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 second 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 in-house café 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 and projector
  • 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 groups@upsu.net.

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

Where to find us

The 3rd Space

1st Floor, University of Portsmouth Students' Union
Cambridge Road
Portsmouth
PO1 2EF