The Ultimate Guide to Living and Working in Brighton
Here is everything you need to know about Brighton, use the list below to jump between the relevant sections!
Brighton Arts and Culture
House price’s in Brighton
Is Brighton a nice place to live?
Is Brighton safe?
Travelling in Brighton
What are the schools like in Brighton?
Eating and drinking in Brighton
Shopping in Brighton
Places to Stay in Brighton
Top 10 things to do in Brighton
Locksmiths in Brighton
Brighton is a vibrant city along the coast that is steeped in history, arts and culture and enjoys miles of countryside walks nearby. It attracts many to its doorstep whether you are a student, family, young professional or perhaps wanting to retire somewhere that has it all and more! Another pull towards moving to Brighton is the fact that it is cheaper to live in than London but has many of the same opportunities London does and is also just an hour’s commute to the capital via train.
Despite the fact that Brighton is a relatively large, busy city with tourists coming far and wide it still manages to hold onto a strong sense of community and unique charm. It may be due to all the independent boutiques, cafes and arts scene or due to its proud LGBTQ+ scene or perhaps due to the fact that it is the first and continues to remain the only place in the UK with an elected Green Party MP which only boasts their eco-friendly efforts in the city further; it is probably all three of these facts and then some.
There are signs and artefacts dating back to the Stone Age discovered in Brighton but it is in Tudor times where we have the very first map of Brighton. The map was created as French raiders burned the town to the ground during Henry VIII’s reign and shows how the town was laid out in the early 1500s. During the Georgian times was when Brighton started to hold its own with the famous Grade I listed Brighton Pavilion was built in 1787 and the city quickly became the UK’s largest seaside resort which only expanded in the Victorian era as the railway line to London was built in 1841 meaning more and more day trippers were visiting the city. In more recent times, the city has expanded by combining other areas into the town including Rottingdean, Hove and Portslade.
As a city Brighton prides itself on not following social norms, it is bold and creative and inspires many who live and visit there. One of Brighton’s most famous festivities is Brighton Pride festival, the UK’s biggest Pride festival which takes place every year in August (covid permitting). The festival celebrates the LGBTQ+ community with music, art, parades, dog shows and more, it is not one to be missed…although if you live close to the centre of Brighton you won’t miss it at all! As Brighton is notoriously known for its creative flair you will not be short on things to do whether you visit one of the many galleries produced by worldly known and local creatives, enjoy wandering, talking to and purchasing local artists work during the ‘Artists Open Houses’, visit one of the many stand-up comedy nights, shows or cabarets or even just as you wander through the city you will encounter many musicians busking and many street performers such as hula-hoopers and fire breathers!
Since 2001 the population in Brighton has sky rocketed and has vastly increased ever since, this may be in correlation due to Brighton and Hove (who formed together in 1997) gaining city status in 2001 as granted by the Queen. There are believed to be 612,159 residents living in the city for the year of 2021 which will later be confirmed once the census 2021 results are published.
Over the last 12 months Brighton has seen 1,333 sales of homes with the average price buyers paying standing at £438,238. Currently Zoopla estimates the average price of a Brighton home to be worth £388,739 but with a value increase of 11.87% over the last 12 months.
Detached House Prices in Brighton
There were 218 sales of detached homes in Brighton over the last year with the average buyer paying £608,213 for their home. However, Zoopla estimate the current average value of a detached home in Brighton to be over £100k more than this at £766,315 with a value change of a huge 12.05% over the last 12 months.
Semi-Detached House Prices in Brighton
There were a few more sales of semi-detached houses in Brighton over the last year at 291 sales. The average price a homeowner paid was £445,926 but Zoopla estimate the current average value of a semi-detached home in Brighton to be much higher at £555,120. Zoopla also record a staggering value increase of 13.81%.
Terraced House Prices in Brighton
There were almost double the number of terraced house sales in Brighton in comparison to detached and semi-detached at 462 over the last 12 months. As you might expect with the trend that follows, Zoopla estimates the current average value of a terraced house in Brighton to be worth much more at £526,980 with a value increase of 9.80%.
Flat Prices in Brighton
The most amount of sales seen over the last 12 months were flats in Brighton at 359 sales. The average price a homeowner paid for one was £285,422 but yet again Zoopla estimate the current average value to be higher at £318,414. Not surprisingly this also shows a very positive value change of 10.68%.
Renting in Brighton
The average property rents for £1,852pcm in Brighton. The median rents for a room will set you back £637pcm and flat £1,300pcm and a house £2,371pcm.
