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A student’s guide to a budget-friendly day out in Brighton

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Angelica, English Literature and Creative Writing BA (Hons)

Hello everyone! My name is Angelica, and I’m here to share with you some ideas for a fun day out in Brighton on a budget. Continue reading for a full day of activities for under £10!

Explore Brighton for free

Being on a student budget can be challenging, but there’s plenty of fun things you can do in Brighton for free. Start your day with a walk along the seafront and visit some of the independent shops and galleries under the arches to the right of the pier. You could also visit the Fishing Museum for an interesting insight into Brighton history.

Brighton Palace Pier on a budget

Visiting Brighton Palace Pier is always fun, but it can become quite expensive. Stick to playing on the 2p slot machines inside the casino. See how long you can make your 2p’s last, and potentially win a cute keyring to put on your uni bag or house keys!

Pack your own picnic

Food can often be the biggest expense when you’re out, but my top tip is to plan ahead and bring your own. That way, you can make use of what you have in the house or budget when you go for your weekly shop, making it much cheaper. I recommend having a picnic in the Pavilion Gardens, it’s so beautiful there!

Window shop the North Laine

Who says you have to buy anything to have fun?  Mooching around the North Laines is one of my favourite things to do, and even if you don’t buy anything, it can still be a lot of fun! There are so many great independent and vintage stores like Snoopers Paradise – I could spend hours in there.

Find a sweet treat at one of the North Laine bakeries

After all that walking, treat yourself at one of the amazing bakeries you’ll find in the North Laine. Cloud 9 is my favourite, and they do incredible cupcakes for £2.75.

cakes cloud 9 bakery

London Road charms

If you fancy looking around a few more shops and are willing to walk a bit further, go to London Road – it has so many great charity shops. Make sure to visit the Open Market too for more quirky stalls. You’ll find a stall selling Masala Chai, which is the best hot drink I’ve ever had, and it’s only £2.50!

Making sure you enjoy your life as a student outside of uni is really important, and I hope these budget-friendly ideas inspire you to plan your next day out!

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Word from the uni

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Angelica Blake-Lawson • 22nd January 2024

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