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n Welcome to Brunel.......................................................................................... 5 n Why Brunel?.................................................................................................. 6 n Our London location....................................................................................... 7 n Campus life.................................................................................................... 8 n Orientation and airport welcome service......................................................... 11 n Accommodation........................................................................................... 12 n Insessional English and Modern Foreign Languages.......................................... 14 n Work, Employability and Careers................................................................... 15

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n Sport, Arts and Culture at Brunel.................................................................... 16 n Connect with us............................................................................................ 20

Ravindu Viduranga Jayasinghe (Sri Lanka)


I started looking for a good university in the UK where I can get a globally recognized degree, plus the best for my hard work and money which I was willing to put in. Then I found Brunel which satisfied all my needs. Brunel is consistently rated as one of the top universities for Mechanical engineering and a leading university in London. The modules for my course were exactly what I was looking for. Brunel has an ideal location and a diverse student population. Uxbridge

is a nice and peaceful town and only about 40 minutes from Central London. Uxbridge Underground Station is less than 20 minutes walk from the University and there are various buses which stop at the University. The transport facilities have been very helpful as I live off-campus. Brunel is a modern university with all the most modern facilities. Everyone seems really happy here and there is a great atmosphere on-campus with excitement all the time.


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Mechanical Engineering BEng (with one year work placement)


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Welcome to Brunel We hope you enjoy looking through this booklet. We wanted to highlight the key benefits of studying at Brunel and share with you some of our students’ experiences. There are several ways of keeping in contact with Brunel. Our International Marketing staff visit all corners of the globe, so please keep an eye on “Meet us in your country” on our international web pages to see which countries we are visiting international/event-articles/meet-us If we are not visiting your country, then don’t worry; there are plenty of other ways to find out more about Brunel. You can follow international student bloggers on our website, plus engage with our social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter brunelinternational @Brunel_Int

We have a number of authorised Brunel representatives based in many different countries, who have been trained to offer advice and assist students interested in applying to Brunel. Please visit our country pages for more information. international/information-by-country Just before you begin your studies at Brunel, we encourage you to take part in our free International Orientation, as this will help you settle into university. See page 11.

Anas Darkaoui (Syria) Children Youth and International Development MA

Uxbridge is a safe and friendly residential area with some beautiful green parks and lakes. The high street is 5 minutes by bus or a short 15 minutes walk from campus with two shopping malls, a library, supermarkets, many restaurants and bars to choose from, and a multi-screen cinema. Last Christmas we even had an ice rink! Those who like swimming like me can enjoy an Olympic sized pool at Hillingdon Sport centre only 5 minutes from the high street. The underground station in Uxbridge takes you to Central London in 40 minutes via two different lines and there is a night bus for those who enjoy a night out. Uxbridge is conveniently located close to central London yet still distant enough to allow students to focus on their studies.

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n Campus based with everything in one place n Easy access to Central London n Guaranteed accommodation for first year students n Research-led first rate teaching

Ane Ogbe (Nigeria)

n Highly-rated flexible courses

Biological Sciences PhD

n Award winning Placement and Careers Centre


Studying at Brunel University is one of the most exciting experiences I have ever had. The multicultural nature of the student community makes university life even more interesting. The fact that it is one central campus means that I get to interact with students studying a wide range of courses which I must say is very enlightening. Student life and living on-campus is very active and eventful with social events every day of the week, should you choose to take part. The campus has also got a number of places where students can relax after a hard day of studying like Be Active, Loco’s, The Academy and Costa.

n All round student satisfaction


By joining us here at Brunel, you will have the perfect opportunity to visit London, the host of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics games, where you can be confident that you’ll always find new things to do.

Central London Brunel is located in Uxbridge, which is about 40 minutes away from Central London and can be reached by tube, train and bus. It is an amazing place full of history and culture with something new to discover every day of the week. Virtually every nation, culture and cuisine are represented in London, so if you ever miss home comforts, you won’t struggle to find a taste of home. London also has excellent transport links, so exploring the rest of the UK or mainland Europe is easy. For more information on London transport please visit

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Our London location

There are thousands of events throughout the year in London and there is something for everyone. Some of these will be free. Find out what is happening:

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8 Campus life Brunel University

Brunel is a campus-based university, so almost everything you need is just moments away. The campus is a mix of modern buildings, gardens and interconnecting pathways. Campus facilities include:

n Self-catering halls if you want to cook for yourself, plus several great places to eat on-campus

n 24 hour computer labs and 24-hour access to the library, which gives you access to over 400,000 print items, more than 36,000 electronic journals, and a collection of over 4,000 DVDs

Andrew Chin Chuan Chong (Malaysia)

n First class sports facilities including an indoor and outdoor running track, gym, basketball and netball court, squash court, climbing wall, football pitches and tennis courts

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n Arts classes, facilities and events, including drama, music, painting, pottery and more, plus free weekly lunch and evenings recitals and concerts

n The Union of Brunel Students (UBS), an

organisation run by students for students. The Union supports clubs and societies, runs a nightclub, a radio station and a newspaper

I love to stay up late in the library, the total study environment is awesome and I really got into the ‘Combat mode’ while studying there. In addition, the Graduate School and Library provide an exclusive environment for the postgraduate students, which really defined the quality of the postgraduate study environment for me. A coffee from Costa keeps me going.

