Would you prefer a sea view or are you a city centre kind of person?
Welcome to the UK's most affordable student city
The NatWest Student Living Index 2016, has named Portsmouth as the most affordable UK city for students, making it the ideal place to live and study.
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.
Guaranteed room in Halls
For September 2017 entry, we are able to guarantee a room in halls to all undergraduate 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.
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.
- 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
- Disabled accommodation
To find accommodation that suits your needs, visit our dedicated disabled access information at DisabledGo.
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:
- 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!
- 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?
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.
Applying for a place in halls of residence
UK and EU students
If you have firmly accepted a place to study here from September 2017, 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.
All new international (non-EU and non-exchange) students starting a full-time course in September 2017 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 by the accommodation deadline.
Semester Two - January 2017 entry
Accommodation application packs for students arriving for the second semester of the 2016/17 academic year will be sent from November 2016 onwards. You will be able to apply for one of our halls of residence and we will allocate you to your highest available preference subject to availability.
For those students living out in the city we will help you to secure private rented accommodation in lodgings or a shared student house - there is a plentiful supply of this type of accommodation close by to the University and this is a popular choice for many of our students.
Students studying for a single semester under any Erasmus/Exchange programme should contact Student Housing for further information on how to apply for accommodation.
Viewing our halls
We show a variety of halls of residence at our Open Days. You can find out more about your accommodation options or ask us any questions about living arrangements by calling 023 9284 3214.
- 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
- 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
- We work closely with Unite Students to provide some accommodation for our students. We will be processing applications for four of their buildings. If you are allocated to either Greetham Street, Margaret Rule, James Watson or Trafalgar Hall, details of your allocation and further correspondence regarding your contract will be sent to you by Unite Students. Please note all your accommodation contractual obligations in either of the four halls will be with Unite Students.
For details about our halls and contractual terms and conditions please see theHalls 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.
En suite rooms, shared kitchen and dining facilities:
Greetham Street Hall
Unite Students building. Brand new hall of residence with 746 city centre rooms opened in September 2016. Offers en-suite rooms plus a great common space overlooking the city.£146 p/w Self- catered
Prices range from £146 - £152 p/w
£5840 to £6080 per academic year*
Margaret Rule Hall
Unite Students building. 342 city centre rooms in self-contained flats for 3 to 8 students each. Located in the heart of the city centre, near the Portsmouth and Southsea train station. This hall will be fully refurbished this summer.£136 p/w Self- catered
£5440 per academic year*
Shared bathroom, and kitchen and dining facilities:
LANGSTONE STUDENT VILLAGE
79 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.£91 p/w Self- catered
£3640 per academic year*
Shared bathroom, 2 meals a day:
Ensuite rooms, 2 meals a day:
Ensuite rooms, 1 meal a day:
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.
Find out more about living in the private sector on our housing webpages.
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 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.
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.
If you are considering renting your property to students please get in touch with us.
Contact the Student Housing office.