Would you prefer a sea view or are you a city centre kind of person?
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 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.
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!
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 full-time undergraduate or postgraduate place to study here from September 2017, 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.
All new international (non-EU and non-exchange) students starting a full-time course in 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 a Firm offer with the University of Portsmouth.
Viewing our halls
We show a variety of halls of residence at our Open Days. You can also speak to the Student Housing team at our information stand or book yourself onto one of the accommodation talks on the Open Days to find out more about your accommodation options if you decide to study at the University of Portsmouth. If you have a specific query about our accommodation and your living arrangements, please call the Student Housing team on 023 92 84314.
- 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
- 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.
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.
En suite rooms, shared kitchen and dining facilities:
Greetham Street Hall
Unite Students Building. City centre accommodation, opened September 2016 with 746 ensuite rooms in cluster flats of 8-10 people, with a great common space overlooking the city itself.£148 p/w Self- catered
Prices range from £148-153 p/w
£5920-6120 per academic year*
Shared bathroom, and kitchen and dining facilities:
Ensuite rooms, 2 meals 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: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 023 9284 3214.