The 3rd Space is a communal social and learning space where students can relax, meet with friends and work together in a casual environment. It's located on the first floor of the Student's Union building.

Students can work in inflatable study pods, collaborate on group projects, grab a barista-made coffee from our Café Coco downstairs or just connect to the wifi and chill out by the couches. There's a community noticeboard to keep up-to-date with news, events and opportunities from around the campus, and a live events space with 2 projectors and stage lighting rig.

We regularly clear the space out for community events, including:

  • Global Week — a celebration of worldwide culture and friendship at our University and in the community
  • Feel Good Fest — supporting staff and student wellbeing with free food, fun and activities
  • Nerdvana — a 24-hour game and film fest in partnership with retro gaming café Game Over
  • Events run by our student-led clubs and societies
Third space

Our light and airy 3rd Space is a communal social and learning space where students can work and relax in a casual environment

Equipment and rooms

  • Laptop loan service with 30 laptops
  • 4 study pods than can be shifted around the open plan space
  • Communal spaces with couches and coffee tables
  • Picnic benches and deck chairs for a chill area
  • Plenty of desks for group study and University club and society events
  • Community notice board with details of clubs, news and events
  • Bookable live performance space with lighting rig, projector, and PA and sound systems available
  • Free access printing with 2 printers
  • Downstairs café serving coffee, tea, hot and cold food

Contact us

The 3rd Space is open from 8.00am to midnight every day during term-time.

If your group, club or society is interested in hiring out the space for events please contact If you are not a student group and would like to use the space, please email

To find out more about the 3rd Space contact the Student Union team at or call 023 9284 3628.

Where to find us

The 3rd Space

1st Floor, University of Portsmouth Students' Union
Cambridge Road