A Student City Guide to Brighton

A student city guide to Brighton

Brighton is an amazing place to live as a student, with wonderful and wacky indie stores, a great shopping centre, an active live music scene and, of course, the beach! But if you’re overwhelmed and not sure what to do, or whether to leap the seaside, then here is a student city guide to Brighton.

Transport in Brighton

As students, you’ll need to be able to get around. Especially in a city as big as Brighton. But what are the best ways to do that?

Bus

Brighton and Hove Buses
Source: Brighton and Hove Independent

The majority of the buses you will see in Brighton are Brighton & Hove Buses, and they have an app which you can download here. These buses go from Portslade to Rottingdean, and up as far as Preston and Falmer. So no matter where you’re living in Brighton, you’ll be able to get on one of them.

The app is a good way to buy tickets as a student, as you can choose specifically student tickets, which are at a discounted price. You can get tickets for as short at 60 minutes, or as long as 3 months via the app, and these can either be centrefare (just the city centre), citySAVER (the whole route, but no night busses), or networkSAVER (everywhere and anywhere, anytime).

If you’re a student living out of the city centre (such as on-campus), and you’re going to be going into town for work or shopping, or even regular club nights – it may be worth getting an annual ticket. These can be purchased in the bus shop on North Street, and are £434.

Other bus services do also supply the city with a few routes, such as Big Lemon, Stagecoach, and Coastliners.

Taxis

Brighton and Hove Taxi
Source: The Argus

The city has a wide range of taxi firms, as well as Ubers, available to students.

City Cabs – 01273 205205

Brighton & Hove Radio Cabs – 01273 204060

Brighton Taxis – 01273 358545

Streamline Taxis – 01273 202020

Brighton Taxi Express – 01273 569030

Trains

Brighton trains
Source: Isle Of Wight

As well as taxis and buses, Brighton and Hove is well supplied with trains, too. There are stations in Portslade, Hove, Aldrington, Brighton, London Road, Moulsecoomb, and Falmer.

So if you’re living in Falmer and want to go into town, consider the train. Likewise, if you are at the University of Brighton Falmer Campus and study at the Moulsecoomb campus, the trains are the fastest route to your lectures!

Libraries in Brighton

There are plenty of libraries in Brighton, both university-owned and separate. So if you’re a bookworm, or want to get your hands on the uni reading list without breaking the bank, here’s where you’ll probably end up!

Aldrich Library, Moulsecoomb Campus

Aldrich Library Brighton
Source: Aldrich Library

Address: Cockroft Building, University of Brighton, Lewes Road, Brighton BN2 4GJ

Contact: 01273 642770

Located on Moulsecoomb Campus, this Uni of Brighton library is well-loved for its large study spaces. It has books related to the courses studied on the campus – such as maths, architecture, etc.

Falmer Library

Falmer Library Brighton
Source: Mapio.net

Address: Village Way, Falmer, Brighton, BN1 9PH

Contact: 01273 643569

All the way up in the hills of Falmer, the humanities students will be well familiar with the Falmer library. It has books related to the humanities, so will have your back for literature, teaching, history, etc.

St Peters Church

St Peters House Library
Source: Edward Baden

Address: 16-18 Richmond Place, Brighton, BN2 9NA

Contact: 01273 643220

St Peters Church is nearer the city centre and is close to the art campus. It has a range of books, but largely focusses on creative subjects such as design.

University of Sussex Library

University of Sussex Library Brighton
Source: University of Sussex Library Twitter

Address: Falmer Hill, Falmer, Brighton BN1 9QL

Contact: 01273 678163

Unlike the University of Brighton, Sussex University has one library, and it’s easy to find. Located up on campus, the Sussex University library is huge and has everything you’ll need whilst studying in Brighton.

Hove Library

Hove Library
Source: Brighton and Hove News

Address: 182 – 186 Church Road, Hove, BN3 2EG

Contact: 01273 290800

Hove Library is council-owned, and so will have more fiction and normal non-fiction books than the university libraries.

Hangleton Library

Hangleton Library
Source: The Argus

Address: 19 West Way, Hove, BN3 8LD

Contact: 01273 290800

Another council-owned library, if you find yourself up in Hangleton, be sure to visit this library for all your reading needs.

Jubilee Library

Jubilee Library
Source: Architecture.com, Photographer: James Britain

Address: Jubilee St, Brighton, BN1 1GE

Contact: 01273 290800

This is the largest public library in the city, and is the easiest to locate too!

