Moving To Brighton – relocation overview

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Brighton is located on the South coast of England in the county of East Sussex. The county is located in the South East of the UK. The climate is temperate with mild winters and mild summers

Infrastructure / Job Prospects

If you are moving to Brighton, the city’s economy will be of interest, and if you are moving for work, the local job market will also be important to you. Please read on and find out more about the city.

Brighton is well known as a bohemian city and this has led to the growth of several creative industries, most notably the media and new media industry, marketing and the visual arts. Many famous graphic design and advertising companies are based in Brighton and Hove, as are several well known artists.

Brighton has always been a popular tourist destination, and the tourist industry remains important to its economy. Around 8 million people visit the city every year, generating ?380 million for the local economy. The city has a number of attractive features for UK tourists and international tourists alike. Brighton is only around 50 minutes by train from London Victoria, and is a vibrant sea front resort with good beaches, public attractions and shopping destinations.

The city’s beach front stretches along the coast and includes some of the most well known attractions. The best known attraction of old is probably the Brighton Pier, which contains a fun fair and allows tourists to get cover from the wind or rain on cooler days. The second is Brighton Marina. The site is relatively new, having been built in the 1970s, and it is currently undergoing extensive development. The properties surrounding the marina are being transformed into a retail, leisure and recreational buildings offering spectacular ocean and marina views.

The city is home to a thriving community of independent retailers as well as large retail and leisure areas. The Lanes, a narrow cobblestoned collection of streets with many individual businesses including fashion, jewellery and antiques is the heart of the independent retail center, with the North Laines area, a group of roads which stretch from The Lanes at the South to the North of central Brighton, having a further collection of even more bohemian and independent businesses, including restaurants, cafes and a theatre. Mainstream shopping areas are available at Churchill Square near the seafront, and on other busier roads enclosing the centre.

American Express used to have their UK headquarters in the city. Although they have since moved their headquarters to London, their existing site is still in use and they are one of the cities largest employers with around 3000 employees.

Living cost and Taxes

There are no specific local taxes other than the standard council tax which you will pay if you own or rent a property in the city. If you are resident in the UK for tax purposes you will be subject to UK income tax and various other taxes. UK income tax varies depending on income and ranges from 10% to 40%.


Brighton is connected to London by high speed train to London Victoria within around 50 minutes. Transport within Brighton is easy due to the local bus network which runs between many central and outer areas of the city. The city is also due to get a Rapid Transit System serving the Marina and other important central areas including the Clock Tower, Preston Park and the railway station.

The city is also home to the world’s oldest electric railway, Volks Electric Railway which runs along the seafront from near to Brighton Pier towards the East to the Brighton Marina.


The local Brighton Marina is the largest marina in the UK, and offers facilities for visiting yachts and the ability to hire a boat on site and a number of retail and leisure facilites including a bowling alley, cinema, hotel and around 20 cafes, bars and restaurants.

Major airports

Brighton has several airports within easy reach. The largest airport near to the city is London Gatwick Airport (LGW) which is around 25 miles from Brighton. It is the second busiest airport in the UK after London Heathrow Airport and one of the top 10 airports in the world for International traffic serving around 34 million passengers per year. The airport offers a large number of international routes to Europe, the US, the Middle East and Asia. Major cities include Amsterdam, Paris, New York, Toronto, Dubai, Hong Kong, St. Petersburg and Johannesburg.

Population Density

Brighton and Hove together form a single city, although they are distinct areas. The part of the city that is Brighton has a population of around 155,000, but the larger area has a population of around 480,000.

Brighton Facts

Brighton has an entry in the Domesday Book dating it to at least 1086. By the 18th century it was a popular resort during the Regency period, which has left a legacy of properties in the Regency style throughout the city. The city’s restored Malborough House is open as a museum and venue and a classic example of Regency architecture.

Brighton is home to the Annual Brighton Festival each May. The parade of performers and displays along the Beach Front alone is worth a visit to the city. It is the largest arts festival in England, and the festival’s Fringe called simply Brighton Festival Fringe is one of the largest in the world.

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