Need Help Picking a destination in England

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1. Posted by vanasme (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I was just wondering if I could get some opinions on destinations in England. I'm doing a Study Abroad next year and I've narrowed the Country down to England. The three options that I have are either Brighton, Bristol, and Reading. I just turned twenty so I'm looking for a great nightlife to enjoy and a city with a great music scene. Like someone mentioned in an early post, I also love indie rock music and if any of my three options have a good music scene then I will definately end up there! Overall, I'm just looking for a fun city to do my Study Abroad in.

I would really appreciate any help! Thanks!

2. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You seem to have come out of that quite well, because all 3 are decent options and good places to be a student.

Brighton is on the south Coast an hour from London on fast train and is a fairly affluent area, but with a large party scene. It is also the UKs gay capital. Accom etc won't be cheap. Lots of trains to London and along teh coast, trickier to get elsewhere in the country, although Gatwick airport is easy.

Reading is about 30mins West of London, has a couple of really good music venues and is very accessible to Heathrow and much of the rest of the country. Again not the cheapest, but cheaper than Brighton. Has the Reading music festival every summer.

Bristol is a couple of hours further from Reading and is an old industrial/port city which is in the middle of a large revamp and coming up very quickly. Has its own airport with a reasonable spread of cheap flights, hourly buses to Heathrow, frequent - although not as much as the other two - trains to London and Birmingham, Sth Wales, Bath, Sth West etc. Cheapest of the 3 to live/drink in. I'd say that it has the best alternative music scene, although probably Reading is stronger for Indie Rock. Bristol is the biggest city of the 3.

[ Edit: Edited on Jan 13, 2007, at 10:21 AM by Gelli ]

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

See also this recent thread with me extolling the virtues of Brighton.

All 3 options you've suggested have decent enough music scenes, so no worries on that front.

My order of preference would be:

1) Brighton, loads going on, fun, safe, seaside, close to London for weekend escapes.
2) Bristol, loads going on, fun, a little bit edgy compared to Brighton but feels more like a 'proper city', close to Wales and to the West Country for weekend escapes.
3) Reading - personally wouldn't be picking this one, not as fun as Bristol or Brighton.

4. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I will pick Brighton as it´s a beautiful city, close enough to London by train if you want to go for the week end. If you are lucky enough to have a nice weather you can go to the beach. Plenty of nice pub and good nightlife.

Have a great time. Flo

5. Posted by vanasme (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks for all of the great help! I love getting first hand accounts instead of the stuff that you just read about in Study Abroad books.

6. Posted by bwiiian (Travel Guru 769 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Vanasme,
looking at what you want out of a city I would have to recommend Liverpool. It has a great night life, the best music scene in the country and full of students and very cheap bars, eg Lago's which is full of young people and it is £1.40 for a pint of Grolsch!!!! You cant beat that. Also you only have to look at the bands in Liverpool to see what great music comes from here, The Zutons, The Coral, The Dead 60s (all of whom still live here and who you will regularly see drinking in the local bars) not to mention stuff like The Beatles.
I came here 13 years ago to study and I never left.

But if you are really only thinkin about Bristol, Brighton and Reading (why?), then I would definately recommend Brighton.

By the way, check out these bands from Liverpool

7. Posted by vanasme (Budding Member 3 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I WISH that Liverpool was one of my options! My only options, however, are Brighton, Bristol, and Reading because they are run through the USAC program that my University follows. If I wanted to go anywhere else, the classes I take would only be able to count for general elective credits, and not for my major or minor. In addition, it is A LOT more expensive if I don't use the USAC program that my school has set up for students traveling abroad. I really appreciate all of the help and I will definately have to visit Liverpool.

P.S. I LOVE the bands you recommended!