Brighton is often referred to as the London by the sea as it offers similar things the capital does but at a cheaper price and with spanning sea views thrown into the mix. It is said that the residents are friendlier in Brighton than their capital neighbours which might have something to do with the cheaper cost of living, less stressed commuters wading their way through queues and fresh sea air. Brighton offers many shopping opportunities in the city centre which is conveniently located next to the beach so you’re never far from a great view with high street department stores and bespoke, independent shops, restaurants and cafes a plenty. As well as shopping there is plenty of opportunity to get out and about for some fresh air whether that be along the beach or across the South Downs National Park where the Seven Sisters dramatic scenery will take your breath away (as will the hills). As well as cheaper living costs, shopping and greenery Brighton also offers fun and lots of it, as we mentioned in the arts and culture section you will never be bored living in Brighton.
There is an average amount of crime that is reported within Brighton in comparison to other cities of the same size. The latest data on police.uk website states that 126 crimes were committed during the month of March 2021 with the highest amount of crimes taking place in July 2020 over the last year and the least crimes reported in a single month was December 2020 at just 70. It is important that you remember to secure your home to ensure you are most protected from a potential intruder. Take a look at our Home Security Hub on how to secure your home here!
Brighton is a very compact city and so the easiest way to get around is by foot, you’ll be sure to discover some hidden gems this way too.
Buses in Brighton
Brighton and Hove buses run all across the city and the surrounding towns and there is even a regular sightseeing bus that will take you to the Seven Sisters country park and all the way into Eastbourne along the coast. Find out more about Brighton buses and times here.
Trains in Brighton
There are a number of train stations in Brighton, the main one being the end of the line at Brighton Station which is located about a 10/15 minute walk into the city centre. From here you’ll be able to reach London in less than an hour and all across the country with direct routes to Portsmouth, Hastings, Cambridge and many more!
Boats in Brighton
There are a number of boat trips you can choose to relax on from Brighton Marina which will give you a great view of the city and Brighton Palace Pier.
Airports near Brighton
Gatwick Airport is the closest commercial airport to Brighton and will take you less than half an hour to reach by train and just over half an hour via the A23 and M23.
There are 68 primary schools, 27 secondary schools and 17 schools and colleges that offer education to 16-18year olds in Brighton. Nine of these schools and colleges have been Ofsted graded as ‘Outstanding’ including Hill Park School, Downs View Special School and St Luke’s Primary School. One school received a rating of ‘Inadequate’ in 2019 which was Moulsecoomb Primary School and 6 schools and colleges received ‘Requires Improvement’ rating. All remaining schools and colleges received a rating of ‘Good’ or were not rated by Ofsted. Find out more about the schools and colleges in Brighton here.
University in Brighton
There are two main universities in the city of Brighton; they are the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex.
University of Brighton
The University of Brighton has several campuses in which to study depending on which subject you choose, e.g. the arts and humanities subjects are held the City campus which is just a stone’s throw away from the beach, pubs and shops. Moulescoomb campus is just a couple of miles further inland and is the biggest of the four campuses here where you can expect to study subjects along the lines of architecture, business, engineering, law, maths and more! Falmer campus is further inland still and is on the edge of the South Downs National Park and here you’ll find nurses, teachers, linguists and social scientists in the making as well as all of the sport facilities. Last but not least is Eastbourne campus which is of course situated in Eastbourne, here you’ll find students studying hospitality, journalism, physical education, sport science and more subjects along those lines. Find out more on their website here.
University of Sussex
The University of Sussex is situated just across from the University of Brighton’s Falmer campus which is just a short bus ride out from the city centre. Unlike the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex campus is all grouped together so you’re never too far away from where you need to be. There is a library, Co-Operative, post office, dentist and doctors surgery on campus and more! At the University of Sussex you will be able to study subjects along the lines of accounting, biochemistry, business and management, computer science, economics, filmmaking, journalism and many more! Find out more about the University of Sussex here.
You’ll be spoilt for choice in dining out and grabbing a couple of drinks or getting your boogie on here in Brighton. Some of our top picks include:
Pubs in Brighton
The Regency Tavern
This pub aims to re-capture the glamour of Regency Brighton with its plush interior featuring leopard print chairs and feather boa lamps that sit upon the grand piano. They offer a tapas menu and a Sunday menu here so you’ll be spoilt for choice for plates of delicious food.
Located in the North Lanes this pub offers a wide range of entertainment including comedy, indie bands, cabaret and even kids entertainment at times. The drinks and meal deals served here are well priced and you can’t miss it as there are two huge stripy legs dangling out the front. There is also an independent cinema located above the pub Dukes, be sure to check that out too!
Latest Music Bar
This famous pub is one not to be missed as live bands and jazz performances occur here, including some really big names such as Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Fatboy Slim! This pub is one to visit if you’re after something a bit different with a cabaret venue and bar located downstairs and a sky-lit restaurant and bar found upstairs!
