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Studying at university is a very individual experience. One that could change your life in many ways.

You may choose to go to uni to pursue a particular career. Or to make new friends and live somewhere amazing. Whatever the reason, your time at university brings new opportunities. And if you’re ever wondering if it's the right decision for your future – here are the benefits of going.

Reasons to go to uni

Why go to uni?

Here's everything you need to know, as we look at the personal, academic and career benefits of going to university.

Key takeaways

Personal benefits

Time of your life

University is also about having fun. That means putting the books away. Exploring. Portsmouth is one of the most picturesque cities, with 100s of societies, great nights, beautiful beaches and miles of green spaces

Help when you need it

Going to uni means having more independence. But you’re never alone. Whenever you need a helping hand, you can contact personal services including wellbeing, disability advice, academic support, careers and employability and student finance.

Friends for life

Uni is a fantastic opportunity to bond with people from all over the world. Make friends for life and broaden your horizons to new diverse lifestyles, backgrounds and cultures.


Career benefits

Work were you want to

Getting a degree unlocks doors to exciting careers. And you’re more likely to have a higher salary with a degree.

Flex your CV

You’ll have lots of opportunities to get work experience and improve your employability skills, including industry placements, studying abroad, networking and more.

Develop new transferable skills

All of which you can take into future careers – such as critical thinking, communication, team work and time management, just to name a few.

Academic benefits

The best facilities

From sports facilities to teaching spaces and laboratories, our students have access to the latest facilities during their studies. Going to uni means accessing a range of facilities that are relevant in future careers and enjoying an often limitless library of resources.

Specialise in your chosen field

Immerse yourself in a subject area that you love. Learn from people that have dedicated their career to answering the big questions, and work towards similar accomplishments. 

More control of your learning

Unlike school and college, learning is broken down into smaller seminars and lectures, and you'll have your own personal academic tutor. Organise independent study time, and get involved in group work, lab work and hands-on practical sessions.


Hear what out students thought about before starting uni

Thinking about uni?


We asked some of our students what their dream careers were before uni, what they're studying now and what they want to do after they graduate.

Remember, going to uni isn't the only way to get a degree. Take a look at some of the alternative ways to get a degree. Discover the support available to you at Portsmouth and check out more stories from our students.

And if you are ready to really start exploring, come to one of our undergraduate Open Days to take your first steps towards the experience of a lifetime with us.