Congratulations on making it to Brighton! We hope you'll enjoy it here - we've put together a few summaries below to try to help with the settling in process and give you a place to start.
So, you're now the proud owner of a room, which might be tiny, or it might have a balcony and an en-suite, depending on luck, location, or how speedily your returned your housing application! More often than not, it may not exactly be a 5-star hotel room.
No problem! One of the most exciting things about this is going out and filling it with everything you think you'll need and anything that makes it a bit more like a new home, then marvelling when you have to move at how you accumulated all of this stuff.
One thing to be aware of - a lot of halls of residence don't allow posters on walls, or sometimes Blu-Tac specifially, as it can leave marks and require repainting. If it's the marks that aren't allowed, typically doors don't have the same problem (different paint), or you can get another type of adhesive that doesn't leave a mark - you can pick these up from most WHSmiths, they usually come in a strip format. Sometimes you'll get a corkboard on your wall which you can also use as a decorating space!
The top standard places for cheap, easy funishings are IKEA and Argos - unfortunately the closest IKEA is in Croydon, so you can probably rule that one out without delivery, but there is a full sized Argos in the city centre. Brighton has a huge array of charity shops in the centre for those essential/non-essential nik-naks to put on your new shelves.
A quick list of cheap, easy additions you can make to any room and should be able to grab from WHSmith, Argos or any charity shop in town:
Uni is pretty exciting, but it can also be pretty hectic or sometimes downright scary! Hopefully you'll get into the swing of things quickly and it'll all be smooth sailing except for a couple of hangovers and work-filled nights.
For general things, such as late night, last minute shopping, laundry issues, banking or local GPs - check out our Living in Brighton pages (also on the right), or for Uni specific issues, you can follow the links to your list of Uni services below.
As a warning - you'll almost definitely get Fresher's Flu in your first couple of weeks, pretty much because everyone is bringing their own germs from all over the country and then living next door to each other. This is normal, but do feel free to visit your Uni/Campus nurse if it's really getting you down. Also, make use of the C-Card scheme, which gives out free condoms and advice to everyone under 25 so you never need to have a reason not to stay protected! There is an over 25 scheme called BrightSex available too.
Both universities also offer full access to counselling services and you can always phone the Samaritans (01273772277) if things are just getting that bit too difficult and you need someone to talk to right away.
Unfortunately, living costs in Brighton are pretty high - halls of residence cost £120-£190 per week, usually for 39 weeks and it's similar for a house share. That's already nearly £4,700 just on accommodation and the maintenance loans range from £3,821 to £8,200, though you can get a bit more depending on circumstance.
That makes it all the more important to keep an eye on your finances and find handy ways to reduce costs. There are plenty of online budget calculators you can use to check the numbers, but here are a few handy tips for reducing costs:
Many students work part time during their course, or work during the holidays, to supplement their income. Some of the big high street names will allow you to relatively easily transfer between locations so you can work from home and from uni and there are always smaller part-time jobs appearing around the city.