Brighton & Hove is considered to be one of the best cities in the UK to live. Below are some suggestions of how you can make the most of your experience living here and enjoying all that it has to offer!
Cycling is very popular, and the city has a number of new and second hand bike shops. You can print a map of the cycle lanes throughout the city here. (this is link to council cycling page, the actual map PDF is in the drive under moving in section if that's better to link to). If you're a Sussex student you can hire bikes with the Student's Union Re:Cycle co-operative, and Brighton University students can receive free repair kits, get help with bike repairs and lots more here.
Do you like to swim? We of course have one very large (albeit chilly) option for you to swim in on calm days..! But for those wanting something less pebbley, the city's leisure centres and available sports facilities can be found here and here.
Food & Drink
The warmer climate in Sussex generates lots of fantastic local produce and wines. If you're interested in receiving regular local food there are a number of 'Veg Box' schemes, such are Ashurst Organics, and Barcombe Nurseries. Students can also receive a Veg Box from the campus based Sussex Shoots Co-Op for Sussex University students, or the Brighton Food Co-op for Brighton University students. Award winning wines and vineyards nearby are Ridgeview and Court Garden, both just a few miles north of the city. There is a huge selection of local and UK ciders also available at nearby Middle Farm.
Community & Volunteering
There are so many ways to get involved and feel part of the community, with a number of volunteering opportunities, decision making and community groups to get involved with. Volunteering takes on many forms and there is a huge variety of opportunities across Brighton & Hove to get involved in. The following organisations provide information about volunteering opportunities, local charities and tips to make the most of volunteering.
Other than volunteering, there are lots of other opportunities to get involved, all across Brighton and Hove. If you are interested in getting involved in making your neighbourhood a safer, more welcoming, better place to live or would like to become a member of one of the citywide community groups or forums, have a look at the opportunities in your area here.
Do you know your neighbour? Know My Neighbour is a simple initiative to encourage neighbourliness through sharing creative ideas of friendly activities to get know those that live closest to us. Together we can reduce social isolation in our city – what small part can you play?
If everyone knew who lived to their left and right (or above and below in flats) then as a city we could ensure that everyone in the city is known and connected to the great services and activities that happen in Brighton and Hove.
Find out lots of tips and ideas for getting to know your neighbour here!