We are Brighton based property agents, who specialise in Students and Professional lets. Our friendly, helpful team are experts in matching the right tenants for the right houses and helping to find where you belong. Are you looking to move into the University of Brighton or the University of Sussex? Where do you want your house located?
Our experience can be the difference in helping you to find the right student property in Brighton. We understand what it feels like to finally find a group of friends you want to live with and then have the mad dash of securing somewhere that you can all live together. We can help you, guide you through the first forays into student life. What area do you want to be in? Central Brighton, Kemptown Village, Hanover or the Lewes Road the areas are all different and we can help you through the whole process of what you want and what you are looking for.
This is our guide for you to being a student in Brighton and Hove. Brighton’s city centre spreads out from North of the coast, between the icon piers and the newest landmark the i360. This is the cultural centre of Brighton to include the historic lanes and all the boutique shops. There are fashionable restaurants, cafe’s and bars and amongst all of these is the main library, Brighton Museum and several Theatres. The city centre is a busy and electric sometimes surprisingly liberal and friendly place. The Brighton Art College is located at the Old Steine so an easy walk and there are several buses.
The rents are always slightly higher in the centre and there are less student properties available, with more 1 and 2 bedroom apartments and houses. However, you would be able to live the Brighton lifestyle with the vibrant nightlife always awaiting on your doorstop and plenty of opportunities for part time work nearby for those supporting themselves during their studies.
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Which campus are you likely to be on, they are very different? There are various campus’ such as;
City Campus – The city campus is in the heart of Brighton a short stroll from the beach and the pier. The city centre is just a short walk away including the popular Kemptown, Hanover and Queen Park areas. On this particular campus you are just within walking distance of bars, pubs, clubs, theatres, comedy and live music centres they make Brighton a popular destination for a night out. In the summer the seafront buzzes with activities, impromptu BBQ’s and picnics on the beach.
You can attend either the University of Sussex or the University of Brighton from the city centre, there is a train station Moulsecoomb. There is also the central Brighton train station which is located in the heart of Brighton which will allow you to get to the University in no more than 10-15 minutes. Brighton and Hove’s biggest art festival in May in each, and has a selection of theatres, galleries and events, not to mention the Royal Pavilion. This is located in the heart of Brighton and is one of the crown jewels of the South Coast. The Royal Pavilion is located close to all of the central parts of Brighton.
There are various halls of residents some of them are located in the heart of Brighton. They all have en suites and some are quite near a train station like London Road for example. All located close to the universities.
You will have access to all the sports facilities that are on Falmer and Moulsecoomb Campus including gyms, AstroTurf, pitches and a climbing wall. The seafront is a popular place for runners and cyclists, and beach volleyball is a common place throughout the year not just in the summer. You are within short walking distance of a number of cafes and restaurants.
Moulsecoomb Campus – This is 2 miles north of Brighton city centre and the seafront, Moulsecoomb is a large 4 campus’ with normally in excess of 8,000 students.
This area is popular with students and it is just a short walking distance from the city centre or a cycle/bus ride away. The areas include Moulsecoomb, Bevendean, Hollingbury, Elm Grove, Hanover and other suburbs that stretch up the hills on either side of Lewes Road.
You will find a lot of houses located in this area and we have a huge amount under our property management so don’t hesitate to contact us.
The social scene is lively as you will be able to get into the mix of bars, pubs, clubs, theatres and live music venues.
There are loads of arts and crafts in the area to do. The choice of cafes and restaurants is absolutely huge throughout the area. The sports on campus includes, basketball, badminton courts, fitness suite and climbing wall. Just beyond the campus within short you will be able to find facilities for every sport from beach volleyball to touch rugby. It is only a short walking distance to the seafront and beautiful South Downs which you can explore on foot or by bike.
Falmer Campus – This campus is on the edge of the South Downs National Park. There are over 7,000 students based here and it has superb modern facilities.
It is a short walk to Moulsecoomb, Bevendean, Hollingbury, Elm Grove and other suburbs.
The social scene is obviously student life at it’s best as there is so much to do in the local area. There are huge amounts of arts and crafts in the area and we have many houses that are located here.
For sports there is a flood light AstroTurf football pitch, netball and tennis courts, a sports centre with a fitness suite and various other sports facilities. You don’t have to look far beyond the campus to find other sports. It is also right next door to the Brighton and Hove Albion Amex stadium.
Hanover is an attractive and diverse area built into one of Brighton’s most famous hills. So, don’t forget to get your walking boots on! Lewes Road skirts it’s bottom and sitting at the top of Queens Park Road is the stunning park. In between lives a vibrant community filled with colourful terraces, local shops and several popular pubs serving local craft beer. They also all compete for the best Sunday roast. It is just a short walk down from any of the hills to which the shops and amenities of Lewes Road and there is a 24 hour bus service to the University Campus at Moulsecoomb and Falmer. It also goes into the city or anywhere on the beach. Students can find a range of accommodation here, from 1 to 2 bed flats to student houses up to 8 bedrooms and rents in the area are average for the city.
