Help and advice

Getting Started

Guide to using StudentCentral

Studentcentral is the university’s online learning environment. The videos in this guide give an overview of the basic functions, including: how to login to StudentCentral, how to navigate it, where to find notifications, where to find study materials for your degree programme, how to use it on your mobile, and how to download an app that will provide notifications when content is added.

Start Connected

Start Connected guides you through connecting to eduroam, downloading your free Microsoft Office package, setting up your unicard, finding your reading lists, and following your campus library.

Brighton Students’ Union

Brighton Students’ Union exists to make your student life better. Whether you’re getting involved in societies, attending our events or chatting to our Support team – we’re here to help you while you’re at university and make sure you make the most of your experience.

From day 1 to graduation, we’ll be by your side and representing your student voice!

Find out more about what we do at brightonsu.com and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay updated. If you can’t wait for Freshers’ and want to the be the first to know about tickets, line-up announcements and more – sign up to our Freshers’ newsletter at brightonsu.com/welcome

Complete online enrolment & upload your uni photo

Complete stage 1 online enrolment from Thursday 22nd August onward using the information provided on this page.

 

Visa information for international students

If you’re a national of a non-European Economic Area (EEA) country and you do not already have a UK visa or residence permit that allows you to study at the university, you will need to apply for and obtain a visa to study with us. You can find more information about how to do so on this page.

 

University life

Student Services

Student Services is a central department that provides a range of services to support you through university and to help you get the most from the student experience.

 

 

New students with disabilities

If you have a medical condition, physical disability, mental health condition or Specific Learning Difficulty (e.g. dyslexia), please let us know as soon as possible so we can talk to you about the support we can offer. We have a dedicated team who will support you, and we can talk to you about which facilities and equipment may be appropriate to help you make the most of university. You can find more information about disclosing your disability and the support available to you here.

Accommodation

Our accommodation team have excellent local knowledge and many years of experience. They’ll advise you on all the options open to you, and help you find your new home. Options include: university-managed halls and houses; private halls, managed by our partner Kaplan living; private rented accommodation (which gives you more choice over where to live and who with); and Homestay (where you rent a room in your landlord’s home). You can find more information about your accommodation options on the accommodation page.

My finances

As a student, it is not unusual to have concerns about money.
The my finances page includes tips on how to make your money go further, what bursaries and scholarships you could be eligible for and what to do if you are facing financial difficulties.

 

Students with children

Many of our students have to combine work, study and childcare commitments. We understand how challenging this can be and are continually working to improve access to our courses and to support student parents.

If you are studying at the university, we have two nurseries that provide high quality childcare for students.

Our student advice service will also always be on hand to answer any questions you have or help you to access any funding that is available to you. Visit this page to find more information about the support and services available to students with children.

LGBTQ+ Support

We are committed to fostering an inclusive and supportive environment for all students, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer + students. We understand that LGBTQ+ students may face additional challenges during their time at university, and we have services to support you. You can find more information about these services on our LGBTQ+ support page.

 

Finding a part-time job

You may choose to work part-time for financial reasons, or to gain experience specific to your longer term career goals. We can help you to find and apply for opportunities within and outside the university, and advise on the practical and legal considerations of working while you study. You can find more advice about part-time work here.

 

Your wellbeing

When you feel healthy and well, you’re more likely to be productive, confident and ready to make the most of your time at university. To help you keep on top of your studies and your life in general, you may want to access our range of health and wellbeing services.

 

Employability and careers

We want to inspire you to make the most of your time at university and go on to find work that excites and rewards you. To stand out in a competitive job market, we strongly recommend you work on your employability throughout your time at university. You’ll need a combination of knowledge, skills, personal qualities and relevant experiences – which you can get from your Brighton degree. And you’ll need to be actively exploring your career options, with our support. You can find more information about this support on the employability and careers page.

Sport Brighton

Sport Brighton is the home of the University of Brighton’s sport and activity services. Sport Brighton believes in sport in its widest sense, so even if you don’t consider yourself to be sporty there is probably some form of activity that you’ll enjoy. Our first big event of the year is our annual ice skating event; check the link below for details and to find out more more. Our services include: gyms and sport facilities, instructor led class programmes, low cost drop in weekly activity programme, internal sports leagues for fun, student run sports clubs, and performance sport services. More info can be found at: sport.brighton.ac.uk/welcome

Successful Study

Academic Study Kit website

The ASK website is designed in partnership with students to familiarise you with the skills you will need to achieve study success at university, and the study methods which will help you to get the most out of your learning experience. The site is always updated with new resources to help you develop effective study techniques. It includes advice on: preparing for study in Higher Education; on independent study; on doing assignments; on exams and revision; on organising your time, and much more!

 

International Academic Study Kit website

iASK includes lectures, classes, tutorials, online essay feedback and peer proof reading for students whose first language is not English. All the iASK services are FREE and are designed to develop students’ existing academic language skills to help them succeed in their day-to-day academic tasks.

 

 

Information Services

Our libraries and computer rooms are spread across the university sites, so you’re always close to the resources you need. You can find contact details for the different libraries at the university here. You can find their opening hours here.

Information Services also provide access to the online training resources available through LinkedIn Learning, which is a library of high-quality video tutorials on a wide range of software, business and personal development topics. Your University account gives you access to all of it for free.

As well as LinkedIn Learning, students also have access to the in-house resources developed to support our staff training workshops, which includes resources on doing literature searches, using referencing software, using Microsoft Office, and more.

Library staff are also there to help you with training and support, individually or in groups. Help for queries is always available at the library Help Desks, or you can make an appointment with your Information Adviser for more complex queries and help.

Library services for part-time students

Advice for part-time students on the opportunity to join a library closer to where you live, online resources, inter-library loans, reserving books, and requesting that books be posted to the your home address (only available for part-time students living outside of East Sussex who are on campus less than once a week).

Using other libraries

A guide to using other libraries as a University of Brighton student.

The PI Shop

Maths support at the Pi Shop is available throughout the year to all students at the university.

The Pi Shop is run by PhD students who are there to help guide you through your mathematical problems (not to answer the questions for you) and suggest ways in which you can gain understanding and confidence in tackling questions.

The Pi Shop runs from Monday to Friday, 12-2pm on the ground floor of Aldrich Library, Moulsecoomb campus. Find out more at the Pi Shop website.

Peer Assisted Study Sessions

Peer Assisted Study Sessions (PASS) is a student-led initiative where issues relating to course material and student life can be discussed in a friendly, informal environment with peers and trained student facilitators.

These sessions provide an opportunity to make new friends whilst studying in a small group environment with around 10-15 students and two student leaders. It’s a safe place to ask questions and improve your confidence in your studies.

PASS runs in 29 countries and more than 1500 institutions worldwide; in other universities, regular attendees of PASS have shown better knowledge and understanding of course material and have improved their grades by 10 – 20%, that’s up to a full grade boundary!

You can find out more about PASS, including the Schools in which the scheme is running, on the PASS website.

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