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Explore your options

Your guide to finding accommodation once you have a Clearing offer

How to find your new home

Portsmouth is a fantastic city to live in and we guarantee you'll have accommodation close to the University. You can pick your home from a huge variety of student accommodation, at a range of prices – from excellent halls of residence, to flats and houses in the private sector. Once you've accepted your Clearing offer we'll be here to help you make the right choice.

Whether you decide to live in halls or in private rented accommodation we offer the same 24/7 welfare advice and support to all new students.

Applying for halls in Clearing

Once you have firmly accepted your place to study here, our student housing team will email you an invite to apply for accommodation. You'll receive this within 24 hours of accepting your place.

Any available hall places are allocated in order of accommodation application receipt, subject to availability – so the sooner you confirm that you will be coming to the University, the more likely you are to get one of your preferred choices of accommodation.

We'll let you know the outcome of your halls application within 2–3 working days.

If you'd like to know the latest availability of rooms in halls please get in touch with our student housing team.

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With you every step of the way

Our 24/7 support services are there for you whether you're in halls or private accommodation.

Learn more about how we help you feel at home.

Finding private rented accommodation in Clearing

Applying through Clearing doesn't mean you won't be able to live with other students if you don't live in halls. There are usually students in shared accommodation looking to fill an extra room.

Your private rented options include:

The University has its own search engine to help you find your Clearing accommodation in the private sector if you're not going to live in halls. It's called Studentpad, and every house, flat, lodging and private hall listed on it is officially registered with our Student Housing team.

Using Studentpad means that you can:

  • Rent from registered landlords who follow our code of conduct
  • Find other housemates
  • Search according to your budget
  • Use our search tool to search in specific areas

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Find housemates through our Facebook group

You can use this private 'UoP Fresher House Hunters' Facebook group to connect with other students and find future housemates

Please note that you will need a University of Portsmouth student ID to join this group, which you'll get after you've accepted an offer through Clearing.

How to contact the student housing team

Call: +44 (0) 2392 843 214

Our accommodation phone line will be open as follows during Clearing:

  • Thursday 18 August: 08.00am to 08.00pm
  • Friday 19 August: 08.00am to 07.00pm
  • Saturday 20 of August: 09.30am to 3.00pm
  • Sunday 21 August phone lines are closed


Student accommodation

Take a look at where you'll stay when you study at Portsmouth, how much it'll cost, and what you'll get for your money – plus where to get housing support and how to get a guaranteed room in our halls.

Explore our accommodation

Clearing Visit Day Guide

Sign up to one of our visit days to explore the campus and meet our team for yourself.

The special Clearing visit days are on Saturday Saturday 20 and Monday 22 August 2022.

Book your place