With almost 40,000 students in this bustling beach resort, Brighton is a city that never sleeps. Known for its relaxed coastal lifestyle, liberal views and eclectic shopping culture, students are destined to fall in love with buzzing Brighton the minute they arrive, with many choosing to stay long after their studies are over.
Our Brighton student accommodation, Hollingbury House, is perfectly placed to absorb the energy of the city. Well located for Brighton universities, the beach and the vibrant city centre, our Brighton student accommodation has been designed to include the best facilities and meet the needs of any Brighton student.
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Living at our contemporary Brighton student accommodation means you will be in an ideal location to reach both major universities in the city, University of Brighton (only 10min away) and University of Sussex (only 15min bus ride away).
Being only 10 minutes away from Uni of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus means you can enjoy extra sleep before those early morning lectures. Hollingbury House is also located only a couple of minutes’ walk to a very convenient bus stop that drops you off at the Uni of Sussex campus which is perfect on a cold winter day.
If you know anything about Brighton, you’ll know that its entertainment scene is thriving! Some say that every night is ‘show night’ in Brighton.
Being one of the best cities in England for a holiday or a weekend away, Brighton has so much to offer to students with its music venues, art spaces, cabaret bars, theatres and comedy clubs, offering some of the best shows and gigs outside of London on a weekly basis.
A huge step to getting to know the city you’re studying in is finding your favourite cafes, restaurants and tasting the local culture. Brighton has hundreds of places to eat and drink. As a student living in Brighton in an Abodus student accommodation you’ll have it all on your doorstep. In fact this wonderful city was named the top destination for restaurants and bars by many publications, so whether you’re looking for a nice quiet meal in the city, dinner with friends or some unique or beachfront brunches, you won’t be disappointed!
Living at Hollingbury House means you’ll be close to great transport links to get you into the city in 15 minutes. Here you’ll find the usual well-loved retail chains, as well as unique local places that you may not have heard of before. Brighton is bursting with every type of international cuisine on the menu. Turkish food? Try The Constantinople! Fancy an Argentinian steak? Baqueano is the perfect place. In the mood for Mediterranean food? Try Mediterraneo restaurant.
If you decide to head down to the seafront you will find many spots to have a meal with a view of the Brighton beach and pier. Naturally being by the sea, there are also plenty of seafood restaurants. From classic fish ‘n’ chips at The Regency to oysters by the sea at The Salt Room, which serves the freshest seasonal fish and seafood, along with a selection of moreish cocktails. We recommend that you indulge in the old-fashioned charm of English’s, located in the heart of Brighton’s historic lanes.
The city is also famous for its wide selection of vegan and vegetarian restaurants. To be truthful, there were vegetarian restaurants in Brighton years before it became the norm, and one of the longest running here is Food for Friends. This award winning restaurant is in a perfect location to enjoy delicious vegetarian fayre while watching the comings and goings of life in the lanes.
Brighton is also home to the award-winning delight that is Terre a Terre. Famous for its creative and colourful dishes, including a clever veggie alternative to fish ‘n’ chips, this restaurant prides itself on making ethical and sustainable choices since opening its doors in 1993, making it a must-try for any new student living in Brighton.
If you’re looking for something different, check out Thewitchez, the first photo design bar in the UK. The atmosphere is unique and different, and the menu looks amazing, serving some unique dishes and some of the old-time favourites.
Like the city itself, restaurants in Brighton tend to embrace new ideas and modern approach to food and hospitality. From the country’s first zero waste restaurant to a restaurant named after the cooking temperature of an egg – 64 Degrees. Another great one to check out is Isaac At which produces menus based on visits to local suppliers from Sussex to share the story behind the dishes as they are served. The menus are developed weekly which is part of the experience of not knowing what’s going to be on the menu when you visit next. It is also the first restaurant in the world to be serving an exclusively all English wine list.
If you know anything about Brighton, you’ll know that its entertainment scene is thriving! Some say that every night is ‘show night’ in Brighton. Being one of the best cities in England for a holiday or a weekend away, Brighton has so much to offer to students with its music venues, art spaces, cabaret bars, theatres and comedy clubs, offering some of the best shows and gigs outside of London on a weekly basis. Apart from the regular line-ups, events in the city range from major festivals to boutique pop-up’s and exhibitions that will surely peak any student interest.
