Brighton Accommodation Guide

Brighton is the ultimate cosmopolitan city for a student filmmaker. With breath-taking locations on your door step such as the beach and the South Downs countryside and a range of vibrant nightlife hot spots, Brighton is one of the most colourful and creative cities to live in the UK.

There are several accommodation options you can choose from during your time at Screen and Film School Brighton ranging from privately renting with other film school students or halls of residence Screen and Film School have exclusive access to. 

Plus, our friendly Admissions Team are here should you need any further accommodation advice, so don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

We can’t wait for you to start this next exciting chapter. See you in Brighton!

Some of our students share privately rented houses throughout their time with Screen and Film School Brighton to fully immerse themselves in the film school experience. Our friendly Admissions team will help you find the right housemates and advise you on trusted landlord and estate agents you can rent from.

Halls of residence can be expensive and this is a cost-effective way of living in the centre of Brighton, getting to know your fellow classmates and plunging into the world of studying filmmaking. We have partnered with two local estate agents who attend our Applicant Days and have access to our private new students Facebook group to support you every step of the way and give you exclusive access to their student properties:

Harringtons Lettings

Eightfold Property

Finding housemates

Facebook is a good way to link up with people who are already at Screen and Film School Brighton or who are starting at the same time as you. The admissions team set up a private new starter Facebook group each year in order to support you finding housemates. Using this facility is a great way to post information about yourself, the type of housing you are looking for and any rooms that you or others may know of, which are available for rent.

It’s the perfect place for students to acquaint themselves with their fellow course friends and find appropriate housemates. Look for group names such as “SFS Brighton students 2021”.

Screen and Film School Brighton has a number of partnerships with local private Halls of Residences. There are a number of benefits to living in Halls including strong communities, lots of room choices, 24-hour security and all-inclusive rent.

Here are a selection of Halls of Residence we work with:

Alumno, Lewes Road

Brand new for 2022, film-themed building housing 60 rooms exclusively for Screen and Film School Brighton. It will feature a roof terrace and a green roof as well as a games, cinema and gym room, a study room and a laundry. Stay tuned for further updates!

Scape, Moulsecoomb

This brand new property offers the perfect Brighton university accommodation, with a range of room types including En Suites, Studios and Two Bedroom Apartments. Students living at Scape Brighton will have access to their great communal spaces including the gym, cinema room, library, craft rooms and not forgetting the beach huts. SFS Brighton students will get a £5 per week discount. 20-minute walk to the centre of Brighton.


Abacus House, London Road

Abacus House is a development of shared-student accommodation and studio flats centrally located on bustling London Road, Brighton – just a 2 minutes walk from Screen and Film School Production House. The halls of residence are predominantly booked out by Sussex University which makes for an enriched experience for our students hoping to meet and live with people from a wide range of backgrounds.

Abacus House

Falmer Cottages

A new student housing development just a short bus journey from the Film School’s London Road building and with immediate local and national train connections right on your doorstep. Falmer Cottages is also just a short walk from the American Express Community Football stadium, home to Brighton and Hove Albion FC since 2011.

Please note that Halls of Residences are managed independently by the companies and not Screen and Film School. It is your responsibility to manage your accommodation whilst a student at the film school and all contracts signed, agreed and adhered to are between you and the student housing company. This represents one option for your accommodation whilst you study with us but we would also advise that you investigate the private rental market which is buoyant in the local area and decide which is the best option for you. 

  • We recommend viewing a property at least twice. You’ll be more likely to notice problems the second time around
  • Take someone with you or let someone else know exactly where you are when you visit a property, just to err on the side of caution
  • It’s also a good idea to visit the area at night. If you do this, please ensure you stick to the point above and take someone with you
  • Make sure you and all your other housemates view the property. Don’t take someone else’s word that the property is right for you
  • Compare a range of different landlords and properties
  • Take your time and don’t let landlords pressure you – there is a surplus of good properties in the area and you will find somewhere you like
  • When you go to view, take notes and photos and use our checklist to make sure you don’t miss anything.
  • Get informed – knowing your rights will help you view properties more critically and put you in a stronger negotiating position

"Brighton is a smaller town with a big city vibe. It’s very open minded, tolerant and the creative scene is huge! It has a special character, that you can’t really put into words but it’s the great people living here that really make the difference!"
Sammi Doherty, Admissions Advisor

Screen and Film School Central  is located at 48a Old Steine, Brighton, BN1 1NH and the other two sites are located on/near London Road, Brighton. You will have the majority of your lessons in this area.

Brighton is a relatively small city and there is an abundance of student accommodation within a fairly short distance of the film school. We expect students to live within a reasonable distance: please take into consideration the cost of travelling and the time it takes to get to the film school sites from where you choose to live.


The following areas in particular are a good place to look for shared student accommodation:

  • Brighton city centre
  • Hove
  • Kemptown
  • Hanover
  • Moulsecoomb

Brighton is well connected through public transport services; frequent buses that run all through the night, rail and cycle lanes make it easy to get around.

Please note there are no parking facilities available at Screen and Film School Brighton.

Any questions?

For any questions regarding student accommodation or if you’d like more information on how to apply to Screen and Film School, please contact our Admissions Team on 01273 602070 or email [email protected].


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