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The cost of living in Chichester as a student and how to save money

Being a student can be expensive, and budgeting can be difficult. The cost of bills, rent, food, books and socialising all adds up. But ensuring that you spend within your limits can save you from money worries whilst studying at university, meaning you’ll have a little extra cash in the bank to make the most of student life.

If you’re going to get the most out of your time in Chichester, then you will want to go out and see what the city has to offer. However, social costs can have a big impact on your budget. It’s important to look out for student deals and discounts on eating out, cinemas, gigs and so on.

Below are some general tips for students to help you save money whilst out and about in Chichester:

  1. Check to see whether restaurant have a student discount before going out to eat. So many restaurants have offers and discounts for students, such as Zizzi, Gourmet Burger Kitchen, Nandos, and Bills. Don’t forget your valid student ID!
  2. Create a Unidays account or buy a TOTUM student card. These can be useful for different discounts, at restaurants as well as for shopping, both on and offline. Before purchasing anything, check to see if they offer students discounts. Most places do, and there’s no harm in asking!
  3. Get a 16-25 rail card. This can save you lots of money on your trips home, or visits to friends, enabling you to save 1/3 on train travel instantly. Booking your train tickets as early as possible will also help you to save money.
  4. Check for student subscriptions. There are often student subscriptions for services such as Spotify, Amazon Prime, and Apple Music. You can also get student memberships for the gym, such as at Chichester University’s Fitness Suite. So, if you use any of these, make sure you’re not paying full price.
  5. Plan a free, or very cheap, day out. There are so many things to do in Chichester that are free of charge, such as spending a day at the Witterings Beaches, visiting Chichester Cathedral and its gardens, or wandering round Oaklands and Priory Park. Taking a picnic to any of these can make for a very cheap, but lovely day out.
  6. Get cultural. Novium Museum and Pallant House Gallery are free for students and Fishbourne Roman Palace and Gardens also has discounted student entry, making excellent cultural options to visit on a budget.

Aside from spending money on going out and about, one of the biggest expenses that students might not have had to think about before going to university is utility bills, such as gas and electricity. People living in Chichester spend on average £1,892 per year on gas and electricity*. But there are ways to save money on utility bills.

Below we’ve outlined some helpful tips to help you save money on utility bills.

Electricity prices in Chichester and how to save

On average, people living in Chichester spend £121 a month on electricity. If you’re aiming to save money, cutting electricity usage is a good starting point. A couple of small changes can help you save money on your electricity bill:

  1. Switch off electronics and appliances at the mains socket when not in use, rather than leaving them on standby.
  2. Use a price comparison site like Compare the Market to find the best electricity deal for your home. If you’re renting, discuss your energy bills with your landlord or letting agent to see if switching will save money.
  3. Switch to energy-saving LED lightbulbs, which use much less energy than halogen or fluorescent bulbs.
  4. Get a smart meter from your energy provider. Many suppliers install them for free, to help you track your electricity usage and provide accurate meter readings.

Gas prices in Chichester and how to save

Resident of Chichester spend an average of £43 a month on gas*. Save money on your gas bill with these simple tips.

  1.  Prepare meals that you can batch cook to eat throughout the week. Share the load with your housemates and cook multiple meals in the oven at once.
  2. Put on extra layers or warmer clothes during the winter to avoid using the central heating when in your house.
  3. Put your central heating on a timer for morning and evening, rather than leaving it on all day to heat an empty home while you’re at lectures and seminars.

Broadband and TV in Chichester and how to save

There are so many options for TV and broadband.

Its good to remember that providers such as Sky and Virgin charge monthly fees, but Freeview boxes provide a wide range of channels for free!

To save money on TV and broadband, a broadband-only contact is likely to be the cheapest option. To get the best deal, follow the tips below:

  1. Use a price comparison site to find you the best broadband deal
  2. Keep an eye out for discounts and offers
  3. Decide whether you need ultra-fast or fibreoptic broadband, which can be more expensive. Sometimes the fastest broadband speed advertised doesn’t accurately represent the true speed you’ll get!

TV Licence in Chichester and how to save

If you, or your housemates, watch or record TV programmes as they’re shown on TV, or online (including on your laptop, tablet or smartphone), or download or watch TV on demand, you are legally required to have a TV licence. If you do not get one, you can be fined up to £1,000.

If you don’t want to pay £154.50 per year for a TV licence, here are some other options:

  1. Watch series, documentaries and more on YouTube for free.
  2. Use Netflix, or a similar streaming service to watch programmes, which doesn’t require a TV licence. As it is £5.99 a month, you can save around £82 per year, using this instead of getting a TV licence.
  3. Spread the cost of your TV licence throughout the year if you pay by direct debit.

Water prices in Chichester and how to save

Water bills in each area of the country are covered by a single supplier. In Chichester, your water supplier is Southern Water.

There are two different ways of paying for water:

Standard tariff, where you are billed a fixed amount or water meter, where you pay for what you use. A water meter is a good opportunity to reduce the amount of water you use, through small changes, which ultimately saves you money.

Here are some simple tips to follow:

  1. Always remember to turn the tap off while you’re brushing your teeth!
  2. When running the tap through for hot water, fill the kettle, pans and jugs with the cold water, rather than letting it run down the drain. This can then be used for drinking, cooking and plants.
  3. Always fill your washing machine, rather than washing a half-load so you don’t waste water and energy! Perhaps wash clothes with your housemates to fill it up!
  4. Limit showers to five minutes. Involve the whole household and get a waterproof shower timer.


*Data provided by Compare the Market, calculated using the average spend of households over a 6 month period from 1st August 2018 – 31st Jan 2019.