During the warmer months, Brighton delivers a variety outdoor events that invite you and friends to familiarise yourselves with the culture of the city. The Big Screen on the Beach, which pops up on the seafront near Brighton Wheel and the Palace Pier, invites you to enjoy your favourite films whilst lounging in a deck chair with an ice lolly. Here they offer a seasonal pass to help you save some money and stretch your student loan further. Another option opening for summer is BOAT – Brighton Open Air Theatre – a well-established and much-loved entertainment destination in the city which offers a unique and intimate (425 capacity) space outdoors to enjoy live entertainment.
If you’re interested in arts and culture, the thought-provoking exhibitions here are spread across a variety of spaces ranging from the Brighton Museum & Art Gallery to the former church, home to the centre of contemporary art, Fabrica. Here they commission contemporary visual art installations as unique as the venue itself, impressing visitors from around the world.
May is a wonderful month to be a Brighton student as over 1,000 artists exhibit their work in 200 venues across the city every weekend. Artist Open Houses presents you with the opportunity to meet local artists and take a sneak peek inside of their homes and possibly pick up some interior design tips along the way!
Brighton is also a city of festivals, with an amazing annual programme which includes Paddle Round the Pier, Brighton Fringe, the largest art festival in the country, and Burning the Clocks, held on the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) in December. This is an amazing spectacle whereby the locals create paper and willow lanterns, parade them through the city and then pass them into a blazing bonfire on Brighton beach, as a token of the year’s end.
Finally, Brighton Pride, the UK’s Biggest LGBTQ Pride Festival, should be at the top of your bucket list if you’re coming to live in Hollingbury House as a truly amazing and inclusive celebration that features an amazing line-up of international stars year after year.
Being a student in Brighton will invite you to explore plenty of night-time events, including large scale productions at the Theatre Royal Brighton, which attracts touring companies from across the world.
Why not check out Brighton Dome, a hub for artists across the region which supports both emerging and established artists.
If you’re looking for a more innovative venue where artists use emerging tech to create live music, film, ground-breaking theatre, dance, cabaret, comedy, literature, workshops and performances, The Old Market is rhe place for you! For side-splitting comedy, head over to Komedia and music lovers can catch all the biggest stars at Brighton Centre.
The young, vibrant city can definitely be proud of its nightlife. As as a student living in Brighton you will have enough choice no matter your music taste, budget or atmosphere preference is. If you’re looking for a big night out or just a chilled vibe in a pub, there is definitely something to meet your needs in Brighton. The array of bars in Brighton will mean you need to head out early! Start by enjoying a cocktail with a sea view, move onto the many venues where you can control the playlist and who doesn’t love to end the evening in a karaoke bar, just us? Just hop on a bus from student accommodation Hollingbury House and you’re right in the heart of the fun!
Brighton’s club scene makes for an eclectic mix and the choice can sometimes be overwhelming. Many clubs offer discounted student nights to introduce you to the scene on a budget. No 32, is a party palace of drinking, dining and clubbing extravagance in The Lanes, which offers an incredible atmosphere and a huge variety of cocktails. A fairly recent arrival that has already gained popularity with the locals, CHALK, hosts the most dynamic parties with a varied programme heightened by the club’s incredible sound system.
The place to be if you’re looking to dance the night away is sure to be the beachfront where most of Brighton’s big clubs are situated. Want to try the VIP beach side experience? Check out the Shooshh, unsurprisingly one of the most popular clubs in the city, offering stunning views and fashionable interiors. Overlooking the beachfront is Patterns, which combines a chilled vibe upstairs versus an electric blackout dance room downstairs. Coalition is another venue for your bucket list! Found in the cool, brick-clad, vintage viaducts and overlooking the ocean, it offers something for everyone, including some of the most amazing parties in Brighton.
Live music scene in Brighton is amazing with lots of gigs on every weekend. If you’re interested in seeing some big names perform, keep an eye on The Brighton Centre, The Sally Bennis Theatre and the Brighton Dome. Brighton is a city where many talents started their music careers, so it’s perfect if you’re a music geek and want to catch that first performance of the future Ed Sheeran or Adele.
