Accommodation

Why Portsmouth?

Accommodation

Would you prefer a sea view or are you a city centre kind of person?

Accommodation at Portsmouth

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Choosing where to live

There’s a huge range of student accommodation options at Portsmouth, whether you choose to live in our halls of residence or in private rented accommodation. Where you choose to live will depend on the experience you’re looking for, your budget and how independent you want to be.

Halls of Residence

With new halls of residence opening for September 2016, we can offer accommodation to at least 90% of new full-time Home/EU students who make us their firm choice and apply for accommodation. For 2017 we’ll have even more halls of residence, meaning we'll be able to offer a room in halls to all students who make us their firm choice and meet required accommodation dealines.

Regardless of when you join us our Student Housing Team will be on hand to support you.

Halls of residence at Portsmouth

Private rented accommodation

Living in a student house is a popular choice for many students. You can choose who you would like to live with and you have more independence. The two main types of private accommodation are private shared houses and flats, or lodgings.

We have a dedicated team who can help with house hunting and help you to find housemates.

Finding rented student accommodation

Advice

Student Housing Team

Find out about visiting university halls or ask us any questions about living arrangements. We can help you throughout your years at university.

T: 023 9284 3214
E: student.housing@port.ac.uk

Disabled accommodation

To find accommodation that suits your needs, visit our dedicated disabled access information at DisabledGo.

Disabled Go

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Why choose halls of residence?

Having a room in our halls of residence is a great way to make friends and feel at home in the university community. Many of our first-year home, EU and new international students live in halls, where they have the opportunity to meet other students from different courses, cultures and backgrounds.

When choosing halls you will be asked to express a preference about the type and location of accommodation. Here's what you will need to consider:

Location

  • Guildhall Halls are in the heart of the city centre, close to university facilities.
  • Rees and Burrell Halls are in a beautiful setting, close to Southsea Common and the beach, and still near to university. You might get a sea view!
  • Langstone Student Village overlooks the harbour and has a large social space, computer suite and restaurant, plus a free bus connection to the Guildhall Campus.

Catered or self-catered?

Catered halls provide two meals a day, usually breakfast and an evening meal, with lots of choice. There are also facilities for you to make simple meals and hot drinks.

In self-catered halls, you’ll cook for yourself in shared kitchens, or in your own kitchenette if allocated a studio flat.

En suite or shared bathroom?

Some halls have shared bathrooms but there are plenty of shower rooms and toilet facilities per flat or corridor. In halls with en suite bathrooms, each room has a private shower, basin and toilet.

Applying for a place in halls of residence

UK and EU students

If you have firmly accepted an offer to study here, we'll send you an accommodation pack which includes a student housing guide. These will be sent from the end of March onwards and will include full details and our allocation policy.

International students

All new international (non-EU and non-exchange) students starting a full-time course in September are guaranteed an offer of a place in University halls for the first year of study, provided we have received a completed accommodation application form and £250 pre-payment in cleared funds by the deadline.

Important files

DescriptionFile Size
Allocation Policy, for all UK, EU, International and Channel Island students PDF 58KB
Student Housing Information and Application Brochure PDF 3400KB
Frequently asked questions (International Students) PDF 132KB

Viewing our halls

We show a variety of halls of residence at our Open Days. You can find out more about this by visiting www.port.ac.uk/opendays or by calling us on 023 9284 2748.

What's included:

  • Free broadband and Wifi
  • Access to multiple TV channels on your computer (TV licence required)
  • Dedicated halls students’ support team
  • Basic insurance cover
  • Utility services – gas, electricity, water

A typical bedroom includes:

  • Single bed study desk, chair and noticeboard
  • Drawers and wardrobe
  • Sockets and network connections

What else?

  • Dedicated rooms available for students with disabilities
  • All rooms are single occupancy - some rooms may be offered on a twin basis with an appropriate fee adjustment
  • Studio flats are offered in Trafalgar Hall and prioritised for our postgraduate students
  • Halls of residence places are allocated for a contractual term of one academic year
  • You keep your room over Christmas and Easter holidays – no need to move out
  • Limited parking spaces available at Langstone only, prioritised for students with special needs - a parking permit is required

For details about our halls and contractual terms and conditions please see Halls of Residence Handbook 2015-16

All the University of Portsmouth halls of residence meet the criteria of the Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice for university-managed student accommodation.

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En suite rooms, shared kitchen and dining facilities:

  • Greetham Street Hall

    Guildhall Halls

    Around 836 city centre rooms currently under development ready for the 2016/2017 academic year.

    • Greetham Street Hall
    • Greetham Street Hall
    • Greetham Street Hall
    • Greetham Street Hall
    £142 p/w Self- catered

    Prices range from £141 - £142 p/w
    £5640 -£5840 per academic year*

  • Margaret Rule Hall

    Guildhall Halls

    342 city centre rooms in self-contained flats for 3 to 8 students each.

    • Margaret Rule Hall
    • Margaret Rule Hall
    • Margaret Rule Hall
    • Margaret Rule Hall
    £131 p/w Self- catered

    £5240 per academic year*

  • Harry Law Hall

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    302 city centre rooms arranged along corridors, with kitchens shared between 8 or 9 students.

