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A Student’s Guide to Brighton

19 October 2016 | London Calling

Anyone who has been to Brighton can testify to its quirks, and it is the vibrancy of the city which explains why so many students opt for the seaside city as their university town.

Night Life 

There are a plethora of options when it comes to the all-important ‘night out’ part of a student’s lifestyle. For those who like the traditional clubbing experience there is, of course, Pryzm; the acclaimed height of South coast clubbing. Frequented by many young people, the venue features three contrasting rooms from retro to house, so you’re bound to find something that takes your fancy. Other notable clubs include Shooshh, located directly on the seafront so don’t forget to bring a coat for the walk home, and The Haunt, located around the back of Brighton’s coach station, which plays host to popular 80s and 90s nights, and is a refreshing break from the run-of the-mill nightclubs.
 
For those who don’t necessarily want to don the dance shoes on their night out, Brighton is full of independent pubs offering great student discounts. The aptly named SKINT Wednesdays at The Globe has £1.85 shots and £2 pints. This unconventional pub with old school décor is situated just off the seafront so if you fancy ‘pre’ing here you’d only be a minute’s walk away from Coalition or Shooshh.

Eating Out (On a budget!)

Being away from home for the first time can throw up a whole bundle of challenges especially when it comes to culinary know-how. So when you’re not feeling up to a DIY dinner Brighton is well stocked with chain restaurants, students should check out apps such as Student Beans and UniDays which allow you to claim up to 25% off in many of Brighton’s chain restaurants (recent discounts have been off YoSushiLas Iguanas and Bill’s). Whilst dining out is always a luxury, it can be the perfect treat after all of those endless days of lectures. But of course there’s also a whole host of independent places that are ideal when you’re working on a tight budget; Pompoko is an independent Japanese restaurant on Church Street with starters at around £2.50 and mains averaging £5, a takeaway or dinner out with friends can easily be achieved without breaking the bank.


Image credit: Alper Çuğun, Yo!Sushi.

Must-sees

If you’re coming to Brighton for the first time, the cultural spots that are must-sees include Brighton Pier, Brighton Pavilion and Brighton Marina. The Pier is a lovely way to spend the (occasional) sunny weekend and is a major tourist attraction, why not have a fun day out with new friends and satisfy your adrenaline urge on the many rides you’ll find at the Pier. Bring along your NUS card and receive up to 25% off! The Pavilion will give you a flavour of Brighton’s diverse history, built in a 19th Century Indian style, the palace is hard to miss and you’ll be able to walk around the gardens for free. The third location worth a visit is Brighton Marina, the iconic setting is perfect for an evening stroll and is packed with restaurants including Coast to Coast, Nandos and Weatherspoons alongside a bowling alley and cinema, the perfect student night off!

Free Fun

Adjusting to a student budget isn’t always easy - when you want to save a few pennies a few free alternatives could come in handy. Going for a stroll or cycle along the South Downs Way could be a perfect reading break (and also a stunning backdrop of the English Channel for an Instagram pic). Passing through five Nature Reserves, the trail is an ideal escape from the occasionally overwhelming city lifestyle.
 
Brighton’s Artists Quarter on the seafront is home to 15 studios where artists produce, display and sell their work. Even if you’re not in the market for a piece, it’s easy to pass some time admiring some local works of art.
 
Finally, if you’re feeling daring, a quick dip in Brighton’s sea is sure to be far from a dull experience and during summer term why not relieve a little post-exam tension in the city’s main attraction?
 

Image Credit: Brighton Pier.



 
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