If you’re thinking of moving to Brighton, then I’d recommend having a read of my guide. In 2017, it will be 10 years since I moved to Brighton, albeit with a fair few adventures abroad. My costs have drastically changed, from when I was a student, scrimping by on absolute pennies, to working as a Search and Paid Media Manager, where I can finally afford a few of the nicer things in life. I will therefore write about the costs from all ends of the spectrum, so you can adjust the costs to your personal position.
This all depends on where exactly you want to live in Brighton and Hove. I personally live in Hove, as you are dead close to the centre of town, however it is a bit calmer and relaxed. I pay £530 per month in rent, which isn’t far off London prices, while I’m actually paying more than my sister is in Kingston. Having said that, I have an enormous room and I’m living in a 2 person flat.
This is what it really comes down to, how many people will you be sharing with. If you’re willing to share with four or more people, you can significantly drop your costs, however I couldn’t go back to living in a packed house in a box room. I was paying about £380 per month back when I lived in a house of 6 people, but now I couldn’t face that much mess and chaos.
So Hove is a great place for luxury, while Hannover is also worth mentioning, as the area is really nice. I am slightly adverse to this area however as the houses tend to be really small, the parking is insane and you will undoubtedly be living on a hill, meaning an unbearable walk from the supermarket.
If you’re looking for a bargain, I would loosely recommend Moulsecoomb. I say loosely as the money you save will be spent on getting buses or Uber’s into town, or for a lower quality of life. I’m not a fan of the area, but it is great if you’re studying at Brighton University as you will be based right alongside a couple of the buildings (depending on what course you are studying).
The rent can vary quite significantly, so as a final sum, I’m going to average out at £500 per month
In our two bed flat, we are currently paying £122 per month. I’ve no idea how this compares to other people in Brighton, but it has always been around £60 where ever I’ve been, so I’ll rest on that figure.
Monthly cost per person is £60
Electricity & Gas
If you get the opportunity to include this in your rent, I would definitely go for it, as the prices seem to be constantly going up. You can also save money by checking your meter and correcting the amount used, therefore the price I’m detailing below is just the billed amount, rather than what you SHOULD be paying. Our most recent bill was £120 for the month, so £60 each, however if you have four people in the house or more, you could be paying less.
Monthly cost per person is £60
If you’re based in central Brighton or Hove, you may struggle to get Virgin Media, something which seems absolutely bizarre in modern times. But quite remarkably I haven’t been able to get Virgin in my last 3 houses! I have used a few, with BT being absolutely useless at times and constantly cutting out. The best I have experienced so far is Sky, with almost perfect response and no down time. The overall amount you pay will depend if you want a houseline or not, as well as any other packages chucked in, but if you just want the internet on a decent level, expect to pay around £20 per month. The figure below therefore needs to be broken up per person.
Monthly cost is £20 overall
Expect to spend around £20 each per month, however this can vary drastically. I have no idea how they work out the costs, but the bills can sometimes be extortionate, where Southern Water once tried charging us the equivalent of £400 per month. We called up and tried working out the issue and the cost was dropped, as there was no way this was accurate. I now think the £20 each is going to be luring us into a false sense of security, so maybe expect to pay a bit more than this.
At time of writing, Uber hasn’t entered the Brighton market, however it is only a matter of time. Your transportation costs all depend on where you live, but one of the huge benefits to living around this city is the short distance to anything you need. I’m a 10 minute walk to the centre of town and all the bars. I’m also a 2 minute walk away from a supermarket, plus 10 minutes from my gym, therefore I really don’t have any travel costs. If you live in Moulsecoomb, you might want to buy the weekly bus passes. I’m not sure how much they cost, but you can get a HUGE discount if buying them from the University shop. This is a good trick even if you aren’t a student, just to get the deal.
Brighton station is the end stop, meaning you can normally get a good seat on most morning journey’s, while you can also take the train straight to London, however for most other further locations you will probably have to go to London first and then change.
Costs depend on where you live, but can be zero
The cinema in Brighton costs around £8 for entry, however you can get discount if a student or child. The main cinema is Odeon, which is the same building that holds Pryzm. There is also the big Cineworld at the Marina, however I’d recommend trying the Dukes Komedia cinema, which has sofa’s at the back!
The average cost of a pint in Brighton now seems to be around £4 at most pubs. If you go to a decent pub, they will often vary between £3-5. On the other hand, if you are after a bargain, I’d recommend trying PavTav, Yates (which has half price drinks till 8pm on weekdays) or Whetherspoons.
While the cost of a cocktail is normally around £8, there are a huge amount of bars which offer BOGOF deals, such as Las Iguanas. You just want to find out beforehand whether the deal is running for the time you should be arriving.
You should never pay over £10 for club entry. In fact, you shouldn’t really be paying £10 entry anywhere, unless you turn up really late. It is all based on what time you arrive, so if you’re hoping to spend your money on drink rather than an entry fee then you might want to turn up a bit earlier. Then again, the money you saved on pre-drink will probably balance this out.
The cost varies drastically depending on whether you’re eating out in the evening/weekend or whether its a midweek lunch. Almost all restaurants in Brighton seem to have some kind of offer on at lunch time during the week, which is something I love and I’m becoming slightly addicted to. On the weekends, I normally pay around £13 for food (plus whatever I spend on drinks), however during the week I’d normally eat out at £5-8. If you’re after a bargain meal, try SukhoThai, which offers a starter and main course for £5. You might think it must be a nasty place, but it’s not actually bad, all my old work colleagues were hooked to this place.
If you’re looking for somewhere amazing to eat, give the Office pub a try, they make a mean red Thai curry. This has become a birthday tradition for me and my family.