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Living 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.
Top 10 Tips for Students in Brighton...
1. Entertainment. When it comes to entertainment, you’re spoilt for choice. Your best bet is to head towards the sea front - there’s the Pier with its fairground-style attractions, loads of clubs, the Brighton Wheel and other places of interest.
2. London. You also have easy access to all that London has to offer. The best ticket to buy is a day travelcard 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 like 3 tips in 1.
3. Healthy eating. Foodilic is a good place to get a healthy and good value meal.
4. The Lanes. There’s a fascinating little shopping area called The Lanes, with loads of independent stores and nice cafes. You just have to go along and browse, even if you’re not going to buy anything.
5. Oldest Cinema in England. Brighton’s Arthouse 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.
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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. No need to drive. Bringing a car can be more hassle than it’s worth – parking charges are high in town and the Uni doesn’t provide enough spaces. Plus you’ll end up being everyone’s designated driver!
10. Public transport. However, “The Big Lemon” bus service is highly recommended by most students - the prices are decent (get day or week passes for better value), the buses are environmentally friendly, and apparently even the drivers have good banter! It’s the true Brighton experience.
Classic beach pastimes
- Ride a donkey: Yes you will look like an insane man-child, but the Facebook photos will be epic.
- Bury someone up to the neck: All the better if you can do it without them realising. Especially funny at Brighton as the beach is mostly pebbles and they probably can’t get out.
- Write amusing words on people with suncream: We’ll leave it to you to come up with some choice slogans. Just remember to send us the pictures!
Where can I go away from the beach?
- The Duke of York’s Picturehouse: If multiplex cinemas (of which there are two in Brighton) are just a bit mainstream for you, this is the place to go. It’s England’s oldest cinema but still plays arthouse, cult, and classic movies. It also does special showings, with fancy dress premieres and all night long movie marathons - perfect for a society social.
- Preston Manor: Indulge your inner posh person with a visit to this gorgeous Edwardian building, and the huge gardens that surround it. Apparently there are ghosts too...
- London: Most daytrippers to Brighton come from here, so why not turn the tables on them? It’s only an hour away by train.
Read Brighton Reviews
Brighton is expensive. No two ways about it. BUT, there are ways to get around that as a student. Choosing student nights in clubs, re-using a 24 hour bus ticket for multiple trips in a day, utilising the aldi, all of which make Brighton more affordable. Brighton has loads of pubs and restaurants, but as a student these will be less important than you think they will. Public transport is golden, with buses from Sussex to Brighton running every 5 minutes in the day and 10-15 overnight. The trains are cheaper and faster but less often, with 3 running every hour. I didn’t do much shopping, but every time I needed anything I was able to find it in 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.
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.
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.
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.