Earlier this week we brought you 14 things you’ll only know if you’re a University of Sussex student and now we’re back with Brighton edition, with a little help from my University of Brighton pals.
1. The Big Lemon
The envy of all Sussex students is Brighton’s crown jewel, The Big Lemon. Offering free bus journeys to Brighton students, The Big Lemon has been many a student’s saviour over the years. Despite its infrequency, you can’t deny we would all appreciate a free bus to and from town. Another positive is that you can spot it from a mile away, so there’s no chance of missing it…
2. Where Art Thou Halls?
Being a city university, Brighton is severely lacking in halls. When seeing the university buildings sprawled across town, you may wonder, where are all these poor students staying? Well, one of the answers is Varley Park, located in the lonesome district of Coldean (thank god for the Big Lemon eh?). Unlike Sussex, Brighton has no cheap as chips East Slope equivalent, so you’ll have to hope you get a place in campus accommodation or fend for yourself in the big city…
3. Getting Excited To Live In Brighton Then Realising Your Campus Is Actually In Eastbourne
Applying to the University of Brighton you may think the location is clear (it is in the name after all)… Well unfortunately not, as the university also has campuses in Eastbourne and Hastings. Imagine thinking you were coming to study in the gay capital of the UK with bars, clubs and a lovely beach and ending up instead, in the elderly capital of the UK.
4. Having No Chance Of Getting To Know Everyone In Your Year
With campuses all over Brighton (AND Hastings & Eastbourne) the chances of getting to know everyone in your year are slim to none. Having your friends from home ask if you know Sophie something or other because “she’s actually in your year at Brighton” is getting a liiiittle tiresome…
5. Getting To Know The City In The Daytime (Not Just On Nights Out)
With most Brighton students having to live in town (due to that oh so inconvenient aforementioned lack of accommodation), walking to lectures means getting to know the town unlike Sussex students. Whilst Sussex students were sailing into town every night on the 25, Brighton students were seasoned professionals within their first term. So if you ever want to know where’s hot and where’s not, find yourself a Brighton student!
6. The Unmatched Rivalry With Sussex Students
Late night bus journeys back to Varley (when the Big Lemon isn’t running *single tear*) wouldn’t be complete without hearing Sussex students chant drunkenly about how their uni is “like so much better”. The Sussex vs Brighton rivalry is a tale as old as time, but apparently it’s not gotten boring yet… Hm who’s betting that they’re just jealous their uni doesn’t care enough to give them a Big Lemon?
7. Knowing Which Brighton Students Study Arts & Which Do Business Purely Based On Their Clothing
On stepping onto the Grand Parade campus, if you weren’t already, you’d be very aware that the students there were studying either photography, philosophy or politics. The white people with dreadlocks, the brightly coloured hair, the unnecessarily low harem pants all point to “creative types”. Venture a little further to the Moulsecoomb campus and you’ll find tracksuits, huaraches and fades for days. All signs point to boys venturing into the world of business hoping to become the next Alan Sugar…