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Chichester University

UCAS Code: C58

Location: South coast of England Show on Map

Site: Two sites, Chichester and Bognor; partner colleges

A modern university

Student Population

Total Students:5,640
FE Students:0%


Total undergraduates:4,730
Full Time:85%
Mature on Entry:21%
UK Students:97%
State school entry:97%

Teaching Staff

517, full- and part-time.

Broad study areas

Business; dance; education & teacher training; English; history; IT; music; media & performing arts; social studies; sports studies & sciences; theology; tourism.


Admission Information:Minimum of 2 A-level passes (one in a relevant subject), and 3 further subjects at eg GCSE level. AS-levels accepted on some courses. UCAS tariff adopted but specific requirements on some courses.
Points on Entry (Mean):229
Drop Out Rate:6%
Accommodation: Majority of first year students housed.


Founded:1977 as West Sussex Institute from Bishop Otter College Chichester (1839) and Bognor Regis College (1947). University status 2005.
Site:2 sites seven miles apart at Chichester and Bognor Regis.
How to get there:Trains from London (Victoria or Waterloo) to both Chichester and Bognor; coach station in central Chichester; by road, A27 from Worthing or Portsmouth to Chichester, A29 and A259 to Bognor. Both sites within easy walking distance of respective town centres; inter-campus transport.

Student services & facilities

Student advice & services:Accommodation officers, health centre, doctors, counsellors, chaplain, welfare officer for international students and for finance, disability and learning support service, student money advice.
Amenities:SU with bar at both campuses, many societies and clubs. Chapel, Otter Gallery, art collection, launderette.
Sporting facilities:Sports research and activity centre: gym, pitches (incl floodlit all-weather pitch), running track, 4 badminton courts, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, cricket pitch and nets, tennis and netball courts. Local leisure centres, swimming pools, tennis club, sea sailing, windsurfing, bowling and canoeing.
Accommodation:671 places: 459 at Chichester (catered and self-catering), 212 catered at Bognor Regis. Rents £91–£128 per week self-catering, £137 pw catered (£116 for shared room; £155 ensuite); contracts 40 weeks. Rent includes heating and 12 meals a week in catered accommodation. Students live in privately-owned accommodation for 2+ years: £62–£70 pw self-catering, £60–£75 B&B, £92–£98 pw half board.

Study opportunities & careers

Library & information services:Learning resource centre on each site. 260,000 volumes in total, 1270 periodicals, extensive access to electronic resources both on and off-campus; 555 study places Information provision, £86 pa spent for each student (FTE). Library and IT services housed together on each campus. 230+ workstations with internet access, network and wifi across both campuses; printing facilties, laptop working areas, group working spaces and bookable individual study rooms. Support available from helpdesk and specialist staff at each campus. All students are provided with training in information research skills.
Other learning resources:Range of classroom resource materials (for teacher training). Media centre with 46 Apple Macs; 8 dedicated video-editing suites; media production space; physiology laboratories; biomechanic laboratories; 3 dance studios; music rehearsal rooms and recording studio; art centre and gallery. Specialist collections: Bishop Otter collection of 20th century British art, Gerard Young local history collection, 19th century British parliamentary papers, Historical Association pamphlets, music scores, dance DVDs, specialist theological collection and unique historical archive collections.
Study abroad:Erasmus European exchanges for students in dance, maths and sports studies.
Careers:Information and advice, both individually and as part of course; graduate course for alumni.


Living expenses budget:Minimum budget of £175–£250 per week (excluding tuition fees) recommended by university.
Term-time work:Careers Office jobshop. Official pay-scale for part-time work on campus (eg SU bar, contract catering, IT and library); plenty of summer work locally in tourism etc.
Financial help:Bursary of £2500 for students whose family income is up to £25k pa, or of £1000 where family income is £25k−£42k pa; an additional £1000 for care leavers. Also scholarships of £3000 pa, open to students whose family income is up to £25k pa.
University tuition fees:Home students pay £8500 pa for first degree courses. International students pay £8755 pa (classroom-based), £9990 (lab/studio-based).


Academic features:

Maths enhancement course for secondary teaching.

Awarding body:

University of Chichester

Main undergraduate awards:


Length of courses:

3−4 years (longer for part-time)

Main subjects offered:

  • Accountancy
  • Acting
  • Art
  • Biblical Studies
  • Business Studies
  • Childhood Studies
  • Choreography
  • Church History
  • Community Studies
  • Computing
  • Counselling
  • Creative/Performance Writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Drama Training
  • E-business
  • Education
  • English
  • English as a Foreign Language
  • Events Management
  • Film Studies
  • Finance
  • Health
  • Heritage Studies
  • History
  • Hospitality Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Humanities
  • Information Studies
  • Information Technology
  • Leisure Management
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Media Technology
  • Music
  • Music Technology
  • Music Theatre
  • Painting
  • Performance Arts
  • Physical Education
  • Popular Music
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Studies
  • Social Work
  • Sports Sciences
  • Sports Studies
  • Stage Management
  • Teacher Training
  • Textiles
  • Theatre Studies
  • Theology
  • Tourism
  • TV Studies
  • Visual Arts
  • Youth & Community Work

Student view

Lauren Hale (Event Management), Union Vice President


What's it like as a place to live?

There is a real community feel.

How's the student accommodation?

There was not enough, but there has been an increase in the numbers of available accommodation, and the standard is constantly improving.

What's the student population like?

Everyone is very friendly - the more you engage in different opportunities, the more students you can meet and the more diverse the students you meet will be.

How do students and locals get on?

Our activities and volunteering allow students to get involved in the community. This include teaching courses.


What's it like as a place to study?

Good resources, which are constantly improving. New equipment and buildings.

What are the teaching staff like?

The staff are there to help and will do their best to get the most out of a student and create a positive learning environment.


What are student societies like?

There is a diverse range of student societies available to students. If there isn't one that meets a student's interests or needs then they can find like-minded students and start a society which appeals to them.

What's a typical night out?

Most students will turn up to one of the events hosted at either of our student union bars. Some of these are club nights, and we do also hold comedy nights, quiz nights, karaoke and have low alcohol reps which meet and organise with others who don't wish to participate in evenings which include drinking excessively or at all.

... And how much does it cost?

Depends how much you want to spend. Most door entry costs are £2, and drinks also run about £2 approximately for alcoholic beverages and less for soft drinks.

How can you get home safely?

There are buses and taxis available which run until late. There is also a new Safety Bus which takes students directly to their houses and high student population areas or those areas slightly further out.


Is it an expensive place to live?

Chichester area more so than Bognor Regis.

Average price of a pint?


And the price of a takeaway?

£7-£10 depending on what type.

What's the part-time work situation?

Part-time work is available at the SU bars and shop, in the canteens and can be found in bars, pubs and shops in the local areas.


What's the best feature about the place?

The community feel, you are known by your name and who you are, rather than a number.

And the worst?

The transport, having to pay for the bus and the infrequency of it. The cost of car parking and the 1.5 mile exclusion zone for students living near campus.

And to sum it all up?

An amazing experience learnt a lot and met a lot of new and amazing people! Gives you the opportunity to become the person you want to be and grow into. Builds life skills you would never gain anywhere else.

Past Students

Isabel Ashdown (writer), Adam Dobson (ice hockey player), Jason Merrells (actor).

More info?

Ring SU on tel 01243 816392 or check the website www.chisu.org.



University of Chichester
Bishop Otter Campus
College Lane
PO19 6PE
West Sussex


01243 816000





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