Local area guide

Living in Brighton (BN)

With a thriving arts scene, bustling lanes, a huge pebble beach and legendary pier, Brighton is a fun and vibrant cosmopolitan city that has something for everyone.

Your guide to moving to Brighton

Why Brighton is a good place to live

Brighton is a fantastic place to live for its rich culture, stunning coastal scenery and exciting entertainment and nightlife. Living in Brighton comes with a sense of vibrancy, energy and creativity that's sure to keep you on your toes. The city is known for its relaxed atmosphere, which attracts a diverse population and creates a dynamic and inclusive community.

There are some excellent schools and colleges, including Varndean School, Cardinal Newman Catholic School and BHASVIC (Brighton, Hove and Sussex Sixth Form College).

The local authorities and community initiatives are actively engaged in ensuring the safety and security of residents, making Brighton a generally safe place to live.

What’s Brighton famous for?

The city’s most famous event is the annual Brighton Festival, which celebrates arts and culture with a diverse program of performances, exhibitions, and workshops.

Additionally, the Brighton Fringe Festival, the largest open-access arts festival in England, showcases a wide range of artistic talent.

Things to do in Brighton

Brighton's famous pebble beach is perfect for relaxing walks or enjoying water sports, such as paddle boarding or kayaking.

The bustling Lanes, a network of narrow streets filled with unique shops, cafés and restaurants, are a popular destination for both locals and visitors.

For nature enthusiasts, the South Downs National Park and Sussex Downs are nearby, perfect for outdoor activities and picnics.

Average asking prices in Brighton today

We update our average asking prices every day using data from millions of properties for sale.

Terraced

Avg. asking price

£522,500

258 properties for sale

Detached

Avg. asking price

£700,000

198 properties for sale

Semi-detached

Avg. asking price

£500,000

202 properties for sale

Flats

Avg. asking price

£315,000

641 properties for sale

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Local pubs in Brighton

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  • Actors

    Brighton, East Sussex, BN2

    Located below the theatre in the iconic Marlborough Hotel building in Brighton, The Actors takes it’s inspiration from the theatre pubs that have, since the Victorian era, been a feature of the city’s rich relationship with the performing arts.

  • Brighton Bierhaus

    Brighton, East Sussex, BN2

    ​Brighton's original craft brewers. 100% brewed in the city.

  • Mash Tun

    Brighton, East Sussex, BN1

    The Mash Tun has been a Brighton institution for over 20 years, propping up countless nights out for the party people of North Laine and beyond.

  • All Bar One

    Brighton, East Sussex, BN1

    All Bar One Brighton is a stylish city bar where you can catch up with friends, unwind after work or simply find a sophisticated space to indulge in an excellent selection of food and drink.

  • Ye Olde King & Queen

    Brighton, East Sussex, BN1

    The King and Queen is one of the most unique and popular venues in not only Brighton but the whole of Sussex catering for a wide range of occasions.

  • Kings Arms

    Brighton, East Sussex, BN2

    Welcome to The Kings Arms - your go-to local for all your favourite drinks in Brighton.

Transport in Brighton

Trains

Brighton Railway Station offers frequent train services to London (1 hour), Gatwick Airport (30 mins), Eastbourne (45 mins), Southampton (2 hours) and other major cities and towns in the region.

Buses

Brighton and Hove buses run an extensive network covering the entire city including shopping districts, tourist attractions, the university campuses and neighbouring areas.

Park and Ride

Brighton offers park and ride facilities for commuters and visitors to ease traffic congestion in the city center and promote sustainable transportation.

Car

If you prefer to drive, Brighton is well-connected to London via the A23 and Worthing, Lewis and Eastbourne via the A27.

However, traffic congestion can be an issue in the city centre, especially during peak hours and in the summer months when tourism is high.

Ferries

For a scenic ride taking in the coastline, summertime ferry services operate between Brighton Pier and nearby towns including Eastbourne and Worthing.

Transport connections

Brighton
National Rail
0.5 miles / 0.8 km
London Road (Brighton)
National Rail
0.9 miles / 1.4 km
Hove
National Rail
1.7 miles / 2.7 km
Preston Park
National Rail
1.8 miles / 2.9 km
Moulsecoomb
National Rail
1.8 miles / 2.9 km
Aldrington
National Rail
2.2 miles / 3.5 km

Schools in Brighton

Brighton offers parents a wide variety of school options, including a number of highly-rated independent schools.

For primary-aged children, Aldrington CofE School, Westdene Primary School and Cottesmore St Mary’s Catholic Primary School are among the best in the Brighton and Hove district.

Meanwhile, Brighton College and the Roedean School are the leading independent options with consistently impressive exam results, and Dorothy Stringer High School is one of the best options in the local state school leagues.

For further education, Brighton is also home to the University of Brighton and the University of Sussex, the latter of which regularly ranks among the UK’s top 20 universities.

Schools in Brighton

Carlton Hill Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
Middle Street Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)
St Paul's CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2023)
Queen's Park Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Requires improvement (2023)
Kings Brighton
Ages: 14 - 19 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2022)
St Bartholomew's CofE Primary School
Ages: 4 - 11 years old
Ofsted Rating: Good (2018)