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Finding accommodation
Halls of residence
Private renting or lodgings

Finding accommodation

Guaranteed room in Halls

For September 2018 entry, we are able to guarantee a room in halls to all new, full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students who make us their firm choice and meet accommodation deadlines.

Our Student Housing Team will be on hand to support you throughout the process and advise you every step of the way.

Halls of residence at Portsmouth

Private 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

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.

If you are coming to study with us for the second semester (from January 2018 onwards) at the University of Portsmouth, Student Housing will start to send out accommodation application emails from mid-November 2017 to students who have accepted a firm offer to study with us.

Once you receive the email, you will be able to apply for a room in one of our halls of residence or, you can choose to find a room in private rented accommodation in the city using our online support facilities.

For general information on the accommodation options available, hall fees and their facilities, available support from our team and more, please read the information on this website or you can email us at student.housing@port.ac.uk.


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Halls of residence

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 Halls are in a beautiful setting, close to Southsea Common and the beach, and still near to university. You might get a sea view!

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?

The majority of our rooms have en-suite bathrooms, containing a private shower, basin and toilet. Some halls have shared bathrooms with numerous shower rooms and toilet facilities per flat or corridor. 

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
  • Unite Students and The Student Housing Company

We work closely with Unite Students and The Student Housing Company to provide some accommodation for our students. If you are allocated to Greetham Street, Margaret Rule, James Watson or Trafalgar Hall, Unite Students will send details of your allocation and further correspondence regarding your contract. If you are allocated a room in Catherine House, The Student Housing Company will send details of your allocation and further correspondence regarding your contract.

We will process applications for these five halls. But, all your accommodation contractual obligations in any of these five halls will be with either Unite Students or The Student Housing Company.

More information

For more information about the application process, please see the Information and application brochure.

If you would like to know more about our allocation policy, please see the Allocation Policy brochure.

For details about our halls and contractual terms and conditions, please see the Halls of Residence Handbook.

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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UK and EU students

If you have firmly accepted a full-time undergraduate or postgraduate place to study here from September 2018, we will send you an accommodation pack, which includes a student housing guide. We will send these out from the end of January onwards. They will include full accommodation details and our allocation policy.

International students

All new international (non-EU and non-exchange) students starting a full-time course in September 2018 are guaranteed an offer of a place in a hall of residence for the first year of study, provided we have received a completed accommodation application by the accommodation deadline. Details of how to apply for halls will be sent to students when they hold an Unconditional Firm offer with the University of Portsmouth.

*All prices below are rounded to the nearest pound for clarity and subject to confirmation for 2018.

The images below are sample images of a typical room and rooms may vary slightly in size or fittings and furniture.

Ensuite rooms, shared kitchen and dining facilities:

Catherine House

Guildhall Halls

Opened September 2017. Managed by The Student Housing Company. Centrally located, offering approximately 700 private ensuite rooms split between cluster flats for 4 to 6 students.

£137 P/W
Self- catered

Prices range from £137-145 p/w £5480-5800 per academic year*


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Greetham Street Hall

Guildhall Halls

Unite Students Building. City-centre accommodation, opened September 2016 with 746 ensuite rooms in cluster flats of 5 to 10 people, with a great common space overlooking the city itself.

£148 P/W
Self- catered

Prices range from £148-154 p/w £5920-6120 per academic year*


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Margaret Rule Hall

Guildhall Halls

Unite Students building. 342 city-centre rooms in self-contained flats for 4 to 8 students each. Located in the heart of the city centre, near Portsmouth and Southsea train station.

£138 P/W
Self- catered

£5520 per academic year*


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Harry Law Hall

Guildhall Halls

286 city-centre rooms arranged along corridors, with kitchens shared between 5 to 7 students.

£128 P/W
Self- catered

£5120 per academic year*


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James Watson Hall

Guildhall Halls

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

£133 P/W
Self- catered

£5320 per academic year*


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Trafalgar Hall

Guildhall Halls

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

£123 P/W
Self- catered

£4920 per academic year*


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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.

£144 P/W
Self- catered

Prices range from £144-150 p/w £5720-6000 per academic year*


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Shared bathroom, and kitchen and dining facilities:

Bateson Hall

Guildhall Halls

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

£92 P/W
Self- catered

£3680 per academic year*


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Bateson Hall Large Rooms

Guildhall Halls

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

£104 P/W
Self- catered

£4160 per academic year*


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Ensuite rooms, 2 meals a day:

Rees Hall

 

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

£163 P/W
Catered

£6520 per academic year*


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Private renting or lodgings

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.

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.

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.

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.


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