Hastings Campus students are disappointed with their nightlife compared to the other University campuses.
With around 800 University of Brighton students in Hastings it is no wonder we find the streets crowded with people ready to party every Thursday, but with the recent closure of West Exit what is there for students in Hastings?
Recent research shows the average University student spends 19 hours a week drinking, but with the only club in town now closed, Hastings students are relying on bars such as Brass Monkey and Yates’s for their party venues.
Local student Darcey stated, “In terms of places to go there is very little choice,” she continued, “but if all your friends are there it doesn’t really matter.”
Students are relying on a ‘make-do’ attitude to keep their spirits high on student night but some say it’s not enough, “It’s ridiculous that we only have two small venues to choose from,” Sylvia, a first year student complained, “friends at other universities have Student Union bars and local clubs holding student nights.”
With Thursdays designated as student night and such a small campus to accommodate you would expect to see local bars filled with students and cheap drinks on offer. Instead we find students and locals sharing the same drink’s deals and small dance floors.
But it’s not just the student night they are disappointed with; the weekends appear to be no better. When speaking to students Joe and Rodrigo, they attempted to remember their last Saturday night out, “I forgot there was nightlife on a Saturday” started Joe, with Rodrigo believing money is the key problem, “You have to pay an entry fee into most of the venues in Hastings and most of us don’t have enough money to pay £5 every Saturday just to listen to the same music we heard on Thursday.”
Speaking to Yates’s they believe they provide a good service to students but do not feel they should leave out locals as it is also their big night.
Brass Monkey relaunched its weekly ‘Tequila Thursday’ as a student night staple. This proved more popular with students than it did with locals however; it is currently a struggle to maintain student interest due to the repetitive nature of the night.
With so little provided for students here in Hastings it’s no wonder they feel left out of the University of Brighton experience. However, with rumours of a SU Bar on the horizon, maybe the town simply needs time to adapt to the student population.