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Moving to Brighton: The Ultimate Guide

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
25th January 2017

Beautiful Brighton is a vibrant and colourful coastal city located in the south-east of England with a reputation as one of the most welcoming places in the UK. Compare My Move have put together this guide for those thinking of moving to Brighton.

The city is a pleasant blend of laid-back, exciting, exuberant and multicultural people. During the summer, the beaches, restaurants, pubs and nightclubs attract people from all over the UK, especially London.

Brighton is large enough to provide everything you could want from a city, including shopping, restaurants, and programmes of live music, comedy and theatre. At the same time, the city feels small enough that it holds onto its charm and strong sense of community.

With the easy London Commute, Londoners in their troves are swapping the chaos of city life for the tranquillity of the seaside which has brought about the endearing and apt nickname ‘London on Sea’. Not to be mistaken for a quiet seaside village, Brighton attracts people from all walks of life. The awe-inspiring beauty along with the trendy, stylish, quirky street art, the independent shops and nightlife spots, there is something for everyone. Brighton is also proud to be an LGBT friendly scene.

This article will cover the following points

Property in Brighton Jobs and Industries Transport Where Should You Live? Lifestyle Schools and Education

Property in Brighton

Due to its ever-growing popularity, house prices continue to rise in Brighton. In the past year, they have increased 11%. The average price is now £278,594, compared to the average £181,619 in England and Wales, and £481,820 in London.


2-Bed Flat

£330,000 - £335,000

£1,260 - £1,280 PCM

2-Bed House

£380,000 - £390,000

£1,300 - £1,330 PCM

3-Bed House

£460,000 - £470,000

£1,500 - £1,560 PCM

4-Bed House

£640,000 - £650,000

£1,900 - £2000 PCM

Regarding home ownership, 23.4% of residents own their own home, 29.9% have a mortgage, 28% rent privately, and 14.9% live in social rented accommodation.

Homes near the seafront are mostly large Regency buildings converted into spacious flats and apartments as well as small terrace houses. In Hove, there’s a mixture of Regency and Victorian builds. There’s a large development in the Brighton Marina Village where homes are mostly tall towers of apartments and flats and the rest of Brighton is mostly simple, Victorian houses

Jobs and Industries

Tech and Digital - Brighton has a booming digital sector with several agencies emerging in recent years and over 1000 tech and digital companies. University research from Brighton and Sussex found that the digital sector is growing at a far quicker rate in Brighton than it is in the rest of the UK.

Retail and Tourism – Another prominent industry in Brighton is retail and tourism, particularly during the summer months when tourists flock to the city from around the UK as well as overseas. Now that the i360, the world’s thinnest observation tower that measures up to 162m is open, the tourism industry is developing even further.

Creative Industries - There are over 25,000 self-employed people in the city, and one-fifth of the jobs in the city are in the creative industries – if you’re a creative, moving to Brighton could be the perfect opportunity!


Brighton can become incredibly crowded, particularly on hot days, with terrible traffic. Luckily, the city has an efficient bus network. A single journey can cost £2 to £3. Taxis are also in abundance, and you can expect to pay between £5 and £10 for shorter journeys.

Brighton is at the end of the M23 and A23 from South London.

If you commute to London regularly, it is only an hour away! An off-peak day return costs around £27.90, an anytime day return £48.80, while a single costs £17.70.

Train to:Duration of Commute:


Approx. 1 Hour

London Bridge

Approx. 1 Hour

St. Pancras

Approx. 1.5 Hours

Where Should You Live?

One of the most appealing things about Brighton is that if you are looking to moving into a new house, there is something for everyone, and that extends to the neighbourhoods! Whether you are a young student or have a family, you can always find the right place in Brighton.

Students and Young Professionals - Kemptown is one of the best places to live in Brighton. It has its own shopping area, a fun café culture, several bars and clubs, and it is near to the ever-popular beach. This neighbourhood is mainly made up the previously mentioned converted flats.

Another area popular among students that is now up and coming, is Hanover. Poets Corner is more affordable than other neighbourhoods, and is made up of terraced houses. It could be the perfect choice if you are looking for value for money, and it is relatively quiet when compared to the more central neighbourhoods.

Families - If you are moving to Brighton with your family, Hove Park is a popular option. The houses in this area are mainly semi-detached Victorian and Edwardian properties. Hove park has a reputation for being one of the more upmarket areas of the city, boasting lots of space and an affluent feel. The Dorothy Stringer comprehensive school is just one of the private schools nearby.

Preston Park is another popular area where you will also find good state schools. It is north of the city centre, and it has large terraced and detached houses as well as its own station. The area surrounding Queen's Park north of Eastern Road is also popular with families.

Upmarket - More upmarket areas in Brighton include the Regency Squares that you will find along the seafront, including Brunswick Square, Lewes Crescent, and Palmeira Square. These are mainly apartments, and flats with balconies are particularly popular. Montpelier Villas is another exclusive address, and in 2009 it ranked in ninth place in a list of the most expensive streets in Sussex.


Things to do

The annual Brighton Festival is a hot bed of art, creativity and entertainment with fantastic display of music, drama, dance, film and literature. A true celebration of the arts and a chance for people of all walks of life to mix, mingle and enjoy themselves.

The Dining Scene in Brighton has thrived in recent years attracting foodies from all over. Several new restaurants have been developed all over the city so you will never struggle to find a delicious meal. For shopping, there’s the main shopping centre in Churchill Square or for independent shops and boutiques, there’s a stretch of them along the North Laine.

The Seaside

How can we write about Brighton without giving a Compare My Move shout out to the glorious seaside? In Brighton, life’s a beach. With miles of beautiful shores, you will enjoy the peace and serenity of being near the ocean. The vast open spaces of Brighton are welcome attractions for the former big city dwellers now residing in Brighton. As well as the beach, there’re are plenty of local parks. The largest being Preston Park.

LGBT Community

Brighton’s annual pride celebration is the biggest in the UK and is testament to the love and acceptance that clearly prevails throughout this stunning seaside spot. The entire city is LGBT friendly with several gay friendly wedding venues throughout and a strong LGBT community in Kemptown.

Schools and Education

Brighton has a number of both state and private schools, primary and secondary. If you’re moving with children, you won’t have trouble finding a school to enroll them in!

In total, there are:

  • 39 state primary schools
  • 9 state secondary schools
  • 6 special schools
  • 5 private primary schools
  • 5 private secondary schools

Carlton Hill Primary School, Moulsecoomb Primary School and Patcham High School are all well-regarded.

If you’re moving as a student, Brighton is also home to two universities, the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton. The first is one of the best in the UK, currently ranked 14th in the UK and 111th in the world. The second was founded in 1859, has campuses in the city as well as in nearby towns and is one of the top research centres in the UK.

If you’re considering moving to Brighton, you will enjoy a vibrant, welcoming city offering a host of activities to enjoy as well as a growing jobs market. The property prices are slightly more expensive than average, but compared to London, you would be getting a bargain! Compare My Move can offer free quotes and help you save up to 70% on your removal costs.

Last updated on Monday 13th November 2017