Students enjoying Portsmouth, with beach and pier in view

Discover your seaside city

Find home among beaches, history, festivals and food

Portsmouth is a great place to live and a vibrant city surrounded by the sea. Discover why our students love living here and what it’s like to live and study in Portsmouth.

We've got refreshing beaches, fantastic places to eat, independent shops and music venues to explore, and lots of green space – so we’re more than just a coastal town. In Portsmouth, you'll discover a diverse and connected community, and everything you need to make this your new home.

Portsmouth is a top 10 trending travel spot for domestic travel in the UK (Airbnb, 2023) and the No. 2 best place to live in the UK (Nomads Nation, 2023).

Our students LOVE Portsmouth

You don't have to take our word for it, hear from the people who know and love Portsmouth – our students.

Spinnaker tower
South Parade Pier

I loved the location and the idea of a city campus. Being by the sea is so amazing, especially in the summer as there are many places to visit and discover.

Amelia Rushton, BSc (Hons) Sociology

I wanted to come to the University of Portsmouth to study Mathematics because of Portsmouth itself; Gunwharf, the Historic Dockyard and the seaside were all fond memories I had visiting Portsmouth as a child.

Amber Burton, BSc (Hons) Mathematics and Statistics

Make Portsmouth your home

In Portsmouth, you'll never have to go far to find a new adventure. As a city based campus, you'll be safe and close to home so you can explore what Portsmouth has to offer – there is so much to do and fall in love with! Find out what you could discover and chat directly to our students.

Your Time. Your Place. | Come visit the University of Portsmouth

Based in the heart of the UK's only island city, the University of Portsmouth is committed to giving every student a life-changing experience. Outstanding teaching and wide-ranging support make for a lively community where students can develop skills and confidence for a rewarding life.

Time to pick a uni?

We remember how that was.

Every uni website was like, Lee-Anne,

unlock your potential.


Change the world.

No pressure then.

Two chocolate ice creams!


Welcome to Portsmouth.

The UK's only island city.

Ah, halls, sweet halls.

Your home away from home.

City stuff, that way.

Beaches, big ships,

candy-floss and fun times...

that way.

Portsmouth’s a place

where you can explore futures

that you could fall in love with.

Then change the world.




City trader.

Life saver.


Whatever success looks like for you...




Portsmouth is the place to find it.

And that's not all you'll find.

Find yourself at sunrise on the seashore.

Find the ones who really get you.

Find your balance!

Find the help you need, if life just

gets on top of you.

Find the time and space to

pick a career that suits you.

How's your CV coming along?


Or you could just chill and relax, you know?

Be free to try new things

because this

is your time to find your fire.


And this is your place

to just be yourself.

And from this uni community,

on this island city, you can go...


It's your time.

Yes, you.

It's your place.

Ring fenced for Postgrad Prospectus / PG Recruitment

I wanted to live by the water, rather than in a very densely populated city, and the city is student-friendly and affordable.

Charles Oduk II, MSc Digital Business Management

Read Charles' story

Student blogs

Ready to make amazing memories as student in Portsmouth? Read on to find out where our students spend their days and the adventures they've discovered right on their doorstep.

My favourite place in Portsmouth is the pier, its great in summertime with a group of people especially when the funfair is out.

Cartier Charles, BSc (Hons) Property Development

Where is Portsmouth?

Portsmouth blends city, coast and country - the perfect melting pot for fun nights out, lazy walks in the forest and paddle boarding around the pier.

Our city is buzzing with purpose and possibility, and you’ll find plenty of things to do. Explore shopping outlets, art galleries, cinemas, nightclubs and restaurants at Gunwharf Quays – or for an unbeatable view, head up the Spinnaker Tower. Delve into history at the Historic Dockyard or discover some of our favourite independent shops and cafés in central Southsea.

Whether you want to explore the city or relax by the sea, Portsmouth is ready for you.

Small map of the UK with a zoomed in image of the south east highlighting Portsmouth and how long it takes to get to London (90 minutes)

No. 2 best places to live in the UK

Nomads Nation, 2023

Ready to explore our island city? Dive in

Take a closer look at more of the exciting things on offer in our amazing city or join us in the city to experience life as a student in Portsmouth.

Eating in the city

Hungry for adventure? From coffee and cakes to street food and roasts, here's a taster of the great food and drink you can savour in the city.
Busy meal at table from top-down
Discover our menu

Sport in Portsmouth

We're home to more than 40 sports teams – including football, sailing, mountain biking and Quidditch. Whether you're into playing or watching, you'll find your sport in Portsmouth.
Portsmouth Football Club players celebrating a goal
Let's play

Shopping in Portsmouth

Treat yourself and discover designer brands, unique locally-made items, vintage finds and much more in Portsmouth's lively shopping scene.
Copyright Southsea Bathing Hut
Read more

Art, culture and nightlife

From cultural festivals and art exhibitions to comedy nights and late-night cafes, there's plenty of culture to discover in the city. 
Old Portsmouth
Get cultured

Beaches, piers and parks

Explore the UK's only island city. Paddle board on the beach, plan a picnic in the park or discover our nature reserves and castles.
Ferry in the sea
Start exploring

Portsmouth's music scene

Want to get involved in Portsmouth's thriving music scene? Here's all you need to get involved in a variety of gigs, open mic nights and festivals.
Rapper Krept, University of Portsmouth graduate, performing
1, 2, 3, 4...

Self guided tour of the City of Portsmouth

Discover new adventures and our connected community on this self-guided tour.
Students walking in the dockyard
Explore Portsmouth

Open Days

Thinking about joining us? Book your spot at one of our upcoming Open Days.
Student smiling outside
Book your place

Chat to our students

Drop our students a message and they'll tell you what it's like to live in the city they call home.

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