Brighton is a very student-friendly city with lots of facilities for leisure, culture, and education.
If you are researching coming to Brighton as a student – then hello! We hope that your time here will be enjoyable and enriching. It would be great to meet you!
For many years we have had privilege of ministering to students in Brighton, from both Brighton and Sussex Universities and the local language schools.
Your years at university are likely to be the most significant of your life. They provide an opportunity to set the direction for future life and to figure out who you are and who you are going to be. Many people become Christians during their time at university, and being a Christian student presents unique opportunities for spreading the gospel.
It’s vital for Christian students to get involved in a church. There are plenty of good churches in Brighton and Hove, but it’s certainly best to choose one rather than float around. (UCCF have information Be Part of a Church, which you may find helpful.)
Here are some things that characterize student life at Calvary – many of which are “on hold” until the pandemic is past.
- Hospitality. Relationships are vital for the growth of any Christian, so we love to make our students feel welcome. This certainly involves food, and our students are welcome at the monthly church lunch (normally the second Sunday) and are often invited back to someone’s house on other Sundays.
- Spending time with non-students! There is an obvious “family-like” feel to our church, with people of widely different ages and backgrounds mixing together. By getting involved in the life of the church, our students receive a healthy exposure to the “real world”: a refreshing break from campus life and excellent preparation for “real life”, which is rumoured to exist after university.
- Solid teaching. Students are above all to be students of God’s word. We grow nearer to God as we engage our minds in thinking about him. Our style of teaching reflects these convictions.
- Young Adult Group. Time to hang out together plus stimulating Bible Study and discussion.
- Training in apologetics. We encourage our students to get involved in their university’s Christian Union, particularly as a means of reaching out to other students. We have a particular passion to help students talk about the Christian gospel in a way that is relevant, true, culturally aware and attractive.
How to get to us
Our building is within easy walking distance of the student-filled areas of town and it’s easy to reach us from Falmer. (See our directions page for a map and more details.)
By train, get off at London Road station, and our building is five minutes’ walk from there (see our map). You’d need to get the 10.25 from Falmer on a Sunday in order to be at the 11am meeting on time (or get the 10.52 and sprint from the station!). If you are able, do get a train an hour earlier for our prayer/communion time at 10am.
By bus, get off the number 25 near the Lewes Road Sainsbury’s (Melbourne Street Stop). From there you will need cross Lewes Road to Inverness Road and turn left at the other end to walk along Upper Lewes Road, then straight on at the traffic lights, down Viaduct Road (around ten minutes’ walk). Our building is at the far end of Viaduct Road at Preston Circus, next to the Fire Station.
On Sundays, the 10.18 number 25 bus from Park Village (10.23 from Brighton University, Falmer) is probably best if you are coming to the 11am gathering. But do join us for prayer/communion at 10am if you can – you’d need to get the 9.12 number 25 bus (9.16 Brighton/Falmer) for this.