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Living in Brighton and Hove

Enjoy studying & working by the sea

Brighton Beach

Brighton Beach

Brighton and Hove is a vibrant and multicultural ‘city by the sea’. It boasts a relaxed, cosmopolitan air, buzzing nightlife and thriving culture.

City College’s Central Campus on Pelham Street is located right in the heart of Brighton. Eating out, shopping, culture and of course one of the most famous beaches in the country are just a few minutes walk outside our doors.

Brighton is considered to be one of the most dynamic and exciting cities in the country and with good reason. We have international festivals, major theatres, four cinemas, Championship football and County cricket, a city marathon, beach life and an unrivalled relaxed cosmopolitan atmosphere.

There are also areas of tranquillity including city centre parks, the grounds surrounding the Pavilion and the famous beach.

Eating Out

There are over 400 restaurants in the city to choose from – catering for every taste! Just outside of the Central Campus is the North Laine area that has a multitude of independent cafes and restaurants to keep you fully fuelled.

Culture and Entertainment


Brighton has a bit of a reputation as a party town, and this is down to in no small part its festival scene that dominates the calendar. Events such as Gay Pride, Fringe Festival, Brighton Festival, Great Escape, White Night and CineCity are the big ones but there are festivals of every shape and size all year round.


Brighton is home to a great music scene. There are plenty of local clubs, bars and music venues to suit every taste. From Indie to rock to alternative to mainstream R & B and hip-hop, Brighton really does have it all. Larger venues such as The Brighton Centre, Concorde 2 and The Brighton Dome host gigs by big name acts throughout the year while more intimate venues such as The Albert, The Haunt, The Hope and The Green Door Store are where you can see the best in up-and-coming indie, rock and roots acts. Look out also for two big festivals in the city – Shakedown and the Great Escape.


Brighton is home to Championship football, with the Seagulls currently flying high in a new stadium creating a real buzz in the city. Highly popular County Cricket matches are hosted in Hove through Sussex County Cricket Club. Running has taken off in Brighton in recent years with a major city marathon and half-marathon. Feeling fit? Join 18,000 other competitors in April.

Comedy, Theatre and Arts

Club nights at Komedia and other comedy clubs are a great way to spend time in the city. Brighton also has some stunning theatres – the Theatre Royal is a grade II listed building and takes in the biggest shows touring the country.
The art scene here is huge – there are artists open houses, studios and exhibitions every where you look. Put May in your diaries as it is Artist Open House month when you can follow trails and paths around and discover artistic gems hidden behind closed doors.

Brighton Pavilion Gardens

Brighton Pavilion Gardens

The Great Outdoors

Brighton beachfront offers a buzzing playground of swimming, sailing, basketball and volleyball, whilst away from the water you can enjoy a day at Brighton Races or test your nerve with some power boat riding. There is a wide range of sports facilities for sporting activities including bowling, football and swimming. And with so much stunning Sussex countryside literally on the doorstep of the city there are loads of opportunities for walking and cycling activities on the South Downs and areas beyond Brighton too.

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