University of Portsmouth

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Student Accommodation

  • A place in halls is guaranteed for all new full-time UK and EU undergraduate and postgraduate applicants who firmly accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and apply for accommodation by the specified deadline.
  • The university offers both catered and self-catered halls, over 90% of which have en-suite facilities; all have free Wi-Fi access.
  • Accommodation is centrally located and within easy walking distance of the campus and includes the new Chaucer House hall (September 2018).
  • A good supply of private-sector accommodation is available if students prefer to live out in the city. The university runs a series of housing events, offers online resources and a student matching service to help students meet like-minded housemates to share with.
  • The university also provides ongoing housing advice and support to all students to make sure that they are settled in Portsmouth throughout their course.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £6,520 per year
Self-Catered from £3,680 to £6,160 per year

Student Life

  • City Population: 209,166
  • Student Population: 22,000
  • Portsmouth isn’t just a great place to study – it's a great place to live. Steeped in history but with a modern vibe, it's a magnet for major cultural and sporting events. Diverse attractions include bustling streets, galleries, historic ships and of course the beach; and by night, the city comes alive, with gigs, bars, restaurants, clubs and shows.
  • The main part of the city is built on the natural island of Portsea. The resort area of Southsea occupies its southern part and offers miles of beautiful beaches. Many students live here, contributing to the friendly and lively atmosphere.

Culture and Nightlife

Students can experience exciting festivals from alternative arts, culture and heritage at the Portsmouth Festivities in June, to A-list bands at Victorious Festival in late August. They can dance until dawn at PRYZM, Astoria, Popworld or one of the other Portsmouth nightclubs, or go to live music at the Wedgewood Rooms, or one of the many other live venues around the city.

Immerse yourself in maritime history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with the fantastic Mary Rose Museum and Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory. Relaxed summer picnics or a refreshing winter walk can be had on the spacious, green Southsea Common, whose skies are filled with colour at the International Kite Festival in August. Plays and musicals can be enjoyed at the Edwardian Kings Theatre or the Victorian New Theatre Royal; and the world famous Chichester Festival Theatre is only 20 minutes away. Or simply shop till you drop at Gunwharf Quays, Southsea or quirky Albert Road. 

Fratton Park is the home of Portsmouth FC – and students get discounted entry with their Purple ticket ('Play up Pompey, Pompey play up!'). The sea provides opportunities for kayaking, windsurfing or paddleboarding at Portsmouth Watersports Centre, as well as the annual Kitesurfing Festival on Hayling Island.


  • Portsmouth is a well-connected city on the south coast of England with excellent transport links to London by car or 90 minutes by train.
  • The main university campus is in the centre of Portsmouth so most city locations are within easy walking distance. The city is compact enough that everything is close by, and being flat, it's perfect for walking and cycling.
  • There are regular local bus services to all parts of Portsmouth and the surrounding area, while National Express runs connecting coach services across the UK, picking up right outside the Students' Union.
  • There are ferry and hovercraft services to the Isle of Wight, Gosport and Hayling Island, as well as France, Spain and the Channel Islands.