Brighton Freshers' Survival Guide 2016

Brighton Freshers’ Survival Guide 2016

Published On September 14, 2016 | By Lucy Dingle | Homepage, Things to do features

It’s supposed to be the most memorable week of uni life.

You’ll have the classic unavoidable freshers’ experiences (stock up on Neurofen; you WILL get Freshers’ flu), which hopefully won’t mean being that person who wakes up in weird places and we definitely don’t recommend spending your student loan in the SU on the first night. We all know someone.

With two universities, promising mathematics students could easily work out there are at least double the number of Freshers’ events here than most towns, so what better city to spend Freshers’ week than Brighton? Not only is the eclectic city the perfect hub for student life, it goes one better than most and has two weeks of Freshers’ events and club nights.

Here is our compact, handy guide to surviving Freshers’ week in Brighton.

Brighton Freshers' Survival Guide 2016

Events Not To Miss

  • Moving to Brighton means you now live by the beach! Say hello to your new best friend at the Pryzm Beach Party on the 14th September for the perfect aloha to Brighton.
  • If you’re nervous about meeting people, Sussex Uni have their Buddy Scheme Welcome Party Friday 16th September. A day of games and fun to ease your way into uni life
  • Sussex Uni will continue its amazing Students’ Union Seafront Takeover Thursday 15th September. Spanning 4 venues and 7 rooms, join 3000 fellow Sussex students as we bring campus to the seafront.
  • Freshtival is the University of Brighton’s official Fresher’s programme and runs from the 25th September until the 9th October. Make sure to get your tickets before 23rd September to avoid disappointment. 20 acts, 2 weeks, 4000 students, it’s one not to miss!
  • F**k Me It’s Freshers is a winner every year, a great way to meet fellow Brighton Freshers, head down to seafront located Shoosh on the 28th September.
  • The UoB AAA Moving In Party hits capacity every year and this year it will be held at Shoosh and Wah Kiki on the 25th September. Consider buying an AAA ticket for priority and free entry before 11.30pm.
  •  Brighton’s biggest paint party, the Colour Tour is having its biggest party ever on the 26th September from 10pm-3am at Pryzym.
  • Fresher’s Ball at UoB 9th October is guaranteed to be the source of many memories and this year will be hosting Sigma, MisterJam, Big Narstie, Solo 45, a silent disco and funhouse room.

Budget Night Out

If you’re on a budget, Sussex University SU present SKINT Tuesday, a long running night at East Slope bar offering extra low prices.

Join a Society

Make the most of the Fresher’s Fair (not just for the free stuff!) and join a club or society. Not only is it a great way to meet new people, they are renowned for having fun, theme nights out.

Sussex University have their fair on Wednesday 14th September outside Falmer House and University of Brighton have their fair Thursday 29th September at the AMEX stadium.

Best Student Pubs and Bars

It is a city with one of the highest pub to people ratios and they are as diverse as the city itself.

  • Feeling peckish? Head to the Marlborough where you can get a free cheese toastie with a pint. If you fancy staying out until the early hours, The Marlborough is there to serve you breakfast and see you through the night with a play in their back room theatre.
  • On the seafront, The Fortune of War offers stunning views and students get 20% off from Sunday to Thursday, making it an affordable luxury. 
  • Every night is student night at Mash Tun with a plethora of offers including 3 for 2 shots at £2.50 and 20% off burgers.
  • Lola Lo is one of the most exciting tiki bars in Brighton, with a selection of affordable, creative cocktails from Digga Digga Doo to Blue Bounty.
  • Firm student favourite Revolution is one of the best party bars in Brighton. Budget friendly with happy hour cocktails every night from 5pm.

Best Hangover Cure

If a jog along the beach or dip in the sea isn’t for you, revive yourself with the ultimate vitamin hit of a superfood sundae or acai smoothie from the Guarana Bar. If a mix of carbs, protein and fat is more for you, attempt to make your way through one of the infamous burgers at Troll’s Pantry. If you’re on the hunt for an affordable breakfast, look for the cartoon style exterior of JBs Diner where they serve big American portions for small budgets.

The Free Shop

If you’re looking to furnish your new home on a budget, or have forgotten kitchen essentials, head to The Free Shop on the Sussex campus. Like a charity shop, but free! All donated from last years students, it is on Saturday 10th September from 10-3pm.

Download WhotNow

The WhotNow App is launching alongside Freshers. Exclusive to bars in Brighton, it recommends bars based on your mood and preferences. It gives you the opportunity to reap rewards for going out. By sharing your night on social media or checking in to a venue, you earn WhotNow coins that can be exchanged for the likes of shots, snacks or a bottle of champagne.

Explore Brighton

Brighton has something for everybody. Make your own Brighton Bucket List and spend time getting to know the beautiful city, including taking a ride up the BAi360 (if it’s working), playing the 2p slots on the pier, walking round the Pavilion Garden, eating fish and chips on the beach, snapping some pics in the Snoopers Paradise photo booth, strolling through the Sussex countryside and having every other adventure imaginable.

More info

University of Brighton freshers’ calendar
Sussex University freshers’ calendar

Check out our 50 Things You Must Do In Brighton for your Brighton bucket list!


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