Useful shops for students

When you move to a new city, some of the best shops remain hidden to you. But we’re here to help! Here are some of the best shops for students in Brighton.

Partido

partido brighton
Source: Partido

Address: 70 Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2HA

During Freshers, you will require a fancy dress outfit at some point. If you don’t already have one, Partido comes to the rescue. Right in the city centre, they have a huge range of fancy dress outfits for you to peruse!

Glad Rags

Gladrags brighton
Source: Gladrags

Address: Unit 10, Westergate Business Centre, Westergate Road, Brighton, BN2 4QN

Another costume shop, Gladrags, is a charity costume hire. You really will find anything you need there!

Shabitat

Shabitat
Source: Community21

Address: Saunders Park Rise, Lewes Road, Brighton, BN2 4AE

Shabitat is a hidden aware warehouse shop that provides affordable furniture, clothing, homeware and electrical goods. A lot of their stuff is upcycled, and they’re open Monday to Friday 9 – 5.

Ryman’s

Ryman's Brighton
Source: Positively Putney

Address: 55 – 56 North Street, Brighton, BN1 1RH

If you ever need stationery, Rymans has everything you could possibly want. From fancy calligraphy pens to huge pads of paper.

CASS Art

Cass Art Brighton
Source: Cass Art Twitter

Address: 21 Market Street, Brighton, BN1 1HH

Cass serves as an art hub for creatives. It is the UK’s leading art materials supplier, and they offer a student discount. So if you want to get artsy, head their way.

Taj the Grocer

Taj Brighton
Source: HappyCow

Address: 98 – 99 Western Road, Brighton, BN1 2LB

Just a short walk out of the centre of Brighton, Taj is a huge grocery store with a range of fresh fruit, veg and deli food for you to take away. They have a great range for anyone vegetarian, and also a butchers counter for those looking for the best meat.

Infinity Foods

Infinity Foods Brighton
Source: My Vegan Town

Address: 25 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YA

Infinity Foods is exactly where you’d expect an organ and ethically led supermarket, by the bottom of the Laines. They sell vegan and vegetarian produce, plus artisan bakery goods.

Open Market

The Open Market brighton
Source: The Argus

Address: Marshalls Row, Brighton, BN1 4JU

The Open Market is a little haven off of London Road, only a short walk from the city centre. In it, you can find the following traders: Real Patisserie, Pets Pantry, Market Florist, The Flying Saucer Cafe, Brighton Apothecary, Buttons and Bows Haberdashery, Radio Reverb, Wastenot, The Crystal Therapy Shop, The Fruit Bowl, The Rat and Strumpet, Giant, Streets Cafe, Harry’s Kitchen, Century 18 Grocery, Spice of Life, Baka Neko, Vintage and Vintage, Kodak, OM Things and many other local traders. The market also hosts events sometimes, which are always worth visiting.

Where to go on a night out as a student

Part of the student experience is going out, whether that involves drinking or just having a boogie. If you’re looking for the best places to go out in Brighton on a night out, here you go!

Patterns 

Best Bars in Brighton, Patterns
Source: Design My Night

Address: 10 Marine Parade, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1TL

Patterns hosts gigs, but also has a club venue too! They have great decor and music, and on their Free Donuts Tuesdays, you can get entry for free if you put yourself down on their guestlist.

Coalition

Coalition Brighton
Source: Bar Magazine

Address: 171 – 181, Kings Road Arches, Brighton, BN1 1NB

Coalition has one large room and a smaller one, and often hosts themed nights with different genres in each room. The venue is great, with a really grungey feel to it, and good prices on drinks and entry! Keep an eye out for events like District for student prices!

Revolution 

REvolution Brighton
Source: Design My Night

Address: 77 West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RA

Whilst Revs is technically a bar rather than a club, come around 8ish, the tables move, and the DJ starts. Plus, they have amazing student deals. Get 2-4-1 cocktails and cheap food, and then party the night away.

The Arch 

The Arch brighton
Source: The Argus

Address: 187 – 193 Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 1NB

The Arch has been going for a while and is quite well known within the community for its dance and acid house nights. They also run student nights called CU next Tuesday (naughty!), which provides students with great drinks and entry prices.

Pryzm 

Pryzm Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Address: Kingswest, West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RE

With several floors and different genres of music in each section of the club, Pryzm tries its best to have something for everyone. Plus, if you go on Epik! Wednesdays, there are loads of discounts on drinks.

