A Basic Guide to Living in Brighton

Brighton map

Before immigrating to Brighton, if you haven’t been to another city in the United Kingdom, read our Top10 things you need to prepare before immigrating. Without forgetting how much it costs to live in the UK, which on average is between £600 and £700 a month.

1. General information about the city

I visited last year, but since I don’t live there, here is a description that I feel is accurate based on what I saw:

Brighton is a favorite seaside town in Britain. Located in the middle of South Downs (southern highlands) and the channel on the sunny English coast, the city is a rich mix of the heritage from the Regency Era, specialized trade, vibrant art, and performances every season, without forgetting its typical royal palace, the exotic Royal Pavilion.

It emerged as a tourist centre during the eighteenth century and became a prime destination for travelers after the railroad arrived in 1841. As a result, Brighton experienced rapid population growth reaching 160,000 in 1961. Today, Brighton is home to more than 156,000 people excluding those in the suburbs (combined there are 480,000 inhabitants).

Brighton receives an average of 8 million tourists a year and has a strong financial industry. It is also home to two universities and a medical school. Brighton is about one hour away by train from London.

Population: 273,400 inhabitants
Postal code: BN1, BN2, BN3, BN50
City Council website: brighton-hove.gov.uk

2. Public transport

All information on how to get around the city and its transport: journeyon.co.uk

City Map: brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=b1120082&node=1576

Train:

First Capital Connect provides frequent direct services from Bedford to Brighton via Gatwick, London Bridge, Blackfriars, City Thameslink, Farringdon, St Pancras International (for Eurostar high speed direct services to Paris and Brussels from St Pancras International) and Luton Airport Parkway.

Southern provides direct links from Brighton to Victoria in the south; Burgess Hill, Haywards Heath, Three Bridges (for Crawley) in the north; Shoreham, Worthing, Littlehampton, Chichester, Portsmouth and Southampton in the west; and Lewes, Eastbourne, Hastings and Ashford in the east.

First Great Western provides direct services from Brighton to Southampton, Salisbury, Bath, Bristol, Newport, Cardiff, Gloucester, Cheltenham, Worcester and Great Malvern.

Bus:

Lines, routes, fares and schedules for urban buses in Brighton: www.buses.co.uk/travel/services.aspx

Single bus ticket: £2.40 (£2.00 in the centre).

Monthly ticket for £66.

Bicycle:

Map with bike paths, stops, etc: brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1241435&node=20546

UPDATE 15 NOV 2015

Thanks to our survey of Spaniards in the UK 2015 we published, we have the average data of how much Spanish residents in Brighton spend on public transport, which is £42/month.

Brighton Line

3. Tourism

Brighton is a very lively, touristy, gay-friendly city with lots of nightlife. Besides the most famous places like the Pavilion, the aquarium, the beach and the promenade where you can enjoy terrace drinks… the best thing is to get lost in the streets so you can discover it for yourself. 🙂

20 things to do in Brighton: www.timeout.com/travel/features/763/20-great-things-to-do-in-brighton

Official website for tourism in the city: es.visitbrighton.com

City’s museums: www.brighton-hove-rpml.org.uk/Museums/Pages/home.aspx

One day in Brighton (travel blog): http://www.objetivoviajar.com/un-dia-en-brighton-parte-i

What to see in Brighton? www.minube.com/que_ver/gran_bretana/inglaterra/brighton

4. Accommodation

In Brighton, it gets complicated when it comes to looking for accommodation. There is little on offer and high demand as it is a seaside resort for the English. The good houses are expensive… and the affordable ones are in poor condition and have a long waiting period. So be patient: the search won’t be easy.

We recommend the website: www.spareroom.co.uk

But we have other interesting websites for finding accommodation in the UK:

bristolenos.com/2014/07/19/las-10-mejores-webs-para-encontrar-alojamiento-barato-en-cualquier-parte-de-uk/

If you live in a rental, know your rights in the UK: bristolenos.com/2014/07/20/vives-de-alquiler-en-uk-conoce-tus-derechos/

General information about housing from Brighton’s city council: http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/housing/council-housing

UPDATE 15 NOV 2015:

We continue with the data from the 2015 survey. Spanish residents in Brighton have monthly expenses of £567/month for housing (bills included).

5. Work

As they say to the newcomers whose English isn’t very fluent, “if you have the will, you will find some sort of a job”. And we already know what “some sort of a job” means. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that Brighton offers a lot of work in the service sector. It is a tourist town and there are always a lot of summer jobs for waiters, bartenders, etc.

Alternatively, there are two other ways to search for jobs more locally:

www.brighton.co.uk/jobs/
www.gumtree.com/jobs/brighton
www.brightonandhovejobs.com

However, the best way to ensure success is walking around the city with a lot of CVs and distributing them on the way.

UPDATE 15 NOV 2015:

Survey 2015 data: Spanish residents in Brighton have an average monthly income of £1,226/month net.

Brighton Pier

6. Leisure

As I said, it’s a lively place… here are the basic websites I know where you can search for restaurants, places to go out, events, etc.

Guide to all events in the city: www.brighton.co.uk

The famous Brighton Pier: www.brightonpier.co.uk

Brighton Festival (May): brightonfestival.org

What’s On Brighton: whatson.brighton.co.uk

7. Studying in Brighton

A city of young people and university students. If what you want is to study, it’s not a bad plan:

University of Brighton: www.brighton.ac.uk/index.aspx

University of Sussex: www.sussex.ac.uk

Inexpensive courses for everyone in the “City College” Brighton & Hove: www.ccb.ac.uk

For the Brightonians… if you want to correct something, add info or advice, leave a comment or send me an email. 🙂

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