Brighton Student Guide – An overview

Brighton

Cafe culture in Brighton.

An Overview

Brighton can be found within the city of Brighton and Hove and is a lively place with lots of things to see and do. The student population in Brighton is over 33,000, which accounts for the city’s thriving nightlife and abundance of bars and clubs. The nightlife in Brighton offers an eclectic mix, from chart topping pop to indie, salsa and dubstep. ‘The Honey’ is a popular club and is located on the beach with four rooms each playing different types of music.

‘The Lanes’ is an area close to the seafront and is a great place to shop. The area is characterised by narrow alleyways and small, independent shops and boutiques. Churchill Square is a must for shopaholics; the area consists of a large shopping centre covering an area of 470,000 sq ft. The shopping centre is home to over 80 shops and includes several restaurants and a large car park.

The location of Brighton on the coast of the English Channel means there are long stretches of sandy beaches, perfect for sunbathing on hot summer days, and there is even a nudist beach just south of Kemptown. The seafront offers restaurants, bars and amusement arcades, and the area around Brighton Pier is particularly popular with tourists. Brighton is serviced well with transport links and is only one hour from London by train, making it a popular destination for day-trippers.

Brighton is well known for having a large LGBT community and is often referred to as ‘the gay capital of Britain’. The city is home to Brighton Pride every August, a one day event that attracts thousands of visitors from around the country. The event consists of a carnival parade leading through Brighton and finishing at Preston Park. Once at Preston Park the party begins, the biggest names on the gay club scene come together to throw one massive party. Gay or straight, the event is one of the highlights on Brighton’s calendar and best of all it’s completely free!

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