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securing your accommodation

What you need to do to secure a room

Get your room sorted today

Received an offer and accepted us as your firm choice? Our accommodation process will be opening from the end of February 2023 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

UK and EU students

If you’ve firmly accepted a full-time place with us, we’ll send you an email inviting you to apply for accommodation from the end of January 2022 onward, which includes full accommodation details – including deadlines, a student housing guide and our allocation policy.

International students

We'll send you details of how to apply for a room in halls and deadline dates when you firmly accept an unconditional or conditional offer with the University.

All new international students (non-EU and non-exchange) starting a full-time course in 2022 are guaranteed an offer of a place in a hall of residence for the first year of study, provided we have received a completed accommodation application by the accommodation deadline.

Accommodation for semester exchanges and study abroad

Joining us in September?

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.

Joining us in January?

If your exchange starts in January, you can apply for accommodation during our autumn term. There’s a good chance we can offer you a place in halls, but this depends on availability.

If you don’t get a place in halls, it’s usually easy to find private rented accommodation in the city. We can support you to find a suitable place – whether in a shared student house, lodgings or a private hall.

Our Student Housing Officer can give you the latest information on housing options and help you link up with other students arriving in January.

Want to know more?

If you have questions about housing for semester exchanges, please email or call +44(0)23 9284 3214.

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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.