This is what happened to me, an applicant and now a current student at Brighton University. The story started a very long time ago when I was applying for my University choices. Brighton was my first choice and I kept with this descision all the way through the build up to exams and after too. I applied for my halls the day I got the letter and I thought that it's very likely I would get into halls. A while after my poor exam results I was offered to change my course to a different one at Brighton because my grades weren't too good. So I did this and it was getting nearer and nearer to the start of my first day at Brighton and I still hadn't heard from them about my halls. It was about 2 weeks before I started and I thought I would phone them only to find out that I wasn't in halls and they hadn't bothered to tell me!!! I then only had two weeks to find a place to live which is currently costing me a lot of money which I really can't spare. Even though I had applied for my accomodation a very long time ago I still think that it is unfair I lost my place because I changed my course. Brighton clearly hasn't got enough accomodation for all the people it accepts. The rule should be first come first served and there shouldn't be unfair list movings if the person is still going to the uni. All I'm saying is that be warned that Brighton wont ever contact you properly and they leave it up to you to tell them what they have forgotten to do. if ur applying here then make sure you phone the university if you havent heard from them in a while because they have probably forgotten to send you something!
There may be an abundance of houses available as student accommodation in Brighton, and the cost per person may not vary significantly, though all are considered expensive for what you get. At the top end of the range you can get a tidy one bedroomed flat for £450 - £500 per month (£225 - £250 each if you share) and at the bottom end you can be ripped off for about the same money and have to live in a semi derelict hovel where the landlord wants cash every month and is not prepared to improve less than adequate conditions or facilities. The accommodation office are as helpful as they can be , but with the number of students in Brighton, despite the availability of housing, these less scrupulous landlords know that they will let their properties eventually because the demand is always there. Complaints to Environmental Health may get some occasional relief but the beaurocracy that goes with it is very time consuming as well as unnecessary. The best advice is to have a mobile phone and some transport available and be at the accommodation office early when the lists are published. You are then at least some where near the front of thr queue with some chance of a choice. If you leave it too late the choice will be Hobsons' and the cosequences very disappointing.
With 2 universities and technical colleges in Brighton one might think that the town would have a shortage of student accommodation. This is far from the truth as there are many agencies that offer rental properties most of which are specialists in providing the type of housing that the typical student will require. The University itself has a decent accommodation department which will handle the needs of new and incoming students. They can also provide people with lists of available properties ranging from 1 bed to hostel sizes. My first year was spent in a privately owned house which the University took agent repsonsibility for. There were 20 people living in 7 flats within one building, a good time was had by all. The only down side to the housing in Brighton is the cost. It isn't cheap but the deals available to students nowadays should be abble to assist even the skintest of scholars.