University of Sussex, you will normally be placed in Lewes Court residences (with either an en-suite room or shared bathroom) or Norwich House (shared bathrooms). 

Whichever residence you live in, at Falmer you will be part of a lively, stimulating and cosmopolitan student community, living alongside people from all over the world who are studying a wide range of subjects. Most accommodation is in single study bedrooms, although there are a few shared rooms and family flats (University of Sussex only), as well as housing designed for students with disabilities. All halls have internet access and contents insurance.

You should apply for halls via the University of Brighton Accommodation Office, regardless of which university campus you would prefer. They will send you information on how to apply during the academic year before you arrive at BSMS, including all relevant deadlines. The office can also help you find accommodation off-campus, if you would prefer. 



If you would prefer to live in a house or flat for you first year, Brighton has a wide range of rented accommodation available.

From year 2, all students move off campus (unless there are exceptional needs). Help with finding a suitable place to live is available from the University of Sussex and University of Brighton accommodation services.

In years 3, 4 and 5, you will undertake attachments at different regional hospitals and within other clinical settings. Placement travel costs will be reimbursed in accordance with our student travel and accommodation policy.  



Commuting to BSMS

We encourage students to live locally to Brighton for the duration of their studies. Students may choose to commute from outside the immediate area for personal reasons; however BSMS is not normally able to provide concessions or adjustments to the requirements of the course to accommodate these circumstances.  Students who are not resident in the local area are likely to need to source temporary accommodation from time to time to ensure they can meet the requirements of the course.


The laid-back city of Brighton is nestled between the South Downs National Park and the sea, and provides a unique and exciting cultural environment for students coupled with all the benefits of being only an hour away from London. 

Students make up a large percentage of the city’s population and take an active part in the cultural life of the city. Theatres, cinemas, galleries and a vibrant music scene offer a huge range of music, art, comedy and club nights. During summer, the many parks and legendary pebble beach are a popular place to spend time with friends, and there are many festivals to enjoy. Brighton Festival is the largest in England and draws many famous acts along with emerging comedians and musicians ready to make their mark, alongside the more eclectic fringe festival. Other highlights include LGBTQ+ Pride, the Burning of the Clocks, Brighton Comedy Festival and The Great Escape, which sees performances at over 400 venues across the city.

Brighton also boasts some of the best shopping in the UK, from big name stores to quirky, independent clothes shops, cafes and record stores hidden among the North Laine area. The city caters for all tastes in food with more restaurants and cafes per capita than any other city outside London.

When you feel like travelling further afield, London can be visited in a day, opening up everything the capital city has to offer. Gatwick Airport is half an hour by train from Brighton, giving students the chance to explore Europe and beyond.



Student views

Four of our students explain why they love living in Brighton.

Gabby Alexander-Harvey, Year 3


Tamara Mulenga, Year 5


Football team on pitch, hugging

Sport, fitness & well-being

From beach volleyball to football in the park, kite surfing to mountain biking, and yoga to flamenco, getting active is huge in Brighton.

There are many opportunities to take part in sport on campus, where you will have access to both University of Brighton and University of Sussex sports facilities and clubs.

A range of student sports clubs are on offer, including watersports, which benefit from Brighton’s seaside location. Sports clubs provide coaching and instruction and take part in British Universities and Colleges Sports (BUCS) competitions,as well as local Sussex leagues. Both universities have a good record of success at competition level in a range of team and individual sports. BSMS also has its own sports teams, including football, hockey and rugby among others, which participate in a range of leagues.

The rolling hills of the South Downs National Park, which surrounds the Falmer Campus, are a haven for hikers and mountain bikers and all sorts of watersports are available at the beach. Or if watching sport is more your thing, Brighton and Hove Albion Football Club is located right beside Falmer Campus and the Sussex County Cricket Club has its home ground in the area.

Smiling group of MedSoc students, in blue gowns and stethoscopes, on fundraising event


At the heart of student social life is BSMS MedSoc, our student society, which offers a huge variety of societies, sports clubs and social events. Get involved and you'll make friends for life!