Chichester is West Sussex’s only city and it wears the title well. Boasting beautiful countryside in the form of an Outstanding Area of Natural Beauty and the coast just a short drive away, residents of Chichester are spoilt for when it comes to outdoor pursuits. Tie in a bustling Cathedral city centre and you have a recipe for one of the most popular locations to live on the south coast.
Moving house to or from Chichester could not be easier. The Britannia Purvers office is located just 30 minutes away in Portsmouth and has been operating for over 100 years. Britannia Purvers offer a range of removal services and has an incredible reputation.
Living in Chichester
Chichester has undoubtedly some of the most expensive properties in the South of England. However, there are some more affordable homes to purchase or rent too. However, it is worth remembering that Chichester is not a big rental area, with four times as many properties available to buy than to let.
The most popular roads within the city walls are North, East, South and West Pallant. They are close to the shops and restaurants of Chichester but remain surprisingly quiet.
A mile north of the city centre are The Avenue and The Drive. Properties here range between £850,000 and £1.2 million. Many doctors and surgeons who work at St Richard’s hospital call these areas home.
Other nearby private schools include West Lavant, Bedales, Ditcham Park, Portsmouth Grammar and Seaford.
Schools in Chichester
Parents looking to enrol their child at a quality state primary in Chichester will have no problems. St Richard’s RC, Rumboldswhyke CofE and Jessie Younghusband are all ‘outstanding schools’ in the area. The best state comprehensive is Bishop Luffa COfE, a co-ed facility for children ages 11 to 18.
If you see children strolling Chichester town centre in scarlet blazers, chances are they attend Pebendal, the most local private prep school. It is a day and boarding school for children aged two to 13. Oakwood, Westbourne House and Great Ballad are three other local prep schools.
Transport Links Chichester
Chichester railway station sits just off Stockbridge Road and has two platforms. The majority of services are run by Southern. Services to London Victoria (1 hour 30 minutes) typically run every 30 minutes and call at Gatwick Airport, Portsmouth, Southampton and Littlehampton. There are also local trains to Barnham (8 mins), Havant (13 mins), and Fishbourne (3 mins), as well as long distance trains to Wales and the West Country.
Chichester is well connected by road, with the Chichester Bypass (A27) in the south. This road stretches to Cosham in the west (before becoming the M27) and Pevensey in the east. The A286 connects to the popular West Wittering Beach and the A259 to Bognor Regis.