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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.

Third year student, University of Sussex

Brighton is a place full of love and happiness. The two universities make it a fun-loving student town that allows you to be your true self.

Seagulls

Mind your food when these flying alarm clocks are about.

Third year student, University of Sussex

No matter your preference, you’ll find something for you in Brighton’s nightlife. The seafront is the city’s ‘Strip’, with all the main clubs right on the beach.

Gay Pride

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

Student life in Brighton

Local gems, tips, and things to do, as recommended by students.
Treat yourself
Dinner at the top of the British Airways i360 tower. Brighton Marina has loads of nice, upscale restaurants too. (Third year student, University of Sussex)
Friday feeling
If you don’t like clubbing, or just fancy a change, head to the Krater Comedy Club at the Komedia in North Laine. (Third year student, University of Brighton)
Sunday chilling
I like to walk around Hove when I want to chill out. Hove is a bit quieter, and boasts some of the best coffee shops in the city. (Third year student, University of Brighton)
When family visit
For younger siblings, I would recommend the pier, where there are a number of rides and a huge arcade. (Third year student, University of Brighton)
Grab a bite
If you go to the Unbarred brewery/tap room, they bring pizza over from Fatto a Mano. Great local beer and awesome pizza! Pizza Me [in] Elm Grove often sells pizza by the slice if you’re walking into town. Purezza is great for vegan pizza. (University of Sussex student)
Low on cash
Brighton Museum and Art Gallery is free entry for Brighton residents and students. (University of Brighton student)
Feeling cultural
There are several independent galleries, such as Fabrica or The Phoenix Art Space, that always have rotating exhibitions. (Second year student, University of Brighton)
Catch up with mates
Loading Cafe near the seafront is dedicated to board games. More exciting VR and games rooms can be found at the World's End pub on London Road. There are endless coffee shops. (Second year student, University of Brighton)

The North Laine

Lose a couple of hours wandering round the independent cafés and shops here. 

Second year student, University of Brighton

West Street contains the most clubs and pubs with links to university societies where you can get great discounts. But the best little bars are around North Laine, which play older music or have themed nights that are super fun.

Buddies

Perfectly located on the seafront for your post-clubbing battered sausage needs, as well running a safe haven project for students’ safety seven days a week throughout the night. (Instagram: @thepaulellett).

Third year student, University of Sussex

Coldean – when it comes to living as a Sussex student in Brighton, you kind of have to compromise: either you’re close to uni but far from town, or the opposite. My friends and I chose to be close to the uni for convenience. We’re within walking distance, but need to catch buses into town. We’re also out of the catchment area for UberEats and Deliveroo (probs a blessing in disguise). This area is very cheap in comparison with the rest of Brighton – I’d definitely recommend it!

Pavillion Gardens

This picturesque Regency garden provides a green haven in the heart of the city.

 

Second year student, University of Brighton

London Road – this area is very common with students, so it's nice to be a few minutes walk from all my friends, and a 20-minute walk to campus. It has a high street of its own, so no need to go all the way into the city centre as there’s a great selection of shops, little cafes and takeaway food. The housing is average, not the cheapest but definitely good if you have a group of five or more.

Brighton seafront

This iconic destination provides traditional seaside fun and a thriving night-time scene. 

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 Spareroom.co.uk (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.

Maybe surprising, but to get from Sussex Uni/Falmer campus to Brighton centre, the train is cheapest. You can also get three-month bus passes, which is probably a good idea if you’re going to and from Falmer campus everyday.

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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