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Student Accommodation

  • A place in halls is guaranteed for all new full-time applicants who firmly accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth and apply for accommodation by the specified deadline.
  • Accommodation is centrally located and within easy walking distance of the campus.
  • 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 matching service to help students meet like-minded housemates to share with.
  • The university also provides ongoing advice, support and a social events programme for all new students through a dedicated Residence Life team.
  • Please refer to the university website for details.

Accommodation Costs

Catered from £5,200 to £6,760 per year
Self-Catered from £3,840 to £6,360 per year

The costs above are for the academic year 2019/20

Student Life

  • Portsmouth is a lovely, lively island city that's open to the world. A place with inspiration round every corner, where beaches and boutiques are always an easy stroll away.
  • Students can study in independent cafés, explore historic ships, paddle in the sea, picnic on the common and browse artist's studios, all in the same day. At night the city is buzzing with energy and ready to be explored. The venues are as diverse as the student's interests, with unforgettable clubs, bars, pubs, restaurants and even a board game lounge.

Nightlife and Culture

  • Live music fans have lots of places to listen to A-list and up-and-coming bands, including Portsmouth Guildhall, The Wedgewood Rooms or The Pyramids. Students dance until dawn at PRYZM, Astoria, Popworld or Tiger Tiger. Portsmouth even has its own festival, Victorious, with headliners like Rita Ora and Years & Years.
  • For comedy, theatre and dance, students visit Portsmouth Guildhall, Kings Theatre or New Theatre Royal where Portsmouth's drama students also perform. Maritime history is on display at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, with the fantastic Mary Rose Museum and Nelson's flagship, HMS Victory.
  • After grabbing a bargain at Gunwharf Quays, enjoying a cuppa in Southsea, or exploring art studios in Old Portsmouth, students often relax with a picnic on the beach. It's also not unheard of for students to take a dip in the sea but you're more likely to see them kayaking, sailing or windsurfing.
  • There's a whole range of sports to get involved in, from Quidditch to Netball. Students also get discounted entry to matches at Portsmouth Football Club with their Purple ticket ('Play up Pompey, Pompey play up!').


  • 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; most city locations are within easy walking or cycling distance.
  • There are regular local and university bus services across Portsmouth and the surrounding area.
  • The 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.