Securing your accommodation
What you need to do to secure a room
Getting your room sorted for 2024-25
Received an offer and accepted us as your firm choice? Our accommodation process for 2024-25 intake will be opening from February 2024 onward. As soon as it opens, you'll receive an email from Student Housing with details of how to login to our Student Home Portal to secure your room in halls. In the meantime you can take a tour of our halls of residence.
How to get a guaranteed room in halls when you start uni
You'll be offered a guaranteed room in halls if you apply for accommodation as a new full-time undergraduate student and make us your firm, first choice by any accommodation deadline outlined in the application brochure you'll receive.
Portsmouth is a great place to live – a friendly city bursting with culture and character. We have 4 miles of beach and almost everything is within walking distance. All our halls are centrally located and close to the main campus.
Plus, Portsmouth is in the top 10 most affordable places to live as a student in the UK (Natwest Student Living Index 2019) – so you'll have a place to call your own in a modern city that won't break the bank.
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How to apply for halls for 2024-25
UK, EU and International students
If you’ve firmly accepted a full-time place with us for September 2024-25, we’ll send you an email inviting you to apply for accommodation from February 2024 onward, which includes full accommodation details – including deadlines, a student housing guide and our allocation policy.
Accommodation for semester exchanges and study abroad
Joining us in September 2024?
If you’re a new student starting at Portsmouth in the first semester of the academic year, you can secure a guaranteed room in halls of residence.
All you need to do is meet our accommodation deadlines. So, make sure you apply early.
As an exchange student, you can apply for accommodation as soon as we’ve sent your official acceptance email.
If you miss our deadlines or prefer not to live in halls, there’s lots of private rented accommodation available in the city to suit a variety of budgets.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR STUDENTS JOINING US IN JANUARY 2024.
If your course starts in January 2024, you'll be sent an email from Student Housing advising you on latest information on your accommodation options once you hold an unconditional offer of study with Portsmouth.
Please note that for students arriving for study in January, Halls will be allocated subject to availability, and we recommend that you start considering all other private rented accommodation options as well. All January arrival students should make sure that they have booked accommodation prior to arriving in Portsmouth.
We’re able to guarantee you a place in halls as long as you submit your accommodation application by the 15 December 2023. It’s important to complete your application as soon as possible before this deadline to give you the best chance of securing the type of hall you want – places are allocated in order of application receipt.
Please note that if you have not secured long term accommodation prior to your arrival you are required to book a hotel or bed and breakfast - the University does not have any temporary or emergency accommodation for students (and any dependants).
Please be aware that the University has no family or couple accommodation. Students who intend to bring dependants/family will need to find suitable accommodation via the private sector rental market. We would not recommend arriving to the city with family/dependants until you have secured suitable accommodation. You may need to widen your search outside of the main campus/city area to open up suitable housing options.
Our Student Housing Team can give you the latest information on housing options available.
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You home away from home
What to expect at the University of Portsmouth
When you stay with us in halls, you get the keys to your own place and open the door to a community of new people.
All our halls are in the centre of Portsmouth, close to our campus. Find out more on our accommodation page.
Video showing benefits of University of Portsmouth halls - fully furnished, in the heart of the city, with bills covered.