Our port city has always been a gateway. And we’re at its heart. Begin your journey of discovery now and get closer to a place that’s buzzing with purpose and possibility.
If you can't make it to an Open Day or you'd like to take another look around, this self-guided tour will give you a feel for the campus and the city.
Bookmark this page to follow the route below or download our Walking Tour PDF for a more detailed itinerary. You can use the map at the bottom of this page or our locations page to find the addresses of these buildings.
With your next step, everything changes. Take a walk into your future.
I loved the feel of the campus – almost all the teaching buildings are in the city centre, but you get the feel of a campus university because everything’s close by and interspersed with cafes, sports facilities and the library.
Start your day with breakfast
Portsmouth is a thriving city for small business. You'll find some of our favourite independent cafés below to fuel your day in Portsmouth.
So grab breakfast and then head to Guildhall Walk to begin your walking tour of campus.
Explore a delicious brunch menu or select your choice of pancakes from their sweet breakfast menu. And you can always start your day with hot chocolate and cake as a treat
Unbelievably good breads, pastries, sandwiches and cakes, made fresh on site. It's tiny inside, so getting a table is tricky, but the sourdough sandwiches and cinnamon buns are worth it > breadaddiction.co.uk
Catch the U1 to Festing Road to find Hunter Gatherer, where specialty coffee and incredible brunches and lunches await – 100% of the menu is vegetarian and almost everything is vegan too > huntergatherer.coffee
Hideout Coffee and Donuts
Opposite St. Andrews Court in the University quarter is Hideout – an insanely instagrammable place whose coffee and eye-popping donuts are as tasty as the interiors > @hideoutcoffeecompany
Route part 1: The Guildhall campus
Start at the Careers and Employability Service on Guildhall Walk. As well as advising you on your career choices, the team can help you find part-time work, volunteering opportunities, mentoring, internships and work experience.
Look up to see Rosalind Franklin Halls, student accommodation. From the Careers and Employability Service, walk on past the bars and clubs of Guildhall Walk.
Down the first road on your left, you’ll see White Swan Building, home of our performing arts courses. Linked to the New Theatre Royal, it has a TV studio, performance studios and music practice rooms.
On the other side of this street, just beyond Rosalind Franklin Halls, is St Michael’s Building, for pharmacy and biomedical science.
At the top of Guildhall Walk is Guildhall Square. On the left you’ll see Portsmouth Guildhall – that’s where your graduation ceremony will happen.
Just before you get to Guildhall Square, turn left onto King Henry I Street. Along here, you’ll find the historic Park Building on your right. This was the first building to be part of the future University. It's now home to one of the UK’s largest schools of language and area studies.
Route part 2: The Northern Quarter
Take the pedestrian path to the right of King Henry Building. Cross over at the traffic lights on the main road – you're now on Park Road.
Walk straight down Park Road, taking a right under the railway bridge onto Burnaby Road. On your left is Milldam Building. This former military barracks now houses social, historical and literary studies. Behind it is the University Nursery, which cares for staff and students’ children.
Walking further into the Northern Quarter Square you’ll see Richmond Building on your left, home of business and law, with amazing facilities including our Bloomberg Suite, SAP Lab and Business Simulation Suite.
On your right is Dennis Sciama Building, home to the Institute of Cosmology and Gravitation and The Hub, one of our students’ favourite cafes.
To the left of the Future Technology Centre is Portland Building – an award-winning example of sustainable architecture with a hydraulics lab, great learning spaces and a café. Portland is home to civil engineering, surveying and property development.
Exit the Northern Quarter the same way you came in under the railway bridge and stop at the crossroads. If you head right, you'll reach Gunwharf Quays – packed with designer outlets, restaurants and the Spinnaker Tower.
Lunch break: Gunwharf Quays and the Historic Dockyard
Exit the Northern Quarter the same way you came in under the railway bridge and stop at the crossroads. If you head right, you'll reach Gunwharf Quays – packed with designer outlets, restaurants and the Spinnaker Tower. And a short walk further will take you to the Historic Dockyard.
Both are great places to grab lunch or do a cheeky bit of shopping and sightseeing.
Gunwharf is a shopping outlet on the waterfront that boasts high discounts for designer brands such as Vans, Armani, Kate Spade and Nike. It's also a great place to eat at your favourite chains, including Nando's, Five Guys, Pho and Wagamama.
> Gunwharf Quays
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Our historic dockyard is home to the 16th-century Tudor navy warship, the Mary Rose, Lord Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory, and the 40-gun steam-powered iron-clad warship, HMS Warrior. Take a picnic, or grab lunch in one of the renovated boathouses.
> Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Route part 3: Ravelin Park
Head back to the crossroads after lunch and go all the way along Burnaby Road. At the end, you’ll see the University Library. Open 24/7 in term time, it gives you access to information in all kinds of formats to help you study and research.
