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Why Chichester?

At the University of Chichester we value our students and their experience in learning, living and growing.

We understand that our students aren't just here for a degree, and we work tirelessly to ensure that everyone has fun outside the lecture room.

The University of Chichester was named one of the top ten Universities in the UK for student experience by the 2018 Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey - explore the options below to find out why.

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

Chi Life

Our Chi Life website is where you'll find blogs, vlogs, events and anything to do with life at Chichester outside of studying.

You will find:

  • Our student bloggers and vloggers
  • Help and advice articles
  • Student job opportunities
  • Events
  • Information about Chichester and Bognor Regis

We are always on the lookout for students wanting to share their experiences via blogs and vlogs, and it's a great way to earn some extra money too!

Visit the Chi Life website

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)

Bishop Otter campus is a short 15 minute walk from the heart of Chichester. This campus is home to:

  • Childhood, social work and social care
  • Dance
  • Fine Art
  • Humanities (English, History, Politics, Theology, Philosophy)
  • Law
  • Music
  • Psychology and counselling
  • Sport
  • Theatre​  

Bognor Regis Campus (BRC)

Bognor Regis Campus is a ten minute walk from the sunny Bognor Regis beach. This campus is home to:

  • Business and management
  • Creative and Digital Technologies (Media)
  • Education and teaching
  • Engineering and design
  • Musical Theatre 

If you are travelling to our campuses, take a look at our How to Find Us page.

How to find us

What to do in Chichester?

West Witterings

The Witterings Beaches

We are spoilt for choice with the breathtaking East and West Witterings beaches 20 mins from our Bishop Otter campuses. These endless sandy and unspoilt beaches are perfect for a chilled day in the sunshine. If you are after some action, East Witterings is always full of kitesurfers, windsurfers and kayakers enjoying the surf.  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.

Chichester Cathedral

For over 900 years Chichester Cathedral has welcomed visitors through its doors. The majestic building is the centrepoint of Chichester city centre, and the Cathedral Gardens are a great spot for sunbathing or a picnic.  We run our festive Christmas Carol Services at the Cathedral each December, and it hosts a variety of musical performances throughout the year. 


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, Gorgon City and Steve Aoki take to the famous Parade Ring decks.

Chichester Festival Theatre

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

Oaklands and Priory Park

Grab a picnic and head down to Oaklands and Priory Park for some well earned sunshine, an ice cream and enjoy a game of cricket in the summer. Both Oaklands and Priory Park are a quick 5 minute walk from the Bishop Otter campus. 

Local eateries

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

Chichester Gate

If you are feeling bored, Chichester Gate is the place to go. Situated next to Stockbridge accommodation, it hosts a Cineworld cinema, Nuffield Health, tenpin bowling, plus student friendly restaurants including Nandos and GBK.  

​​Chichester Racquets & Fitness Club

Across the road from the Bishop Otter campus, the Raquets and Fitness Club is stocked with tennis and squash courts, a member's bar/restaurant and a full equipped gym with a spa...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 has a sand and shingle beach located 10 minute walk from Bognor Regis campus. The traditional high street is a short walk from the beachfront, with shops, pubs and restaurants. Have some fun in the sun and try paddle-boarding, jet skiing and other water sports along the 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 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 fish and chip shops along the seafront to restaurants like T-Bone and Sen Tapas bar, you won't go hungry in Bognor Regis. 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.