Accommodation

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Accommodation

Would you prefer a sea view or are you a city centre kind of person? Imagine your own place in Portsmouth.

Accommodation at Portsmouth

magnifying1 Finding accommodation

Choosing the right place for you

At Portsmouth, our new students either live in halls of residences or within the local community, in private rented accommodation. Finding the right place to live is very important and wherever you choose to stay, the Student Housing team will be on hand to help you make the right choices.

We are able to offer a place in Halls of Residence to approximately 70 per cent of new students. Around 30 per cent of new students will live in private rented accommodation and this is also where the majority of students in other years live.

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

Living in a student house is a popular choice for many of our 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.

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.

Advice

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
E: student.housing@port.ac.uk

Disabled accommodation

To find accommodation to suit your needs, visit our dedicated disabled access information area at DisabledGo.

Disabled Go

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building1 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:

Location

  • 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.

International 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.

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 further information about our halls and contractual terms and conditions please see the Halls of Residence Handbook 2015-16

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.

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En suite rooms, shared kitchen and dining facilities:

  • 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
    £119 p/w Self- catered

    £4531 per academic year

  • Harry Law Hall

    GUILDHALL HALLS

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

    • Harry Law Hall
    • Harry Law Hall
    • Harry Law Hall
    • Harry Law Hall
    £116 p/w Self- catered

    £4438 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
    £119 p/w Self- catered

    £4531 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
    £104 p/w Self- catered

    £3968 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
    £119 p/w Self- catered

    £4531 per academic year

  • Trafalgar Hall Studio Flats

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    40 self-contained studio flats prioritised for postgraduate students

    • Trafalgar Hall Studio Flats
    • Trafalgar Hall Studio Flats
    • Trafalgar Hall Studio Flats
    • Trafalgar Hall Studio Flats
    £135 p/w Self- catered

    £5140 per academic year

Shared bathroom, and kitchen and dining facilities:

  • Bateson Hall

    GUILDHALL HALLS

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

    • Bateson Hall
    • Bateson Hall
    • Bateson Hall
    • Bateson Hall
    £86 p/w Self- catered

    £3279 per academic year

  • Bateson Hall Large Rooms

    GUILDHALL HALLS

    287 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
    £96 p/w Self- catered

    £3658 per academic year

  • Trust Hall

    LANGSTONE STUDENT VILLAGE

    62 rooms in self-contained flats accommodating 8 students overlooking the harbour. Additional self-contained flats near the harbour for 4 to 6 students, close to Trust Hall.

    • Trust Hall
    • Trust Hall
    • Trust Hall
    • Trust Hall
    £86 p/w Self- catered

    £3297 per academic year

Shared bathroom, 2 meals a day:

  • Burrell House

    REES/BURRELL

    132 rooms close to the seafront. Arranged corridor style, all meals taken in Rees Hall

    • Burrell House
    • Burrell House
    • Burrell House
    • Burrell House
    £107 p/w Catered

    £4064 per academic year

Ensuite rooms, 2 meals a day:

  • Rees Hall

    REES/BURRELL

    267 en suite rooms close to the seafront. Arranged corridor style with 2 communal TV lounges.

    • Rees Hall
    • Rees Hall
    • Rees Hall
    • Rees Hall
    £135 p/w Catered

    £5140 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
    £103 p/w Catered

    £3928 per academic year including eight meals

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

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home1 Private Renting or Lodgings

Many of our students enjoy living in the city and the surrounding areas where there is a wide range of private accommodation to choose from.

The local areas of Southsea and Fratton have good, reasonably priced flats, shared housing and lodgings within walking distance of the University and the city centre. Students further afield benefit from the free University bus that runs across the city.

For further information about living in the private sector please see our housing webpages.

Shared houses

Students typically rent shared houses in groups of three to five. Each student has their own bedroom and will share the communal areas such as the kitchen, lounge and bathroom.

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

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.

This is a cost effective and flexible option as all utility bills are included and the accommodation can sometimes be offered with a meal 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

Our Student Housing department offer lots of housing support to help you find housemates and your first home in the private sector.

You can take a look at properties registered with us for advertising on Studentpad – all of these landlords have signed up to our Code of Practice for safety and standards and provide affordable student accommodation throughout the city.

You will be supported to find your student housing through our online house-hunting guide which links to our Facebook groups where you can start to chat to your potential new housemates.  In addition, we  offer housing events which are held throughout the summer where you can meet up with other new students.

Students living in the private sector can also access 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 contact the Student Housing office.