Less than 50 miles south of London, this is the perfect getaway for backpackers exploring England and beyond.
It’s a destination for travellers with liberal values and forward thinking attitudes. Oh and those that love a quintessential English pub.
Our handpicked hostels offer social vibes and wonderful locations that will have you on the beach in minutes.
- Hostel YHA Brighton – great for female and solo travellers
- Seadragon Backpackers – top pick for couples
- Baggies Backpackers – perfect for backpackers
This guide is perfect for YOU, when …
- tired of bad and crappy hostels
- want to avoid the “young party kids”
- happy to spend 1-2€ for a better experience
Whilst you’re at it, have a look at our collection of the 3 best hostels in London.
What we cover in this article?
- 3 best hostels in detail
- cheapest hostels in Brighton
- best hostels in Brighton for solo travellers
- fun party hostels in Brighton
- discounts and promo codes
- How to book?
- all hostel and sights on a map
Quick Introduction to Brighton
Average price for a bed: Hostels in Brighton cost 18€ – 23€ per night for a bed in a dorm. A private room starts from 34€ up to 95€ per night. This is a rough average just to give you an idea.
Check-In and Check Out: The average check-in time is from 15:00 (3pm), while the Check Out time is before 11:00 (11am). Hostels usually offer luggage storage in case you arrive earlier or leave later. Make sure you check if luggage storage is free or if there is an extra cost.
Fun fact: Unofficially titled the ‘gay capital’ of the UK, there has been an active LGBT community dating back to the early 19th century.
New to Hostels? Read our full hostel starter guide here. We especially recommend to read:
- how to book hostels (and websites to use)
- 23 items for the hostel packing list
- Are hostels safe? 13 safety tips for hostels
The 3 Best Hostels in Brighton
Let’s jump right into the boutique hostels in Brighton.
We put all three accommodation on the map, you will find the map at the end of the article.
1. Hostel YHA Brighton
Britain is well known for YHA hostels, and Hostel YHA Brighton is a superb example of what they stand for.
Spread over 3 floors, the #1 hostel in town has 180 beds spread over 51 rooms.
There’s no chance of NOT meeting new people, we dare say!
What’s nice is that the shared dorms and private rooms are on different floors. So if you’re keen for a double or twin private; you can enjoy added peace.
En-suite female only dorms are available for the female solo travellers out there.
This grand hostel building has a whole lot more on offer, such as:
- Cafe and bar
- Self-catering kitchen
- Bike storage
- Breakfast available (small charge)
Wi-fi is free and can be enjoyed throughout the property. Always appreciated!
Reception is open 24 hours a day, and room access is by a key card for added security.
Be aware: groups larger than 16 are not accepted.
Location: On the doorstep of all Brighton attractions, a mere stroll to Brighton Pier and Lanes shopping area.
This is one of the best hostels in Brighton for
- Solo travellers
- Female solo travellers
2. Seadragon Backpackers
To balance things out, we found a much smaller hostel with just six rooms. Say hello to quirky Seadragon Backpackers.
Full of character and cute corners, this well run hostel is clean and inviting.
And guess what; it’s just 30 seconds from the beach!
The room choices look like this:
- 1x double room
- 4x 4-bed mixed dorms
- 1x twin room
Each bed is ready-made upon arrival, and free towels are available, just ask!
Forget squeaky metal bunks – these are wooden, sturdy and have a proper ladder.
In the kitchen you’ll find great space to cook, chill, socialise and enjoy a yummy free breakfast of eggs, cereals and bread.
Open all day and night for enjoyment is a cosy lounge.
There you’ll find a TV, books, games and comfy sofas. It’s an ideal spot to enjoy copious amount of (free) tea and coffee!
Location: Just a 10-minute walk to the city centre. In the surrounding area is a 24/7 supermarket, food places and awesome pubs.
This is one of the best hostels in Brighton for
3. Baggies Backpackers
Baggies Backpackers opened its doors in 1993, so by now they understand travellers and their hostel wants and needs.
This is a sociable, homely setting brought to life by a friendly community of people from around the world.
But don’t take our word for it.
Have a look at all the inclusions:
- Lounge w/ movies & books
- Playden for adults
- Well-equipped kitchen
- Free tea and coffee
- Fast, free Wi-fi
Soon enough you’ll be part of the Baggies family and won’t want to leave!
Want to hear something cool?
Baggies offers not only offer female dorms, but a male dorm, too.
The male dorm happens to be the biggest room, with a small balcony and sea view of Brighton beach. Lovely jubbly.