Brighton is also widely known for its diversity and the city prides itself on its equality and inclusivity. Which in turn means the LGBTQ clubbing scene is thriving in this city and is well-loved by many of it’s students. If you venture to Kemptown, you will be able to explore the variety of bars and clubs that shine bright in all colours of the rainbow and put on an amazing party that includes everyone. For example, Club Revenge, one of the most legendary gay bars and clubs in Brighton, has a diverse range of DJs playing each night, state-of-the-art dance floors and some amazing deals on drinks that each Brighton student will appreciate. The city also hosts one of the UK’s best Pride festivals under the banner of “We are Family”.
Brighton is often considered some of the best shopping experience on the South Coast at any time of the year. From the big shopping centres to markets to independent shops and boutiques selling everything under the sun, including some amazing designer names and bargain deals that any student living in Brighton will not be disappointed. Our Brighton student accommodation is in a convenient location where you’re only a short bus ride away from the city centre.
Brighton’s legendary collection of independent shops at The Lanes, North Laine & London Road has the most unique spots in the city that will help you build a unique Brighton student style. And you can do it on a relatively small student budget! Once the heart of the fishing town of Brighthelmstone, it’s the city’s historic quarter with a fabulous maze of twisting alleyways. Vintage lovers should check out Snoopers Attic for vintage clothes and unique accessories, while Frames in the Lanes is a great place to look for glasses and sunglasses – many of which are not available at any other optician in Brighton. The Lanes offer an amazing shopping experience, which can be a whole day out, if you decide to stay for a meal at one of the independent restaurants or cafes.
However, if you need more traditional high street brands and be-loved shops, nip over to Churchill Square or the upmarket Brighton Square. Here you will find names like H&M, Pull&Bear, Zara and others.
Brighton & Hove also has a fantastic range of markets including permanent markets, regular markets and pop-up events. Here you can pick up some lovely vintage & retro gems and locally produced crafts & foods. The Open Market on London Road is a permanent undercover market with over 50 local producers and creators with a strong emphasis on ethical products. An exceptional variety of locally made fashions, crafts and handmade jewellery is also available.
Brighton’s Marina, which by the way is the largest Marina in Europe, is another interesting shopping destination that attracts many students throughout the year. While you may think it’s more of a party place or a evening get-together spot with nice views, don’t be mistaken. Brighton Marina is a key shopping destination, with a variety of stores to explore. Whether you are looking for fashion, beauty, travel, or nice decorative and homeware pieces to spire up your student room, you’ll find it all here. On Sundays Brighton Marina also hosts a giant car boot sale from 6am – 2pm which can be a fun and productive way to spend your Sunday morning!
Finally, if you turn east of the city centre on your shopping trip you will discover Kemptown, a flamboyant and bustling High Street shopping area with a lively village feel. Historically, this has been a top notch shopping destination in Brighton since the late 18th century, which is reflected in the many independent businesses you can still find in this full of character area. Kemptown is also home to the city’s thriving ‘gay quarter’ so expect to find some LGBT+ orientated shops here too.
You probably won’t be surprised if we tell you that water sports are most popular in Brighton. The buzzing beachfront offers you an opportunity to try all different sports that require you to get wet. You name it; sea canoeing, wakeboarding, sailing, fishing, windsurfing, surfing… You’ll find it all in Brighton, which is famous for its pebbled beaches, with every level from beginner to expert catered for.
If you’re a newbie and haven’t really tried water sports before, we recommend Lagoon Watersports in Hove Lagoon, which is ideal for learning in safe, sheltered waters of the lagoon before moving on to the big waves of the sea. And you don’t even have to run back to your Brighton student accommodation for a snack, the Big Beach Café will take care of that! Even in the colder months, the locals don’t stop trying to get sand in their toes and neither should you. Yellowave Beach Sports Centre, which is open all year round, allows you to extend the feeling of living on a beach resort and play any beach sport, from the classic volleyball to beach tennis and ultimate frisbee, any day of the year.
