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Living in Brighton

Vibrant seaside town that’s equal parts edge and charm

Costs Summary

  • Cost of living £377.83
  • Housing £1,729.42
  • Transportation £79.75
  • Sport and leisure £60.68
Total £2,247.68

About Brighton

There’s more than one reason you’ve heard of Brighton. Whether you’re familiar with the Amex Stadium, or the second largest pride event in England, you should know Brighton is widely regarded as England’s hippest city.

On hot summer days, Brighton’s beaches overflow with families and friends. Across from the sandy shores are The Lanes, a hive of densely packed streets filled with independent shops and stalls. Famously the only city in the UK with a Green MP, Brighton has pledged to become carbon neutral within the next decade. Being a progressive city in all areas, many of Brighton’s restaurants, cafes and bars cater to both vegan and vegetarian consumers.

Thanks in part to its student population and fun-loving residents, the nightlife is booming. The Brighton Dome, and the city’s many basement clubs and bars, play host to a variety of international stars and talent.

Only an hour’s commute from London, Brighton is a great place to live for those looking to escape the city. Bordered by rolling green hills, with the “olde towne” areas of Lewes and Pyecombe closeby, new movers are spoilt for choice.

Most Expensive Streets

The most expensive streets in Brighton are:

  1. Wrens Warren, Hartfield TN7
  2. Dewlands Hill, Crowborough TN6
  3. Hollyhill, Hartfield TN7
  4. Folkington, Polegate BN26
  5. Western Esplanade, Brighton BN41

Quality of life

  • Salaries are higher than average
  • Rent is higher than average
  • House prices are lower than average
  • Living costs are much higher than average
  • Avg. monthly salary £2,347
  • Avg. rent £1,167
  • Pollution Low
  • Avg. house price £335,500
  • Avg. council tax £2,028
  • Internet speed 100 mbps

Demographics

Age

  • Age 19 and under 12.1%
  • Age 20 to 29 46.7%
  • Age 30 to 39 18%
  • Age 40 to 49 10%
  • Age 50 to 59 5.1%
  • Age 60+ 8.2%

Social grades

  • Upper / Middle class 24.7%
  • Lower middle class 47.1%
  • Skilled working class 9.1%
  • Working class / Pensioners 19.1%

Politics

  • Green 57%
  • Labour 23%
  • Conservative 18%
  • Brexit Party 1%
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Crime rate in Brighton

Brighton has a higher crime rate than average for a UK city. Hate crimes in Brighton are extremely rare, though drug and anti-social behaviour offences are higher than average.
  • Crime rating Very high crime
  • Crimes last 12m 6767
  • Crimes per thousand 691

The local area

Though its white brick neighbourhoods spread over several low hills, Brighton and Hove is a relatively condensed city, with everything you need right in the city centre. You can find a selection of high street favourites on London road, as well as a choice of excellent pubs. If you’re looking for a fun day out, the city’s historic quarter, The Lanes, offers a labyrinth of quirky stalls to lose yourself in.

Local Cafes and Restaurants

12 restaurants in Brighton
  1. Royal Pavilion Tea Rooms Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  2. All Bar One Pub/bar/nightclub
  3. Al Duomo Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  4. Royal Pavilion Tavern Pub/bar/nightclub
  5. Grazie Mille Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  6. Be At One Pub/bar/nightclub
  7. Social Board To Go Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  8. Old Steine Cafe Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  9. English's Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  10. Sussex Pub/bar/nightclub
  11. Bruha Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen
  12. Cafe Domenica Restaurant/Cafe/Canteen

Cost of living in Brighton

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Milk£1.03£0.78 - £1.50
Bread£0.94£0.50 - £1.60
Eggs£2.11£1.32 - £3.60
Wine£7.00£6.00 - £15.00
Beer£2.19£1.00 - £3.00
Utilities£200.40£252.19 - £559.90
Preschool cost£961£800 - £1,167

Housing costs

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Buy: 2 Bed house£386K£180K - £1M
Rent: 2 Bed house£1,360 PCM£460 - £1752
Rent HMO£652 PCM£472 - £1108

Public Transport costs

If you don’t own a skateboard, the next best way to get around the city is its excellent bus system, aptly named ‘Brighton & Hove’. Using either your bank card or ‘Brighton & Hove’s’ designated phone app, traversing the city, and much of the surrounding countryside area, is easy. Brighton Railway Station has a number of services available, including an hour-long train to London (with a stop at Gatwick Airport), and a direct train to Cambridge.
Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
One-way ticket£3£2.50 - £4.00
Monthly pass£80£65.00 - £93.91
Taxi starting tariff£3£2.80 - £3.60

Leisure

As a seaside town with an excellent beach, Brighton is the perfect place to enjoy swimming, sunbathing, and sandcastle-making in the summer months. But, you’d be mistaken for thinking this was all the city has to offer. The range of trendy gastropubs littered across the city are unlike any other, each offering a unique take on what makes the perfect burger.

Between St. Nicholas Church and Victoria Gardens is Komedia, a performing arts centre with a wicked comedy club called Krater. If that’s not enough culture for you, the Brighton Dome, an Art Deco inspired hall, hosts a variety of arts events, including the Brighton Festival in May.

Item nameAvg. pricePrice range
Fitness Club£34 pm£22.99 - £55.00
Cinema£12 pp£10.95 - £17.00
Inexpensive restaurant£15 pp£10.00 - £20.00

Moving to Brighton

Brighton is a welcoming city, known for its diversity and culture of acceptance. Thanks to its university, office spaces, and proximity to London, the city contains an eclectic mix of students, families, and young professionals.

If you’re moving or relocating to Brighton because of work you should ask your employer to help you with the relocation and finding a place to stay.

We also recommend that you inform the local council of your move at least a month in advance so you can cancel your council tax.

The cost of living in Brighton is considerably higher than the UK average. The average 2 bed house price is just under £400,000, while a 3-bedroom apartment outside the city centre will cost around £1,500 per month in rent. If you’re a family looking for a home, the Hanover area is very popular among families and students.

Moving Costs

The cost of moving to Brighton will vary depending on the day of the week, demand, and where you’re booking from, but on average you should expect to pay around £1 per mile on top of a loading and unloading fee of £800, and around £125 for dismantling and reassembling.

The following moving costs are based on a 3 bedroom family house and include loading and packing.

  • Moving from London to Brighton - £979
  • Moving from Manchester to Brighton - £1193
  • Moving from Liverpool to Brighton - £1197
  • Moving from Birmingham to Brighton - £1103
  • Moving from Sheffield to Brighton - £1155
  • Moving from Edinburgh to Brighton - £1390
  • Moving from Glasgow to Brighton - £1390
  • Moving from Cardiff to Brighton - £1117
  • Moving from Swansea to Brighton - £1153
  • Moving from Bath to Brighton - £1081
  • Moving from Bristol to Brighton - £1084
  • Moving from Leeds to Brighton - £1184

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