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n The Graduate School, which provides a physical base for all postgraduate students, together with social, academic and welfare support, as well as training courses

n The Multi-Faith Chaplaincy on-campus, a place for students to unwind and explore their faith and spirituality In the last decade, the University has invested nearly £400 million in buildings and infrastructure, which include the following:

n The new Eastern Gateway Building which houses

n £2.5 million UEFA-class football facilities and a competition-standard athletics track

n An Assistive Technology Centre for disabled students n Indoor athletics centre , including an indoor sprint track and jump facilities, and a new sports hall

n A postgraduate residential quarter that brings our on-site accommodation up to 4,571 rooms, four-fifths of them en-suite, with a number of studio flats for couples

Paulina Lara Franco (Mexico) Contemporary Performance Making MA

I applied to have a show on Radio Brunel at the Students Union; as I offered a Rock in Spanish program using a bilingual style, they said yes! It was fantastic to have the chance to share something about Hispanic and Latin music with Brunel students. Also, I worked in one of the restaurants of the Students’ Union, where I also gained some experience in catering. All these things contributed to my degree, where I met amazing people from different countries and backgrounds. Coming to London was an amazing life decision.

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the Main Reception, a café serving Starbucks coffee, an art gallery and the Brunel Business School


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Orientation and airport welcome service Brunel International is hosting a three-day orientation programme in September for all international and EU students prior to the start of the academic year. Brunel International will also be running a three-day airport welcome service from Heathrow airport. For exact dates and to book your place, please check

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The airport welcome service will consist of our friendly student helpers meeting you at Arrivals and accompanying you to the campus using public transport between 7am and 7pm. The bus ride is short and travel expenses will be covered. The orientation programme is organised by the International Student Services Team at Brunel International. They will be available to help you with any challenges you may face regarding living and studying in the UK, and to offer continued support throughout your time at Brunel. Brunel International also has dedicated teams that will be there to help you with queries regarding Immigration and Finance. You can find more information about these services on our website

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Orientation is free for international fee-paying students and £95 for EU and exchange students. It will give you a chance to familiarise yourself with the campus and Uxbridge before starting your course. Above all, it is a great opportunity to make friends and enrol onto your course before all other students arrive. You will be able to attend information sessions on banking and immigration and find out about the various free services offered on-campus. Activities during these three days will include a day trip, a campus and Uxbridge walking tour and lots of social events. Meals are included which means you don’t have to worry about cooking during the programme.

12 Accommodation Brunel University

Living on-campus Rooms are available on-campus for undergraduates and postgraduates. We offer a choice of en-suite, standard and studio residences. Studios are available for co-habiting couples and rooms can also be specifically-adapted to meet the needs of disabled students.

Cost per week (as of 2013/14)

Type of room


En-suite (flat layout)

Single room


En-suite (corridor layout)

Single room


Standard – Shared bath/shower room facilities

Single room


Studio Flats – Private kitchen and bath/ shower room facilities

Couples only

13 Either before or after your first year, you may decide to live off-campus. There is a wide choice of housing near Brunel, and it is usually reasonably priced for the London area – you can expect to pay between £80 – £95 a week for a room. Whatever you’re looking for, your first port of call should be Brunel Student Homes, which is dedicated to students’ needs and does not charge for its services, unlike most agencies. They run a number of schemes to help you find a great place to live. For further information, please see

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Living off-campus

Julia Castro Mendes (Brazil)

A professor from my university recommended Brunel to me for my study abroad year, and the sustainability focus of the civil engineering modules reinforced my decision. I like the support given to foreign students, the University location and the clubs and societies you can join. The accommodation here is great. I’m loving living so close to where I study.

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BEng Civil Engineering

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Insessional English and Modern Foreign Languages The University offers a range of free services to all international students. The services you can make use of are:

In-Sessional English courses

Xiaocan Wang (China) Design and Branding Strategy MA

To help you improve your academic English as you study at Brunel, we provide free In-sessional English support. You have the opportunity to attend a variety of classes in presentation skills, writing, reading and listening, and English pronunciation and grammar, You can also book one-to-one academic consultations with a tutor to discuss your writing and to give you support when trying to structure your academic work. current-students/insessional-english

The in-sessional English courses helped me gain confidence in my academic work and with all the assignment and the dissertation it was great to get some extra help. The lecturers are friendly and very knowledgeable and you can ask them any questions. In the class you also meet students from other subject areas, which is always a bonus. Make sure you get the timetable for the term in early September so that you don’t miss out.

