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Student Accommodation

  • A place in halls is guaranteed to 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, 90% of which have en-suite facilities and all with free Wi-Fi access.
  • Most student accommodation is centrally located and within easy walking distance of the campus, but students who choose to live beside the sea at Langstone Student Village benefit from a free regular bus service to and from the main campus. 
  • There is a good supply of private-sector accommodation 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

University Of Portsmouth

Number of university/college beds 3,732
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,885–£4,329
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,818–£3,287

Univercity of Portsmouth

Number of university/college beds 2,963
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,701–£4,227
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,562–£3,034

University Of Portsmouth

Number of university/college beds 2,943
Typical annual cost of university/college accommodation £3,810–£4,395
Typical annual cost of private accommodation £2,590–£3,082

Living Here

  • City Population: 209,166
  • Student Population: 22,000
  • Portsmouth is the UK's only island city, but with its strong road and rail links it has all the convenience of living on the mainland.
  • Home to a Royal Navy base, the compact and bustling city is rich in historical associations and boasts many attractions – including several famous ships (HMS Warrior, Mary Rose and HMS Victory), the Spinnaker Tower with its breathtaking views, and the Gunwharf Quays shopping and entertainment centre.
  • Nearby Southsea – just a few minutes' walk from the city centre – offers miles of beautiful beaches and traditional seaside entertainment. Many students chose to live in Southsea because of its variety of restaurants, bars and quirky shops.

Getting Around

  • Portsmouth is centrally located on the south coast of England, an hour from London by car or 90 minutes by train.
  • The main university campus is situated in the centre of Portsmouth, meaning most city locations are within easy walking distance.
  • Cycling is easy, as the city is flat and compact.
  • 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.

Culture and Nightlife

  • Portsmouth offers a wide range of cultural and entertainment options to suit all tastes, from museums, cathedrals, theatres and art galleries to pubs, nightclubs, restaurants and shopping centres.
  • Portsmouth Guildhall and the Pyramids leisure centre in Southsea are among a host of venues that regularly host bands, comedians and other live performances.
  • The waterside Gunwharf Quays complex offers more than 90 shopping outlets and 30 restaurants, pubs and cafés, plus a multiscreen cinema showing the latest major releases.
  • The city’s naval, military and maritime associations are celebrated in the D-Day Museum, the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Royal Marines Museum and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Meanwhile fans of classic English literature will love the Charles Dickens Birthplace Museum and Portsmouth City Museum, which houses the Sherlock Holmes and Conan Doyle Collection – Conan  Doyle was working as a GP in Southsea when he began writing the adventures of the world’s most famous detective.
  • Sport and leisure venues include the Mountbatten Centre, with its Olympic-size swimming pool and velodrome, and Portsmouth Watersports Centres. The Solent itself is the perfect location for sailing, windsurfing and many other watersports, while Portsmouth is also home to a two-time FA Cup-winning football team.