student guide to brighton

student life in brighton

our guide to being a student in brighton & hove

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central brighton

Brighton’s city centre spreads out, north from the coast, between the iconic piers and our newest landmark; The i360. It is wonderfully cultural including the historic Lanes of ‘Brighthelmstone’; the creative heart of the city where The North Laine boutique shops rest side by side with fashionable restaurants, cafes and bars, and amongst all of these is the main library, Brighton Museum and several theatres. The city centre is busy and eclectic; always surprising but ultimately liberal and friendly. The Brighton Art College is located at The Old Steine; so is an easy walk, and there are several busses – including the ‘eco’ Yellow Lemon Bus, which take you to the university campus’ at Falmer and Moulsecoomb, alternatively, you can catch the train from Brighton Station and be at either in just a few minutes too.

The rents are slightly higher in the centre, and there are less student properties available, with more one and two bedroom apartments than houses – but you do get to live the quintessential Brighton lifestyle here, with a vibrant nightlife awaiting on your doorstep, and plenty of opportunities for part time work nearby for those supporting themselves through their studies.


what to look out for

The beach has to be the main attraction for living so centrally – and it is a fantastic place to relax and enjoy during the summer when it truly comes alive. The clubs, bars and cafes which line the promenade are open all year round of course, with the oldest pub The Fortune of War being a cosy dwelling from which to watch the world go by on blustery days. You can eat very reasonable at several Italian restaurants in the centre, namely Donatello’s and Pinocchio’s for authentic cuisine, and there are several supermarkets, both english and international at your disposal.

kemptown village

Kemp Town sits to the east of the city centre along the coast, and is a wonderfully diverse area, with a strong LGBT community. It holds a lengthy history shown in its architecture; a lovely mix of Victorian terraces and Regency buildings, with an eclectic mix of fashionable and quirky shops, cafes, restaurants and bars running through its middle. The Royal Sussex County Hospital is also located here, so it is perfect for medical students studying and working there, and The American Express Business Centre is also a prime employer for students who can work part time, and for flexible hours whilst they study. There is a real mix of accommodation in the area from whole houses, to modern apartments, and the rents are slightly higher here due to the easy access to the city centre and the station. The Brighton University Art College is accessible on foot, as are the many busses which can take you to the campus’ at Moulsecoomb and Falmer. Our properties in this area are usually some of the first to be secured so move quickly if this is the place for you.

what to look out for

The Sidewinder is a particularly popular pub, which attracts a young mixed crowd of students as well as working professionals, as is The St James’ which has a ‘traditional pub’ feel. There are many open mic nights at local venues and a plethora of cafes and eateries to enjoy. In August you’ll be immersed in Brighton and Hove’s Gay Pride celebrations, one of the largest in the country, where the whole city comes together to celebrate its diversity – and of course the beach is on your doorstep which many use for exercise, as well as for the many clubs and bars which line the promenade.

hanover and lewes road

Affectionately known as ‘Muesli Mountain’ by residents and locals; Hanover is a attractive  and diverse area – built onto one of Brighton’s famous hills! Lewes Road skirts its bottom, whilst the stunning Queens Park sits at the top, and in between lives a vibrant community, filled with colourful terraces, local shops and delis, and several popular pubs serving local craft beers and competing for the best Sunday roast! The Greys and The Geese are particularly famed for hosting live music events, and there is even a summer festival, plus several street parties attracting people to the area. Whilst it may be a slight climb to get home, it is just a short walk down the hill to reach the shops and amenities of Lewes Road, and there is a 24 hour bus services to take you to the university campus’ at Moulsecoomb and Falmer, or further into the city or to the sea. Students can find a range of accommodation here, from one and two bedroom flats, to student houses with up to eight bedrooms, and rents in this area are average for the city.

what to look out for

The Level Park is at the bottom of the hill with lawns, a skate park and a cafe, and there are several nearby supermarkets including Sainsburys, Co-op, and Aldi on the London and Lewes Roads. There are many other amenities such as launderettes, a post office and international supermarkets, plus St Peter’s Library can be found by the Church for Brighton University students.