Once the excitement of freshers is over and the reality of university work begins, finding somewhere comfortable to work with a reliable Wi-Fi signal and decent coffee is essential to meet those deadlines. It’s also pretty good to find somewhere that also has decent food so you can catch up with friends.
Brighton has developed a reputation for its coffee culture and with so many choices; it has been tough whittling it down.
Of course, there are the university libraries, and several cafés and social spaces. At Sussex, there is Room 76 and the café at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts. At Brighton, there are the Book & Bean cafés on Falmer and Moulsecoomb campus’.
For those near Lewes Road, Brewed has brilliant coffee and cakes as well as some veggie and vegan dishes. Mojo Coffee House is another good choice. You can even visit Sainsbury’s to do a food shop after tackling that essay. Big in size but often quiet, chances are you will find a table and can work in peace.
London Road is not short of coffee shops. Moe’s Coffee House is located on the corner of Clyde Road. Local artists decorate their walls with work. The small coffee house stays open till 9pm most nights and serves food and fabulous coffee. It’s perfect for studying or hanging out with friends. Plus it’s just across from the Duke of York’s cinema so if you’ve spent all day writing you can then reward yourself with the latest cinema release.
Presuming Ed has a good atmosphere, fantastic coffee and food as well as those all-important plug sockets for getting your head down and smashing those essays – although they do have a laptop free policy on some tables. They also have a garden where you can enjoy the sunshine. Alcampo Lounge stays open till 11pm each night. Spacious and with comfy chairs, along with wide tables, plug sockets and a tasty menu it’s a good place to focus on work or chill with friends and maybe play some board games.
Returning to the traditional place of study, particularly if you’re tired of your university’s library then consider Jubilee Library. Located in the heart of town on Jubilee Street, providing comfy chairs as well as being free to use, providing access to numerous books and with its own café, it’s a pretty good spot. However, it’s only available between 10am to 5pm most days. But with ample cafés/restaurants nearby you have plenty of places to head after a hard day’s work.
Located in Brighton Square in The Lanes is The Plant Room. With fabulous coffee, a tasty menu and a modern atmosphere its a good spot for working. However, with limited plug sockets you have to be quick and only being open till 6pm each night means it’s not a place to pull an all-nighter.
Marwood is many Brightonian’s favorite. It has a laptop room upstairs, stays open late, offers Wi-Fi and has a chilled atmosphere. Not forgetting the great coffee and delicious cake, or their stand out decor. Marwood is full of classic movie memorabilia and other random bits and bobs. So if you want to see a shark head, half a Virgin Mary, a ceramic hand for a door handle, then head here. Please note there are no laptops on Saturdays and 20p coins are needed to charge your laptop with the money going to charity.
How does a café in a bookstore that serves brilliant coffee and fabulous cakes sound? A win-win right? Then head to Waterstones. It’s also an easy commute for most students. However, do pick up books relevant to your course and don’t get distracted by a novel or a guidebook for planning your next holiday (located on the same floor as the café).
On Upper North Street is Nowhere Man. Popular for its laid-back atmosphere and live music – although obviously you can’t study with that happening. Ok, this place is actually on the list for its incredible pancakes. So if you need a break from studying or have just handed in an essay and want to treat yourself then this is the place to visit.
Ground in Kemptown, offers great coffee and a great workspace. There is even a separate room for those wanting something quieter. They’re part of the same team who run the ‘Ground’ located near Seven Dials whose coffee is also highly regarded and which even has some outdoor seating. Twin Pines on St. James Street in Kemptown is considered one of the best looking cafés in Brighton. Set over two floors, you can people-watch while sipping coffee and think about how to start your essay.
For ‘Hove actually’ residents, Hixon Green on Church Road or Café Rust on St George’s Street are both ideal. ‘Hixon Green’ is relatively new and rather trendy. Although pricey, it has great Wi-Fi, comfy sofas and a calm atmosphere. ‘Café Rust’ as the name might suggest has a rustic feel while also having good Wi-Fi, plus a fabulous sun terrace. With its brilliant food and drinks its somewhere you could easily spend the day working those socks off or perhaps sandals off if you’re on the sun terrace.
Situated by Queens Park is Starfish and Coffee. Named after a Prince song and having won awards for its friendly, community spirit and its brunches, as well as having brilliant coffee and reliable WiFi it seems like you can’t go wrong. They even have a hashtag to celebrate their award-winning brunch, telling their customers to #BrunchLikeABoss.
If you’re feeling adventurous and enjoy playing board games, Loading Brighton located to the left of the Palace Pier is for you. They have free WiFi, fabulous drinks and a fully vegan menu. Plus, if you need a break from working there are some terrific board games and video games.