Clubs in Brighton
This live jazz club is sure to get you on your feet with lots of artists playing original and well-known songs. Sometimes they even play pop music in a classic jazz style so you can sing, dance and smile the night away. You’ll find a mix of people here from students to long-time locals. Find out more here.
Proud Cabaret Brighton
Hosting some of the most spectacular cabaret shows in the UK, Proud Cabaret Brighton offers drag and burlesque shows too so you can be entertained whilst you have your dinner. Cabaret All Stars is a personal favourite that includes music, acrobatics and fire performances all topped off with a delicious Asian-fusion menu. Find out more: https://proudcabaret.com/pages/proud-brighton
Concorde 2 is one of Brighton’s largest music venues with famous DJ’s often featuring here! It’s loud, busy and full of dancing so get ready to let your hair down! Concorde 2 caters for all ages but is very popular with students.
Restaurants in Brighton
The Little Fish Market
This multi-award winning restaurant with a Michelin plate will have you fine-dining with a daily-changing and six course tasting menu of delicately prepared fish cuisine. All the dishes are beautifully prepared and come out looking like an art masterpiece.
Another multi-award winning restaurant to visit that also has a Michelin plate is Etch. The head chef here, Steven Edwards was one of the youngest people to win Master Chef in series 6 and has proved his culinary skills since with the multiple tasting menus that are served over lunch and dinner here.
Terre a Terre
This vegetarian and vegan restaurant is sure to tantalise your taste buds with its award winning, Michelin plate food. It aims to provide indulgence rather than abstinence within its dishes so even the biggest meat eaters will enjoy the delicious ingredients served here.
Cafes in Brighton
That Little Tea Shop in the Lanes
This tiny little cafe is set in one of Brighton’s most iconic areas, the Lanes. It is traditionally decorated with great tea, coffee, cake and pastries so you can enjoy a respite here whilst enjoying the eclectic hustle and bustle around you.
The Blackbird Tea Room
This vintage tea room serves all-day breakfasts and lunch as well as scones and cakes to enjoy with your cuppa. If you think the food is good, you’ll enjoy the tea as they only use quality blended tea leaves here.
This coffee shop in Kemptown has been in the business serving up speciality coffees for 11 years! Its small so perfect for a quick little pick me up before heading on your way…perhaps a pastry too!
Well you will be spoilt for choice when shopping in Brighton as there seems to be something for everyone and what’s more is that it is all compact into the same area so you can easily access the main shopping areas in one day (although you might need more than one day there are so many). Churchill Square shopping centre is home to favourite high street clothing brands such as H&M, Hollister, Boux Avenue, Next, Zara and more as well as phone shops and the Apple store. The Lanes, North Laine and London Road all offer independent, unique shops with many in Hove too. Some of our favourites include: Snoopers Paradise, Jump the Gun, Beyond Retro and Charlie’s Sweet Emporium to name a few. There are also a few more bespoke shops at Brighton Marina such as Wed2Be and Lovethatstuff Fair trade.
The Grand, Brighton
Right on the seafront is the Grand Hotel, Brighton. Officially opened in 1864 the Grand has been the place to stay in Brighton ever since. With its glorious sea views, Egyptian cotton bedding and splendour interior you’ll be sure to be sleeping in luxury here.
This B&B in Kemptown is made up of two 19th century townhouses and is a great place to stay for those of you who are looking for somewhere kooky to stay. It used serve vegetarian food only but caters for all now.
Hotel du Vin & Bistro
If you want a place to stay in the Lanes look no further! This hotel has a Parisian style bistro, bar and pub so you can enjoy all the sights and shops the Lanes has to offer and relax back at your hotel with a drink or two.
- Brighton Palace Pier
- Brighton Lanes
- Royal Pavillion
- British Airways i360
- Devils Dyke
- Brighton Museum and Art Gallery
- Sea Life Centre Brighton
- Theatre Royal Brighton
- Brighton Marina
- Preston Park
When moving into a new home changing the locks is vital as you never know how many keys are out there and risk the keys falling into the wrong hands. Arrange for a Brighton Locksmith to come and fit a new lock the day you get your keys to provide you with peace of mind. We at Keytek® Locksmiths Brighton provide a professional local mobile Locksmith service complying with British Standard and Home Insurance policies to ensure your home is as secure as can be! What’s more is all our customers benefit from a FREE home security check on site to ensure your home is as secure as can be!
There are many other things you need to consider when moving home so check out our Moving Home Checklist to help you along the way! Once you’re in consider improving the security of your home further still by checking out our Ultimate Guide to Home Security here!
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