Student Life in Brighton: A Vibrant and Thriving Community

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Brighton is a vibrant and exciting city, renowned for its bustling arts scene, diverse culture, and captivating seaside charm. It’s also home to two esteemed universities, the University of Brighton and Sussex University, attracting a large student population. As a result, the demand for student accommodation, particularly in the form of shared houses, is high.

If you’re a student seeking a comfortable and affordable place to live during your time in Brighton, renting a student house is an excellent option. This guide will provide you with comprehensive information on navigating the student housing market in Brighton, from finding the ideal rental to securing the tenancy.

Where to Begin Your Search

The first step in your quest for a student house in Brighton is to identify the areas that align with your preferences and lifestyle. Popular student neighbourhoods include:

  • City Centre: The heart of Brighton, offering easy access to universities, shops, and entertainment venues.
  • Hollingdean: A residential area with a mix of traditional and modern housing options, offering a balance of affordability and proximity to the city centre.
  • Moulsecoomb: A well-connected area with a variety of student housing options, including purpose-built student accommodation and shared houses.
  • Preston: A vibrant and multicultural area with a growing student population, offering a mix of affordable housing options.
  • Lewes Road: A popular student area close to the University of Sussex, offering a mix of traditional and modern housing options.

Once you’ve identified your preferred neighbourhoods, start exploring online listings and property portals like Rightmove, Zoopla, and our website! These platforms allow you to filter your search based on various criteria, including location, property type, number of bedrooms, and rental price.

Contact us on 01273 724000 to get your student property for 2024 or email us on viewings@harringtonslettings.co.uk

Understanding Rental Costs and Contracts

Student house rentals in Brighton typically range from £120 to £200 per person per week (pppw), depending on the property size, location, and amenities. Bills, such as utilities, council tax, and broadband, are often included in the rent, but it’s essential to clarify this upfront.

Most student house rentals in Brighton are offered on a fixed-term contract, typically starting in July or September and lasting for the academic year (52 weeks). Ensure you thoroughly understand the terms and conditions of the tenancy agreement before signing.

Viewing Properties and Making Decisions

Once you’ve narrowed down your options, arrange viewings of the properties that interest you. This will allow you to assess the condition of the accommodation, the layout of the rooms, and the overall suitability of the property for your needs.

During viewings, don’t hesitate to ask questions about the property, the tenancy agreement, and any concerns you may have. It’s also important to consider the housemates you’ll be living with and ensure you’re compatible in terms of lifestyle and habits.

Look at all of our student properties here.

Securing the tenancy

Once you’ve found the perfect student house, it’s time to secure the property. This typically involves completing an application form, providing a guarantor, and paying a reservation fee. Be prepared to act quickly, as student houses in Brighton are in high demand.

Tips for a Smooth Renting Experience

Here are some additional tips for a smooth renting experience:

  • Communicate effectively with your housemates: Establish clear ground rules for shared living spaces, cleaning schedules, and noise levels.
  • Maintain good relations with your landlord: Respond promptly to their requests, pay rent on time, and keep the property in a good condition.
  • Be aware of your rights and responsibilities as a tenant: Familiarize yourself with the tenancy agreement and know your rights regarding repairs, maintenance, and safety.
  • Enjoy your time in Brighton: Embrace the vibrant student life, explore the city’s attractions, and make the most of your time in this exciting coastal city.

Renting a student house in Brighton can be a rewarding experience, providing you with a comfortable and affordable place to call home while you pursue your academic goals. By following these guidelines and tips, you can navigate the rental process effectively and enjoy a fulfilling student experience in this dynamic city.

The Academic Environment

Brighton is home to several universities, including the University of Brighton, the University of Sussex, and Brighton Institute of Technology. These institutions offer a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs, attracting students from all over the world.

The academic environment in Brighton is stimulating and supportive. Lecturers are passionate about their subjects and encourage students to engage in critical thinking and debate. The universities also provide a variety of resources to help students succeed, such as academic support services, career counselling, and access to libraries and technology.

Beyond the Classroom

There is so much more to student life in Brighton than just studying. The city is packed with things to do, from exploring the historic Lanes area to enjoying the vibrant nightlife.

