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We encourage all our students to become involved in cultural and social activities, both on and off campus. This will help you mix with other students and start making friends. Wherever you choose to study, it will take some effort on your part to integrate with other students. But you will find that, if you are open to others, they will also respond to you and you will soon make friends.

The University has a relatively small student population so you will find a warm and welcoming community. This can make it easier to mix with other students, as you will be in smaller classes where everyone knows each other. We encourage International students to integrate with other students in the following ways:

  • Join one of the official Facebook groups set up for new students to find new friends who share your interests. You can find the official groups/pages on the SU website.
  • Participate in social events run by the Students’ Union.
  • Join University clubs/sports teams.
  • Join University orchestras/choirs.
  • Work for the University as student ambassadors.
  • Join the University Volunteering Scheme.

Students' Union

The University of Chichester Students Union (UCSU) provides you with support, training and development, clubs and societies and commercial services. As we are there to support and represent your rights as students, we rely on you, as the students, to let us know how we can best satisfy your needs. As a student at the University you are automatically a member of UCSU* and we are here to represent you.

Zee Bar 

Whether you’re looking for a top night out on a student budget, want to watch the match, or just need somewhere to catch up with your mates between lectures; Zee Bar has it all!

With different events running each night of the week Zee Bar really does have something for everyone. Showcase your Lady GaGa impression at Karaoke, throw on your fancy dress and join the party on Big Wednesday or go for a rave at a Crazee night. After a busy week of studying and socialising you’ll probably need something to get your brain back in gear ready for Monday lectures so show off your knowledge and expand your brain power at the Pub Quiz.

The Hub

The Hub provides a friendly social space with a wide range of activities available both for staff and students.

It has an impressive range of services on offer including advice and contact with Students’ Union staff, soft & alcoholic drinks, tea & coffee, sports & societies memberships, Ice Creams, range of shop items including milk, bread & clothing, social activities including Xbox, Sky Sports and so much more.

Evenings will provide a mixture of popular social events including club and quiz nights as well as offering ‘chill out’ nights for the opportunity to relax in a quieter environment. 

You can also take advantage of The Hub as a venue for you and your students to host your own events - be it study based or social. 

HOST UK

HOST is a voluntary (not-for-profit) organisation, which links international students in the UK with British residents who offer a visit to their homes. The purpose is to encourage international friendship and understanding. This is a great way to get to know people, culture and visit different parts of the UK. Visits are free, but you may need to pay a £20 admin fee to the University. Please speak to the International Student Advisers to find out more, or visit the HOSTUK website to sign up.

Coach Trips

We organise regular coach trips to places of interest, for example Windsor, Oxford, Stonehenge, Bath and London. You can find details on the trips and how to book your place on our Moodle Pages or by joining the Chiuni International Students' Facebook page. Booking a place is free, ticket prices vary between £10 - £20 and are payable on the day of the trip.

Please contact the International Student Advisory Service for the latest details.

Sports

The Sports Federation is a student led body that organises Student Sport at the University of Chichester. That includes Clubs, competitive sport, recreational opportunities, event hosting, campaigning and many more. There are over 20 Sports Clubs to get involved in ranging from our competitive activities in BUCS to Adventure Sports, Cheerleading & many more.

Tudor Hale Centre For Sport Facilities

All our facilities are designed for academic teaching, research, British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) competitions and social/recreational use for our students, our staff and our local community. Full details and prices for our hirable sports facilities.

International Students Facebook Group

Chiuni International Students Facebook Group is a social networking group run by current international and EU students and members of staff in international student support. It aims to give new students an opportunity to get to know current students and to ask questions about living and studying at Chichester. Students can use this group before and after arriving in the UK.

Why join?

  • Make friends with new and current students from around the world.
  • Learn about other cultures.
  • Be the first to be informed of event or coach trip organised by the University.
  • Be able to volunteer to help with events and marketing activities. It will be a great opportunity get to now more people and will look good on your CV.

Membership is only open to University of Chichester students and applicants.

Events Organised by the International Student Advisory Service

We organise 3-4 events per year to allow international students to get to know the local area, make friends and meet with students and staff.

Our past events include Coach trip to Portsmouth, Tour of Chichester city walls and afternoon tea, Christmas party, Christmas concert, Chinese New Year and Tea with the Vice Chancellor.  We advertise our events on noticeboards, via email and via the Chiuni International Students Facebook group. We welcome ideas and suggestions on the type of events and activities international students are interested in. Please contact us if you would like to get involved in planning and organising events with us.

Shared Interests/Shared Language

Are you looking for other students who share some of your interests or hobbies?  Or maybe you want to find some students that speak the same language as you? Whether you enjoy going to the theatre, the cinema, playing chess going for walks, dancing, visiting other cities, playing a musical instrument, cooking meals or anything else you can think of, there are probably some other students who share the same interests. You just need to find out who they are. How can you do this?

You can let the International Student Advisory Service know that you are looking for students who share your interests. Give details of what you want to share, and an announcement can be placed in students’ e-mail inboxes.

If you find that there are a lot of students who share a similar hobby, you may want to set up a Student Club or Society. The Students' Union can help with this. The SU have an International Student Representative who is keen to help you arrange events and societies, so this would be a good person to speak to. Students also communicate via Facebook.

Volunteering

Get involved in some volunteering opportunities. This is a good way of getting to know other students and also to gain experience. And it is fun, as well!

The International Student Advisory Service (ISAS) runs an 'International Student Volunteer' scheme and we are always looking for volunteers. The scheme includes various activities focused on helping new students settle into life and study in the UK. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us.

Adult Education Courses

Aspire Sussex provide details of a large number of Adult Education Courses in West Sussex.

For more information about being a student at Chichester, visit the Student Life section.