Brighton A City Guide written by a student who lives and studies here

Welcome to Brighton

Brighton is a great place to study. The city first rose to fame as a Victorian health resort. The upper classes would flock to the seaside for a bracing dip in the sea . Even today hordes take advantage of the 50 minute train from London Victoria and descend upon the city in droves at weekends and bank holidays.

Known to some as the English Rivera, Brighton is an obvious attraction for an overseas student. The climate is warmer compared to most of the UK and the city boasts a bohemian feel.

Don't miss...

The Palace Pier is a cheap and cheerful cash sink hole, but the freshly made doughnuts taste as good as they smell, and the pocket roller coaster at the end of the boards, is as exciting as it is terrifying.

Devil's dyke

Another favourite of the Victorian tourist. Legend has it the devil himself dug this immense trench to drown the godless people of Sussex, but the plan was foiled by an old lady with a lamp. We're not convinced by that explanation, but the awesome views over the south downs are undeniable.

Brighton Festival

The city's arts festival and fringe in May, are second only to the Edinburgh Festival in size and scale. Each church hall, square of grass, pub function room and community centre is transformed into a hotbed of music, art and theatre. Make sure to check out the famous Artist Open House trail, which in a city as eccentric as Brighton is a massive trek in its own right.

Going out.

Brighton has one of the highest ratios of pubs and clubs to people in the UK. So keeping your mind on studying can be tricky. If you must venture out, we recommend the splendid pub gardens of the Hobgoblin, the famous Wednesday open mic night at the Tardis-esque Bees Mouth on Western Road and the 'duty paid' keg of real ale which is always on offer at the North Laine Brewery.

For live music you can't miss The Albert and the Concorde 2, and for those who just don't want to go home, The Green Door Store in the bowels of Brighton station, or the bowel shattering bass of the Volks Tavern by the pier will be your sanctuaries.

Avoid the seafront clubs at the weekend unless you're studying the effects of binge drinking.

Eating Out.

Brighton boasts one the best vegetarian restaurants in the world, Terre a Terre. It's not cheap, but if you save your pennies you could be dining out with one of its frequent visitors, Brighton resident and former Beatle Paul McCartney.

Other eateries of note are Bills Produce Store in the North Laine and Foodylic on Western Road.

A special mention must also be made for Grub's Burgers and the Market Diner, which can always be counted on to line your stomach before or after a night of excess.

Other Things to do...

Geek Cental

If you're a fan of comic books, Star Wars and video games you might want to check out Geek Central at the Komedia, a quarterly swap meet and get together for gamers, cosplayers and collectors.

Brighton Marina Car Boot sale.

There are still bargains to be had for the wise, but generally this massive flea market is a bit more of an antique fair than a thrift store.

Quirky facts Brighton is home to the Volks Railway, the oldest electric Railway in the world, and Australian legend Nick Cave lives here too.

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