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A snapshot of... Brighton

  • April 08, 2019

Brighton is famous for its pebbled beach, independent shops, Regency architecture and the best bit? It is just an hour away from London!

The city is located on the south coast of England, it has a population of 601, 574 people (2019) and it has been labelled the UK’s “hippest city” and the “happiest place to live in the UK”.

Facts about Brighton

1. Brighton is home to Britain’s oldest cinema.

2. Brighton’s Sea Life Centre is the world’s oldest aquarium – with over 100 species, including sharks and stingrays.

3. Brighton has tunnels beneath the city – The tunnels were dug so Prince Regent could move about Brighton without people seeing how overweight he had become.

4. Brighton’s famous Royal Pavilion was used as a military hospital for Indian soldiers during World War One.

5. Brighton’s Marina is one of the largest in Europe with space for around 2000 boats.

Average Cost of Living


One-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


One-bedroom apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre


Three-bedroom apartment in the City Centre



1 litre of petrol


Monthly public transport ticket


Taxi trip (5 miles)



Basic dinner out for two in the local pub


Two tickets to the cinema


Two tickets to the theatre




A pint of beer


Monthly gym membership


Travelling to other UK cities from Brighton via Train

London Victoria – 55 minutes

Birmingham – 2 hours 38 minutes

Manchester – 3 hours 32 minutes

Bristol – 3 hours 18 minutes

Cardiff – 3 hours 50 minutes

Leeds – 3 hours 46 minutes

Edinburgh - 5 hours 49 minutes

Where is Brighton’s nearest airport?

The advantage of living in Brighton is that all major London airports are easily accessible. London Gatwick is only a 30-minute journey by train, just 22 miles away from the city. London Heathrow Airport is situated just 46 miles from Brighton and located west of Central London and is a 90-minute journey from Brighton.

Other nearby airports include London City, London Stansted and London Luton.


Brighton has 11 Ofsted “Outstanding” rated schools within a 10-mile radius of the city. You can compare schools and college performance on the Government website here.

The Best things to do in Brighton

1. Take a trip up the British Airways i360 – With the same designers as the London Eye, going up the i3060 will provide you with amazing views of Brighton’s skyline overlooking the iconic seafront.

2. Stroll along Brighton Palace Pier – Brighton has an 8-mile long seafront full of bars, restaurants, live music and ice cream parlours!

3. Visit the Royal Pavilion – The Palace was built in the 19th Century and has been named as one of Britain’s most spectacular buildings, built by Prince Regent, George IV.

4. Visit the famous North Laines – This area of the city is full of over 300 bespoke cafes, restaurants and boutique shops! North Laines is known as “the place where you can find anything”.

Relocating to Brighton 

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