The Starting Gate Cafe-Bar Closure Statement 26th March 2019

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It’s with a heavy heart that Brighton Students’ Union have had to make the really difficult decision to close The Starting Gate Bar in Eastbourne from next academic year.

This decision is purely financial, with the bar losing a significant sum of money every year. This is common in bars up and down the country, and unfortunately the Union can no longer sustain this continuous loss.

The Starting Gate will remain open until 7th June 2019, with our annual Garden Party taking place on the Wednesday 5th June. We hope to welcome as many students to this event as possible to help us say a fond farewell to our beloved venue.

We will still have a very active presence at Eastbourne, proudly providing high quality support and representation to students and celebrating the wonderful distinctiveness of the campus. This will continue to be through a variety of services including Course Representatives, Societies, Advice and Guidance, Campaigns, Sports Teams Support and the Clothing Shop. We will also be working closely with University Hospitality Services to provide facilities for dedicated social spaces and student-led events.

We would like to truly thank all our students (past and present) for all the fun and laughter you have provided in this venue.

If you have any questions about the closure or would like more information, please get in touch with us via email at


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