Brighton Student Nightlife

Whether you're moving down to the city for the first time or returning for another year, our freshers guide to Brighton student nightlife, covering the best venues, clubs and student areas to visit, will help you gain the knowledge you need to navigate London by sea and find the best spots for entertainment with ease. Seriously, you'll be a local before you know it.

Below, you'll find our comprehensive guide to Brighton events and the excellent student nightlife the city offers, consisting of student-friendly bars and places to eat, as well as places to catch live music and club events, an FAQ section to answer some of those niggling questions you might have about your new home, and more on Freshers Week.

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Best areas for student nightlife in Brighton

City Centre

The city centre is jam-packed with places to go when looking for a Brighton student night. The huge range of pubs, bars, classy cocktail joints, and restaurants, are located here alongside an array of nightclubs to dance the night away. It's a great place for all your late-night escapades after a deadline and has something for everyone. 

Elm Grove

Found in one of the main student hubs of the city, Elm Grove is the place to go for a booze when you really can't be arsed venturing far from home. With a bunch of cool pubs, bars and restaurants lining the main drag of the same name, there's always something going on. Plus, with easy access to the city centre, you can easily get in if the night takes a turn.

North Laines

The vibrant cultural hub of the city, full of independent shops, bars and restaurants, no visit to the city is complete without venturing through its bustling streets. The vibe screams student and with creativity around every corner, you'll quickly fall in love.


Stretching along the city’s gorgeous seafront,  Kemptown is famous for its bohemian feel and thriving LGBT+ scene, so it’s absolutely perfect for anyone who is a part of the scene, or who loves the culture. With so many bars, clubs and restaurants dotted around the area, it's a great place to spend a night with your newfound pals, and stay up until the early hours.

Student Bars

The White Rabbit


Epitomising the quirky funk of the North Laines, The White Rabbit has been around for ages and has become a firm student favourite. Oozing eccentricity with its unique decoration and intimate indoor space, the bar also has an awesome beer garden with a mural of… you guessed it a white rabbit. There is also a primary focus on entertainment here, with themed parties to live music, no night will ever be the same.


This place is a year-round student delight for all the right reasons. With cheap drinks including £2 student card deals and 99p tequilas (on Tuesdays and Wednesdays), it's a place where you can stretch the loan and have great fun. Plus, with its extensive beer garden, you’ll never be without a spot to drink and laugh the night away with your friends. The food is pretty amazing too!

Twisted Lemon

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If you and your uni pals are after some cocktails then you should look no further than Twisted Lemon. This relaxing bar is a student favourite for a pretty good reason, it offers the cheapest cocktails in the whole city (well cheapest good cocktails, we're looking at you spoons). With a happy hour that runs from 12-9 PM Sunday to Friday, you won't have to part with more than a fiver to gulp down some of their crafty cocktails, a perfect place for a celebration, or if you're just getting a bit tired of the ale.

Worlds End

Have you ever wanted to go to a bar that not only provides an incredible range of craft beers and cheap scran, but also arcade games, board games, and escape rooms? Well, then the World's End is THE place for you. Offering up all of this alongside some banging student deals and a friendly inclusive atmosphere, you can't go wrong with a night here.


Brighton Student Clubs


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This huge staple of the Brighton clubbing scene has been around for ages (although it did recently go through a rebrand from its previous name The Vault), giving students in the city a place to boogie the night away week round. Plus with its iconic students nights such as Fat Poppadaddys on Mondays and Secret Discotheque on Thursdays, you’re bound to spend many a lecture with a headache given to you by this place.

The Arch

Serving up the best in underground electronic music since 2015, The Arch is the go-to for anyone enamoured by booming bass and blinding lights. A firm favourite with students looking for a boogie, the club also serves up two of the best midweek student nights on offer, with CU Next Tuesday and Friday I'm in Love (you can guess what days they are on.) 


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One of the city’s biggest and busiest gay bars, Revenge is a staple of Brighton student nightlife. Built on inclusivity and unrivalled good vibes, it's renowned as the ultimate party destination where you can go nuts on the dancefloor and feel safe from start to finish. Plus, with FOMO on Thursdays and Camp Out! on Fridays, they cater to the student population massively. So come and have a worry-free boogie across its three floors when you move here, it's so much fun.


A self-proclaimed haven for music and mayhem, Brighton seafronts coalition is a must-visit for any student in the city. Found under the arches of an old viaduct on the beachfront, its dark, open brick, and oozes edginess and intrigue. Not only does it serve up some of the city's best underground nights, but with Trash Mondays and Coco Loco on Wednesdays, it provides some of the best cheap Brighton student nights too. 


Fresher’s FAQs

When does Freshers Week Take Place in Brighton?

Freshers Week 2022 in Brighton is set to run from Sunday 11th September to Sunday 18th September.

Do I need to provide ID at events?

Yes, as a requirement of law all bars, pubs, clubs and venues will require some form of a valid ID that proves you are at least 18 years of age. Accepted forms of ID include a driver’s license or passport.


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