12 Reviews by Students #52 out of 80 University locations
Good transport links but apart from pubs and restaurants there is no night life.
By member942003 On 7th September 19
Study in Chichester
The University of Chichester has two campuses: Bishop Otter campus in the city centre and Bognor Regis campus which is 20 minutes away.
University of Chichester
The University of Chichester has two campuses in Chichester and nearby Bognor Regis. The reputation for teaching has been recognised with a Silver rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework. Around 5,500 students are enrolled at the University of Chichester, making it one of the smallest universities in the UK.
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Chichester Student Life
Chichester, also known as ‘Chi’ to locals, is a small historical city with plenty to offer students. Thanks to it being situated in between the beautiful beaches and the rolling South Downs, it’s especially suited to those that love the outdoors.
Cost of Living
Student accommodation costs range from £118 - £177 per week; the average is £161 per week.
Compare the average elsewhere: Canterbury: £166/week, Portsmouth: £183/week, London: £287/week.
(prices are for all purpose-built student accommodation (both private and university-owned) over the last 12 months, as listed on StudentCrowd)
The average price for:
A cheap meal at a restaurant: £16
A pint of beer: £4.50
A regular takeout coffee: £2.50
1L of milk: £0.80
A loaf of white bread: £0.40
Chichester is ideal for those that prefer hanging out with friends in bars and pubs rather than clubs. A few favourite bars in the city centre are The Vestry, La Havana and Wetherspoons. However, to keep to your student budget and for your nightclub fix, the UCSU (Students' Union) Zee Bar at the Bishop Otter campus offers great nights out that certainly make up for the lack of clubs. Known particularly for its big party on Wednesday nights, throw on your fancy dress and get involved!
Thanks to the size of Chichester, everything you need is within walking distance and is suitable for bikes if you are keen to cycle. There’s a regular and good local Stagecoach bus service and new environmentally friendly inter-campus buses that link Chichester with Bognor Regis. To get out of the city, you have a well-connected train service which sees you in Portsmouth within 30 minutes. The direct service to London that takes 90 minutes also stops at Gatwick Airport en-route.
High street staples
Chichester has all the high street restaurants you could want! From Wagamama and Pizza Express to Nando’s and Bills, you will never be short of places to go. Many of the chain restaurants offer student discounts, so make sure to check before you go.
For some nourishing home-cooked food, head to Luckes on North Street. This independent cafe and deli serve delicious soups, salads, sandwiches, smoothies and most importantly great coffee. So when you are looking to treat yourself or have the parents coming to visit, it's a good one to remember!
Take the bus 20 minutes out of the city down to the seaside village of Bracklesham and you will find Billy’s On The Beach, which is open from breakfast to dinner. It’s the perfect spot for a laid-back evening of fish & chips whilst enjoying the sunset over the sea.
Chichester city centre is split into four cobbled pedestrianised streets, North, South, East and West, that meet together in the middle at the market cross. These four streets are filled with all types of shops: your big brand favourites, independent boutiques and plenty of cafes and restaurants for when you need a refuel!
Take a break from the books and get a blast of fresh sea air at the stunning sandy beach of West Wittering. Just a 20-minute bus ride from Chichester city centre, it's ideal for a walk in the winter months and in the summer take a picnic and enjoy a day in the sun and sea.
North of the city are the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park. There are plenty of walking or cycling trails, some of which take you to incredible viewpoints where on a clear day you can see over to the Isle of Wight. There are lots of traditional country pubs in quaint English villages to try too.
Chichester and the surrounding area is a fantastic place to try out watersports or to carry on pursuing if it’s already your thing! There’s Chichester lake, canal, estuary and beach where you can sail, surf, kitesurf, windsurf, wakeboard, kayak and so much more!
Goodwood Estate is 10 minutes outside of Chichester and it puts on a range of events over the year which are always a fun day out, such as Glorious Goodwood (a week of horse racing), the Festival of Speed (if fast cars are your thing) and Goodwood Revival (for all things vintage).
If you are up for a bigger city vibe, both Portsmouth and Brighton are within easy reach. You can get to both by train: Portsmouth is a 30-minute journey and Brighton is 50 minutes away. Both cities have the classic English coastal charm and offer great shopping, culture, food and nightlife spots.
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