The Lanes

The Lanes is a labyrinth of narrow streets lined with independent shops, cafes, and bars. It’s a great place to wander around and find unique gifts and souvenirs.

The Beach

Brighton beach is a popular spot for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. There are also a number of restaurants, bars, and amusement arcades along the seafront.

Nightlife

Brighton has a thriving nightlife scene, with something to suit everyone’s tastes. There are bars and clubs for all types of music, from indie to rock to techno. There are also a number of comedy clubs and theatres in the city.

Arts and Culture

Brighton is a haven for arts and culture lovers. The city has a number of museums and galleries, including the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, the Royal Pavilion, and the Volks Electric Palace. There is also a regular calendar of festivals and events, such as the Brighton Festival and the Brighton Fringe.

Sports and Activities

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in sports and activities in Brighton. The city has a number of sports teams, including Brighton & Hove Albion FC, and there are a variety of recreational facilities, such as swimming pools, gyms, and parks.

Student Support

The universities in Brighton provide a variety of support services for students, including academic support, counselling, and financial advice. There are also a number of student organizations and clubs that provide opportunities to socialize and meet new people.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Brighton is higher than in some other parts of the UK. However, there are a number of ways to save money, such as living in shared accommodation and taking advantage of student discounts.

Overall, student life in Brighton is a vibrant and rewarding experience. The city has something to offer everyone, from those who want to study hard to those who want to have a lot of fun.

