Sitting on the south Coast of England, Brighton is the largest town in East Sussex, and is just 47 miles South of London. Officially part of the combined city of Brighton and Hove, Brighton is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the UK due to its seafront location, diverse culture, trendy markets and independent shops as well as its eateries, popular nightlife and thriving arts and music scene.
In fact, Brighton is the most popular seaside destination for overseas visitors in the UK. Perceived as a hip and progressive town, Brighton has regularly been voted one of the happiest places to live in the UK.
Home to two large universities in the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton, Brighton accommodates a thriving student population with regular events tailored to the university population. Home to Brighton beach which offers a long stretch of pebble beach as well as the iconic Brighton Pier, where you can enjoy arcade games and traditional seaside fares.
Other popular landmarks include the Aquarium, North Laines, BA i360, Royal Pavilion and Jubilee Clock Tower as well as some beautiful green spaces. Brighton sits in a picturesque part of the country, surrounded to the north and to the east by the South Downs, with some amazing vistas and breathtaking cliff faces to see, as well as some traditional English towns and villages.
The south downs offer lots of space for sporting activities but the city itself is also home to a number of sports clubs including the Premier league football team Brighton and Hove Albion. The city is also incredibly well connected with frequent trains to London and the West, as well as a express train to Gatwick Airport available. There are even nearby ferries to the North of France for those feeling adventurous.
Popular Student Areas of Brighton
Located to the East of the city centre, sitting between the Marina and the Brighton Pier is the vibrant area of Kemptown. Home of the lively St James Street with a whole host of bars, clubs and eateries on offer. Well known for its LGBT+ culture, the area truly comes alive during the Brighton Pride festival. It’s also home to some fantastic independent and vintage shops and is close to the seafront so offers a fantastic option especially with both Universities so easily accessible by bus.
Primarily a residential area but in a great location for both universities is Elm Grove. Sitting on an often unbelievably steep hill to the East of the city, the area is home to many students due to its high density of shared housing. Getting into town is easy and the bus route to both universities runs nearby so it makes it a great option for most students.
To the North of the city is the popular area of Preston park. Again very popular with students due to its density of shared housing, there is also the benefit of the large Preston park on your doorstep. The area also offers two train stations nearby, Preston Park, which takes you straight through to London, and London Road, which will take you to Falmer (the home of the University of Sussex campus). Perhaps more residential than some other areas, there isn’t a shortage of shops nearby and the city centre is within walking distance too.
Just up the steep hill, west of the Brighton station is the area called Seven Dials. Named after the multi-exit roundabout located here. The area boasts a good range of shops, restaurants and other amenities which makes it great for student living. Easy access to the heart of Brighton and Hove as well as the nearby train station.
Further out of the city than the others, Moulsecoomb is for those seeking a slightly quieter time. Of course, access to the city is still quick and easy, but the immediate area is not quite as picturesque or trendy. Being close to both Universities is a huge plus, in particular the Moulsecoomb buildings of the University of Brighton. The area does still offer decent amenities but the abundant green space surrounding it is the real bonus.
Slightly further away from the traditional university areas is Hove. West of Brighton city centre, the area offers a huge range of amenities and it’s own nightlife (which often blends quite nicely into Brighton’s, due to the fact the two towns converge along Western Road). With easy access to Brighton Centre as well as the seafront and the Hove Lawns, the area offers a little bit of everything and remains popular for student houses in the city. Especially with those studying at BIMM Brighton due to its proximity.
Top Universities in Brighton
- University of Brighton
- University of Sussex
- BIMM Brighton