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Brighton was ranked the best university town in the south of England - and the sixth best in the UK - by students from the Universities of Brighton and Sussex.

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Thousands of students from across the country used Student Hut, a student review website, to review their university towns and cities. Leaving ratings out of five for various review criteria - including eating out, transport, shopping and nightlife - Brighton came sixth overall in the UK for student satisfaction.

It also came top among student towns and cities in the south of England, beating London, Bristol, Bath and Oxford.

According to the reviews, students found Brighton’s standout features to be its healthy restaurant scene and vibrant nightlife. As one student wrote, ‘There was something for everyone including great shops, a huge selection of restaurants, cafes and bars as well as live music and clubs’ (Anon., July 2018). Veggies and vegans also expressed their delight on the range of options for non-meat-eating students: ‘Such a variety of places to eat/drink and plenty of veggie and vegan options here’ (Anon., February 2018).

Brighton’s diverse nightlife greatly impressed students. ‘It has hundreds of bars and clubs to choose from and a busy schedule all year round including festivals, concerts, markets and fun charity events’ (Lilah, March 2018). Historically one of the most welcoming places in the UK for the LGBTQ+ community, Brighton is home to a number of LGBTQ+ clubs, such as student-favourite Club Revenge. One review puts it perfectly: ‘In Brighton you don’t have to feel afraid to be yourself’ (Lauren, June 2018).

Clubbing and eating out isn’t for everyone, especially those looking to prolong a maintenance loan. A number of students mentioned Brighton’s natural surroundings as perfect for enjoying cheap days out. It’s ‘great to be by the sea’, said Jack, ‘especially in the summer’ (Jack, March 2018). Country-lovers can explore the South Downs , while city-dwellers can get to London in under an hour on the Gatwick Express. ‘Good old Brighton’, says Charlie. ‘Clubs, shopping, good transport links and Brighton pier, not much else you can ask for’ (Charlie, March 2018).

Such is the appeal of the town that many students opt to stay after graduating. ‘Finding a job… is a lot easier than you would think. There is a large quantity of small businesses and franchises alike making it perfect to find a job that suits you’ (Will, March 2018). This is a big step for many - likely forsaking the opportunity to join friends and acquaintances heading into London jobs - but this need not be an issue. As Bronte puts it, ‘your friends WILL come and visit you’ (Bronte, April 2018). With many students remarking on the friendliness of Brighton’s population, there is hardly a better town to meet new people.

Intrigued about the possibility of studying in Brighton? Check out VisitBrighton’s resources for prospective students and plan your visit today.

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