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Thriving at Portsmouth: A Guide to Your University Life

Portsmouth is a densely populated city, second only to London’s population density. It also has one of the best weather in the UK. There is an open seafront, warm sunshine, and high streets with great food and unique shopping. It’s a small city with a lot to offer.

What do you envision your study abroad life at the University of Portsmouth? Classrooms and libraries, or dormitories, canteens and gyms? If you are unsatisfied with routine life, read this guide to having fun and finding suitable student accommodation in Portsmouth.

Eat in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth is a diverse and cosmopolitan city with a wide range of cuisines from all over the world. Not only are there authentic Chinese restaurants, but you’ll also find a wide range of international specialities. You’ll find new and traditional cafes, breakfasts, and the best fish and chips in the UK pub scene.

Outside-In Food Court
56 Middle Street, Portsmouth, PO5 4BN

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It’s a one-stop shop where you can savour all kinds of delicious street food. It’s tucked away in an old warehouse near the University of Portsmouth. It’s lively, clean, card-accessible, and you can book a table and place an order on the app.

The Parade Tearooms
Vernon Gate, Portsmouth PO1 3TN

student accommodation in Portsmouth

For authentic English afternoon tea, this shop is a great choice. You can order a set menu with cakes, sandwiches and English black tea, which is cost-effective and delicious. Especially recommended are the scones and cupcakes! Not too sweet, not too greasy, with a fruity aroma.

Mayfair Restaurant
96 Castle Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth, Southsea PO5 3AZ

student accommodation in Portsmouth

This is a highly-rated Chinese restaurant that serves a variety of authentic Chinese home cooking. The food is spicy and hot, so don’t miss it if you love spicy food.

Play in Portsmouth

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Portsmouth has beautiful scenery and quite a bit of fun. There are two places you must visit. However, the beauty of Portsmouth lies not just in its landmarks, but also in these simple, unassuming corners where you can find peace, joy, and a sense of belonging. 

Gunwharf Quays Outlet
Portsmouth PO1 3TZ

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Gunwharf Quays is a modern mall with stores including designer fashion retailers, bars, cafes and restaurants. You can eat, drink, play and shop all in one stop here. The shopping street is well-branded and crowded. There is also a seaside mini carnival, carousel and Ferris wheel. The specialities of the various food stalls can also be a treat to the palate.

Spinnaker Tower
Portsmouth PO1 3TT

Cost of Living in Portsmouth: Entertainment and Recreation

Spinnaker Tower is just a short walk from Gunwharf, at the foot of the towering Spinnaker Tower. It’s an iconic structure on the Portsmouth coastline. It also has a viewing platform. From the top, you can see not only the city, but also the entrance to the Solent and the harbour.

Live in Portsmouth

For students living abroad for the first time, finding suitable accommodation to adapt to the new environment is essential. Dormitories provided by the school are safe and convenient, and you can move in on arrival. However, the number of dormitories is relatively limited. Therefore, we have found these affordable student accommodations.

Stanley Studios

Stanley Studios is ideally located for all students. There are a number of stylish modern studios on offer, all designed for student life and fully furnished to a high standard, with en-suite bathrooms and fitted kitchens. You also have many facilities to make use of whenever you fancy.

student accommodation in Portsmouth

Location: Coburg Street, Portsmouth
Price: From £199/week (inclusive of Wi-Fi and utility bills)

Distance to Schools:

Portsmouth International College (0.28 mi)
Arundel Campus – City of Portsmouth College (0.36 mi)
University of Portsmouth – Eldon Building (0.85 mi)
International College Portsmouth (0.75 mi)
University Learning Centre  (0.75 mi)

Crown Place

Crown Place is located in the centre of Portsmouth, within a 6-7 minute walk to the University of Portsmouth. The flat offers mostly en-suite studios with en-suite bathrooms and separate kitchens. The flat also offers Twodio, a single room with an en-suite bathroom and a shared kitchen with another housemate.

student accommodation in Portsmouth

Location: Crown Place Station Street, Portsmouth
Price: From £175/week

Distance to Schools:

Arundel Campus – City of Portsmouth College (0.28 mi)
International College Portsmouth (ICP) (0.37 mi)
University of Portsmouth – Eldon Building (0.46 mi)

Middle Street

Middle Street is situated just a three minute walk from the Portsmouth University Quarter and less than 20 metres from the Eldon Building, Nuffield Campus, ideal for students studying within the Faculty of Creative and Cultural Industries. Students living in the Middle Street student accommodation will have the use of some great communal areas, a lounge (a great place to meet with your new friends in the building and watch TV on the large projector screen), study rooms, state of the art gym (now there is no excuse) and laundry room.

middle street, student accommodation near University of Portsmouth

Location: 22 Middle Street, Portsmouth
Price: From £254/week

Distance to Schools:

University of Portsmouth – Eldon Building (0.00 mi)
International College Portsmouth (0.08 mi)
University Learning Centre (0.08 mi)
University House (0.17 mi)
Portsmouth University Sport & Recreation Department (0.13 mi)
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