K M Enayet Hossain
25 July, 2022

6 min read


Student city guide - Brighton, UK

Less than 1 hour from London, Brighton is UK’s happiest city, has the largest student ratio of all UK student cities and one of the top student cities of the world.

About Brighton

Brighton is a city on the south coast of England, in the county of East Sussex. It is a seaside resort on the English Channel, 51 miles (82 km) south of central London and less than an hour from London by train and 30 minutes from London Gatwick, one of the UK's major international airports.

Brighton is known as

‘London by Sea’

Brighton is actually formally known as the city of Brighton and Hove. The towns of Brighton and Hove formed a unitary authority in 1997 and were granted city status by Queen Elizabeth II in 2001.

Brighton’s location has made it a popular destination for tourists, renowned for its diverse communities, quirky shopping areas, large and vibrant cultural, music and arts scene. Brighton has been voted as one of the Top 10 Seaside City Breaks in the World.

Brighton is sometimes also referred to as 'London by Sea'. Brighton first became fashionable amongst day-trippers and holidaymakers from London in the late 1700s, when the then Prince of Wales, who became King George IV, became a regular visitor. The palace he built, a beautiful Indian and Oriental inspired building called the Royal Pavilion, is one of England’s most unique landmarks. During World War 2 Adolf Hitler gave his bombers specific instructions not to bomb the Brighton Pavilion. He envisioned it as a holiday home after he had conquered Great Britain.

Brighton is the only town in Britain with a Grade I listed pier. The Brighton Sea Life Centre is the world's oldest aquarium. Dating back to 1872, the Sea Life Centre on Brighton's seafront is the world's oldest aquarium. With over 100 species, including sharks and stingrays, and vast tanks of local and tropical marine life, there is plenty to discover. You can also walk through England's longest underwater observation tunnel!

The Brighton Dome has jump started a lot of famous people’s careers. In 1972 Pink Floyd debuted his Dark Side of The Moon Album in the building. It of course later went on to do tremendously well. And in 1974, ABBA won EUROVISION which was hosted in the Brighton Dome with their performance of the popular song “Waterloo.”

Brighton and Hove Albion is the city’s local football club. Since 2017, they have played in England’s Premier League (the top league). Sussex Country Cricket Club in Home area is one of the major cricket clubs of UK.

Why choose to study in Brighton, UK

Brighton is world-ranked major student city

Brighton has the largest student ratio of all UK student cities, with students making up 11.7% of the total population. Brighton is in the top 15 UK best student cities and 81st in the world (the QS Best Student Cities 2023 rankings) . The city ranks the highest for student view this year, where it places in 41st. Both of Brighton’s internationally ranked universities (University of Sussex and University of Brighton) have a high proportion of international students, with 29% of the student population coming from outside the UK and is ranked 19th in the world for student mix.

Top 15

UK best student cities


of students are international

Brighton is No 1 ‘hippiest city’

Brighton has been called the UK’s “hippest city” ( Move Hub ) and no 1 hipster city in the world. Brighton offers an enviable and unique lifestyle - the vegan eateries, coffee shops, tattoo studios, vintage boutiques, alternative fashions, street art, art galleries and museums, music, colourful and funky culture, sea and the beach, record stores including over 400 independent shops and cafes in North Laine, the heart and soul of Brighton. Residents here are overly concerned with appearing trendy. It is also the unofficial LGBTQ+ capital of the United Kingdom. The subcultures and alternative lifestyles of the residence in Brighton have introduced it as a hipster city.

No 1

Hipster city

Brighton is the happiest city in the UK

Brighton is “the happiest place to live in the UK”. In a nationwide survey into the satisfaction of the nation, Brighton and Hove came out as the Happiness Capital, with over a third of the city’s populace choosing the word ‘Happy’ to describe their lives ( ConnorPR ). Brighton is rated as the 3rd happiest place to work in the UK (Factors including life satisfactions, happiness, earnings an work hours were taken into consideration), Source: SussexLive. It was number 1 city in the UK or work/life balance in the UK in 2019 ( Country Living ).

3 rd

happiest Place to work

Getting to and around Brighton is easy

With regular trains from London, Portsmouth and Southampton, as well as the Eurostar from King’s Cross St Pancras, it’s quick and easy to get to Brighton from destinations across the south east of England. The compact size of the city makes it easy to explore by foot, bike or bus once you are there. Brighton & Hove’s award-winning buses are regular, cost-effective and eco-friendly, making them the ideal way to journey further afield. Part of the National Cycle Network, Brighton is a delight when explored by bike. Stretch your legs and breathe in the salty sea air as you explore Brighton by foot, the cheapest, easiest and most enjoyable way to get around.

Brighton is a green and an eco-friendly city

Brighton is famous for being one of the greenest and most eco-friendly cities in the UK. It has a large number of sustainability projects. Over 40% of Brighton & Hove is declared as National Park. The city is a stone’s throw from the South Downs, an area of outstanding beauty and the UK’s newest National Park (since 2011). In January 2021, the Garden of Life rated Brighton as the most eco-friendly city in the country.

Brighton is home to Europe’s first building made entirely of re-used waste. The Waste House at the University of Brighton is built from a range of waste objects, such as VHS cassettes and even toothbrushes. The building is low-energy and sustainable, and has won a number of design and architecture awards for its sustainability and uniqueness.

It is also home to the Earthship, which is a completely self-sustainable building. The building was made using recycled materials such as car tires, and incorporates renewable energy systems and rainwater harvesting into its structure.

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