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10 reasons to study in Brighton

Posted 21 August 2013
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When deciding to come study in the UK, I knew I wanted to live by the sea. I also knew that I wanted a compromise between the liveliness of a big city and the close feeling of a small town where you can walk around and always run into someone you know. Brighton offers all that, and much more, and that makes it one of the best cities in the world to study and live in!

When deciding to come study in the UK, I knew I wanted to live by the sea. I also knew that I wanted a compromise between the liveliness of a big city and the close feeling of a small town where you can walk around and always run into someone you know. Brighton offers all that, and much more, and that makes it one of the best cities in the world to study and live in! 

 

1.Bellerbys College Brighton

Bellerbys in Brighton is of the perfect size - it’s just big enough so that you do not feel claustrophobic, but small enough so that when you walk around you always see someone you can say hi to. The building is a new state-of-the-art one, very beautifully and originally architected, making you happy every day when you go to school and enter the foyer. The Bellerbys centre in Brighton is the biggest one, and it therefore has a vast variety of people studying different subjects, coming from different countries, all there for you to meet and hang out with! It is the perfect college for an international student to be in.

 

2.Food

Brighton is well known for a great variety of good food. There are restaurants all over the city, and all kinds of them! Do you like Chinese, Thai, Italian, Persian, or any other  food? You can be sure to find really good restaurant of your favourite type in Brighton. There are also restaurants in all possible price ranges, something for everyone. Plus, Brighton is also very well known for the unusual variety of vegan and vegetarian food you can find.

 

3.The Marina

If you want to go for a nice walk in Brighton, or go on a bit of a shopping spree, the Marina is the place to go. It is lovely to walk around the seashore, through the streets around the Marina or to just stop by for a nice meal in one of the restaurants close by it.

 

4.The Lanes

Here’s something for all of you who love shopping. You will absolutely fall in love with the Lanes, I can assure you. Yes, you can always go into the big shopping centre in Churchill Square, but why, when just a couple of steps away there are tons of lovely independent shops in amazing little streets that just so inseparably belong to the Brighton experience. Even if you are not that big on shopping, the Lanes are always nice to walk around in when you need some time to think or just fresh air.

 

5. A Student City

Brighton is a university and a college city. There are several universities in Brighton (Sussex and Brighton being the most famous of them) and there are very many different colleges and sixth forms around. That means that there will be a lot of people of your age around when you study in Brighton, and that the city has a nice young and energetic vibe to it. The city therefore is also very well prepared for students like you, with lots and lots of cafes and other nice places where you can go and study, or go and hang out with your new friends.

 

6. Royal Pavilion

Brighton is also home to a very special building - the Royal Pavilion. This 18th century building does not look like your regular old English buildings, does it? It is nice to pass by such an unusual sight every day on your way to school. The Royal Pavilion is also a very big tourist attraction and something exciting you can show your friends or family when they are visiting you. And it is an absolute must to see the inside - it is very impressive!

 

7. Proximity to London

Not only is Brighton nicknamed “London by the sea”, it is actually very close to London itself. When you feel like doing something different during the weekend, going to London from Brighton couldn’t be easier. The train takes about 45 to 60 minutes (and Bellerbys Brighton is RIGHT next to the train station!), and is not very expensive either. Given the busy traffic that London has, living in Brighton is not very different from living in London’s suburbs.

 

8. International Community

Brighton has a very diverse population. People of different cultures come to Brighton to study, to work, and to visit. This makes studying in Brighton a truly unique experience, allowing you to meet people from all over the world, share your stories, and your culture. You will never feel lonely or bored in this vibrant international city!


9. Medium Sized City   

As a city, Brighton is not particularly big (Brighton and Hove joined together in 1997), but it is not very small either. It is a perfectly balanced city which has both a lot of space for people to relax in a quiet environment (the beach being one of such places!), but at the same time it has enough of that “big city” vibe, where there is a lot of places to visit, such as cinemas, cafes, shopping malls, and so on. The public transport in Brighton and Hove is also very good for a middle sized city, and it makes it very easy to transition between the big city feel of central Brighton and the calmer feel of its more suburban areas, or the beach.

10. Sea and the Pier

The number one reason for many people to live and study in Brighton is the sea. It gives you an immense sense of freedom and happiness when you sit on the beach, listen to the waves and to the wind, and just relax. The beach is also very nice as it is covered in small stones, which makes it less messy to walk on than your usual sand beaches. A very famous place to visit is, of course, the Brighton Pier. There is all sorts of fun you can have there - playing arcade games, Dance-Dance Revolution, Guitar Hero - basically any fun game that comes to your mind, you can play it at the Pier. There is also a lot of food that you simply must taste on the Pier (Fish&Chips being the classic one), but beware of the seagulls, they are eager to get a taste of your food!

Zuzana Chlupackova

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