Brighton’s an easy place to get to, with regular trains from London stations and a coastal line running east and west. Gatwick Airport’s just over half an hour away, and the M23/A23 is fast and direct from the M25. Buses run from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, from Portsmouth and from Eastbourne.
The city centre’s only around two miles squared, so walking pretty much anywhere takes less than an hour. But if that sounds too arduous, bus routes line much of Brighton and Hove – they’re regular and inexpensive and generally reliable: tickets can be bought on-board, downloaded to your phone or pre-paid to an electronic card. But this is Brighton, the only city to have elected a Green MP in Caroline Lucas – if you really want to fit in, get yourself a bike. Or a skateboard.
Food and drink
There’s more restaurants and cafés in Brighton than you could eat at in a year, but Pom Poko (Japanese), Casa Don Carlos (tapas) and Bill’s (all-day breakfast) are pretty much institutions. Pubs are everywhere and the standard’s high pretty much all over, although Craft Beer and the North Laine have a great line in interesting ales, and if you like gin, The Office will pretty much become home. The Duke Of Norfolk, near the BIMM West campus, does Sunday roasts right, and BIMM students will pop into The Freemasons for a pint – the cherished pub responsible for the Brighton DJ duo of the same name.
If you’re looking to cook for yourself, the centre of town hosts all the major supermarkets, including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Waitrose and M&S, whilst Taj serves those craving a more diverse palette.
Where To Shop
For anyone with a craving for brand names and chain stores, Churchill Square should do the trick, hosting everything from Urban Outfitters to the Apple Store. But the North Laine is where things get interesting, with hundreds of small boutiques and independent retailers hawking everything from quirky hats to bird whistles and bags made from hemp.
There are no halls of residence at BIMM Brighton, but our Admissions Team can offer a lot of guidance when it comes to finding suitable student digs. Whether you choose to live in a bedsit, a flat, a shared house or even on a part-board basis with a family, there’s plenty to choose from… although they do fill up fast. Jackie Phillips is an independent accommodation adviser who’s affiliated with BIMM Brighton, so get in touch on 01273 493409, [email protected] and for a small fee, she can help you with your search. Otherwise, there are online houseshare websites, such as Gumtree and Spare Room, plus many letting agencies, private landlords, and online listing sites such as Accommodation For Students, Latest Homes and The Argus Property section.
Although not as expensive as London, Brighton is still not exactly cheap by UK standards. Monthly accommodation costs are likely to set you back anywhere between £200+ for a good value B&B, to £350+ for part-board with a host family, £370+ for a flat or house share, or £400+ for a bedsit. And that’s before you’ve tallied up other costs such as phone, clothing, food, groceries, laundry, travel and utility bills which may not give you much change back from £100 a week. Entertainment is another big expense, with nights out costing as little as £10 a week to over £100 depending on your likes and budget.
If it’s a bargain you’re after, The National Union of Students (NUS) offers a range of exclusive discounts in high street shops, restaurants and online on sites such as Spotify. Check out the NUS Extra website and buy yourself a £12 student discount card which will quickly start paying for itself. Or else just get cheeky – it’s always worth asking for a student discount wherever you go, as lots of places will happily accept a Student ID Card.