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.
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.
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
Student accommodation costs range from £82 - £521 per week; the average is £238 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Guildford: £210/week, Bristol: £195/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 (for cost of living only) are about 9% higher than equivalent costs in Guildford, about 10% higher than Bristol and about 20% higher than Bournemouth.
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.
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.
Top 10 Tips
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.
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.
Foodilic is a good place to get a healthy and good value meal.
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.
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.
If you’re looking for somewhere to take the parents, Preston Manor and its scenic grounds is a winner.
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.
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.
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.
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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