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Cat Westmacott
Cat Westmacott
17:57 10 Jun 24
Generally helpful for Lettings. As with any company, sometimes need a push for a response, but often easier to speak on the phone than email. Feeling hopeful for the next year’s contract with Harringtons🤞.
Kirsty Turner
Kirsty Turner
20:50 04 Jun 24
Great experience. Everyone is so lovely and helpful over the phone at Harringtons! The best experience we have had with a letting agent in Brighton, none of the other agents in Brighton have been bothered to keep in touch and help us find a property as much as these guys. A special shoutout to the lovely lady who showed me around the flat (Georgie I believe -sorry if I got that wrong), great at answering all my questions and been very lucky in securing the first property we viewed with her (an amazing spacious flat that has everything we need - including nice storage space for our paddleboards!) Looking forward to moving into our seaside home. Thank you!
Shadan B
Shadan B
23:31 30 May 24
Great experience, very helpful staff and friendly. I wish you all the success. Thanks for your care. 💐😊
Rachel Roberts
Rachel Roberts
21:13 30 May 24
Best experience I've had with a letting agent!
Charley Besant
Charley Besant
10:25 30 May 24
So far the process with Harringtons has been amazing. We viewed 3 properties with Georgie and each time she was so informative and kind, she gave us the time we needed in each property to look around, take videos and ask questions about everything. The whole process has been easy so far and I can now happily say we found our property thanks to Georgie and the team at Harringtons.
Ainhoa Negro
Ainhoa Negro
09:15 30 May 24
Georgie at Harringtons Lettings in Brighton has been exceptional throughout my rental process. From the very beginning, her professionalism and friendliness stood out. She provided clear and prompt communication, ensuring all my questions were answered thoroughly. Georgie made the entire experience seamless, from viewing properties to finalizing the paperwork. Her attention to detail and genuine care for my needs made me feel confident and supported. I highly recommend Georgie and Harringtons Lettings to anyone looking for a top-notch rental experience in Brighton.
PRBL1
PRBL1
09:11 30 May 24
Joel Starcross
Joel Starcross
15:22 29 May 24
Beth has been an excellent agent, great communicator and enthusiastic member of the team. Highly recommended!
Jess Pond
Jess Pond
13:16 29 May 24
Had an absolutely awful experience with this company. Told me one thing on the phone and then told me another thing on email. Very mixed messages. Left 7 students homeless by putting the house back on the market with only 24 hour notice. Will never use them again. AVOID!
Roisin Lilley
Roisin Lilley
11:42 24 May 24
I recently had some problems with my previous agent and came to Beth for help! She took over the correspondence for me and sorted everything out for me! I can’t thank her enough for her patience and help!! I’d highly recommend her to other landlords that need help!
Chris Lilley
Chris Lilley
11:26 24 May 24
I’ve been a tenant with Harringtons Lettings for a while, they are great, they always sort out any issues I have quickly and efficiently, Beth in particular is really helpful and I’ll be going to her for my next rental property when I look to move in September!
Georgina Palzeaird
Georgina Palzeaird
11:21 24 May 24
Beth Roberts was a huge help when I needed to switch to a new letting agency. She was friendly and efficient and I’ve always felt I’m in safe hands.
Eliya Halim
Eliya Halim
10:26 24 May 24
Top service
Maryana Atiya
Maryana Atiya
10:20 24 May 24
Rees Harper
Rees Harper
17:53 21 May 24
Lauryn Keller
Lauryn Keller
15:20 03 May 24
Georgie was great on our viewing - super lovely, informative and honest. Thank you!
Sammi Richmond
Sammi Richmond
09:16 24 Apr 24
Well, they just contacted me via email asking for a review for money... so here, I guess.Does 3 stars get me that tenner? Probably not. Nothing terrible to say, but never had any issues with the property really. Don't enjoy that they were willing to pay for reviews though, seems sketchy.UPDATE: As the business has finally replied to my review 6 years later, I thought I would mention that I indeed have the email still as proof. Offer of £10 for a review, and to mention Rachel Erridge in the review. Also a prize of £200 to one lucky winner. The email was sent from the Harrington's admin email address. I can email the proof to whoever requests it.
Jayden Charles-Frempong
Jayden Charles-Frempong
01:20 18 Apr 24
Every interaction I've had so far with Harrington has been positive with workers responding to calls very quickly and addressing any queries efficiently.
severin severinov
severin severinov
10:05 11 Apr 24
It is very good that they do their job professionally and take care of the customers.
kate quick
kate quick
13:15 09 Apr 24
I am very happy and extremely grateful to have found Harringtons lettings and the beautiful flat that I am now living in. Not only is the flat perfect for me, ticks all the boxes and is in a great location; the whole communication/admin process was so fast and efficient. I spoke to many of the team, but the two main contacts initially were Georgie and Beth. Great personalities, friendly and fast at replying to emails and phone calls. It was all turned around very quickly and everyone at Harringtons seems to appear to really be happy in their jobs. Great letting agent and I would recommend them to others looking for a new home.
Michael Hollamby
Michael Hollamby
12:32 09 Apr 24
Having worked with many many lettings it has been refreshing to deal with such a dynamic and energetic team. From start to finish the team have outstanding. Special mention to Beth who has been fantastic. I can thoroughly recommend using Harringtons.
Celyn James
