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Brighton city guide: student life

Things to do in Brighton

Brighton is renowned for its art, culture, shopping and nightlife, and its liberal community feel means it’s fast becoming one of the UK’s most popular student destinations. Choose to study at any of Brighton’s well-regarded colleges, and you’ll join a diverse and welcoming student community while enjoying the legendary culture and timeless coastal charm of this beloved English seaside city.

Located just a minute apart, on Brighton’s popular Lewes Road thoroughfare, the Stoneworks and Vogue Studios are contemporary apartment buildings offering stylish accommodation for between 48 and 51 students. Both complexes comprise of individual studio rooms containing everything you could need for independent living in the heart of Brighton, including a kitchenette, en-suite shower room, double bed and study area.


Bars and clubs

If it’s nightlife, entertainment and dining you’re after, the Stoneworks and Vogue Studios are both within walking distance of several pubs, bars and cafés, including The Gladstone, Mojo Coffee, also a good range of local takeaways and fast food vendors, from Kebab Knight to Pizza Hut and Papa John’s.

No other UK city caters to young people quite like Brighton. From its bars, restaurants and street-side cafés, to its celebrated culture, arts and music scene, this is a vibrant and colourful place to live and study – and as student-friendly as they come.

Martha Gunn bar – close to the Stoneworks and Vouge Studios with a great selection of food and Sunday roasts

The Lewes Road Inn – also close to the Stoneworks and Vouge Studios

New Unity – a consistent flow of NUS drinks offers coupled with live music and DJs, your night is sorted!

The Hare and Hounds – catch up with friends in a quirky booth and unwind from a day at uni

Patterns – a trendy beachfront bar with resident DJs to get your weekend started

If you’re keen to party late into the night there’s a whole host of venues to choose. PRYZM, Coalition, Walkabout, Shooshh, Patterns and Bau Wow are just some of the clubs that host student nights, while it’s not unheard of for city-centre pubs to keep their doors open until well into the early hours.



For a seaside city, Brighton has a surprising number of places to eat, and is often considered one of the finest foodie destinations south of London. From à la carte seafood restaurants and casual burger bars, to the UK’s most celebrated vegetarian cafés – there’s something for every appetite in this cosmopolitan coastal city. Here are a few of our top picks:

The Breakfast Club - nothing kick starts the weekend like a brunch, and The Breakfast Club really delivers. From American pancakes to tasty breakfast burritos, student can even bag themselves 15% off.

Planet India - a great and affordable selection of vegetarian and vegan dishes, Make sure you check out the dall curry, it’s delicious!

The Lion and Lobster - a cosy pub with two roof terraces serving up an array of tatsy food for decent prices.

Fish and chips – fish and chips on the seafront is a staple for Brighton! Dine with a view on the ocean and the sea wind in your hair.


Sports, Leisure and Fitness

Whether you want to keep fit, join a team or try your hand at yoga, Brighton boasts a great range of sports and fitness centres where you can have fun and meet new people.

The first thing to mention is Parklife, a huge programme of fun fitness events available to all students at the University of Brighton. From conventional sports such as football, badminton and cricket to more niche activities including archery, colour run, dodgeball and bouldering, Parklife offers something for everyone, and all events are very reasonably priced at just £1 each (unless otherwise stated).


Culture and landmarks

Take time out from your studies, and Brighton is revealed as a rich centre of culture, art, music and cinema. Start your tour at the iconic Brighton Pier, where you can spend an afternoon indulging in classic seaside fun, before taking a ride on the British Airways i360 – the world’s tallest revolving viewing platform, which is well worth doing at least once if you’re new to the area.

Art lovers are advised to take time out to explore the works of the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, which houses a generous permanent collection, as well as a rolling exhibition of works from local artists. Alternatively, if you’re a great lover of modern art, be sure to visit the IO Gallery on Brighton’s bustling North Lane, which houses a changing collection of art from over 100 local and regional artists.

If you’re into live music, you’re in for a treat, as Brighton boasts some of the UK’s most iconic small venues including The Prince Albert, Green Door Store and Hope & Ruin. The city also the has the capacity for larger gigs, with the Corn Exchange and Brighton Dome hosting an annual programme of noteworthy music and theatre events.

For shopping, a visit to the Lanes is a must. These beautiful, cobbled streets are packed full of independent shops and boutiques, from vintage clothing to quirky homeware and lots of great places to eat and drink.

You’ll definitely never to stuck for things to do in this lively city. Find out more about aparto properties in Brighton here