It is brash, buzzing and lively all year round. Having an eccentric cosmopolitan atmosphere, you can do anything (within reason!) and be anyone, yet it is small enough for you to bump into friends. Most students who come to Brighton fall in love with the place and have a very hard time ever leaving!
By day (if you are not in lectures!?!) you can shop until you drop. The range covers the big name stores in Churchill Square to the more bizarre and funky in the North Laine area and the upmarket boutiques of the Lanes, with lots of bookshops – new and secondhand – en route. All of these in easy walking distance of the town centre and…
…the huge range, over 200, of pubs and bars that you will need to recover in. Popular haunts include The George, with its amazing veggie food, the psychaedelic décor of the Mash Tun, the relaxed Full Moon and the Fortune of War on the seafront. When the pubs kick out, it’s easy to keep going – Brighton has clubs to suit all tastes, varying from massive cattle-markets to more intimate clubs, such as Phonic Hoop and the Funky Buddha Lounge.
If you prefer your music live, then there are the Brighton Centre or the Concorde II are popular venues. Many pubs and clubs also host regular gigs. The more cultured may enjoy the newly-restored Brighton Dome, home of the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra, or a few miles away is Glyndebourne, home of the world-famous opera.
Brighton is one of the South Coast’s cultural centres. It offers a diverse range of theatres, cinemas and galleries. Everything from West End shows, experimental fringe productions, dance and contemporary theatre can readily be found throughout the year. Movie-buffs can enjoy 17 screens of mainstream films or the more fun Duke of York’s cinema – the oldest purpose-built cinema in Britain. Of course, you shouldn’t forget the Gardner Arts Centre here on campus. This is a popular venue for dance, contemporary theatre and all kinds of movies, including avant-garde and classics.
Brighton also annually hosts the Brighton Festival, Britain’s biggest arts festival, lasting three weeks in May. This brings together all forms of art from music and dance to poets and writers, comedy, street performers and fireworks! Other annual events include the London-to-Brighton bike ride, the Veteran Car Run, Party in the Park and Pride.
After all this fun you may need something to eat! Again, all tastes are catered for – from Thai, Mexican, Italian, Lebanese, Chinese, French, Indian, and among the finest vegetarian restaurants in the South to traditional fish and chips. And the clubbers amongst you shouldn’t forget the near legendary, all-night Market Diner!
As well as the excellent sports facilities on campus, there are plenty of sporting opportunities in nearby Brighton and Hove: two swimming pools, two Art Deco lidos, five golf courses, watersports, greyhound and horse racing, ten-pin bowling, ice skating, Withdean Stadium [currently home to Brighton & Hove Albion] and a new football ground just waiting to happen.
When you’ve had enough of the entertainment, you can always take a well-deserved stroll along the beach, relax in the Royal Pavilion gardens or head outside of the city where, within just a few miles, you’ll find the South Downs offering some of the most beautiful countryside in England