Club Revenge 

Club Revenge Brighton
Source: Brighton Holiday Lets

Address: 32 – 34 Old Steine, Kemptown, Brighton, BN1 1EL

Club Revenge is an LGBT+ (the LGBT+) club in Brighton. Paired with its sister, Bar Revenge, both have great student deals. The club has 3 floors, one being a rooftop terrace with panoramic views of the sea!

Shooshh

Shooshh Brighton
Source: Penguin Media Hire

Address: 214 Kings Rd, Brighton, BN1 1NB

Shooshh is ‘Brighton’s VIP Superclub’. It is one of the most popular clubs and is another one along the seafront. They have the main area, Iglu, and the upstairs VIP section. The music is great, and on Lollipop Thursdays you can get a free lolly!

Chalk

Chalk Brighton
Source: Chalk Facebook

Address: 13 Pool Valley, Brighton, BN1 1NJ

Chalk is hidden away by the coach park and is all the way upstairs in a nondescript building. But once you’re in the club, you can graffiti all over the chalkboard walls, get up on their dancing blocks, and have a great time.

Ye Olde King and Queen 

Ye olde king and queen brighton
Source: Ye Olde King and Queen

Address: 13 – 17 Marlborough Place, Brighton, BN1 1UB

If pubs are more your style for a night out, go and visit King and Queen. With food, cheap drinks, sports channels, and a lovely beer garden, you can spend the whole night just chilling with your friends.

Hobgoblin 

Best Bars in Brighton, Hogblin
Source: Hobgoblin Brighton Facebook

Address: 31 York Place, Brighton, BN1 4GU

Hobgoblin is famous for its beer garden, but it also has a lovely candlelit indoor seating area, brilliant student deals, arcade tables and a photobooth. So if you want 99p shots, and Instagram worthy environments, take a look.

If you want to check out more of Brighton’s nightlife, we have written more about it!

Entertainment for students

When we’re not drinking, students do also go and do other stuff… supposedly. If you want to know what else there is to do in the seaside city, we’ve got you covered.

GloBalls 

Globalls Brighton
Source: Globalls

Address: The Waterfront, Brighton Marina, BN2 5WA

GloBalls is an indoor neon mini-golf course. With a Jurassic and safari course, it’s a great place to go to pass the time (plus, there’s a Spoons nearby!).

Brighton Palace Pier 

Brighton Palace Pier

If you go to Brighton, you have to go to the pier. It’s actually the law. (It isn’t.)

But joking aside, with restaurants, arcades, waffles, and great views, plus the amusement rides, the pier is definitely somewhere to go if you are looking for something to do.

ImmotionVR 

ImmotionVR Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Address: Churchill Square, BN1 2RG

In Churchill Square, there is a store where you can go purely to play VR. So if you can’t afford it and want to have a go, be sure to check this out.

Odeon 

ODEON Brighton
Source: ODEON Events

Address: Kingswest, West Street, Brighton, BN1 2RE

Just above Pryzm, is a brilliant ODEON cinema. With 2D and 3D movies available, and student tickets bookable online or instore, you can waste hours watching blockbusters.

Duke of York Picturehouse 

Duke of York's Picturehouse Cinema
Source: Picturehouse Cinemas

Address: Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4NA

Duke of York is an art house cinema, and is the oldest one in Brighton! It’s been voted the best cinema in the UK and has a range of cheap tickets for students. They also have special clubs, like Autism-friendly screenings and Vintage Sundays.

Sea Life Brighton 

Sea Life Center Brighton
Source: Sea Life Centre

Address: Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TB

Sea Life Brighton is an aquarium that originally opened way back in 1872. So the inside of the building is full of beautiful architecture, and it is the second oldest operating aquarium in the world! You can book tickets online or at the venue, and there are always deals available. Plus, for £2 each, you can take a trip on the glass-bottom boat to see all the sea-creatures up close.

British Airways i360 Viewing Tower 

British I360 Brighton
Credit: British I360

Address: Lower Kings Road, Brighton, BN1 2LN

With a bar in the sky, and a restaurant down below, and gorgeous panoramic views of the whole city (all the way up to Falmer and beyond!), the i360 is a huge (literally) tourist attraction. Plus, you can get discounted student tickets!

Photomatic 

Photomatic Brighton
Source: Pinterest

Address: 22 Gardner Street

Photomatic is a photobooth store. You can go in, and use the varied photobooths in the shop, as well as all the costumes and accessories available, to make physical memories with you and all your friends.

