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Study in Brighton

While midnight raves on the beach can get a bit chilly, Brighton’s proudly open and bohemian personality will warm you up.

Brighton Pier

Head to the seafront for a day off rides, arcades, and doughnuts.

University of Sussex graduate

'Hip and quirky, there's definitely a sense of "walking to the beat of your own drum" throughout the city.'


Mind your food when these flying alarm clocks are about.

2nd year student at University of Sussex, 2016

'Whilst West Street is probably the most infamous street for a night out, don't underestimate the Lanes: great little pubs run amok down there.'

Gay Pride

The UK's biggest LGBTQ+ festival takes place each summer.

Gay Pride

Student life in Brighton

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Browse the North Laine boutiques and thrift shops.
Friday feeling
Take your pick from one of many clubs on the seafront
Sunday chilling
When the sun's out, hike along the coast to Seven Sisters.
When family visit
Crazy golf on the beach - loser buys the doughnuts!
Grab a bite
Local burger faves include Burger Bros or Grubbs.
Low on cash
Take some fish and chips to the seafront and relax to the sound of the waves

The North Laine

Lose a couple of hours wandering round the independent cafés and shops here (Instagram: @thepaulellett).

2nd year student at University of Sussex, 2016

'There is a very established [LGBT] bar area in Kemptown with lots of great bars, clubs, and drag nights. You have the chain clubs like Pryzm where all the sports team go on a Wednesday.'


Perfectly located on the seafront for your post-clubbing battered sausage needs (Instagram: @thepaulellett).

Second year student at University of Brighton, 2018

'Moulsecoomb is popular with students as it's next to the university. There are many student houses in the area so it doesn’t feel too residential. It’s very well connected to town, with a train station or bus links, but it’s also super quick to cycle.'

Pavillion Gardens

This picturesque Regency garden provides a green haven in the heart of the city (Instagram: @thepaulellett).

Second year student at Sussex University, 2018

'I live in Hanover by The Level. We have amazing sunset views. There’s a selection of pubs within a few minutes' walk and so many just outside Hanover. An Uber or taxi into town works out cheap when splitting it and costs around £6 depending on the time.'

Brighton Seafront

This iconic destination provides traditional seaside fun and a thriving night-time scene (Instagram: @thepaulellett).

Living in Brighton

Housing, travel, and budgeting tips:

Average weekly rents*
  • Private landlord
  • £77 - £167
  • Pricey
Housing value for money*
  • Poor deal
Local transport*
  • £14.00
  • citySaver - 7 days
  • (Bus)
Where you'll find students*
  • Lewes Road
  • Kemptown
  • Moulescomb
*Average mean rents via (Feb 2017). Value for money via Which? University Survey 2016. Local transport via local operators' website.

Student money tips

Feast on cheap-but-cheerful Japanese food at Pompoko.

The cost of living as a student soon adds up, us our budget calculator to find out roughly how much you'll need each month.

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