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.

Welcome to the The University of The Third Age (U3A) in Chichester

If you are retired or semi-retired, live in Chichester or the surrounding villages and communities, and seek to come together with like-minded people to share knowledge and experience, learn new skills or more about your local area and get to know a wider circle of interesting people then you have come to the right place.

Chichester U3A is an exciting self-help movement for people in the Third Age who live in or near the City.  It offers the opportunity to pursue learning for sheer enjoyment and for its own sake.  It is a self-funded Educational Charity.

We are a lively and friendly group offering a wide range of creative, study, physical and leisure activities.

Why should I join?

You will be able attend our talks, participate in any number of our Interest Groups, go on visits, attend our varied additional events programme.

The rewards of your membership are in learning, participation and making friends. Members are encouraged to participate as learners or teachers/leaders. Each member has access to a full programme listing groups, times, dates, venues, plus leaders contact details.

How do I join?

There are no examinations or entry qualifications, and none are awarded.

Members share their skills and life experiences: the learners teach and the teachers learn so there is no distinction between leaders and learners. Groups run on a self-help basis and are fully self-financing.

To find out about becoming a member click here.

How does this U3A work?

Each U3A runs its own affairs according to its own constitution, in accordance with local members’ wishes and by their voluntary efforts. Courses are intellectually stimulating, physically beneficial and/or just good fun. In a nutshell it’s a club for ‘Recreation, Education and Companionship’ for Third Agers. You don’t just join Chichester U3A, you ‘join in’.

Chichester U3A has over 850 members and supports over 90 groups, the main operating part of the U3A here. These Groups are organised into 12 categories from Arts and Crafts, through Health and Fitness, History to Social; there’s something for everyone in their Third Age. See the list of groups here.

We also run Monthly Meetings with speakers, monthly coffee mornings – a great way to get to know more about the U3A, social evenings such as quizzes or skittles, a Christmas lunch and occasional outings or holidays.

Chichester U3A is a member of the Sussex U3A Network (SUN) which organises a variety of specialist meetings and a Summer School.

What are the age limits?

There is no age limit for membership, but activities are aimed at mature people not in full time employment who wish to share in educational, recreational, social and/or creative activities.

How much does it cost?

The 2020-21 annual membership fee is £18 (or £14.50 if you are already a member of another U3A). Some groups make a small additional charge to cover the cost of venue hire, printed matter and other expenses. Some are completely free.

How do I keep up to date?

Look around this website. Most of the information is free to browse. As a member you will get full access to the various groups, a weekly emailed bulletin informing you of upcoming events and a newsletter three times a year by email or post.

How can I find out more?

Visit our ‘Contact Us’ page where you will find a set of options. Click the one for you and fill in the form. You will also find a snail mail address there if you don’t have email.