BIMM Cities

Freshers’ Guide to Brighton

14th August 2019

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Brighton has something for absolutely everyone. No matter your interests, you will find something to keep you entertained whilst studying here. It can be a daunting experience moving to a new city. This guide will help you get the best from the experience.  

Go to Gigs!

Since you’re studying at BIMM, it’s likely you’ll want to get involved in Brighton’s live music scene. One of the easiest ways to get your foot on the ladder is to get out and see as much live music as possible. This city is filled with a great variety of music venues – from Brighton Dome to Concorde 2 to The Green Door Store. A great place to look at what’s on in Brighton is the gig list in the window of Resident Records in the heart of the famous North Laine area.

Other live music venues worth checking out are Komedia, The Hope & Ruin, The Haunt, Patterns and The Brighton Centre.

Go Outside!

As well as its charming beach, Brighton is full of beautiful green spaces. Take a trip to Stanmer Park, Preston Park or Hove Park and see what they have to offer. During the colder months, the parks are a great place to get some fresh air without bracing the windy seafront!

It wouldn’t be impossible to talk about outdoor spaces without mentioning the city’s iconic beach front. The perk of having a pebble beach is the lack of clean up – you don’t have to spend hours brushing sand off after a visit. Brighton beach is a great place, whether you want to just relax in the sun or have some drinks and a BBQ. Bonus tip: Hove Lawns is a great place to dog spot!

Eat all the Food!

Brighton is one of the best places to go out to eat! There is such a variety of cuisines and places for all budgets. Whether you want a big meal or a light bite, there will be something for you no matter your dietary requirements. Since there is so much to choose from, its often best to just ask for recommendations.

Some of my personal favourites are Franco Manca (hands down the best pizza), The Hope & Ruin (amazing vegan food) and Pho (great Vietnamese food). I tend to find my favourite places to eat here were the ones I just stumbled across, so don’t be afraid to try somewhere new. And don’t forget to look out for deals as you’re bound to find one. Wriggle is a great app for finding them!

Fancy a tipple?

There are lots of bars and pubs to suit all tastes and there are plenty of deals around, especially for students. Bar Revenge in Kemptown has half price drinks deals Monday to Saturday 5 – 9pm and Sunday 5pm – close. Plus, Freemasons offers exclusive deals for BIMM students.

There are lots of great regular club nights that offer drinks deals too, so make sure you plan wisely before a night out. Stoked and Broke mixes live music with a club night and often offers student discount on drinks. Look out for Fat Poppadaddys events as they are always popular with great deals! You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a great night out in Brighton, just look out for those student deals.

Stay hydrated!

As you can probably tell by now, Brighton has lots to offer. Something it certainly isn’t short of is great cafés. There are so many to pick and choose from and the best ones are often discovered accidentally! Some really special places are Marwood Bar & Coffehouse (the décor is so interesting), Salvage (amazing toasted sandwiches) and Trading Post Coffee Roasters (their coffee is great and is roasted on site).

Cafés can be great places to do some work too, so if you fancy a change in environment check out Wolfox’s The Roastery Lab, underneath it has what it calls a ‘coffice’ which is an awesome workspace if you want to get out the house!

Brighton and Hove have so much to offer and there’s always new things to discover here. This guide has only just scratched the surface on what you can expect from the city, so make sure you get out there and find favourite spots for yourself!


Ells Sivakumaran

Ells has recently completed a BA (Hons) Events Management Degree at BIMM Brighton, and has experience working in live events, social media and marketing.