Excellent place to live for night life, restaurants and shops and the bus pass is very handy. However rent and travel is very expensive

By Pinkandfluffy27 On 27th April 2015

Study in Brighton

The University of Brighton and the University of Sussex are here, but really everyone knows Brighton for just one thing: The Seaside. It’s a famous holiday hotspot and it’s all yours.

 

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University of Brighton

The University of Brighton started life as an art school in the kitchens of the Royal Pavilion in 1859 and has now grown to an inclusive and diverse institution that is home to 19,000 students. Subjects taught range from medicine to engineering and psychology to illustration.  The university has fantastic facilities as well as strong community and educational partnerships.

 

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University of Sussex

Located just outside of Brighton on a rolling parkland campus, the University of Sussex prides itself on being a leading research-intensive university. There are over 16,000 students from over 100 countries and 96% of students are in full time employment or further study six months after graduation.

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Brighton Student Life

Brighton is an eccentric, lively, diverse and buzzing city that welcome’s anyone and everyone with open arms. Often students love it so much that they find it hard to leave after university. 

Cost of Living

Accommodation

Student accommodation costs range from £82 - £521 per week; the average is £238 per week. 

Compare the average elsewhere: Guildford: £210/week, Bristol: £197/week, Bournemouth: £171/week.

(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)

The average price for:

A cheap meal at a restaurant: £15
A pint of beer: £4.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.88
1L of milk: £0.93
A loaf of white bread: £1.07

Prices are about 9% higher than equivalent costs in Guildford, about 10% higher than Bristol and about 20% higher than Bournemouth.

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Public Transport

You won’t need a car in Brighton, the parking charges are high and the university doesn’t provide enough spaces. However, “The Big Lemon” bus service is highly recommended by most students - the prices are decent (get day or week passes for better value) and the buses are environmentally friendly. To travel outside of the city of Brighton is connected well by rail, with direct services to London and major destinations in the south. As well as a by road, which is handy to be able to get great deals from coach companies that travel around the country.

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Brighton is famous for The Lanes, an area in central Brighton made up of twisted alleyways that are full of quirky boutiques, vintage shops, antique jewellery shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. There is so much to explore that even if you don’t need to go shopping, it’s a really fun place to just roam around. When it comes to high street shopping Brighton certainly caters for that too, you’ll find all your well-known shops at Churchill Square and Brighton Marina.

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1. The sea front. When it comes to entertainment, you’re spoilt for choice. Your best bet is to head towards the sea front - there’s the famous pebble beach, the Pier with its fairground-style attractions, loads of clubs, the Brighton Wheel and other places of interest.

2. London. You have easy access to all that London has to offer. The best ticket to buy is a day travel card as it’s cheap and includes unlimited tube journeys too. It’ll be up to 1/3 cheaper with a 16-25 railcard, so make sure you get one if you haven’t already. Buy your railcard online with an NUS Extra card to get it at a discounted rate. Wow, that’s 3 tips in 1.

3. Healthy eating.Foodilic is a good place to get a healthy and good value meal.

4. Not so healthy eating. But an absolute must! Eat Fish & Chips on Brighton pier, you can’t beat it. Make sure to finish off with some famous ‘Brighton Rock’ which is a type of hard stick-shaped boiled sugar confectionery deliciousness - you might want to book in with the dentist after though. 

5. Oldest Cinema in England. Brighton’s art house cinema, The Duke of York’s Picturehouse, is the oldest cinema in England and was voted to be the UK’s best in 2012. They host some fab special events such as fancy dress screenings and epic back-to-back film marathons that run throughout the night. Perfect for an alternative social.

6. Visitors? If you’re looking for somewhere to take the parents, Preston Manor and its scenic grounds is a winner.

7. The West End. For an amazing day out, head into London’s West End with a couple of friends and take advantage of the Student Standby Scheme, which allows you to get reduced tickets at most theatres by visiting the box office an hour before a show begins. You’re not guaranteed to get a ticket, but for best chances call the theatre the day before and ask whether they’re likely to have any standby tickets, then arrive at the box office nice and early on the day with your student ID and ticket money in cash. Go with an open mind and a few options up your sleeve and you’re likely to have a great time.

