UniHomes guide to

Brighton

Uni Life in Brighton

Brighton is an iconic seaside resort town that sits on England's south coast, directly below London. Mostly formed from the overlap of two towns, Brighton and Hove, it's one of the largest cities in the south of England and is famed for its party atmosphere. The city is spread down a beachfront, with a huge beach and a terrific pier that extends into the sea. Lovers of the beach, a good night out, a great atmosphere or just about anyone can find Brighton a fantastic place to live and study.

The University of Brighton has its main campus in the city centre, a short walk from the beach, and secondary campuses in the nearby villages of Moulescoombe, Falmer and Eastbourne. The University of Sussex is also HQ'd in Falmer and is less than half an hour away from the city centre by bus. Each of these is serviced by on-campus student accommodation, so you'll be able to find somewhere nice and convenient no matter which campus you study on.

Brighton is a great location for students, no matter what you

Key reasons to study in Brighton

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    Incredible nightlife

    Brighton's one of the best places in the south to be if you like a big night out. The club scene is well-stocked and diverse, with a bit of something for everyone. Outside of the biggest, most recognisable national chains like PRYZM and Popworld, pop fans will have a blast at Coalition or Shoosh, both on the seafront. Fans of house, EDM and DnB will enjoy The Arch, and live music heads should check out Concorde 2 and Chalk.

  • 2
    LGBTQ+ friendly

    Speaking of parties, Brighton is well-known for being Britain's premier LGBTQ+ destination, known as the birthplace of Pride festival. The city

  • 3
    The beach and pier

    For those warmer months, there's no beating Brighton's miles of beachfront. It's a well known seaside resort, and the promenade features a wealth of shops, bars, cafes and activities for you and your friends to enjoy. Swimming in the sea is great in the warmer climates, and Yellowave is a beach-specialist sports centre that hosts volleyball, beach football and many other sports. Brighton pier is stuffed full of attractions, with fairground rides and arcades if you fancy a change of pace from the usual student parties.

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    Arts & culture

    With the vibrant and diverse party scene in mind, Brighton has so much more to offer students in the way of arts and culture. Brighton has its own Fringe festival, bringing comedy, theatre and art shows from all over the world for a week. The city has a long history of street art, with public art visible pretty much year round, and more art events and showcases on at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery or the Phoenix Art Space.

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    Range of student homes

    Whether you're at the University of Sussex up in Falmer or one of the two University of Brighton campuses, Brighton has student accommodation for you. The most popular city centre hotspots are Kemp Town (located very close to the gay district), Hollingdean (one of the most popular and sought-after student districts) and Elm Grove (virtually on top of the UoB city campus). Falmer itself is stacked with student homes for Sussex students, so you'll be able to find a house within a short walk of campus no matter where you study.

Brighton has a great balance of uni and social life. There are so many reasons to study in Brighton as well; there's great public transport in and out of the city, there are plenty of restaurants and activities to enjoy and, lastly, the seafront. I would say that the best restaurant in Brighton is Fatto A Mano so definitely check that out!

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Universities in Brighton

University of Brighton

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The University of Brighton attracts over 20,000 students to the city every year and is split across three campuses. Each one has its own quirks and atmosphere, building a vibrant student community in each.

University of Sussex

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With more than 16,000 students attending each year, The University of Sussex is one of the best places to study for any student along England's south coast. It is renowned for its research, with the majority categorised as ‘world leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. 

Student Life in Brighton

Frequently Asked Questions

October is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Brighton. Properties will be available until February, but we would recommend starting a search for a property during the autumn. The most popular student areas in Brighton include Moulsecoomb, Elm Grove and City Centre.
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Tenancy periods in Brighton usually last for 12 months. Most contracts will start on the 1st July and end on the 30th June the following year. Occasionally, letting agents may offer tenancy periods that last for 10 or 11 months, starting in August or September. You can always enquire with the letting agent to find out how long your contract length will be.
Deposits are usually either 4 or 5 week's rent. The maximum legal amount a landlord can charge your for a deposit is 5 week's rent. You’ll get your deposit back when you move out of the property. That said, if the landlord is still owed outstanding rent or needs to pay for repairs to damage within the property, they may take deductions from the deposit to cover the costs.
UniHomes accommodation in Brighton usually costs £142 – £297 per person, per week. This price includes the cost of all bills you'll need to pay, which you won't always see on other student accommodation websites. Check out the full range of student accommodations available in Brighton.

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