The University of the Third Age

Learn, Laugh and Live

The U3A is a unique and exciting self-help movement for people in the Third Age.  It offers the opportunity to pursue learning for sheer enjoyment and for its own sake.  It is a self-funded educational Charity.

Retired and semi-retired people come together and learn together, not for qualifications but for its own reward: the sheer joy of discovery!

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn, and there is no distinction between them.

We also organise social events -quizzes, skittles and day trips all run by our members.

We do not simply offer a service or support older people so you can’t just “turn up”. When you join you undertake to help the U3A in whatever way you can.

Membership is open to all those who are no longer in full time employment.

U3A stands for University of the Third Age and is organised both regionally and nationally as well as having an International level. This adds richness, diversity and expertise to all local branches.


The majority of activities are run in groups, see the Groups page for details.

Monthly meetings

Monthly meetings form an enjoyable social addition to our programme. These meetings are held on the 3rd Thursday of each month and will start at 1.30pm at Christ Church, Old Market Avenue, Chichester.  Click on the calendar for a location map.

Entrance to the meetings is free to members, as part of their membership fee. The meeting consists of some social time to meet fellow members followed by a talk or other event.

Social activities

A number of social events are organised such as the monthly coffee morning, Christmas lunch, skittles evenings, quizzes and the like. Events open to all are in the calendar on the red days.

The Bulletin

This is a weekly round-up of news and upcoming activities and opportunities delivered to your email in-box, normally on a Friday.

The Newsletter

This is a quarterly issue available both on-line and in printed form bringing you news and reports of events and activities.

The Committee

The Chichester U3A is largely self organising under the management umbrella of an elected committee. You can see more about your committee here.

Special Note

Do remember that all events are organised by volunteers who give up their time to make an enjoyable experience for all.
Would you like to help? Contact the committee if you are not sure where to start.