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Uni Life in Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a picturesque port city with the excellent University of Portsmouth at its heart. 23,000 students flock to Portsmouth every year, usually congregating in popular student areas like Fratton, Milton, Southsea and Eastney. Student life in Portsmouth is full of community spirit and friendly faces. The welcoming vibe of the city attracts a variety of international students from over 130 countries, making everyone feel right at home. It's also perfect for lovers of the seaside, with Eastney beach a stone's throw away from the city centre. 

If you

Key reasons to study in Portsmouth

  • 1
    A beachfront city

    Portsmouth is on an island peninsula, with a dock on the west side of the coast and a Eastney beach on the south side. It's perfect in the warmer months for lovers of a swim and a tan! Just behind the beach, you'll find Southsea Common, a large open green space area which hosts many high-profile events.

  • 2
    Affordable rents

    Portsmouth is perfect for students who want to live on a budget. According to the 2018 NatWest student living index, Portsmouth is the fifth most affordable place to live as a student.

  • 3
    Party Portsmouth

    Portsmouth has an excellent student nightlife. You can't go wrong with the bars and clubs of Gunwharf Quays along the seafront. Alternatively, there

  • 4
    Conveniently located studying

    With the University of Portsmouth located near the city centre, and just minutes away from the local train station, campus location couldn

  • 5
    Spinnaker Tower

    Spinnaker tower is a 170-metre observation tower. You can travel to the top of the observation deck to check out the amazing views it has to offer. There's even a bar and restaurant in the tower to stop and refresh yourself. It

In the last ten years, there's been a huge amount of investment in Portsmouth University, including an

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The nightlife is amazing as Gunwharf Quays is the place to go for cocktail bars or nightclubs, and Guildhall Walk is also a popular night out destination for students. Many of the clubs and bars along the walk

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Universities in Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

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The University of Portsmouth is situated on Portsea island, and is rated gold in the Government's Teaching Excellence Framework. It dates back to 1870 and is considered one of the best universities in the south-west of the UK.

Life in Portsmouth as a Uni student is very fun as you have the beautiful Southsea beach to visit - especially during the summertime.

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Frequently Asked Questions

October is the best time to start looking for student accommodation in Portsmouth. Properties will be available until February, but we would recommend starting a search for a property during the autumn. The most popular student areas in Portsmouth include Southsea, Fratton and City Centre.
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Tenancy periods in Portsmouth usually last for 12 months. Most contracts will start on the 1st July and end on the 30th June the following year. Occasionally, letting agents may offer tenancy periods that last for 10 or 11 months, starting in August or September. You can always enquire with the letting agent to find out how long your contract length will be.
Deposits are usually either 4 or 5 week's rent. The maximum legal amount a landlord can charge your for a deposit is 5 week's rent. You’ll get your deposit back when you move out of the property. That said, if the landlord is still owed outstanding rent or needs to pay for repairs to damage within the property, they may take deductions from the deposit to cover the costs.
UniHomes accommodation in Portsmouth usually costs £99 – £191.67 per person, per week. This price includes the cost of all bills you'll need to pay, which you won't always see on other student accommodation websites. Check out the full range of student accommodations available in Portsmouth.

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