Language students from overseas are putting themselves in a vulnerable position and causing disturbances to residents, councillors have warned.

Residents have complained that revellers are urinating in their front gardens as well as shouting and sing-ing as they walk to bus stops on Thursdays between midnight and 3am.

Councillors are concerned for the safety of students who may have only been in the city a matter of days and lack a good level of English.

They believe the problems arise when students leave specially arranged events at The View club on Hove seafront.

But venue bosses say the issue is exaggerated and they are not to blame. Sussex Police are looking to find a solution to the alleged problem, which could see buses laid-on especially to take the students back to their language schools.

Westbourne councillor Graham Cox, pictured, said he and his colleague Denise Cobb had received “many complaints” about noise and disturbance late at night in the streets between the seafront and New Church Road.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s licensing team has responded by carrying out an inspection at The View.

Coun Cox said: “We are obviously concerned at the disturbance to residents but we are also worried about the welfare of young students who are here on short English-language courses.

“Some are very drunk and, we think, vulnerable.”

Club owner Ali Kosari said: “We have been running events for foreign language students for the last 15 years and have not had any complaints from residents in the past.

“With our function room and restaurant we have less capacity now. These are not parties of hundreds of people.

“Students could be drunk – but not from our event.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said officers were “actively following up” complaints of antisocial behaviour believed to involve foreign students after they have left events at The View nightclub.

Sergeant Simon Morgan, of Brighton and Hove police licensing unit, said: “In the past, when the premises was known as the Babylon Lounge it ran a bus service to take students to and fro.

“One suggestion would be to see if the bus could be re-introduced to take students at the end of their evening.”

Mr Kosari said buses had been arranged in the past but weren’t “cost-effective” as very few students want to use them.