Why we're your best choice

Male UoP student smiling at Hotwalls, Southsea

The best decision you'll make this year

There’s no need to think about anywhere else, your home is here in Portsmouth


Portsmouth is a great place to live and study. Here’s the proof.

Top 25 University in the UK Student Crowd, 2021

9 out of 10 graduates in work and/or further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018/19)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

No. 7 Most popular city in the UK (YouGov, 2021)

1) Our students really love us

We're a Top 25 University, as voted by students (Student Crowd, 2021). When you study with us, you'll follow the footsteps of thousands of happy grads.

2) We've got your accommodation sorted

You’ve got tonnes of accommodation options in Portsmouth. You're guaranteed somewhere to live – most likely in halls on the beachfront or the city centre. We'll help you find your new place, settle in and make yourself at home.

3) You'll earn more

Our Careers and Employability Service was voted Top 20 in the UK by students (Student Crowd, 2021).

We'll help you find work experience, placements and networking opportunities during your studies. And you'll get careers support for up to 5 years after you graduate.

Whatever job you've got your eye on, we'll give you the best chance of getting it. Or if you want to start your own business, you'll be starting it in the UK's most entrepreneurial city (Instant Offices, 2020).

4) We're a global university

We're rated 5 stars by the QS World University Rankings 2021, and we're one of the Top 150 Young Universities in the world (Times Higher Education, 2020). We have over 5,200 international students from over 150 countries, and we have regional offices in 78 countries. Wherever you're from, you'll find your home here. Find out more about our global outlook. 

Your adventure is about to begin...

We can't wait for you to start your journey with us – here's a taster of what's waiting for you at Portsmouth.

Amelia Rushton student quote

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

5) Our city is fantastic

Portsmouth is one of the most picturesque, welcoming and interesting places to live in the UK, and was voted the No. 7 most popular city in the UK (YouGov, 2021).

Forget whatever you think you know about the city – the reality is we're home to beautiful beaches, miles and miles of green spaces, cultural and artistic hotspots, great shopping and restaurants and nightlife, and plenty more besides

6) You'll get gold rated teaching

Our teaching was rated 'Gold' by the Teaching Excellence Framework – that's the highest rating possible.

You'll study under academics with experience and expertise, who can help you develop the skills, knowledge and industry connections to succeed in your career. Our research is outstanding too.

Joshua Mason Student Story

The University has taught me that studying isn’t about knowing all the right answers, it is about asking the right questions. Asking questions is your best friend. The lecturers encourage you to see them outside of taught sessions and to ask questions.

Joshua Mason, MSc Building Information Management

7) We'll support you every step of the way

While you study with us, there'll always be somebody you can talk to, whatever you're going through.

From student Welcome Ambassadors who can help you settle into uni life, to academic and personal support at all stages of your degree, we're here to make your uni experience memorable for all the right reasons.

We're also passionate about supporting our LGBTQ+, Black, Asian and minority ethnic students, and we hold the Athena SWAN Bronze Award, which recognises our ambitions towards gender equality. Our equality and diversity commitments are in place so you can focus on what matters most – enjoying your University experience.

8) We've got great transport links

London is just a 90 minute train ride away. If you're travelling further afield, Southampton airport is a half an hour drive down the road. Wherever you need to go, you're not far away from your destination. 

Getting around the city is simple, with plenty of buses running at almost all hours, a flat landscape that's easy to cycle, and every uni building within easy walking distance of each other.

9) You'll find your passion and your people here

We're home to more societies and sports clubs than you can shake a hockey stick or cocktail mixer at. Whatever you're into, you can do it at Portsmouth. And best of all, you'll meet like-minded people who share your interests and make friends for life.

Roxanne Smith student story

I've been a team captain for a sports club, a course rep and I've volunteered with local charities such as Citizens Advice Portsmouth. There are loads of extra-curricular opportunities to improve your CV alongside studying.

Roxanne Smith, MSc Health Psychology

Like what you see?

If you think that Portsmouth could be your new home, take a look at all our courses and find the perfect one for you. 

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