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Moving to Brighton: The Ultimate Guide

Katie Cullen
Written by Katie Cullen
25th January 2017 (Last updated on Wednesday 26th September 2018)

Beautiful Brighton is a vibrant and colourful coastal city located in south-east England, renowned for being utterly welcoming and friendly. Here, Compare My Move go through all you need to know to if you're 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 has 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.

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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.

BuyRent

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

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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 – Another prominent industry in Brighton is retail and tourism, particularly during the summer holidays when both UK and international tourists flock into the city. 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 more than 25,000 self-employed people in Brighton, 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!

Transport

Brighton can become incredibly crowded, particularly on hot days. On busy days Brighton has terrible traffic, but luckily there is an efficient bus network. A single bus ticket will cost around £2 to £3. Like most cities taxis are abundant: you'll likely 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! A single train ticket costs around £17, off-peak return costs around £28, and an anytime day train return around £49.

Train to:Duration of Commute:

Victoria

Approx. 1 Hour

London Bridge

Approx. 1 Hour

St. Pancras

Approx. 1.5 Hours

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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, you should look into the Hove Park area. The houses in Hove Park tend to be semi-detached Edwardian and Victorian properties. The area is one of the more upmarket areas in Brighton, with open spaces.

Preston Park is also popular with families, owing to the fact that the area has a range of quality schools. Preston Park is out of the city centre, and has its own train station for easy access. Expect large detached and terraced houses.

Upmarket - More upmarket areas in Brighton are mainly made up of the Regency Squares. These include Palmeria Square, Lewes Crescent, and Brunswick Square, and are located on the seafront. Here's you'll usually find popular seaside flats with stylish balconies.

Rent and House Prices in Brighton

**Current Average House Price for January 2018 Zoopla Zed-Index
*Current average monthly asking rent january 2018 Zoopla
AreaRent Per Month (3 Bedrooms)*Price to Buy**
Kemptown£2,750£416,708
Hanover£2,081£388,112
Hove Park£1,669£497,502
Preston Park£1,730£396,834
Lewes Crescent£2,081£528,166

Lifestyle

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.

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Schools and Education

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

In the Brighton area there are 44 primary schools (5 of which are private), six special schools, and 14 secondary schools (5 of which are private).

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

Brighton has two universities to choose from for aspiring students: the University of Brighton the University of Sussex.

The latter is one of the top UK universities, ranked in 2018 as 19th in the UK.

On the other hand, the University of Brighton was founded in 1859, and is known as a UK centre of research, with both city and town campuses.

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.