Hastings, United Kingdom



Hastings provides a perfect sample of the best of life along Britain’s southern coast — spectacular scenery, long beach walks, historic architecture and a wonderful mix of old and new. Why not try a traditional fish and chips in Old Town or a cup of coffee in Hastings town centre?

This coastal town is an ideal destination for all ages. If you would like to avoid the hustle and bustle of large cities but prefer to be close to them – Hastings is the best place for you. The student life in Hastings revolves around the sea, where you can spend much of your time relaxing in deck chairs or barbecuing on the beaches.

Hastings by the sea

Right by the Sea

A buzzing seaside town on the South coast of England.

Close to London

Close to London

Only a short journey to central London with great transport.

Friendly seaside town

Friendly and Small

Safe and secure English town with 85.000 locals.

Students on the beach


Popular student town catering for all requirements.


  • Atmosphere

    • Buzzing seaside town
  • History

    • Famous for the 1066 Battle of Hastings (William the Conqueror)
    • The birthplace of television by John Logie Baird
  • Architecture

    • Mixture of old and new
    • Historic Hastings Old Town with classy cafés, shops and restaurants
    • Modern new town with shopping centre, café and restaurant chains
  • Location

    • Only 1.5 hours from London
    • An hour from Brighton
    • Under an hour from Dover and Ashford International Rail Station

    • Located next to the beach on the south coast of England
  • Some Famous Residents of Hastings

    • John Logie Baird
    • Robert Tressell
    • Charles Dickens
    • The Duke of Wellington
    • Dante Gabriel Rossetti



Hastings is very well situated on the South East of England. Only about an hour away from Brighton and around an hour and a half from Central London. With this excellent location and long stretching pebbly beaches – the town welcomes thousands of tourists, visitors and language students every year.

Hastings in the UK


Known as the birthplace of England, Hastings has a long and colourful history which stretches back over a thousand years. The battle that took place in 1066 between William the Conqueror from Normandy and King Harold’s English army changed the culture and English language forever. The lost Battle of Hastings in 1066 resulted in almost 100 years of Norman rule.

The town is also the birthplace of television (invented by John Logie Baird in 1923). Combined with a growing reputation for culture and innovation, Europe’s largest beach-launched fishing fleet and their unique black huts, Britain’s steepest funicular railway and the remains of William the Conqueror’s first English castle mean that Hastings is already known throughout the world as one of the South Coast’s most historic towns.


There is plenty to do in Hastings for all ages. Museums, shops, cafés and local events ensure you have the best of times here. Discover and shop in Hastings Old Town, relax with your friends on the beach or visit the historic Hastings Castle. Fun events like Pirate Day keep you entertained over the summer weekends, as do trips to places of interest like Rye Royal, Oxford or London.

Visit our activities page for the English for Less activity programme or download the Famously Hastings brochure to find out more about the excitement that Hastings offers you.

Hastings in Pictures


I really love Hastings. I had a great time there. The beach was great, we often met there with my international friends and had a BBQ or we just talked. I liked the fact that the town is not that big like Medellín but not far from the capital. Hastings rocks!

Maria Paula F.Student, Colombia

Hastings is a lovely town with lots to do. We are very far from the sea in Russia, so my students love spending time by the sea. The traditional fish and chips, history, architecture makes Hastings an ideal destination for our clients and they always come home with great memories.

Ludmilla S.Tour Operator, Russia