Modern Foreign Languages We offer a range of free Modern Foreign Language courses at a variety of levels. The classes develop key linguistic skills and are taught by qualified, native speakers who promote a fun and stimulating learning environment. Foreign language skills can enhance your work, study and travel experiences, improve your career prospects and develop cultural awareness. We currently offer courses in Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. iplcforeign-languages


We know you like to hear about the experiences of other Brunel students and graduates, so we have a range of ways for you to find the stories that interest you most. has been developed by the PCC to help you get a real picture of what it’s like to work somewhere. Whether it’s a summer job, internship, placement or graduate job, i.workat has stories written by real Brunel students doing real jobs. You can explore what jobs students have done, look at specific kinds of jobs or search for something interesting. is where you hear stories from our international graduates about their life after Brunel. We asked students from overseas to talk to us about what they are doing now and how Brunel has helped them to either get into or progress in their careers. Browse by country or degree course; read stories about students’ UK experiences and the careers they have moved on to.

Bernardo Cascon Neves (Brazil) Engineering Management MSc

Brunel University has the best of both worlds: proximity to the centre of London and life inside a university campus. I really like the people at Brunel. Since the first day here, we were truly welcomed to the University community. Everybody tried to make us feel at home and I really value that. I think the way you are treated tells a lot about the place where you are.

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The Placement and Careers Centre (PCC) can advise on what employers expect from graduates and provide ideas for developing your experience and professional skills to help you enhance your employability. Their services also include special events for international students, consultations with a careers advisor for your subject, regular workshops, careers and recruitment fairs, help with CV writing and presentations by employers. There is also a job shop, which gives you access to hundreds of part-time and temporary vacancies both on-campus and in the local area.

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Sport, Arts and Culture at Brunel Sport at Brunel Sport plays an essential part of campus life for many students at Brunel, whether they are aspiring to compete at the next Olympics or simply choose to be part of the vibrant sports club scene. Brunel has a reputation for being one of the best sporting universities in the South East of England, and thanks to its world-class sports facilities, many students choose Brunel for this very reason. Our sports facilities rank amongst the best in the UK and have been used by some of the best athletes in the world. World and Olympic Champion, Usain Bolt, and his racers track club have been based at Brunel every summer since 2009. After his 4x100m relay victory at the London Olympics Bolt told the BBC:

Brunel is awesome. The University has done great for us, we come here every summer and we get a lot of support from everybody there, so thank you guys.

Brunel houses an impressive Indoor Athletics Centre and first-class Indoor and Outdoor facilities. Some of these facilities include:

n 132m, 6-lane Sprints and Hurdles straight n Two Long Jump/Triple Jump pits n Pole Vault Area n High Jump Area n Throws nets

n Strength and Conditioning area n Lifting Platforms n Medical and rehabilitation facilities n Meeting room n Lecture Room with full media facilities n Climbing wall n Squash courts n Netball Hall Brunel offers a number of sports clubs run by the Union – the University has a fantastic record of achievement in sport on both a competitive and non-competitive level. Students of all levels of expertise can join these clubs. See: www.brunelstudents. com/studentactivities/content/783253 There is also the chance to access a range of informal and relaxed sport and physical activity sessions through the Active Brunel programme. There will be a variety of sessions on offer including: swimming, badminton, aerobics and gym sessions to name a few.

Brunel’s thriving arts and cultural scene The Arts Centre organises weekly classes including painting and pottery plus various choirs and music ensembles. They also organise events, exhibitions, concerts and productions throughout the year as well as providing the space, tuition and specialist equipment required for your creative skills to flourish. The School of Arts runs many events that all can attend, from music groups and author talks to arts@artaud, a regular performance platform for creative people of every kind where musicians, film-makers, writers, performers, designers and more present their work in a friendly, informal setting. The University also organises many cultural activities and festivities such as the Public Lecture Series, guest speaker events, One World Week and FACE (Festival of Awareness, Creativity and Expression).

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n 25 metre Plyometric Surface

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18 Brunel University Joshua Chew (Singapore) Biomedical Sciences BSc


One of the main reasons I decided to study at Brunel was the fact it has one big campus compared to city campuses in London that are scattered all over town. Brunel also has great facilities that city campuses cannot provide such as Football Fields and Tennis Courts. Brunel has a good selection of lecturers and the course content is broad enough to give me a large understanding, allowing me to pick a variation of modules next year. The University accommodation is very good, especially with the toilet and kitchen cleaning service, more time can be dedicated to yourself and your studies.


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Vishal Kumar (India) Business Systems Integration (with SAP Technology) MSc

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information in this brochure and the University will take all reasonable action to deliver these services in accordance with the descriptions set out in it. However, the University reserves the right to vary these services, using all reasonable efforts to offer a suitable alternative. All cost, rates and prices stated in this brochure are subject to amendment and should be taken as a guide only. Students are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the University’s summary of terms which is published on the web at before accepting a place.

Check out all the blogs here: international/internationalwebparts/blog-listing

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If you would like to find out more about life on-campus or get a glimpse of the student experience before you start your course, you really should join the Brunel International Facebook page. I wrote a blog about my time at the University and in London. Several readers read my blog on the Brunel International page to understand how amazing it is to be at Brunel.

Connect with us Connect with your fellow students on our social media channels and ask us any questions you have about Brunel: brunelinternational @Brunel_Int bruneluniversity bruneluniversity

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Online events We run a range of online webinars, webchats and open days throughout the year. These allow you to find out more about our courses and ask questions. Find a full list of webinars at international

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A Guide for International Students.

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A Guide for International Students.