If you turn right and walk down to the roundabout, you’ll see St George’s Building straight ahead, opposite Portsmouth Grammar School.
Turn to your left and carry on up Cambridge Road. On your right you’ll come to the Students’ Union – home to our social learning venue 3rd Space, the student activities centre and your Student Union representatives. It’s a place to study, feast and chill out and a hub for all their societies.
You’ll also see Student IT Help and our community Eye Clinic.
Across the road from the Union is the Spinnaker Sports Centre. With the latest indoor facilities, it’s perfect for a range of fitness classes, gym workouts and social sports.
Behind the Sports Centre is the Spinnaker Building, home to sport and exercise science. This purpose-built facility has world-class laboratories, including two high specification climatic chambers, an immersion facility and an integrated swimming flume.
On the corner ahead, next to the Sports Centre, is the Nuffield Centre. This houses a range of student advice services and is home to the Global team, the chaplaincy and a doctors’ surgery.
On the ground floor you’ll find the MyPort Information Hub – which is the place to go and get answers to your questions about student life.
Head towards the Eye Clinic and Café Coco and walk between them. Pass under the walkway, through an area known as Gunhouse Green, with the Union on your right. Continue along with the Library on your right. You’re now in Ravelin Park, and you’ll come to a ‘crossroads’ level with the rear of the Library.
If you carry on you’ll come to Ravelin House on your left, just before the path joins Museum Road. This is a leading centre for all kinds of criminal justice research and studies, and one of the biggest departments of its type in the UK. If you head left at the crossroads you’ll quickly come to our Dental Academy.
On the corner of Ravelin Park to your right is where Ravelin Sports Centre will be located. The building is designed to be one of the UK’s most sustainable sports centres and will be opening in 2022.
Route part 4: Explore our halls
Cross the road directly opposite the Eye Clinic, walk past Mercantile House and take the immediate left. Just before the main junction is St Andrew’s Court, home to the latest facilities for developing tomorrow’s health-related scientists.
Cross at the junction ahead, so you’re on the same side of the road as University House, where the Vice-Chancellor’s Office is based. Continue along Winston Churchill Avenue and stop at the second turning on your right – Middle Street.
On this corner, to your right, is Trafalgar Hall.
Opposite is Eldon Building, home to creative courses including architecture, art and design, creative technologies, media and performing arts. Inside Eldon, discover a host of industry-standard facilities ranging from animation and design studios, to virtual reality and motion capture suites.
Continue along Winston Churchill Avenue and cross over at the next crossing. Take the wide path between the Courts of Justice and Crown House. You’ll come to Harry Law Hall on the left and Bateson Hall on the right.
Continue between the two halls, and you'll be in Guildhall Square with the Big Screen to your right. The Big Screen is a collaboration between the University and Portsmouth City Council. It showcases student work, plus some TV programmes, films, special events and broadcasts.
Walk under the Civic Offices, immediately to the right of the Big Screen, and Portsmouth and Southsea train station will be ahead of you, to the right. Turn right just before the station for more halls of residence.
At the centre of the city is Margaret Rule Hall and Greetham Street Hall. If you retrace your steps back to the train station and turn right, passing under the railway bridge, you’ll see Catherine House to your left, on the corner of Victoria Park.
If you’d like to go back to where you began, turn around and walk towards Guildhall Square. Pass under the Civic Offices, through the Square and keep going straight ahead, onto Guildhall Walk.
The rest of the day is yours...
Now you're back where you started, the rest of the day is yours. Eat out at our favourite restaurants, discover the incredible beaches, parks and piers on our doorstep or explore . If you're staying into the evening, we've even got a guides to our favourite nightlife spots and the best places to see live music in the city.
I wanted a medium-sized city with proximity to places and I got exactly that in Portsmouth. I get to walk everywhere without spending much money on transportation. The seaside and beach was another factor that influenced my decision.
Congratulations – you’ve completed your walking tour!
We hope you enjoyed getting closer to Portsmouth and the University and that you're looking forward to an exciting future here.
Want to continue exploring online? Visit our virtual experience hub for a deeper dive into our halls and facilities, and hear from current students about their experiences.
- 6–8 Hampshire Terrace
- Anglesea Building
- Buckingham Building
- Burnaby Building
- Burnaby Terrace
- Dennis Sciama Building
- Dental Academy
- Eldon Building
- Future Technology Centre
- Institute of Marine Sciences
- King Henry Building
- Lion Gate Building
- Milldam Building
- Park Building
- Portland Building
- Ravelin House
- Richmond Building
- Rosalind Franklin West
- Spinnaker Building
- St Andrew's Court
- St George's Building
- St Michael's Building
- University Learning Centre
- White Swan