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Student life

More than an education, it’s a way of life

Student Life

Choosing Brinsbury College means you’ll be part of a vibrant community, and we encourage you to embrace college life to the fullest!

Brinsbury SU

The Students’ Union is led by an SU Officer, either Student President or Vice President who are elected by the student body. The Officers lead a group of Student Executives on each campus who are selected from the first Student Conference in October.

If you want to be involved then make sure you are elected rep for your course or pop in to see your Student Experience Team. For every college decision, policy or process that affects students, the Student Union and its students are consulted – make sure your voice is heard!

There are loads of opportunities to enjoy days out, trips abroad and a huge range of activities to take part in.


Brinsbury’s results are consistently among the best in the country for land-based colleges, and there’s lots for you to enjoy. As a student, you can enjoy walking through our attractive and extensive grounds, enjoy a coffee in Costa or a meal in our Sussex Restaurant. There’s also a well-equipped library and learning resource area, as well as a student union room on site where you can relax at lunchtime.

The campus offers lots of different services, which are available to students as well as the public. Brinsbury students also have access to all the facilities that are based within our Chichester Campus – including the learning resource centres, fitness gym, hair salon, beauty salon and other eateries.

Brinsbury Xtra

Once you are enrolled on your college course, you become an automatic member of the Students’ Union, providing you with access to all trips and events, including parties, days out to places like Thorpe Park and even trips abroad to exciting destinations like New York. We can even give you the opportunity to volunteer abroad; this year our students are volunteering in Kenya for the tenth year running.

We also run lots of events in college, like our Children in Need and Comic Relief charity events. Last year we raised over £4,000 for charity, which you can get involved with. In addition to this we have historically raised over £100,000 to build a school for underprivileged children in Kenya. There are a huge variety of activities for you to get involved in every day of the week, which are all part of our #GetSomeXtra program.

Brinsbury SU Student Executive and Course Representatives

Every course at college has a Student Representative and it is a great role to take on, helping to ensure that you and the students you study with have the best possible experience while at college. Student Representatives are elected during week 3 of the academic year.

Student representatives can put themselves forward to become Student Executives, these are the student leaders of the college.

The Student Executives support the Student Union in organising and running events and charity fundraisers, share the views and opinions of their fellow student body and represent students at all levels within the college.

College Life


Throughout the year, the college organises pop-up awareness stands and events on the Worthing campus and we encourage all students to get involved.

Whether it’s Be Healthy Stay Safe Month, Mental Health Awareness Week, World Aids Day or Fairtrade Fortnight, there will be lots of information and free giveaways to get students inspired and engaged with the world around them.


Each September companies from across Haywards Heath and Sussex to get involved with our fantastic Freshers’ events. All new and returning students are encouraged to attend, get some great discounts, bag some freebies and enter competitions to win some amazing prizes.


If you want to earn some extra cash while you study, a part-time job can be a great way to keep your social life on track while you get qualified. With the town centre so close by, there are loads of opportunities to work in retail or at one of the numerous cafes and restaurants.

If you’ve got a specific role in mind, or are looking for something to gain experience that complements your studies, try visiting the Progression+ Team at the Brinsbury campus. The specialist advisers are in contact with hundreds of local employers and can help you find and apply for your perfect job.


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