Why Brighton Is The Best City To Be A Student
Brighton’s a city with all the ingredients to make the perfect student experience. With both the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, as well as BIMM and multiple colleges, there are over 31,000 students living in Brighton. Not only does this mean the city caters to every need a student could possibly have, but makes it impossible to go anywhere without spotting a fellow student.
Aisling from Northern Ireland, “Because I love living by the sea!”
London by the Sea, there are few cities with such perfect location. You have the beauty of the South Downs minutes away, the sea front in all its glory and the hustle and bustle of a big city in a smaller package. It’s big enough to be home to all you need, but small enough to maintain that homely feel.
Natalie from Hastings, “Eating chips on the beach when you should be studying”
There are only a handful of student cities by the sea and none quite like Brighton. The pier, the beach, the marina, you even have pubs and nightclubs with a sea view. The perfect setting to revise in the fresh air, enjoy the famous fish and chips or sunbathe and relax with friends in the summer.
Shannon from Gravesend, “It has literally got everything a student could possibly require”
With the Lanes, North Laine and Churchill Square all within walking distance of one another, Brighton has everything from kitsch vintage shops to Urban Outfitters, making it a shopaholic’s dream.
Megan from Redridge, “All the little independent cafes they have”
With more restaurants per head than any city outside of London, including a mass of independent eateries as well as the tried and tested favourites, every appetite and dietary requirement is catered for. There is also something for everyone’s budget, including a restricted student one!
Brighton has invested over £100 million over the past decade in student amenities. Sport fanatics can rest assured there will be the best facilities, with the AMEX, 2 golf courses, 24 cricket pitches, 60 tennis courts and Yellowave, the UK’s only permanent beach sports venue.
Becky from Barford, “Brighton’s so accepting of everyone”
Brighton has a vast international student population, with pupils from over 150 countries and is also home to the largest LGBT community in the UK hosting Europe’s biggest Pride every year.
Matt from Uckfield, ‘Shakedown Festival!”
Brighton really is totally different to any other student city; not just another high rise city or sprawling country campus. There is always an event, from March of the Mermaids to Brighton Fringe. Every month Brighton is celebrating something!
Febi from Dorchester, “The multicultural bit, the beach, students everywhere, nightlife and the lanes which you don’t get anywhere else”
Brighton is home to the some the UK’s largest art extravaganzas including the Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe. There is also the Brighton centre, the Dome, Brighton Philharmonic and Theatre Royal Brighton. Theatre students have masses of opportunities and budding stand up comedians can make their debut at Komedia.
There’s a pub, club and bar to suit everyone’s taste and budget for a night out. There must be, there’s over 300 of them! Order a 007 Cocktail and tapas at Twisted Lemon or a stay up all night at a gig at Concorde 2; Brighton’s premier live music venue that’s hosted a number of the world’s greatest bands.
The city of Brighton has not one, but two top 100 universities and according to league tables some of the happiest students!
The multiple campuses of the University of Brighton are spread over five locations throughout the city, from the quiet village of Falmer to the hum of the city centre. With no shortage of clubs, pubs and bars, students can enjoy a full calendar of social events, with the Grand Ball being one of the biggest Freshers balls in the UK. And how many universities can boast they have a lecture hall overlooking a football stadium?
The picturesque campus of Sussex University adjacent Stanmer Park, nestled between the South Downs yet only 3 miles from the centre of town is an eclectic mix of Grade I buildings and modern brutalist architecture. Renown for its academic and sporting esteem, as well as a vibrant SU and societies from Shaolin Kung Fu to Ultimate Frisbee, there is something for everybody.
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Cover photo by Dominic Alves