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Kemptown sits on the East of the city centre along the coast as the wonderful diverse. It has strong LGBT community. It holds a length of history of fine Victorian terraces and regency buildings with quirky shops, cafes and restaurants and bars running through the middle of it. The Royal County Sussex Hospital is located in the middle so it is perfect for medical students studying and working there. The American Express building is also a prime employer for students who can work part time and flexible hours whilst they study. The accommodation is very mixed from whole houses to modern apartments and rents can be slightly higher due to the easy access to the city centre and the station. The Brighton University Art College is accessible on foot and there are many buses which can take you to each campus of Moulsecoomb and Falmer.
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Don’t fancy any of the above areas then don’t worry. There are many areas throughout the whole of Brighton and Hove and you don’t need to be near the Universities to enjoy yourself. It all depends no what you are looking for whether you want to be close at hand to a station, beach, bars or buses and there are various areas in Brighton that we can help you with.
Most student accommodation is done on a part furnished basis but it varies from property to property. There is the basics like a desk, chair, beds, wardrobes and perhaps even a sofa. It is something you will need to decide on when you are looking for a property.
It is always good to look at the area that you want before you consider making it home. Once you think you have found the area then give us a call and we will be able to help you with your student accommodation search.Click here for the latest list.
When starting to search for accommodation it is important you understand what is going to be the best accommodation for you. Most students will have various different types of options such as;
Halls of residence.
These are normally owned and managed by the university and are generally only let out to first year students. They are a great way to adjust if you have been living at home and you want new friends. They often have a variety of options including catered as well as self-catered and ensuite. Some have shared bathrooms and some have common rooms but it just depends what you are looking for. They can range quite wildly in price.
This can be one of the most common types of private accommodation for students after their first year. You can rent a property with friends so you can be with people you know all the time. Harringtons Lettings have one of the largest selection of properties from 1 bedroom flats, double rooms all the way through to house shares. With various different houses to rent in great locations.
Private halls of residence.
There seems to be a lot more private hauls of residence especially in the Brighton and Hove area. These are often either owned by the university or a private supplier such as Unison. They are generally more expensive but have a higher level of amenities for students. They could have for instance restaurants/bars near by and gyms on site. Often they will have a concierge who will be able to help you. Contracts often vary from 40 weeks to 52 weeks and as they are independent you will be sharing with a diverse mixture of people from all types of universities. It is a perfect place for meeting new people and the rents can differ dramatically.
Rent a room in a private house.
You can often private adverts where you can rent a room where the landlord currently lives. It may not be the ideal accommodation you are looking for during your university days but sometimes it can be a useful stop gap option. You may have left it too late to look for private rented accommodation therefore it is another option.
It is important you know what type of accommodation you are looking for before you start your search.
This is very much down to the individual person and in reality there is not one right answer. We have always found that every person is different but the earlier you look the more likely you will get exactly what you want. The benefit of looking early allows you to ensure you get accommodation in a location you want at the price you want. There is a wider option also. The longer you leave it and whilst you may still be able to find a property to live in. It might not have such a wide range choice and you may have to compromise on various parts.
You may find that there are other types of accommodation you can search for not just student accommodation.
New to university?
If you are a new applicant to university then you will often be offered accommodation with application this can be finalised when your offer is confirmed. If you are a late applicant or gain your place through clearing it is still likely you can be offered some form of accommodation depending if it is all rented out or not. However, the later it is the less likely the desirable option.
First year students.
You will notice many people will start looking for accommodation as early as October or November. We often have the first few enquiries in late October beginning of November and they become earlier every year. We find the feedback from students is that the best properties go at the best price very early. You will often find that universities suggest holding off till at least January or February but there is no guarantee you will find what you want at the right price. Obviously, it is totally a matter for you.
You have now decided on what type of accommodation you are looking for and want to start your search. There are three most important criteria;
It may sound simple but the amount of rent you want to pay is ultimately going to pay a key role in your accommodation search. There is a going to be a wide variety of options here as the cost of rent can very significantly depending on the type of accommodation you chose and its location. There is no weekly standard rent as most areas fluctuate on a regular basis dependant on supply and demand.
There is no rule of thumb it is just something you need to look at. Obviously, the bigger the budget the nicer the property and potentially the better location.
We understand that most tenants that location is the most important aspect of their accommodation. However, they split into two different groups. Generally some students want to live close to the place they are studying at so they can walk to class each day. We have some fantastic properties to rent near the universities. House shares are often a bit further away and may involve a short ride or bus journey to the class. What they are looking for is something a bit more vibrant and attractive like the town centre. However, everyone is different.
Most students are looking for a high speed, high quality broadband in the area as well as the standard basic such as a bed, table, wardrobe etc. Every property has a different level and quality of amenity and this can also be relevant to your budget. You might pay more where there are private hauls that offer gyms, cinema rooms and private bars. That is totally a matter for you.