Celyn James
17:08 27 Mar 24
Great experience, Georgie was so knowledgeable and kind with any enquiries I had. Really put me at ease while house hunting, amazing service thank you so much!!
Madison Harris
Madison Harris
14:29 27 Mar 24
Georgie was so helpful and really kind very appreciative x
Amber-Rose Cook
Amber-Rose Cook
08:58 22 Mar 24
easy to use and navigate as a first time user
Buffy Vaughn
Buffy Vaughn
18:06 21 Mar 24
Harringtons have been so helpful so far. Everyone we’ve spoken to on the phone including Georgie have been so warm and receptive and easy to communicate with. As a couple renting together for first time me & Danny couldn’t have found better people to help us out, they’re clear and concise. We discovered them through Rightmove and would highly recommend anyone to use their services to rent with.Thanks guys!Buffy & Danny
Sajan Raja
Sajan Raja
01:48 21 Mar 24
Kerryn Johnson
Kerryn Johnson
16:58 18 Mar 24
Georgie was absolutely amazing! Very helpful, easy to talk to and all in all an absolute sweetheart. Made the process of renting and finding a property less stressful. Always happy to help and lovely to chat to!Thank you again for everything!
Julia Reinstein
Julia Reinstein
11:22 18 Mar 24
5/5 - Everyone I’ve spoken to on the phone has been so friendly and patient with our move in documents. We found Harringtons through Rightmove, and have been really happy with our interactions. The team respond to queries efficiently and are happy to answer any and all questions.
Andrew Brown
Andrew Brown
07:09 15 Mar 24
A really excellent agency, who are very easy and friendly to deal with. Highly recommended.
Rob Rainbird
Rob Rainbird
18:04 13 Mar 24
Lovely staff and all round positive experience - Georgie is an absolute diamond and a credit to the team!
Tori Tor
Tori Tor
11:15 08 Mar 24
Harringtons have been really helpful and very swift with their responses. Georgie was very proffesional and really friendly when she did the viewings with me and Beth on the phone was again really helpful and gave me hope when I was explaining my eagerness to find somewhere new to live. Thanks Harringtons!
christos papanicolaou
christos papanicolaou
09:33 07 Mar 24
Staff were brilliant. Very helpful
Yasmin Bright
Yasmin Bright
20:54 01 Mar 24
I'm in a difficult situation at the moment with my landlord wanting to sell the flat that myself and my 3 children have been living in for 7 years. I came across Harringtons Viewings by applying to view some properties outside of my area.Unfortunately I haven't been able to sort anything with Harringtons, however I wanted to write this to say that they have been nothing but kind, warm and very understanding of my situation. I've been really impressed by their customer service (namely Georgie & Beth) and hope that they are able to find me something eventually!Thanks so much.Yasmin
Tegan
Tegan
17:30 22 Feb 24
Have been very accommodating and helpful when calling agents. They have been very helpful in being able to secure a house for students.
TheFlyingCrocodile
TheFlyingCrocodile
16:42 21 Feb 24
Went above and beyond to get things sorted for me
Brittany Stace
Brittany Stace
11:18 24 Jan 24
Harringtons have been incredibly helpful and supportive of us as new renters and they have been super efficient in getting all of the documents sent through and signed in such a short period of time. Thank you!
Georgie Prebble
Georgie Prebble
20:36 05 Jan 24
Jade Innes
Jade Innes
10:24 04 Jan 24
So far the service has been good. The staff are very friendly and quick to respond to any questions and requests.
Polly Smith
Polly Smith
11:17 28 Dec 23
we chose this letting agents as they chose a good bills company that is much cheaper than other agents. When viewing houses the staff were very friendly and have been very helpful in answering our questions and making the process as easy as possible.
Emma Howe
Emma Howe
16:06 14 Nov 23
I would rate Harringtons Lettings a 5/5. Very lovely on the phone and very quick and easy to communicate with via email. Any problems have been resolved in no time at all. So far so good!I found Harringtons via Rightmove.
Akwisitions Feedback
Akwisitions Feedback
16:25 30 Oct 23
Very responsive and super helpful throughout the process. Highly recommended!
Chloe Ballard
Chloe Ballard
17:28 02 Oct 23
Although I have only been renting with Harringtons for a short period of time, I have had nothing but a positive experience. From viewing to admin updates. The admin team especially are very polite and quick to respond and I have no doubt that the rest of my tenancy will run smoothly. I would recommend to anyone considering renting in brighton.
Matthew Ball
Matthew Ball
11:46 19 Sep 23
Professional communication with tenant although entirely impersonal. There was a bigger disconnect in their communication with the landlord in most cases, which seemed to be either slow or non-existent (discovered after contacting the landlord directly).Property was full of spider webs on day 1 despite apparently being professionally cleaned. Took a day off of work to clean it on move out day, leaving it cleaner than when it received but still had to pay part of the deposit for professional cleaning.It has been a while since I have rented, but I'll avoid letting agencies completely now if this is anything close to the average renting experience.
Ronan SK
Ronan SK
12:38 12 Sep 23
Great professionalism/communciation from the start up until the end of my tenancy. Definitely set the standards for what agencies should be like. Highly recommend to those within Brighton.
Daniel Sutton
Daniel Sutton
10:29 24 Aug 23
I have rented with Harringtons Lettings before and have always found the agents to be quick, efficient, friendly and helpful. I loved their service so much I have chosen to rent with Harringtons again. Faultless 😊
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