Mixed dorms range from 6-18 beds – the best option for budget travellers and social butterflies.
Couples can enjoy a double private which is found on the top floor. But sorry, no lift!
Location: On a peaceful street close by to train and bus stations. Moments from the beach and minutes to the best bars, cafes and popular shopping at The Lanes.
This is one of the best hostels in Brighton for
- Older travellers
What about cheapest hostels in Brighton?
Of course, there are always cheap hostels.
We think, it’s not worth it to go with the cheapest hostel out there.
The difference is usually 1-2€ ($1-2) per night, and a lot of amenities are not included. This can be breakfast or linen.
However, if you are traveling on a shoe-string budget and you wanna save every penny, there are ways to find the cheapest places in Brighton.
- Open Hostelworld with full list of budget places to stay in Brighton
- Order the listing by price
Simple as that.
Make sure you use then the other filters and rank per price.
Also keep a close eye on the ratings, especially the “extreme ratings”. Meaning, the best and worst. These ratings can give great insight on what to expect.
Best Hostels in Brighton for Solo Travellers?
What is seriously the best hostel in Brighton for solo-travellers?
Here‘s an overview:
- Best hostel for female solo travellers: Hostel YHA Brighton
- Best hostel for social solo travellers: Hostel YHA Brighton
- Best hostel for solo backpackers: Baggies Backpackers
- Best hostel for older solo travellers: Baggies Backpackers
The quick and easy answer would be to opt for Hostel YHA Brighton. It’s sheer size means meeting people is easy. Yet there is also an option for private rooms if you seek some downtime.
Party Hostels in Brighton
If you’re looking for a crazy party hostel in Brighton, you won’t find it here.
Instead, we have a fantastic option that provides a great social atmosphere which is not OTT.
It happens to be our #1 hostel, Hostel YHA Brighton.
The on-site bar is a great space for quiet drinks and new conversation. Just down the road the ‘party’ can be continued at fun bars and Brighton nightlife.
There’s no curfew to worry about, either.
How to book?
We recommend using Booking.com or Hostelworld for your reservations.
Hostelworld is the most popular website when it comes to hostel bookings.
Read: step-by-step guide on how to book with Hostelworld
On both platforms your credit card is 100% protected and the booking 100% confirmed.
We included the handy links to each of the recommended hostel. Just click on the hostel name. The link will lead you to check prices and availability.
Here is the overview:
- Hostel YHA Brighton: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Seadragon Backpackers: Booking.com | Hostelworld
- Baggies Backpackers: Booking.com | Hostelworld
We recommend booking your hostel as early as possible!
All of Brighton best hostels are popular; especially in high-season. To make sure you end up in those stylish hostels, secure your room or bed as soon as you have your travel dates fix.
Currently, we have no special hostel discounts in Brighton. I know, it’s a pity. You can subscribe to our newsletter to receive our newest hostel discounts always to your inbox.
You can find all our hostel discounts worldwide here.
All 3 Hostels put on a map + sights
Let us have a look on the map. Below we list all three best Brighton hostels on a map.
Personally, we love to plan our trips with a map having all sights and potential hostels on it. We thought this map will help you with planning your trip too.
We also included the main tourist attractions you’ve to know in this list:
- Brighton Palace Pier
- Brighton Beach
- Royal Pavilion
- British Airways i360
- The Lanes
- The Brighton Centre
- Preston Park
A few other fun things to do in Brighton include:
Flights to Brighton?
This new website has super cool features like a so-called radius search. Just draw a circle over Europe and find the cheapest rates for the area.
Here is our review of Kiwi.
Alright, this is your answer to where to stay in Brighton.
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Over to you
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Last note: Our commitment
This is a genuine article to help you travel a bit smarter and find the best place on a budget! We ONLY recommend places we know you will enjoy, no matter what.
We will never recommend you any place we haven’t evaluated or are not convinced by. We only share with you places we also recommend to our best friends and family!
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Your Smart Packing List
It is time to see what you should pack in your backpack or suitcase. Make sure you always pick a quality hostel, it totally reduces the things you need to pack. Here is our ultimate hostel packing list. It features 23 items you should really throw in your backpack.The most important things to pack are:
- eye mask
- key chain flashlight
- the right backpack, the Nomatic (our review of Nomatic here) or Lowe Alpine Lightflite 45 Pack
- packing cubes
- generic padlock (fitting all locker types)
- quick-dry travel towel
- universal power adapter
- travel-sized toiletries