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What’s it like?

Dubbed London-by-the -Sea, Brighton is a unique and vibrant city where you can chill out on its huge beach, people-watch from countless cafes and pubs, browse the quirky shops of the North Laine, then take in the museums, theatres, live comedy, music and night life.

Originally a medieval fishing village, Brighton has blossomed into everything that a seaside town should be, with a pier, rock shops, buckets and spades, fish and chips and deckchairs and of course the Royal Pavilion. There's fabulous shopping and within a few miles youre in the midst of beautiful rolling countryside and the South Downs National Park.

It has a marina, the annual Brighton Festival, showcasing arts of all types, and the newest addition, the i360 viewing platform. Families love Brighton for its excellent schools including Brighton College and Roedean, two of the best independent schools in the country. Many people move here from London because the property, from period properties of all sizes to modern flats, is better value than London, but they can still commute to town by rail.

It has a huge creative community too – artists, musicians, actors, writers, journalists through to marketing and media people of all varieties. It is also popular with the gay community, both those who live and visit its annual Pride festival or brilliant clubs and bars. Its also conveniently located for your travels with Gatwick Airport and Newhaven ferry port both close by.

There are two big and well respected universities (University of Sussex and University of Brighton), an up-and-coming football team and stunning new stadium, the Amex. And if you fancy a bit of celeb-spotting, Fat Boy Slim and Zoe Ball, Adele, Nick Berry, Nick Cave, Steve Coogan, Peter James, Des Lynam, Sally Gunnell, Chris Eubank and Steve Ovett all live in this bohemian city.

our favourite areas to live...

Patcham, Westdene & Withdean

popular with all ages especially families and commuters: good schools, excellent road & rail to London & Gatwick and easy access to the city centre. Plus dog walks on the Downs, new Miller & Carter steakhouse in Patcham Village and a couple of local pubs.


popular with young professionals & couples, smaller Victorian terraced properties & some good local pubs


popular with families for the good schools nearby, convenient location for both Preston Park & London Road railway stations, good for commuters into London

Seafront properties & Brighton Marina

popular with those looking for a second home to use weekends/summer time, but also popular with investors for buy-to-let properties

Poets Corner in Hove

popular with young professional singles and couples, and close to Hove station so good for commuters to London, good shopping/bars/cafes in George Street and Church Road

Lewes Road area

popular area for buy-to-let investors as properties in this area are sought after for rental by students at the universities



Our favourite places for...



Destination How long How often Changes
London Victoria 1h3 to 1h20 approx. every 15 mins direct journey time
1h after peak times
East Croydon approx. 50 mins approx. every 15 mins or less direct or 1 change
at Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport approx. 35 mins approx. every 15 mins or less direct or 1 change at Hove
London Bridge 1h19 to 1h47 approx. every 15 mins or less 1 change at East Croydon
or London Blackfriars

This information is a guide only, and not intended to be a timetable! Times shown are at peak times. Please check for exact times. Source:


Schools rated as 'good' or 'outstanding', within 3 miles of the centre of Brighton include:

Primary School teacher and children

Primary Schools

  • Patcham Infant School
  • Patcham Junior School
  • Westdene Primary School
  • Carden Primary School
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Secondary teacher teaching students

Secondary Schools

  • Patcham House Special School
  • Patcham High School
  • Dorothy Stringer School
  • Varndean School
  • Cardinal Newman Catholic School
  • The Cedar Centre (School for pupils with special needs)
  • Homewood College
  • Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College
  • Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre
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College students

16 - 18

  • Varndean College
  • Blatchington Mill School and Sixth Form College
  • Hove Park School and Sixth Form Centre
  • Brighton Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College (BHASVIC)
  • City College Brighton and Hove
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This schools information is intended as a guide only and is subject to change.
Please check or for more detailed assessments.

Clubs and societies in Brighton

In Brighton there is a club or group for every hobby or interest you can think of – and then many, many more! Quite frankly there are too many to mention without upsetting the ones we dont. But rest assured, you wont be bored!

Major employers

  • American Express
  • Brighton University
  • Sussex University
  • Brighton College
  • Roedean School
  • City College of Brighton & Hove
  • Brighton & Hove City Council
  • Riot Games
  • Kineo
  • Palmer and Harvey
  • EDF Energy
  • Kimberley-Clark
  • BUPA International
  • iCrossing
  • Ricardo
  • Legal & General

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