If living and studying walking distance from the sea is a firm prerequisite for your student lifestyle (and why shouldn’t it be?) Portsmouth is your perfect port in a storm. The University of Portsmouth is a stone’s throw away from four miles of stunning beach, which would be tantalising even if the university itself wasn’t considered one of the best modern campuses in the UK (which it is!). And if you’re a watersports enthusiast (think wake-boarding, sailing, rowing and surfing to name a few), then look no further – you’ve found your Mecca.
One of the most affordable cities to study in, Portsmouth offers a truly outstanding student experience, with 450 degree programs and a wealth of cutting edge facilities offered by the university (including a £9m media and arts space, a £4m library refurbishment and an £11m engineering centre). It’s also got the credentials from the 2017 National Student Survey for student satisfaction, which it gained from its dedication to pastoral care and job-opportunity based degree courses. Simply put, Portsmouth graduates tend to get pretty well paid jobs, and isn’t that what it’s all about in the end? (Well, that and learning.)
Stepping away from the campus, Portsmouth is an easy-to-navigate, fascinating blend of old and new. From the historic dockyards where Henry VIII watched the Mary Rose sink, to Pie and Vinyl for nostalgic eats and beats, Portsmouth caters to the modern student who prefers to live surrounded by cultural influences from the past. You can shop from over 90 designer outlet shops at the GunWharf Keys, enjoy live performances at one of the city’s three theatres, and make the most of local institutions like The Wedgewood Rooms, which hosts live comedy and music all year round. If the worry is that you’ll be short of sights and activities in a smaller town, then fear not – Portsmouth may be modest in size, but it’s buzzing with life every day of the week.
As the oldest port in the UK, Portsmouth is easily accessible from major cities (only an hour and a half on a train to Waterloo) and has great ferry links with the Isle of Wight, should you fancy the trip. Not that you’ll need to leave too often. Find our student accommodation in Portsmouth below.