However, if you prefer not to get your toes wet there are some other fun things you can do while still staying close to or on the beach. Try the beach volleyball or basketball to get your sweat on! University of Brighton Student Union also offers a variety of sporting clubs and activities that will or will not have nothing to do with water (if that’s what you prefer). These activities range from beginner to advances, offering friendly and fun student clubs to more professional associations that also offer scholarships and grants.
Finally, Brighton is surrounded by an amazing Sussex countryside that you can explore through its cycling, walking, and hiking routes. Some start within Brighton itself, such as the spectacular Undercliff Walk, whilst others, such as the Stanmer Park award winning walks, you can reach by a short bus ride. The latter is particularly popular with University of Sussex students as it’s situated next to University on the outskirts of the city. It’s a perfect example of the vast open countryside available in Brighton and remains one of the city’s most visited parks. If you’re into hiking check out Heathwalks - sociable, volunteer-led walks of between 1-3 miles, or a series of short & fun ‘Beermat Walks’ around the Sussex Downs that are offered by the National Trust.
Living at our contemporary student accommodation in Brighton means you will be in an ideal location to reach both major universities in the city, University of Brighton (only 10min away) and University of Sussex (only 15min bus ride away). Being only 10 minutes away from Uni of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus means you can enjoy extra sleep before those early morning lectures. Hollingbury House is also located only a couple of minutes’ walk to a very convenient bus stop that drops you off Uni of Sussex campus which is perfect on a cold winter day.
University of Brighton, a complex and diverse university, situated across four primary campuses in Brighton and Eastbourne. Each campus has its own rich individual identity, created by the energy that students inevitably bring to each area, and overall now has more than 20,000 students and 2,600 staff. It’s certainly just as diverse and forward-thinking as the city itself, always putting its students at the heart what comes next. Priding itself on equality and diversity practices, as well as sustainability efforts, the university held an institutional Athena SWAN Bronze Award since 2013, recognising success in developing gender equality across all academic disciplines.
Uni of Brighton is also ranked second in the UK for its sustainability approach, including the campaign c-change, which engages staff, students and members of the community in driving forward progress towards a fully sustainable university.
Uni of Brighton has amazing facilities that any Brighton student living and studying in the city will enjoy, including four different libraries (one in each campus) with large collections of research materials and a team of staff ready to help find what you need. All libraries offer online support, quiet study spaces and collaborative areas for your group projects.
Brighton Students Union, which is spread out across all sites, is a great hub to socialise in, offering a an active events calendar throughout the year, as well as over a 100 societies and sports clubs for you to get involved in.
University of Sussex, which is located on the outskirts of the city, with nearly 17,000 students attending every year coming all sorts of backgrounds, locally and internationally. This research-intensive institution aims encourage creative thinking, diversity and intellectual challenge for all its students. It also has a long tradition of engaging with business and the community, which continues today through activities such as the Sussex Innovation Centre. The centre provides support for the creation and growth of technology and knowledge-based companies in Sussex, giving business students at this university a competitive edge and plenty of opportunities to gain experience.
Being situated further from the city shouldn’t worry you at all as the Sussex Uni campus has literally everything you might want or need for a great student life – study spaces, collaborative rooms, food shops, post office, and even a health centre and a dentist! The library services, particularly geared towards research degrees, prides itself in helping students have the best possible experience in their learning and research. Another unique service provided by the library, Skills Hub, can help you to develop your Academic Skills whilst at Sussex. It brings together all of the web resources, workshops and support that you may need and helps lots of students achieve excellence.
Your lifestyle at Sussex Uni will definitely not be just about studying! Tuesday to Thursday you can enjoy a vibrant market near Falmer House, where various stalls selling books, clothes, fresh fruit and vegetables, street food, baked goods, plants and more. If you’re spending time you’re your friends in between classes or in the evenings, head over to Sussex Student Union. It has stores, cool open spaces to hang out in, and even a unique coffee shop, called Room 76, which offers an exclusively vegetarian and vegan-friendly selection of ‘build your own’ hot and cold drinks, alongside irresistible locally-sourced cakes. For a nice drink in the evening, check out the three campus bars, Northfield, Falmer and the Clubhouse, which all host student events, show live sports and provide reasonably-priced food menus.