Living in Portsmouth


A brilliant place to be

Portsmouth is located on England’s south coast, which offers some of the best weather in the UK. In our vibrant and cosmopolitan city, the historic sits alongside the modern. Portsmouth is small enough to feel at home in and you can get around quickly and easily. Most University buildings are right in the heart of the city and everything you need – entertainment, shopping, the seafront – is within easy reach.

Well connected

Southsea seafront is a short walk from the city centre and main University campus. Here you can enjoy fantastic sea views, four miles of beach and the green spaces of Southsea Common, ideal for meeting friends and having summer picnics. The Common also hosts live music, running events and even a kite festival. If you want to see more of the UK, you will find good road and rail links to other major cities. London is just a 90 minute train journey away. Heathrow, Gatwick and Southampton airports are within easy reach. If you want to get to Europe, there are regular ferries to France and Spain.

10 reasons to love Portsmouth


Maritime heritage

We welcome more than 4,000 international and EU students from almost 150 different countries. So wherever you are coming from, we can help youget to where you want to be.


The Hotwalls Studios and Old Portsmouth

Part of Old Portsmouth’s historic Hotwalls area was recently converted into 13 studios where you can see the work of local artists, designers and creative companies. Great for inspiration and for coffee and cake.


Café culture and diverse food

It is easy to find a place for coffee or somewhere to eat in Portsmouth. Albert Road is perfect for quirky cafés, bars and restaurants that serve all types of cuisine. You will also find cafés and pubs along the cobbled streets of historic Old Portsmouth.


Music and entertainment

The Kings Theatre, the New Theatre Royal and Portsmouth Guildhall all offer a fantastic range of plays, live shows and music concerts. The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea holds regular comedy nights, live bands and club nights. And do not miss the annual Victorious music festival on Southsea Common.


Beyond the city

From Portsmouth, it is easy to get to London, Brighton, the Isle of Wight and other great places for a weekend stay or day trip. For Europe, you are just a ferry ride or short flight away.


A city that is easy to get around

Everything is close by in Portsmouth. One minute you could be on the deck of a historic ship, the next you could be walking down a bustling shopping street. The city is flat – perfect for walking and cycling.


Fun at the beach

You are never far from the beach in Portsmouth. And where there is a beach, you will find fish and chips and
ice cream!


Events in the city

A spectacular range of events are planned every year in
Portsmouth, on Southsea seafront and in the city’s museums, galleries, theatres, live venues and parks.


A historic and literary city

Portsmouth was the birthplace of Charles Dickens, and has also been home to Arthur Conan Doyle and Rudyard Kipling. These literary greats are celebrated at museums throughout the city and with frequent events.


A place you can relax

Portsmouth is known for its green spaces. Southsea Common and Canoe Lake are close to the seafront and are perfect for summer barbecues, winter walks and meeting up with friends.


Cost of Living in University Halls or Residence
Cost of Living in Private Rented Accommodation
Halls/Rent£98 – £175£90 – £110
Bills (Gas / Electricity / Water / Internet)Included in halls rent£15 – £20
Food / Housekeeping£35 – £40 (less if you are catered in halls)£35 – £40
Travel£5 – £10£5 – £10
Phone £5 – £10£5 – £10
Contents Insurance£2 – £3£2 – £3
TV License £3 £3
Social Costs£30 – £40£30 – £40
Total per Week£178 – £279£185 – £236
Total per Academic Year (40 Weeks)£7,120 – £11,160£7,400 – £9,400