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Brighton City Guide

Brighton Guide For Students

A free spirited and exotic city on the south coast of Britain, Brighton is continental and colourful, filled with deep-rooted culture and exciting entertainment. The fun never stops in this happening metropolis, making it the perfect place to balance work and play on a daily basis. Its sea-side location means there’s a constant holiday atmosphere floating around, plus Brighton is right next to the most beautiful countryside in Sussex. so you get the best of both worlds. What more could you ask for?

Designated one of Britain's twelve Arts Cities, Brighton and Hove is the cultural capital of the South Coast. In May, Brighton Festival takes over the city with the biggest arts fiesta in England; an incredible action-packed three weeks.

The beach is the ultimate place to hang out and play all day long. Brighton Pier is known across the country for being one of the most enjoyable UK attractions, and rightly so! You can get the adrenaline pumping on the awesome fairground rides, enjoy authentic fish and chips or just stroll along the promenade and breathe in the clean sea breeze. Why not grab your books and work while chilling with a beer at one of the sea-view bars? It’ll make a change from that stuffy library!

How many UK cities can boast such a cool array of water and beach sports? You can learn to sail anything from a yacht to a dinghy or go extreme and take a ride on the lightning-quick Zap Cats powerboat! Alternatively, stay on dry land and try your hand at volleyball, ultimate Frisbee or beach rugby at the NIVEA Sun Yellowave Beach Sports Centre and get fit while playing all day long.


Here in Brighton you’ll find it hard to decide on just one shopping spot, considering the outstanding assortment of high street, boutique, antique and designer stores dotted around the city. Why not begin exploring at the Churchill Square shopping centre, where you’ll undoubtedly find something to suit your style in one of the 85 stores. Or, visit the North Laines shopping neighbourhood where you’ll be in retail therapy heaven amidst the medley of ethnic, fair-trade and vintage goods just waiting for you to take them home. The Lanes is another worthy location bursting with creative flavour and moving to a laid back Jazz soundtrack. If you can’t tear yourself away from the sea, check out the Brighton Marina and bag yourself a bargain or two from the unique boutiques, then enjoy some al fresco dining at one of the many waterfront cafes.

History lovers will be more than satisfied with what Brighton has on offer. Check out the breathtaking and perfectly detailed historical houses, including the Prince Regent’s seaside palace and the Victorian Palmeria Mansions for a private look at life in past times. Brighton is also home to numerous museums and galleries, so you’re sure to get your culture fix whenever you feel that need. Check out the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery where you’ll find world art and works that have inspired today’s fashion industry.

Festival season doesn’t come and go in Brighton, it has a permanent address! A city that loves to party, Brighton celebrates the worlds of music, art, film and dance every chance it gets! Boring doesn’t exist here, what with the number of funky bars and pubs for you to hang out in. One that stands out is Lucky Voice, an elegant venue offering private Karaoke rooms and yummy cocktails for a different sort of party! The Theatre Royal is another grand establishment which hosts a selection of West End plays and spectacular events throughout the year. Also, check out Komedia, a characteristic theatre with a year round program of impressive shows, comedy nights and cabaret. An eclectic crowd can be found at the artistic Duke of York’s Picture House, where you can enjoy a program of independent and cult films, or relax at the bar whilst trying out their refreshing (and affordable) menu.

The party doesn’t stop at sunset in Brighton; you’re sure to find the perfect clubbing spot for you and your crew, but here’s a few which come highly recommended. Funky Buddha is a premier location, party lovers will have an unforgettable evening sampling their super-cheap drinks menu and raving all weekend long to their sexy mash-up of music – all tailored especially for students! Digital is another notable student venue, throwing major student events most days and serving up an astonishingly priced menu, plus NUS discount on entry! It would be a crime not to mention Oceana; with 7 themed rooms and glitzy VIP lounges, it’s the ultimate night out pretty much every night of the week – yes, they’re always conveniently open!

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