    • Harry Law Hall
    • Harry Law Hall
    • Harry Law Hall
    • Harry Law Hall
    £122 p/w Self- catered

    £4880 per academic year*

  • James Watson Hall

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    688 city centre rooms in self-contained flats for 4 to 6 students each.

    • James Watson Hall
    • James Watson Hall
    • James Watson Hall
    • James Watson Hall
    £126 p/w Self- catered

    £5040 per academic year*

  • Langstone Flats

    LANGSTONE STUDENT VILLAGE

    192 rooms in halls overlooking the harbour in self-contained flats for 8 students each.

    • Langstone Flats
    • Langstone Flats
    • Langstone Flats
    • Langstone Flats
    £106 p/w Self- catered

    £4240 per academic year*

  • Trafalgar Hall

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    288 city centre rooms in self-contained flats for 6 students each.

    • Trafalgar Hall
    • Trafalgar Hall
    • Trafalgar Hall
    • Trafalgar Hall
    £117 p/w Self- catered

    £4680 per academic year*

  • Studio Flats

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    58 self-contained studio flats located in Margaret Rule Hall, James Watson Hall, Harry Law and Trafalgar Hall; usually prioritised for postgraduate students.

    • Studio Flats
    • Studio Flats
    • Studio Flats
    • Studio Flats
    £143 p/w Self- catered

    Prices range from £137 - £143 p/w
    £5480 - £5720 per academic year*

Shared bathroom, and kitchen and dining facilities:

  • Bateson Hall

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    225 city centre rooms in self-contained single-sex flats accommodating 5 to 6 students.

    • Bateson Hall
    • Bateson Hall
    • Bateson Hall
    • Bateson Hall
    £88 p/w Self- catered

    £3520 per academic year*

  • Bateson Hall Large Rooms

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    57 city centre rooms in self-contained single-sex flats accommodating 5 to 6 students.

    • Bateson Hall Large Rooms
    • Bateson Hall Large Rooms
    • Bateson Hall Large Rooms
    • Bateson Hall Large Rooms
    £99 p/w Self- catered

    £3960 per academic year*

  • Trust Hall

    LANGSTONE STUDENT VILLAGE

    62 rooms divided into self-contained flats overlooking the harbour, comprising of 7/8 rooms sharing two shower and toilet units and a kitchen/diner. Additional smaller self-contained flats (Trust Hall Satellite) are allocated as part of the hall.

    • Trust Hall
    • Trust Hall
    • Trust Hall
    • Trust Hall
    £88 p/w Self- catered

    Prices range from £87 - £88 p/w
    £3480-£3520 per academic year*

Shared bathroom, 2 meals a day:

  • Burrell House

    REES/BURRELL

    132 rooms close to the seafront arranged along corridors. All meals taken in Rees Hall.

    • Burrell House
    • Burrell House
    • Burrell House
    • Burrell House
    £110 p/w Catered

    £4400 per academic year*

Ensuite rooms, 2 meals a day:

  • Rees Hall

    REES/BURRELL

    267 en suite rooms close to the seafront, arranged along corridors with 2 communal TV lounges.

    • Rees Hall
    • Rees Hall
    • Rees Hall
    • Rees Hall
    £155 p/w Catered

    £6200 per academic year*

Ensuite rooms, 1 meal a day:

  • QEQM Hall

    LANGSTONE STUDENT VILLAGE

    330 en suite rooms mainly in mixed-sex blocks and floors.

    • QEQM Hall
    • QEQM Hall
    • QEQM Hall
    • QEQM Hall
    £105 p/w Catered

    £4200 per academic year including eight meals*

* All prices are rounded to the nearest pound for clarity and subject to confirmation The images above are sample images of a typical room and rooms may vary slightly in size or fittings and furniture

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Many of our students enjoy living in the city and the surrounding areas. There's a wide range of places to choose from.

The local areas of Southsea and Fratton are popular with our students and have reasonably priced flats, shared housing and lodgings - all within walking distance of the University and the city centre. If you live further afield there's a free University bus that runs across the city.

Find out more about living in the private sector on our housing webpages.

Shared houses

Shared houses are typically rented in groups of three to five. You would share the communal areas such as the kitchen, lounge and bathroom, but have your own bedroom.

You can expect to pay on average £75 to £85 a week sharing with other students. You need to allow approximately £15-£20 per week for bills.

Private housing guide
Private housing
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Lodgings

Lodgings is where the landlord lives on the premises such as family households, guesthouses, or houses owned by other students. It's cost effective and flexible, as all utility bills are included, and sometimes meals are included in the rent.

You can expect to pay around £80 to £90 a week for the room, and £80 to £100 with meals included.

Students outside their lodgings
Students outside their lodgings

Housing support

We offer lots of support to help you find housemates and your first home in the private sector. You can take a look at properties registered with us on Studentpad – these landlords have signed up to our Code of Practice for safety and standards, plus provide affordable student accommodation.

Further support includes a series of housing events and drop-in sessions, online resources and a student matching service. You'll also have access to the welfare and support services that are available to students in halls of residences.

Landlords

If you are considering renting your property to students please get in touch with us.

Contact the Student Housing office.