The Royal Pavillion 

Royal Pavillion Brighton
Source: Royal Pavillion and Brighton Museum

Address: 4/5 Pavillion Buildings, Brighton, BN1 1EE

The phrase ‘not just a pretty face’ applies to the Royal Pavillion, as inside it holds a brilliant museum, and even more golden architecture than is on the outside. They’re open 10 am – 5.15 pm (last admission at 4.30 pm) every day, and you can buy annual tickets for £15.50, or as a Brighton resident or student, you can get in for £7.75 on the day.

Upside Down House 

Upside Down House Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Address: Kings Road Arches, 42-43, Brighton, BN1 2NL

If you need some new instagram photos, take a trip over to the Upside Down House. It pretty much does what it says on the tin, but it’s really quite trippy when you’re in – and makes for marvellous photos. And it’s only £5!

The Painting Pottery Cafe 

Painting Pottery Cafe Brighton
Source: Painting Pottery Cafe

Address: 31 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YB

This is great for friendship groups or couples! Book in advance, and you can go, paint pottery and then they will finish it off for you to collect at a later date! You can even have parties there.

Where to eat as a student

If you’re fed up of the catered food in halls, or your kitchen isn’t usable right now, then try these restaurants! We also have a guide just for the veggies! Or, if you’re more interested in just roast dinners, or just breakfasts, check this out.

Harry Ramsden’s 

Harry Ramsdens Brighton
Source: Telegraph and Argus

Address: 1-4 Marine Parade, Kemptown, Brighton, BN2 1TA

Harry Ramsden’s is a well-known fish and chip restaurant, which let’s be honest, you’ve got to have if you’re living by the sea. With good portions, and reasonable prices, as well as huge jugs of Pimm’s, you can’t go wrong.

The Lion and Lobster

The Lion and Lobster Brighton
Source: Design My Night

Address: 24 Sillwood St, Brighton, BN1 2PS

The Lion and Lobster is often hailed as one of the best pubs in the city. It’s got 2 gardens, a roof terrace, and great food. Their roasts are sublime!

Dead Wax 

Dead Wax Social Brighton
Source: Design My Night

Address: 18A Bond Street, Brighton, BN1 1RD

Dead Wax is a punk-y feeling bar, with vinyls covering the walls! They also have a selection of pizzas which you can pair with their canned craft beers and cocktails.

Fatto a Mano 

Fatto A Mano Brighton
Source: Fatto a Mano

Address: 25 Gloucester Road, Brighton, BN1 4AQ

Fatto A Mano serves oven-baked pizza and delicious sidesa at prices that won’t hurt your bank.; They also offer takeaway, and have a great atmosphere both inside and out.

Food For Friends 

Food for Friends Brighton
Source: We Love Brighton

Address: 17-18 Prince Albert Street, Brighton, BN1 1HF

Brighton’s original veggie and vegan restaurant since 1981, Food for Friends is an award-winning place for anyone plant-based. They serve WOLFOX coffee and have a wide menu with fresh and ethically sourced produce.

The Breakfast Club 

The Breakfast Club Brighton
Source: Seen In The City

Address: 16 – 17 Market Street, Brighton, BN1 1HH

An American diner-style brunch wonder, The Breakfast Club have full Englishes, pancakes, mocktails, cocktails, and even American breakfasts. You will be spoilt for choice!

The Alcampo Lounge 

Alcampo Lounge Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Address: London Road, Brighton, BN1 4JF

The Lounges are known for wacky decor, good vibes, board games, great food and even better cocktails – and Alcampo delivers on that. Whether you’re there for brunch, a burger, or a panini, they’ve got you covered with brilliant deals and vegetarian options!

The Joker 

The Joker Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Address: 2 Preston Road, Brighton, BN1 4QF

The Joker is a lovely pub on Preston Road with a cocktail lounge and city famous chicken. Lost boys chicken is the best in Brighton, and they have it all at The Joker. So go get a pint and try it out!

Where to order from as a student

If you don’t want to go out, but still don’t want to cook, check out these Brighton local charms for your next takeaway.

Piccolo 

Piccolo Brighton
Source: Deliveroo

Piccolo serves beautiful Italian cuisine at low prices, with options from a range of pizzas, to dough balls, pasta and gnocchi. All delivered to your door.

Tuntuns Cafe

TunTuns Cafe Brighton
Source: Tuntuns Cafe Facebook

Tuntuns sell a range of Bangladeshi food, which you can pick and choose from and have delivered. With curries, meal deals and snacks, they’re always a good choice.

