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Brighton & Sussex Medical School

Student life

Student life

It’s fair to say that BSMS students are spoilt for choice when it comes to free time and weekend activities. Student life at BSMS is rich and varied; two campuses located within the South Downs National Park, an eclectic and vibrant city on the doorstep as well as the beautiful south coast of England.

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At the heart of BSMS student life is our Medical Society, a student-led organisation which offers sports teams, clubs and social events throughout the year. Lifetime MedSoc membership costs £50, which will grant access to representation and discounts across your five years at BSMS.

BSMS MedSoc works with both students' unions and organises teams and social events specifically aimed at medical students, such as balls, cabarets, talks and charity marathons. Not only do the MedSoc team work tirelessly to deliver such a wide variety of student activity, but they are also represented at the BSMS student affairs committee, providing a channel for feedback from BSMS students. 


Other clubs and societies 

With access to two universities' students' unions, there is huge number of clubs and societies available for you to join, whatever your interests.

Visit the Sussex Students' Union website >

Visit the Brigton Students' Union website > 


Brighton and Hove

On the doorstep of our two picturesque campuses is the vivacious and unique city of Brighton and Hove. Whether you’re looking for a dip in the sea, some vintage clothing or a delicious meal, there’s bound to be something to help you wind down.

In addition to countless shops, restaurants, bars and cafes, both independent and high street chains, Brighton and Hove also boasts one of the UK’s most diverse cultural calendars. The summer begins in May with the largest annual fringe arts festival in England, before finishing in August with one of Europe’s flagship Pride events. When the weather gets a little colder, you can head inside for a show at the Theatre Royal or try your hand at skating at the Pavilion Ice Rink – a true Brighton staple in the winter. 

Find out more about the area >

Getting around

Whether you live on campus and travel by foot, or commute in a car, bus, bike or train, navigating Brighton, Falmer and the surrounding areas is quick and easy. 

By foot 

From third year onwards, students are taught predominantly off campus, either at the Audrey Emerton Building or at our partnered clinical environments. However, getting from campus accommodation to the BSMS Teaching Building takes just ten minutes. 


By car 

Yearly student parking permits are available for students from first year onwards on the Brighton Falmer campus and from second year onwards at the Sussex Falmer campus. The BSMS Teaching Building is roughly a 15 minute drive from the city centre, while the Audrey Emerton Buidling is just up the road in Kemptown. 

By bus 

The Falmer campuses of both universities are all serviced by the 25 and 25X bus routes, which depart every five to ten minutes, 24 hours a day. These take passengers from campus to the centre of Brighton where you can link with other useful bus routes such as the 7, which goes into Kemptown towards the Audrey Emerton Building and the Royal Sussex County Hospital. 

By train 

Falmer Station is just a three minute walk from both the nearby Sussex and Brighton campuses. It’s well-served by frequent local trains which run between Brighton and Lewes. You can also travel to Falmer Station from London and the east via Lewes. 

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