Would you prefer a sea view or are you a city centre kind of person? Imagine your own place in Portsmouth.
Choosing the right place for you
Whether you like the idea of sharing with others, or you want a place to yourself, we help you find a room in Halls, flat or house to suit you and your budget. Portsmouth is a fantastic place to live and study; the city is student-friendly and there is a huge range of affordable student accommodation to choose from.
Halls of Residence
There’s no better way to make friends and feel at home in the university community than by having a room in the halls of residence.
Depending on your needs and your budget, you can choose whether you want an en suite bathroom, whether you’d like your meals to be provided (catered) or have your own kitchen (self-catered).
Private rented accommodation
We are able to offer University accommodation to 70 per cent of new students. 30 per cent of first-year students live in private shared houses, located within close distance of the University campus. This is also where the majority of students in other years live. There are two main types of accommodation choice in this area: private shared houses and flats and lodgings.
Our Student Housing department offer lots of house hunting support to help you find housemates and your first home in the private sector.
For further information about living in the private sector please see our housing webpages.
- Student Housing Team
Find out about visiting University halls or ask us any other questions about living arrangements. We can help you with accommodation issues throughout your years at university.
T: 023 9284 3214
- Disabled accommodation
To find accommodation to suit your needs, visit our dedicated disabled access information area at DisabledGo.
- Student and Neighbour Liaison Service
With 16,000 students living in the city, our community relations are important. We will help you settle in to the city and be a good neighbour.
T: 023 9284 3214
Halls of Residence
Why choose Halls
There’s no better way to make friends and feel at home in the university community than by having a room in our halls of residence. Many of our first-year home and 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 as to the type and the location of accommodation. Here is what you will need to consider:
- Guildhall Halls in the heart of the city centre, close to University facilities.
- Rees and Burrell are in a beautiful setting, close to Southsea Common, and 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 to allow students 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’s 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 halls place
UK and EU students
For applicants who have firmly accepted an offer to study here, a student housing guide will be sent to you in an accommodation pack from the end of March onwards which will include full details of our allocation policy.
Read our Allocation Policy, for all UK, EU, International and Channel Island students.
All new international (non-EU and non-exchange) students starting a full-time course in September 2015 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 of Monday 3 August 2015.
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.
- free broadband and Wifi
- access to 25 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
- 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 37 weeks – 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 further information about our halls and contractual terms and conditions please see the Halls of Residence Handbook 2014-15
All of the University of Portsmouth halls of residence meet the criteria of the Universities UK (UUK) Code of Practice for university-managed student accommodation.
En suite rooms, shared kitchen and dining facilities:
Shared bathroom, and kitchen and dining facilities:
Shared bathroom, 2 meals a day:
Ensuite rooms, 2 meals a day:
Ensuite rooms, 1 meal a day:
Private Renting or Lodgings
You may want to go house or flat hunting and choose your own place to live. Many students live in Southsea which has plenty of good, reasonably priced flats, shared housing and lodgings close to the University and the city centre. Approximately 30 per cent of first-year students live in private shared houses and this is also where the majority of students in other years live.
Students typically rent shared houses in groups of three to five.
You can expect to pay on average £75 to £85 a week sharing with other students. You need to allow £15 per week for bills.
Search our database of student houses at www.portsmouthstudentpad.co.uk.
There is the option to live in private houses where the landlord lives on the premises. These can be family households, guesthouses or houses owned by other students.
You can expect to pay around £80 to £90 a week for the room, and £80 to £100 with meals included.