• Birmingham

    Famous for its exuberant nightlife, vast shopping centres, cultural hotspots and historic landmarks. Birmingham is England's second-largest city, which suggests it's got everything that a student needs to have a good time!

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  • Bournemouth

    With 7 miles of beach, a pier and buzzing nightlife - what's not to love about this picturesque seaside town? Bournemouth also has a warmer-than-average UK climate - so you can really get your tan on during the summer months!

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  • Bristol

    The city is brimming with vibrant cultural hotspots, a buzzing social scene and an overall chilled atmosphere. Renowned for its music and art scenes, and its many festivals, you can expect to have a jam-packed diary all year around.

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  • Cambridge

    This small historic town has plenty to offer including punting down the beautiful River Cam and visiting the many museums of Cambridge. But if the party scene is more your thing, there are also plenty of bars and clubs to cater towards your tastes.

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  • Cardiff

    It's easy to see why Cardiff is the capital of Wales with it's beautiful historic castle and revitalized waterfront. There's always something for students to enjoy, including visiting the quirky comic shops, art centre and weekly farmers markets.

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  • Edinburgh

    Edinburgh, the Scottish capital is home to the much-loved and enjoyed Edinburgh Fringe Festival. It also has many student hotspots including Princes Street where you can find all the trendy student shops and classy bars.

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  • Exeter

    Exeter is a city of history, architecture, and culture, with an abundance of shopping opportunities and foodie hotspots thrown in for good measure. What's not to love about this student city?

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  • Lancaster

    Lancaster knows how to spoil you with numerous shops, restaurants, bars and clubs in its vibrant city centre. This Roman city also has many historical hotspots and possesses one of the longest canals in the UK, stretching 43 miles all the way to Preston.

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  • Lincoln

    Lincoln offers an experience rich in history with independent boutique shopping and high-street convenience. The city is packed with restaurants & student bars and is surrounded by beautiful countryside. It's obvious why university students love Lincoln.

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  • Liverpool

    Liverpool has an abundance of experiences to offer students, such as shopping, unique restaurants & entertainment - including live music & sport. Liverpool also has a nightlife scene with many bars and clubs all over the city - you really are spoilt!

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  • London

    It's easy to understand why students love London. The city is made accessible by the Underground system (“the tube”) and generally fantastic transport links and has everything a student could possibly want from the UK's best shopping, restaurants & bars.

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  • Newcastle

    Newcastle upon Tyne has lots to offer as a city, including its historic castle and bridges, restaurants, bars, clubs and extensive shopping - including more than 600 shops. It's simple to understand why students love this city!

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  • Nottingham

    Nottingham is best known for its role in the Robin Hood legend and sandstone caves under the streets of the city. It also has a beautiful castle to explore along with many shops, restaurants, bars & clubs. In other words, it's ideal for student living.

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  • Plymouth

    What's not to love about Plymouth? The beautiful port city in Devon boasts an idyllic harbour, plenty of shopping areas, restaurants, bars, arts and entertainment.

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  • Portsmouth

    If you love being by the sea, Portsmouth is a great choice for your student adventure! From eating out and drinking to shopping and exploring the historical dockyard and green spaces, there's always something to keep students entertained in Portsmouth.

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  • Southampton

    Southampton is a bustling student city offering museums, music venues, art galleries, award winning parks and incredible shopping facilities. There are also plenty of student bars, clubs and a selection of eateries for you and your flatmates to try!

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City Profile: Off to Brighton

This is everything you need to know to start your adventures

Starting life as student at the University of Brighton? You can get to know the most important bits of this city in this quick guide. We’ll look at the main uni buildings, transport links, the best to places to shop and more.

Let’s show you around.

Main University Buildings

21,000 students call home The University of Brighton. You can trace the uni’s roots back to 1859 when the Brighton School of Art was opened in the Brighton Royal Pavilion.

It’s split into five campuses.

The university’s main campus is the Falmer campus. Which is three miles from Brighton city centre.

You’ll probably spend some time here. There’s a library, computer rooms, a restaurant and café/bar, a Students’ Union cafe and a shop. Sports facilities on the campus include floodlit 3G Astroturf pitch, netball and tennis courts, and a new sports centre.

Student services are also here: a careers service, counselling service, student advice service, disability and dyslexia service and chaplaincy.

But depending on the subject you take, you are likely to spend time at one or more of the universities other campuses too:

  • Grand Parade campus in Brighton city centre
  • Moulescoomb campus north of Brighton city centre
  • The Eastbourne campus about ten minutes walk from the seafront
  • Hastings campus three minutes south of the station

Check out the campus maps for more.

Transport

With a population of 163,000 Brighton is a fairly small city, and that’s one of its main advantages. Because it’s super easy to get around on the train and on the bus.

Brighton has a decent bus system. Brighton & Hove Bus Company run the service, and for students it’s the best way to get around the city. It’s £2.20 for one-time travel to anywhere within the city, or £4.60 for all-day travel.

As for trains, the main station is Brighton Railway Station. It’s right in the middle of the city centre on Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3XP.

From here you can easily connect to anywhere else in the country — whether you are heading back home or going on an adventure with your mates.

Use the journey planner to find info about specific stops.

Shops

Brighton shopping is brilliant shopping.

There’s both the vintage charm of the Lanes, and the modern style of the city centre’s Churchill Square.

Around the city, a mix of high-street stores and small specialist shops sell the familiar and the weird and wonderful. There are brand and designer names, there’s antique jewellery, kites, tribal textiles and hand-made crafts. And more.

For something a bit different check out the Artists’ Quarter on the beachfront. Here are more shops and studios, and you can sit at a beachside café for the evening atmosphere.

Student Favourites

There’s loads in Brighton for students to explore, here are some of the free favourites:

  • Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
  • Hove Museum and Art Gallery
  • Booth Museum and Art Gallery
  • Brighton Fishing Museum

After all that shopping and exploring, all you need is a place to call home.

Accommodation

Obviously, there’s accommodation around the city does but does any of it really compare to Abacus? In fact, in 2014, students voted us as the best provider of private accommodation.

That’s because our Brighton accommodation is the bee’s knees. From £175 a week you get a TV, ensuite rooms, post service and loads more – with all your bills included. To find out more, talk to us today.