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<91日韩AV class="heading heading--main heading--campaign heading--with-bg" > What's student life in Portsmouth like?

Explore all our city has to offer 鈥 from where to go and what to see, to useful advice for settling in

We are proud that students have ranked us a TOP 25 university in the UK for student satisfaction (Times Higher Education, 2023). When it comes to choosing a course, we know it's about finding the right mix of academic support, great facilities and picking a great place to live and study.

Find out more about student life in Portsmouth 鈥 from where you'll stay, to the places you can go and things you can do once you're here 鈥 read the success stories of our recent grads, and get all the help and advice you need to make the right choice on where to study.

<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Life outside study

Amazing places to eat, fantastic independent shops, great green spaces 鈥 everything you need to work, rest and play is waiting for you in Portsmouth.

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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Portsmouth: Your time, your place

There are plenty of great reasons to choose Portsmouth for your university adventure 鈥 here are some of the best.

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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Virtual Experience

Get a feel for life on campus without leaving home. Discover panoramic views of the campus, watch course webinars, look at accommodation, browse facilities like labs, workshops and studios, explore our leisure facilities and more.

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<91日韩AV class="heading heading--main heading--campaign heading--with-bg video-component__heading" > Discover Portsmouth | City Guide

Portsmouth is a great place to live as well as study. We're the UK's only island city and life as a student in Portsmouth is unbeatable. We鈥檝e got beaches, great places to eat, heaps of independent shops and music venues, cultural and artistic hotspots, and stacks of green space. Portsmouth is one of the most picturesque, welcoming and interesting places to live in the UK, and was voted the in the top 10 trending hotspots by Airbnb (2022).

I think Portsmouth is very forward thinking.

It's got such a really friendly atmosphere and even though it's a city, it鈥檚 quite a small city, so it feels really welcoming and homely.

When I first came to the open day for Portsmouth, I instantly fell in love with it.

When the sun is shining, there is nowhere better than Portsmouth.

Welcome to Portsmouth, the UK's only island city and home to the 91日韩AV.

Join us today as we show you some of our favourite spots so you can take advantage of studying at the heart of our community. 

It's a very cosmopolitan city, it's got so much to offer.

You have the commercial road, you have the city centre ar the heart where it's all lively.

Student nightlife is really, really good. You鈥檝e got lots of nightclubs, lots of stuff to do.

But then as soon as you come to Southsea it鈥檚 more of a lazy seaside town, you get to go to the beach.

You just have to go down to the beach or the common on a sunny day and everyone's having picnics. It's just beautiful.

Fuelling up for the day, you鈥檙e absolutely spoilt for choice.

Everyone I know has a different favourite caf茅 spot.

We鈥檝e got you covered for freshly roasted coffee, doughnuts, fish and chips, vegan food and artisan bread.

And that鈥檚 before we even get to the restaurants and bars. Cheers.

Okay, shopping. I love to shop local myself and the top spots for that are Palmerston Road, Marmion Road or here, Castle Road.

Commercial Road has you set for your shopping essentials. Or pop down to Southsea for charity shop bargains and quirky independent businesses to browse for something unique.

Or join us in Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth's Waterfront Shopping Centre to check in on your favourite brand outlets or catch the lights at Christmas. 

I love that kind of vibrancy of the city

It's got a real independent spirit about it.

I think it's got a really good mix of independent businesses.

There are so many local independent businesses.

There are entertainment activities in terms of lots of bars and restaurants and loads of cool places to eat.

There's so much to do right here in the place you live.

There's an island鈥檚 worth of beautiful coast to explore and unique green spaces like Canoe Lake and the Rose Garden to enjoy with your friends or by yourself as a space for study or reflection.

Or for something a little different, you could wander into an art gallery, try an escape room, or book a table with your friends at DICE, the local board game caf茅.

And don't forget the nights. There's a ton of live music events happening every week as well as karaoke comedy nights and live theatre.

There are lots of cultural events, art galleries, music venues.

And there are so many shows. You've got kite festivals. 

Food festivals. 

The big one that really helps the town is Victorious Festival.

It is such a really lovely community.

And I think after you've been here a while, you feel part of the community.

It just makes you feel like you're at home away from home.

Portsmouth is a one of a kind place, a place for you to explore and thrive.

There's something for everyone here, and we can't wait for you to be part of it.

To find out more about our city, book an open day and get exploring, visit port.ac.uk.

<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Student accommodation

Take a look at where you'll stay when you study at Portsmouth, how much it'll cost, and what you'll get for your money 鈥 plus where to get housing support and how to get a guaranteed room in our halls.

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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Careers and employment

Our graduate employment rates are among the UK's best, with 94% of our students in work and/or further study. 

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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Guidance and support

Find out about the guidance and support you'll get if you need a helping hand with academic life 鈥 or life in general 鈥 when you study with us at Portsmouth.

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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Student stories

Studying with us is a great decision, but don't just take our word for it 鈥 read stories from our graduates about why they chose Portsmouth and how studying with us changed their lives.

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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Help and advice
To make the process of choosing, applying and starting university easier, we've compiled our most helpful tips, guidance and advice 鈥 including what to do when you get your offers and results, and how to prepare for your first day.
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<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Teaching and learning spaces
Explore our teaching and learning spaces, where students can get hands-on with their coursework and projects.

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Teaching and learning spaces
<91日韩AV class="card__heading card__heading--main" > Sport Portsmouth
Visit our Sport site to sign up for gym membership, book classes, read our sports news or join a sports team.
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TEF Gold 2023

Gold rating in national assessment of teaching excellence

Our TEF Gold rating ranks Portsmouth amongst the top universities in the UK for teaching. 

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