Grubbs

Grubbs Brighton
Source: Cheeseburgerboy

Grubbs doesn’t deliver, but with one in every corner of Brighton, you’re bound to be near one. They sell delicious veggie and meat burgers, with huge portions of french fries, hotdogs and milkshakes that are heavenly. You can find them on Lewes Road, St James’s Street, St Peter’s Church, and Brunswick Place.

Buddies 

Buddies Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Buddies is a seafront cafe that offers burgers, breakfasts, pizza, and pasta. They are open 24hrs, and you can order from them, or go and visit! They also sell cocktails and drinks, too.

Magic Wok 

Magic Wok Brighton
Source: Just Eat

Magic Wok is a Chinese takeaway in the city centre. You can order from them on Just-Eat, and they have a huge range of dishes to choose from, plus they put freebies in orders over £15!

Kokoro 

Kokoro Brighton
Source: Kokoro

Not exclusive to Brighton, Kokoro sells handmade sushi and Japanese food. They are known for their delicious katsu curry, which you can get with chicken or tofu, and on noodles or rice!

The Bok Shop 

The Bok Shop Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

The Bok Shop has stores in Eastbourne, Brighton and Croydon. They sell chicken burgers, wings, and tenders. You can get these in meal deals, kids meals or on their own. They even have a secret menu!

Purezza

Purezza Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

Purezza is a veggie and vegan pizza restaurant that you can order from online. They’ve crafted their own vegan ingredients, including a vegan mozzarella, ricotta and cheddar! They have a range of pizzas to choose from, including pizzas with meat substitutes.

Where to go to work out as a student

If you’re interested in health and fitness, then Brighton has a range of gyms and wellness services for you to check out.

Virgin Active Gym 

Virgin Active Brighton
Source: Virgin Active

This gym has classes, a spa, a pool and your usual gym equipment. Students living in halls on the University of Brighton have access to this gym at reduced/free rates.

The Gym 

The Gym Brighton
Source: Brighton and Hove News

There are 3 The Gym branches in Brighton, on Madiera Drive, London Road and Blatchington Road. All of them are 24 hours and have a wealth of equipment and classes up for use.

Riptide Health and Fitness

Riptide is a group that offers strength and conditioning circuit sessions, group and personal training. They host HIIT, circuits, and other training sessions.

The Circle 

The circle focus more on the mind than the other places on this list. They are a multi-discipline health and wellbeing centre in Portslade.

Sussex Sports Center and Falmer Sports Complex

If you sign up through the Sussexsport member, you can use the Sussex Sports Center from as little as £10 a month. These have a range of fitness rooms and group exercise classes available.

Where to live as a student

Brighton is a huge place, and we’ve discussed where to live in Brighton before. But to get to that point, contact these student estate agents.

CoApt

You will meet CoApt reps at your Fresher’s fair, and you’ll see their pretty offices on your way to and from campus. They’re one of the biggest student estate agencies in the city and have a 4.1-star rating on All Agents.

SJ Property Services 

SJ Property Services are also on Lewes Road, and have a range of houses for students, especially if you’re looking for 1 – 3 beds. They have a 3.8 rating on All Agents.

Brighton Accommodation Agency 

Brighton Accommodation Agency are well known for their student homes too, and they’ve been going for a while now. They have a 4.5 on All Agents.

Sussex Student Lettings 

Specialists in finding students good quality housing at low prices, Sussex Student Lettings are run by the University of Sussex Students’ Union. So you know you’re in safe hands. Plus, they have a 4.9/5 on All Agents.

Local discounts

If you’re starting to run out of student loan, here are the best discounts around Brighton for you to make the most of!

Shuffle Bar

Shuffle Bar Brighton
Source: Shuffle Bar Twitter

2-4-1 cocktails Monday to Wednesday!

Steinbeck and Shaw

Steinbeck and Shaw Brighton
Source: Teabee

50% off all drinks from 5 pm – 10 pm!

Hobgoblin

Hobgoblin Brighton
Source: Design My Night

99p tequila Tuesdays, 99p vodka Thursdays!

Pompoko

Pompoko Brighton
Source: Trip Advisor

All mains under £6.

BTN Bike

BTN Bikes
Source: Latest TV Brighton

10% off annual memberships.

The Breakfast Club

The Breakfast Club Brighton
Source: Restaurants Brighton

15% off with valid student ID

City Cabs

City Cabs Brighton
Source: Brighton and Hove News

Discounted fares to campus

Boulder Brighton

Boulder Brighton
Source: Brighton Source

15% off climbing sessions

And of course, you have access to the student discounts found on UNiDays!

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