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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 over 25 societies and sports 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.

Accommodation options

BSMS students are offered accommodation at halls of residence on both University of Brighton and Sussex campuses at Falmer. This will be at either Lewes Court or Paddock Field, just a ten-minute walk from the majority of your classes.

Living in halls gives you a fantastic opportunity to meet other students and make friends. You’ll also have access to convenient shopping, catering, sports, library and support facilities on campus.

If you are studying a Batchelor of Medicine/ Batchelor of Surgery course you are guaranteed a room for your first year of study, provided that you make BSMS your first choice, and have applied for accomodation by 15 July 2017.

In some instances, a 2% discount may also be available on rent at Paddock Field. Click here for details.



After year 1, you will live off-campus in Brighton. The city has several areas which are particularly popular with students and there is a wide range of rented accommodation available. 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, hospital accommodation is provided for on-call duties, where required.

During the fifth year of study, you will undertake attachments at different regional hospitals. Accommodation is provided at those centres not easily reached from your Brighton base.


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 LGBT 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

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

Gabby Alexander-Harvey, Year 1


Janet Okwesa, Year 1


Shreya Badhrinarayanan, Year 3


students sports group

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 the University of Sussex sports facilities and clubs, along with BSMS MedSoc’s own teams. 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.

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.


"BSMS societies are very relaxed and there's so much choice.  I have been to SurgSoc events, anatomy society events and there so many sports and arts events coming up such as shows, which I’m really excited to get involved in. We have an added advantage of being able to get involved in Brighton and Sussex university societies as well. For example, I have been to Trampolining society at Sussex and Polo society with Brighton.  This is a unique advantage to BSMS."

Rebecca Terry, first year BM BS student

medsoc group


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!