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Moving to Brighton

Looking to buy or sell in Brighton? Contact Mansell McTaggart estates agents in Brighton to discuss your move or view our property for sale in Brighton.

With a wealth of local knowledge and expertise in property, our team is well-equipped to help you buy or sell in Brighton. We’re committed to always providing our customers with a first-class service, and will be on hand to assist with every step of buying or selling your Brighton property.

Is Brighton a nice place to live?

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

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, deckchairs and of course the Royal Pavilion. There are fabulous shopping opportunities all across the city and within a few miles you’re in the midst of beautiful rolling countryside and the South Downs National Park.

Brighton has a marina, featuring an array of restaurants, entertainment, and activities for all the family. The city hosts the annual Brighton Festival, showcasing arts of all types, including plays, comedy, and exhibitions. Brighton is also well known for it’s many live music venues, from small independent places to the larger Brighton Centre and Brighton Dome.

Families love Brighton for its excellent schools including Brighton College and Roedean, two of the best independent schools in the country. There are two big and well-respected universities in the city - University of Sussex and University of Brighton, which offer a variety of undergraduate and postgraduate courses.

Many people move to Brighton from London because the property, from period properties of all sizes to modern flats, is better value than London. Brighton also offers a different way of life, calmer in some ways but with a lot still going on. Many people still commute to London from Brighton via rail, with the journey taking around an hour. Brighton is conveniently located for your travels further afield, with Gatwick Airport and Newhaven ferry port both close by.

Brighton has a huge creative and bohemian community– artists, musicians, actors, writers, journalists through to marketing and media people of all varieties. It is also popular with the LGBTQ+ community, both those who live in the city and also with those who visit the annual Pride festival or the brilliant clubs and bars. 

Where to move to in Brighton

The main postal districts we cover in Brighton include BN1, BN2, BN3, BN45. Below are just some of our favourite areas in Brighton to live, if you’re looking for some inspiration for your new Brighton home. 

Patcham, Westdene & Withdean

These areas are popular with all ages especially families and commuters. They feature good schools, excellent road & rail links to London & Gatwick and easy access to the city centre. Plus, you’ll be able to enjoy dog walks on the Downs, the new Miller & Carter steakhouse in Patcham Village and a couple of cosy local pubs.


Hanover is particularly popular with young professionals & couples. The area features smaller Victorian terraced properties and some good pubs, so you’ll have plenty of choice for your new local.


Fiveways is popular with families due to the many good schools nearby. It is conveniently located for both Preston Park & London Road railway stations, making it a good choice for commuters into London or into Brighton city centre.

Seafront properties & Brighton Marina

These areas are popular with those looking for a second home to use on weekends/in the summertime but are also popular with investors for buy-to-let properties. They offer a sophisticated, luxurious lifestyle, with both new builds and gorgeous period properties available.

Poets Corner in Hove

Poets Corner is popular with young professional singles and couples, and close to Hove station so is good for commuters to London or elsewhere. Hove has great shopping, bars, and restaurants in George Street and Church Road with plenty of independent places full of character and unique offerings.

Lewes Road area

This area is particularly popular with buy-to-let investors as properties in this area are sought after for rental by students at the universities nearby.

Moving to Brighton? Contact our Brighton branch to see how we can help you buy or sell property in the area.


Our favourite places in Brighton for ...

Couple walking the dog

Walks to blow away the cobwebs


Trains in Brighton

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 in Brighton

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 in Brighton

  • 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

Useful links for Brighton