8. Cocktail? Valentino’s is a stylish little cocktail bar next to the Theatre Royal. It’s our recommended venue for a date or a special occasion that merits something a bit classy.

9. Festivals. Whether you are into music, food, comedy or paddling around the pier there will be a festival that will fuel your fancy. Brighton is also famously home to one of the best and biggest Pride festivals in the world, it’s certainly one event you won’t want to miss whilst living there. 

10. Watch a Premier League match. The American Express Community Stadium is home to local premier league team Brighton & Hove Albion. So if you are into your footie you’ll be able to catch some great games here. 

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27th May 2020

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22nd April 2020

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29th March 2020

Speaks for itself; Brighton...

Speaks for itself; Brighton is an expensive location. It is lovely, but the weather during term time does not reach its peak in terms of summer. Brighton was often very cold, so you do need to wrap up for a night out. Also, it is quite a trek from the university, and transport fees can really add up. A bus ticket for one night out is going to cost you £3+ and a return ticket via train is £2.40, and the trains aren't 24 hours. read more

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13th March 2020

Brighton is a good place...

Brighton is a good place with various restaurants and shopping centre. Although it is quite expensive to live compared to other places. The accommodation for student was difficult to find a year back as they were fully booked. The cinemas are dull and not very good compared to others where there are nice seats and nice projectors. read more

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10th March 2020

Too expensive to love...

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7th March 2020

Vibrant city. Rather...

Vibrant city. Rather ugly in the winter. Expensive. Poor quality of accommodation. read more

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5th March 2020

Expensive housing. Food...

Expensive housing. Food costs weren't extortionate. Public transport had a fair price. read more

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5th January 2020

Beautiful city, great...

Beautiful city, great food and shopping. Nice people. Lovely beach. Expensive as hell tho, esp transport. Clubbing is dangerous so be careful, a lot of drink spiking. read more

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5th January 2020

Expensive as hell but...

Expensive as hell but beautiful, great food and nice people. Amazing beach and shops, lovely cafes. Worth living here but uni isn't worth it! Go to Sussex uni!!! I wish I had!!! read more

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14th October 2019

The cost of living is...

The cost of living is extremely high compared to what you’re getting. Eating out is extremely expensive unless you’re sharing with friends. Nights out are not bad but they could be better. Shopping is decent in Brighton but a lot of stores are closing. Public transport is okay but the buses are often late. read more

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27th April 2015

A bit pricey, but a fantastic...

A bit pricey, but a fantastic location by the sea with great food, drink and entertainment. Can get everywhere by bus or train. The lanes are good for shopping however lack of John Lewis makes me sad read more

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27th April 2015

Excellent place to live...

Excellent place to live for night life, restaurants and shops and the bus pass is very handy. However rent and travel is very expensive read more

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26th April 2015

A very wide choice of...

A very wide choice of amazing and fun activities, just a shame its so damn expensive! read more

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26th April 2015

Brighton is so much fun...

Brighton is so much fun and a great place to live as a student and the night life is amazing read more

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24th April 2015

Expensive, but brilliant...

Expensive, but brilliant night life, brilliant people, good student bus service read more

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24th April 2015

Costly to live especially...

Costly to live especially on a student budget but has everything you need and more. read more

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24th April 2015

Who could hate living...

Who could hate living in Brighton. High rent prices though, more suited to London. The food is amazing though. read more

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24th April 2015

Brighton is the best...

Brighton is the best place in the woooorld read more

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23rd April 2015

Expect London prices,...

Expect London prices, but also expect a busy city. read more

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21st April 2015

Cost of living is ridiculous,...

Cost of living is ridiculous, it's like London prices by the sea. Amazing night life, best night life in the South. There's loads of clubs and bars and pubs with a different vibe in each. Massive shopping centre with all the chain shops but there's also The Lanes, which is full of independent shops and one off items. Massive range of places to eat out. Loads of buses and a good rail network, buses are a bit expensive for students as you have to buy a day rider rather than just a return for the main route to university. read more

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21st April 2015

It's a brilliant place...

It's a brilliant place to live, but rent prices are really high. read more

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3rd February 2015

Loads of different night...

Loads of different night life options, good variety of shopping, hundreds of cafes and restaurants, beach, it's great read more

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