Top ten things to do as a student in Brighton
Stroll around the Lanes. Party until dawn on the seafront. Listen to the newest music acts. With so many events, festivals and places to visit, use our guide to find out the best things to do as a student in Brighton.
Soak up the sun on the beach
Brighton beach, with its iconic Brighton Pier and seaside attractions, is one of the most visited in England, where you can soak up the sun, hire a kayak or paddle board, or simply try your luck at a game on the pier.
But it's when the sun goes down when the beach really comes into its own, with bars and nightclubs offering student deals lining the seafront - perfect for watching the sunset with friends and partying until dawn. Find out more about Brighton beach.
Shop 'til you drop in the Lanes
A bustling collection of narrow alleyways, with antique shops, independent cafés and quirky pubs, the Lanes is a great place to shop, eat and explore.
Watch the latest comedy acts
Brighton is a fantastic city for comedy, with the Brighton Comedy Festival, comedy shows at both the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Fringe, and selected student discounts for gigs at venues such as the Komedia.
So whether you want to see fringe comedy or watch one of the UK's biggest acts, you'll find something to suit you.
Hang out at a festival
From foodie events to large-scale arts festivals, you can be a part of the city's carnival atmosphere year round, with many festivals having free shows or free entry.
Some of the city's biggest festivals include:
- Brighton Festival
- Brighton Fringe
- The Great Escape
- Brighton & Hove Food and Drink Festival
- Paddle Round The Pier
- Brighton Pride.
Listen to the hottest music acts
And if you want to listen to the best upcoming artists, grab a ticket for The Great Escape festival, the UK’s leading showcase for new music.
Watch Premier League football
The American Express Community Stadium, located across the road from the Sussex campus, is home to the recently promoted Brighton & Hove Albion.
So whether you want to support the Albion or a Premier League team such as Manchester City or Arsenal, you're in the perfect place to watch top flight football.
Go on a student night out
You're spoilt for choices for amazing student nights in Brighton, from club nights on the seafront to student deals at pubs in the city.
Have a cheap movie night
All these cinemas have discounts on tickets if you show your student or National Union of Students (NUS) Extra card, so check out local listings for the latest film releases.
Get a round in at a Brighton bar
From cool and quirky bars to larger chain pubs, Brighton has it all. The city's pub scene is always changing, with many places having pop-up kitchens or menus by the city's best restaurants, and new craft beer venues opening up.
Go on a day trip
Fancy getting out of the city for a day? You can marvel at the beautiful cliffs of the Seven Sisters, visit the historic town of Lewes (don't miss Lewes Bonfire Night on November 5), or stroll around the streets of Arundel.
And if you want to explore other cities in the south, London is just an hour by train, and Cambridge and Oxford around two to three hours away.