Portsmouth is steeped in history but has a modern vibe. It's a magnet for major sporting and cultural events.
As a city campus, all our teaching and most of our residences are in the centre of Portsmouth, so the University and city’s facilities are right on your doorstep. The campus is made up of over 40 buildings, interspersed with green spaces and communal areas such as cafés and coffee shops.
The University has invested in excess of £100 million into buildings and resources over the last 10 years, both to give students the facilities they’ll need to prepare for the working world, and to assist researchers in pursuing groundbreaking studies in their field.
Open 24/7 during term time, the library is able to offer you:
- over 380,000 books, 600,000 e-books and 41,000 journals, with extensive off-campus access to e-resources
- access to various DVDs, maps, online newspapers and microfilms
- a wealth of PCs, laptops and Apple Macs available for student use, with free wifi throughout
- an online catalogue
- a service that lets you borrow books from other libraries
- bookable group study rooms
- courses to help you with your study and research skills
- a café for when you need to take a break
On every floor, you'll find friendly, supportive and experienced staff to handle any questions you may have. They can help you both in person and by email.
Our specialist Faculty Librarians work closely with lecturers to make sure you have the resources you need for your coursework.
Learning at Portsmouth is much more than being in a lecture theatre. For many of our courses you’ll be working in real-life learning environments such as a mock courtroom or a model pharmacy. These simulated environments demonstrate the strong professional nature of many of our courses and prepare you for successful employment.
Places to eat and drink
We have a great variety of cafés and coffee shops in our buildings where you can grab a bite to eat near to lectures and to relax with friends including:
- Café Coco and the Waterhole in the Union Building
- The Hub in Dennis Sciama Building
- The Art Café in Eldon Building
There are also coffee shops in: the Library, Park, Portland, St Georges, and Anglesea Buildings.
The 3rd Space
This is a social and learning space upstairs in the Union Building, home to the Students’ Union. Here you can meet with friends and study together, or spend some quiet time reading alone. It’s open from 8am – midnight every day during term-time.
As a student you have free access to wifi and various computer suites across campus, all equipped with sophisticated computer technology. As well as this, you have access to specialist software and equipment. The student IT support centre is always on hand to help you.
- 24/7 IT support, and hands-on assistance with problems, 365 days a year
- Student IT Support Centre — drop in for free, face-to-face IT help right in the centre of campus.
Everything’s close by in Portsmouth. One minute you could be standing on the deck of an historic ship, the next you could be walking down a bustling shopping street, browsing in a gallery or sitting on the beach. The city’s flat – perfect for cycling - and everything’s close by so it’s easy to get around. By night, Portsmouth comes alive with gigs, bars, restaurants, clubs and shows.
The main part of the city is built on the natural island of Portsea. The resort area of Southsea occupies its southern part and, although it’s part of Portsmouth, is recognised as distinct from the rest of the city. Many of our students live in Southsea and contribute to its friendly, cosmopolitan and quirky character.