Virtual Undergraduate Experience
What to expect if you're starting uni in 2020/21
Things will be a little different in 2020/21, but you'll still have a great, varied and enriching experience when you study with us this year.
Find out what university will be like in 2020/21.
Welcome to your Virtual Undergraduate Experience
The Coronavirus situation means you can't currently join us in person – but while you #stayhome for now, you can visit us virtually instead.
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Karen Blackett: I am incredibly proud to always be part of Portsmouth.
Ollie Marsh: I studied journalism at the University of Portsmouth and I now work at Portsmouth Football Club in the media team.
Lauren Steadman: I love Portsmouth – it's got so much character and I think you'd agree that it's cool.
Karen Blackett: It's part of my soul, it's part of who I am today, it's made me who I am today. To be able to go back and keep giving back is great.
Where you'll live
Whether you live in one of our halls of residence or in a privately-rented home in the city, everything that Portsmouth has to offer – including the beach and the Common, a sprawling green space right on the seaside – will be within easy reach. Find out more about where you'll live when you study with us.
Portsmouth has proven an inspirational place to live. It has all the modern goings-on of a major city and also the beauty and peacefulness of the coast.
Our halls of residence
Free broadband and WiFi, plenty of on-site amenities, and a room of your own in the heart of the city, close to your lectures. Find out more about living in our halls of residence.
Many of our first year students live in the University’s halls of residence in their first year. If you’re moving away from home for the first time, the halls of residence offer a great opportunity to make loads of new friends and get settled into the university community. You get to meet loads of different people from different courses, cultures and backgrounds, and it makes things really easy, to start learning a bit more about your city and your university. In Portsmouth, there’s loads of different options for the halls of residence, there’s the Guildhall campus halls of residence which include James Watson* and Harry Law. They put you right in the heart of the city centre about 5 minutes away from all the buildings you’re gonna need which include the train station, all the different university buildings where you’re going to do your studying, and town and the city centre. If you want to live close to the beach, there's Rees, which is a catered halls of residence and Burrell. Some of these have great sea views and views across the common. The student housing team offer a great support service and they’re there for you all year round. They’re there to help you find the right place for you and make sure you’re comfortable when you get there.
*Note: since the filming of this video, James Watson Halls has been renamed Rosalind Franklin Halls
Renting a house or flat in the city
Portsmouth has lots of beautiful and buzzing places to live within walking distance of the seafront, the city centre, and the University. Find out more at our private renting page.
Explore our facilities
When you study with us at Portsmouth, you'll have access to amazing facilities as part of your course – find out more about our teaching, learning, lab and testing spaces here, and take a virtual tour of our Library.
A place to study, collaborate and find all the books and resources you need to succeed on your course. Our Library is a central part of uni life.
We're home to one of the leading Sport & Exercise Science departments in the UK, and exceptional sports facilities too.
Explore our teaching and learning spaces, where students can get hands-on with their coursework and projects.
Life outside study
University life is about more than studying. When lectures are over and you need a break from the library, you'll find there's so much to see and do in Portsmouth. Discover the amazing places to eat, shop and socialise, the beautiful seaside and green spaces on your doorstep, and much more.
Arriving in Portsmouth was incredible. I’d grown up in a very small town that was not remotely international, so seeing all the different types of people in one place was amazing.
Hungry for adventure? Here's a taster of the great food and drink you can savour in the city.
Portsmouth is a bustling city with the sea on our doorstep and green spaces all around.
From galleries and museums to comedy nights and late-night cafes, there's plenty of culture to discover in the city.
From water sports to football and quidditch – few cities can compete with Portsmouth's sport opportunities.
We're home to great independent businesses, so shopping in the city is a treat.
Want to get involved in Portsmouth's music scene? Here's all you need to start.
Hear from our students
Our students chose Portsmouth for many different reasons, and their experiences studying with us are as varied as they are. Read some stories of success and self-discovery from our recent students and graduates below.
Some universities might just educate you and send you off into the world, but Portsmouth did so much more for me.