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I studied at Brighton before transferring to Goldsmiths. The university in my opinion felt extremely laid back and blasé: the lecturers, students and staff. Aside from the Brighton party life and drinking, there wasn’t much to do on the Falmer Campus. A few food vendors, that were actually quite expensive, but I didn’t realise because of student loans. The university setting was extremely large… a lot of greenery and seagulls! Good if you like the outdoors and you like to see Brighton Football Stadium!
The lecturers and tutors weren’t so bad, but they seemed to love discussion and talking a lot. However, this meant in my essays I had the opportunity to be creative and share more of my opinion. One lecturer would do seminars outside on the grassy fields. Another lecturer was extremely funny, and made the jump to university essay writing so simple. I liked that a lot of the lecturers were from Spain and around the world. The same with some of the students. I met a foreign student from Qatar! Very interesting!
One course leader literally wanted us to write about 750 words and bring in newspaper clippings! Really easy.
A lot of the books were like textbook style as a lot of the students studied for exams that were sports based, healthcare based, sociology, psychology etc. There were less biographies and books written by critical thinkers and contributors to the course.
You will definitely find great friends and have a great social life. Especially since it’s close to Sussex University also.
Firstly I have to say that I really enjoyed my university experience. Brighton is a brilliant place, loads to do, very lively, great people, huge choice of nightlife and it’s by the sea which is particularly great in the summertime. I met many good friends at University and enjoyed the majority of my 3 years there.
However, with all that being said, the teaching, academic support and general facilities, in my opinion, were poor. The teaching was normally just a lecturer reading from slides (very little discussion/participation/insight). As for the support, it seemed difficult to arrange to meetings with lecturers (this is probably because they are overworked/had too many other classes to look after). As for the facilities, the library was under-stocked with the essential course material so the students have to go out to purchase course material for themselves, there was not enough available space for students to carry out the personal study at the actual University, especially with access to a computer/internet!!!! (I was primarily based at the Falmer Campus), there was virtually no Student Union that I knew of, no Student Union bar and perhaps most importantly there were far too few halls so I had to move into a rented house in the area in my first year, with third-year students despite being a fresher. Moreover, once the course was completed I felt the University had no interest and certainly supplied no assistance in the next step of using the degree (I had just paid for and completed) to help me start looking into my next step/career.
So in conclusion, I enjoyed my University experience because of the place and the people and not the actual University of Brighton course I completed. Despite this I still managed to get out of it what I wanted (a 2:1 BsC Honours Degree) and have used it to further my career whilst still enjoying the experience, so I would recommend the University experience for sure but possibly not at the University of Brighton
Please note: I studied BSc Geography, graduating in 2012 so I can only speak from my personal experience on this course at this time