ICTheatre is situated in the heart of Brighton, within close proximity to many of the city’s hidden gems. From hang-out spots to secret theatres, there’s so much to discover! With the University of Sussex and the British and Irish Modern Music Institute (BIMM) also situated within the city, the streets are always bustling with the essence of student life. Here’s our top reasons why Brighton is definitely the place to be for students…
Considered ‘London on the sea’ by many, Brighton is an up-and-coming city full of new opportunities for students. There are a whole host of local student agencies here to help find you a part-time or weekend job that fits around your course schedule, or you can even get ahead of the game and secure yourself some work experience.
Brighton’s North Laines are renowned for their unique array of independent shops and venues (over 400 of them!) – from vintage shops and markets, to trinket stalls and independent labels. See a show at Komedia, or discover the best sandwich in town at one of the many cafés. Hours can be spent here just window shopping and soaking up the relaxed atmosphere.
Brighton is a hub for the Performing Arts, with a large selection of theatres for any kind of production, big or small. The Theatre Royal and the Brighton Dome are regular hosts to touring West End productions, or you can watch a local production at one of the many hidden theatres, such as The Marlborough.
Brighton’s beach speaks for itself as the town’s most exciting hotspot – there’s always something going on along the seafront. From street artists to live music, hang out at one of the many bars or dare yourself to ride The Booster on Brighton Pier.
Whether you’re strapped for cash, need somewhere to clear your head, practise your lines, or study outside, there are plenty of beautiful places to hang out for free in Brighton. The famous Royal Pavilion Gardens are the ideal spot for a singalong, or you can read a book under a tree at Preston Park (a five minute walk from the ICTheatre studios) or bathe in the sun down at The Level.
Brighton is host to many popular festivals. Brighton Fringe is the UK’s largest arts festival that takes place every May, with over 900 shows from an assortment of different art forms, and is a great place to spend the May bank holidays. At ICTheatre, you’ll have many opportunities to put on your own performances and take part in Brighton Fringe! There’s also The Great Escape – the festival for new music, which showcases over 300 emerging artists at venues across the city. As the UK’s capital city for the LGBT community, Brighton is always proud when Pride comes around and it always gets a great reaction: “Brighton Pride Festival has proved itself to be the UK’s biggest, boldest and best Pride event with community fundraising at it’s heart.”
Bars, pubs, clubs
There are almost too many places to choose from if you’re looking for a night out in Brighton. If a dance is what you’re after, there’s a whole strip of clubs along the seafront. Watch live music and local bands at one of the many venues spread across the city. Of course, there’s Brighton’s famous LGBT scene, where everyone and anyone loves to go.
Proximity to London
From any of Brighton’s main train stations, you can get a direct train to central London. A student fare will cost you between £10-20; perfect for those looking to commute down to ICTheatre from London, as well as those just visiting for a day trip! The ICTheatre studios are only a five minute walk from both Brighton and Preston Park stations.