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Student Life


At the University of Chichester we value our students, our heritage and strong sense of community - that's why we were named one of the top ten Universities in the UK for student experience by the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey. 

Freshers' Week

The first week of university can be daunting, so we’re putting together a schedule of activities so you can dive right into student life. Alongside inductions into the Learning Resource Centre, meeting your lecturers and settling into your accommodation, there are loads of events to help you make friends.

With films on the field, letting your hair down at a fancy dress night in the SU and filling your pockets with goodies from the Food Fair, your diary will be jam packed for Freshers Week. The main event is the Freshers Fair where you have the opportunity to check out our sports teams and societies – there’s over 50 to choose from!

Check out the UCSU website for more information.

Chichester Life

Chichester life (Chi Life) is where you'll find anything and everything to do with life at Chichester - from upcoming events, student blogs to help articles supporting you through your degree. 

Some of the articles you'll find on Chi Life include:

  • University and Students' Union events
  • Student Support articles
  • Accommodation
  • Top tips for students
  • Student blogs
  • Jobs
  • How to's

Our Campuses

On both campuses you'll find:

  • On-site accommodation
  • Learning Resource Centre's (24 hours the majority of each semester)
  • Otters Restaurant
  • Costa
  • Fitness Suite's
  • Students' Union award-winning bars

Bishop Otter Campus (BOC)

BOC is just a short walk from the heart of Chichester. This campus hosts our Childhood, Social Work and Social Care, Dance, Fine Art, Humanities, Music, Psychology & Counselling, Institute of Sport, Theatre and Theology, Philosophy & Religious Studies departments.

Bognor Regis Campus (BRC)

BRC is a ten minute walk from the sunny Bognor Regis seaside. This campus hosts our Business School, Creative & Digital Technologies, Institute of Education, Engineering & Design and Musical Theatre departments.

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What to do in Chichester?

The Witterings Beaches

With the choice of East and West Wittering, water sports and potential beach BBQ's watching the sun set, you'll never want to leave the seaside! West Wittering has a sandy seafront of 6km, a beautiful independent cafe and excellent views of Chichester Harbour. East Witterings beach is a pebble beach with independent shops, bars and restaurants leading up to the beachfront and offers paddle boarding, surfing and other water sports.

Chichester Cathedral

For over 900 years Chichester Cathedral has welcomed visitors through its doors, it's rich in history and is a central point of Chichester City. On a sunny day, take a stroll through the Cathedral Gardens for a breathtaking view of the Cathedral. 


Located a 10 minute drive from Bishop Otter campus, Goodwood is the home of Glorious Goodwood, Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. These events are unmissable for anyone living in the local area, plus it's a great opportunity for earning money. The annual 'Three Friday Nights' event presents a night of racing, music and dancing that you won't forget. Previous line ups have included Rudimental, Example & DJ Wire and Steve Aoki take to the famous Parade Ring decks.

Chichester Festival Theatre

An internationally-recognised theatre and one of our graduation venues, Chichester Festival Theatre produces high quality shows including Me & My Girl, Fiddler on the Roof and Beauty & the Beast. It also attracts high profile guests with Her Majesty the Queen visiting in 2018. Students get discounted tickets, and some departments often hold seminars and workshops at the Theatre, so there's no excuse for missing out. 

Priory Park

Grab a picnic and head down to Priory Park for some well earned sunshine, an ice cream from Fenwick's Cafe and enjoy a game of Cricket in the summer. 

Local eateries

Chichester is flourishing in restaurants and independent cafes including Bills, Wahaca, Belle Isle, Boston Tea Party and many more. The majority of places in town have student discount so make sure to take full advantage! 

Chichester Gate

Situated next door to Stockbridge Student Village is the place to be; from Cineworld Cinema, Nuffield Health fitness & wellbeing and tenpin bowling to Nandos and GBK, you are well equipped for food and entertainment.  

​​Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club

Feeling energetic? Fully stocked with tennis and squash courts, a member's bar/restaurant and a full equipped gym with a spa - it has everything you need to clear your head after a day of lectures.  

Chichester Canal

The Chichester Canal runs four miles from the Southgate Basion to the Chichester Harbour in Birdham. Whether you want a nice walk or a relaxing boat trip, the canal has a lot to offer such as hiring rowing boats, fishing and walking. 

What to do in Bognor?

Bognor Regis Beach

Bognor Regis is a world-wide known traditional seaside resort with the seaside being located down the road from Bognor Regis Campus. Have some fun in the sun and try paddle-boarding, jet skiing and other water sports along Bognor Regis seafront throughout the summer.  


If you're looking for a cheap cinema then Picturedrome is the place to go. With the latest films being shown for £3.50, you can't go wrong!

Crazy Golf

Bring out your competitive side with a round of crazy golf by the beach.

Hotham Park

Located across the road from the Bognor Regis Campus, you can take a ride on the miniature railway, have a round of crazy golf or hire a pedalo on the lake. The Hotham Park Cafe opened in 2018 and offers affordable lunch and dinner options while sat out in the sunshine. Hotham Park hosts many events and festivals across the year with live music, stalls and performances. 

Alexandra Theatre​

Make sure to catch a music, dance and comedic performance at the Alexandra Theatre - our Musical Theatre students perform there regularly too!

Local eateries

With a whole host of Fish and Chip shops along the seafront to up and coming restaurants like T-Bone, Bognor Regis has a lot to offer. The majority of places in town have student discount so make sure to take full advantage! 

Your Students' Union

The University of Chichester Students’ Union (UCSU) is independent of the University and run by students for students. The UCSU exist solely to benefit students, to run events throughout the year and to help you get the most out of your time at University. They do this by representing your views to the University, campaigning on issues important to you and providing a range of services to benefit you to enhance your overall university experience.


There is a vibrant and lively atmosphere in both our award-winning campus bars. The SU holds a variety of different events throughout the year, from the big events such as Freshers' Week, Christmas Ball, RAG Race and the sell-out Summer Ball to their regular theme nights including club nights, alternative socials, open mic/karaoke nights and quiz nights - there really is something for everyone.

Sports & Societies

At the SU, there are an array of Societies and Sports clubs that you can join. Whether it is something you're passionate about, have a slight interest in or are brand new to - it's a great way to meet like-minded people and socialise with other students!


Volunteering at Chichester couldn't be simpler, the growing range of opportunities gives you the chance the be the driving force in the University and SU community. The SU run different volunteering schemes such as Freshers' Crew to help new students move into halls, committee roles to run Sports/Societies and to help run big SU events. 

Visit the Students' Union website for more information of how you could get involved. 

Sports and Activities

With fitness suites available on both campuses, you can join the University gym for just £22.50 a month. As a student studying any degree on either campus, you have access to book out the University sports facilities for your own leisure. 

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