(Original post by gemini89)
Whitehawk, Patcham, parts of Mouslecoomb (although a lot of students live there, I personally don't think it's particularly nice), Newhaven.
I live in Central Brighton and love it....popular student areas are Lewes Road, Hollingbury, Hanover, Brighton-side of Hove.
I live in a studio flat in the center of Brighton with my boyfriend and that costs £425/a month, heating included. From what else I've seen in the center, this is a bargain!! Most other decent sized studio flats (i.e. the ones you can actually move in) cost upwards of £500. One bedroom flats from £600/month, but sometimes it's hard to even find that. Avoid flats in Oriental Place (West Brighton, almost Hove) - I found lots of cheap flats advertised there but it's really not a very nice place....well known to have a few brothels and drug dealer houses there.
Cost of living - I'd say pretty much the same as the rest of the South East...so pretty expensive when you compare to the North and South West (I'm thinking of Somerset and counties like that).
There are a lot of part time job opportunities in Brighton in my opinion, cos it's an all year round tourist city. Stag/hen parties and foreign school groups during the winter, and every other type of tourist during the spring/summer/autumn. There are a lot of restaurants and cafes here, so I always see a lot of waitressing and kitchen jobs advertised. There's quite a lot of offices too, as well as shops (all kinds - high street and independent).
Lots of things to do here!! There always seems to be one festival or another happening in Brighton (White Night, Fringe Festival, main festival, Food festival etc) as well as various weekly markets, beautiful countryside all around (and easy access to it), lots of nightlife (big variety), and of course the beach/pier on any sunny day.
Nearest airport is Gatwick, 30 mins on the train. There's something like 4/5/6 trains an hour to London (depends on the time of day) and most stop there.
The bus service is great! There's pretty much just one company, so you can get a day pass/weekly/monthly/yearly pass with them (Brighton and Hove) and go pretty far, as far North-East to Tunbridge Wells in Kent and to Eastbourne in the East....£3.70 for a day ticket as far east to Seaford, and then £5 all the way to Eastbourne for example.
There's also the Lemon Bus which runs to the Universities from Brighton.
Train network is great - fastest trains to London take 50 minutes, can get direct trains to Southampton (1hr 50), Seaford (40 mins), Ashford International (maybe 2 hours?) and Cardiff (no idea).