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You’ll find loads of student accommodation options in Portsmouth. When you choose us, we’ll guarantee you’ll have a place to live.

It's not too late to get accommodation. The City has plenty of student accommodation and our Housing team are on hand to support you in finding a place to live.

When you call us on the Clearing hotline, we can answer your accommodation questions. Or you can email student.housing@port.ac.uk if you have questions now.

We are running house hunting events throughout August and September to help you find your perfect place. Email student.housing@port.ac.uk for more details or to book on.

We know moving away from home is a big step so we offer lots of support to help you adjust to renting in the private sector. We put on housing events and drop-in sessions, and provide online resources and a student matching service.

Meet some of our students who share their experiences of living in the private rented sector:

Student experiences

Georgie Penfold

I wasn’t looking for what you’d call the typical student living experience when I arrived in Portsmouth. I was accepted on to a Paramedic Science course, which I knew would be pretty full on, so I wanted a slightly different environment to spend my free time in.

I chose not to apply for halls, and instead looked for housemates in a privately rented house. I wanted to live with people I’d get on with and want to have a coffee with. I was lucky enough to find people who would become some of my best friends, two of which I still live with now.

Better yet, the house was right by the sea, which was really important to me, being from the south coast. Even though there were seven of us in the house, moving in and getting settled was pretty seamless. Bills were included in our monthly rent which was one less thing to worry about, and the contract ran month-to-month, meaning that if for whatever reason someone had to move out suddenly, it wasn’t an issue.

What I liked most about renting privately was the freedom it gave me, socially and in my everyday life. On a course like mine, you sometimes need a release from what you’re learning day-to-day. Living with people from outside my course allowed me to make a diverse group of friends – some of the funniest people I’ve ever met – and as a result I don’t feel like I’ve missed out on anything by not living in halls.

Advice:

  • Join societies. They’re a great way to meet people of all ages and interests.
  • Look for places with bills included to minimise stress.
  • Go through the University for anything you need help with. There are so many resources that I wish I’d taken advantage of more.

Constanza Guimera

When my partner and I moved here from Spain, we were too late to apply for halls together. As if moving to a new city in a new country wasn’t daunting enough. Fortunately University of Portsmouth were quick to advise us how to find a place.

We set about looking for private accommodation, and attended a house-hunting event put on by the University, where I’m studying Biomedical Sciences. We were recommended a website where we could find a list of trusted landlords, and advisors were on hand to answer any questions we had throughout.

There were so many places to choose from, but because we had arrived later than others, some of the most affordable options had already been taken. However, we soon managed to find a great place near Milton Park with three other students and were settled in no time.

The nice thing about living slightly out of town is the serenity it brings. When I want to study, the house is quiet and I can focus, and with the park nearby it doesn’t feel like I’m in the bustle of the city. When we want to go out and enjoy Portsmouth, we’re a short journey from the city centre, so the option is always there.

It’s a vibrant place. There are restaurants serving food from everywhere you can imagine, and even a Latin club night me and my partner go to all the time. There are reminders of home everywhere, and we feel very settled here now.

Advice:

  • Don’t be scared to ask for advice. There are people at the University specifically to help you find a home.
  • Consider living slightly out of town for peace of mind and focussed study.

Jenna Hynes

It’s every student’s worst nightmare. Being stuck with housemates you don’t get on with for a whole year, in a house none of you really like, in a city you’re unfamiliar with. I was especially worried this might be me as I only found out I'd got a place at the University at the last minute. I came to one of the University's house hunting events for students looking to rent privately. I didn’t know what to expect, coming down from Bromley for the first time, but those fears were put to rest pretty quickly when I arrived.

On the day, we were asked to sit at tables with potential housemates and given lots of information on our options. We were handed lists of landlords and estate agents to get in contact with and I got on with the people at my table straight away. I went from not knowing if I’d even have somewhere to live, to meeting people who would become some of my best friends over the course of one day.

Getting to know my housemates was easy. On the first day we started a group chat on Facebook Messenger where we’d chat about household things, and in the evenings we’d hang out watching films and having drinks before heading out together.

We’d usually head to Albert Road in Southsea where there are plenty of student pubs and bars; the nightlife in Portsmouth is lively and a great way to meet people who are living in halls, so I never felt like I was missing out. When talking to my friends that were in halls, I felt like I was getting a better deal financially too. I had a big room with a double bed, paying similar rent or less than them, in some cases.

I was lucky enough to have a housemate who was super organised keeping track of our bill payments. Our gas and electricity was on a meter so it was all pretty hassle-free to keep on top of. Our house was close to a huge supermarket in Fratton and the bus stop to the University was on our doorstep. Overall, renting privately was a hugely positive experience and I wouldn’t change it.

Advice:

  • You’re never alone, however panicked you feel about your living arrangements. The University are always on hand to help you, even if it’s just connecting you with people.
  • Consider moving slightly out of the city centre to keep costs down
  • Use group chat apps to stay on top of bills and payments.

Sorina Toltica

For me, renting privately meant I didn’t need to compromise on a lot of the practical things that are important to me. I didn’t feel restricted when looking for a place to live. I could look for houses that would suit my needs. Things like double glazing for the winter, furnishings, being close to transport links to uni, and also the financial aspects: I was lucky enough to avoid agency fees by finding a private landlord.

Of course, I had the same worries as anyone else arriving in a new country to study might have. Though I’d visited Portsmouth for an Open Day, I hadn’t really explored the city fully. I arrived from Romania really close to the start of my first semester, so I was a little panicked about finding somewhere nice to live with a reliable landlord on such short notice.

The University housing team were really helpful in giving me the resources to find housemates. I joined several Facebook groups and websites and there was always someone there to answer my questions quickly. The housing team were great throughout the whole renting process, giving me advice on things like previous tenants’ outstanding bills and other teething problems.

Once I’d found housemates and a place to live, I could really enjoy the city and all it has to offer. I think that because I wasn’t in halls and restricted to one part of Portsmouth, I saw more of it. I still love walking along the seafront and hanging out by the bandstand – areas that aren’t really associated with the uni. I didn’t feel excluded from the student experience because I made so many friends through societies that lived in student accommodation. With my house, there weren’t the same restrictions. I could have family and friends over whenever I liked and I even had a garden. Overall, it was a great experience and one I’d recommend.

Advice:

  • Make a budget and stick to it. Be strict on yourself with this.
  • Look for the practical things like double glazing, heating, etc. It sounds boring but it’s well worth it!

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