Living in Portsmouth

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Reasons to call Portsmouth home

Call Portsmouth home and discover a city bursting with great reasons to live and study here.

Our city has a proud maritime history. The Portsmouth skyline features the tall masts of historic warships and the Spinnaker Tower. Wherever you look, you'll find a dynamic mix of old and new.

You'll be spoiled for choice in your downtime. Stroll along Old Portsmouth's cobbled streets or check out the area's boutique galleries and quirky cafes. Indulge yourself at Gunwharf Quays shopping outlet, explore the past at the Historic Dockyard, or grab some fish and chips for a picnic on Southsea Common.

When the sun goes down, Portsmouth's many restaurants, bars, clubs and pubs make for a great night out. Or take in a show at one of the theatres or music venues.

The city hosts major sporting and cultural events too, from summer festivals to the Great South Run and the America's Cup.

Top 10 Portsmouth experiences

There’s plenty to do in the city when you're not studying. Here are our top 10 things to do in Portsmouth:

1. Emirates Spinnaker Tower

If you've got a head for heights, there's few better views than from the top of the 110m Emirates Spinnaker Tower. Enjoy a drink in the Clouds Cafe, or tiptoe across the glass floor if you're brave enough.

2. Portsmouth festivals

Experience exciting festivals right on your doorstep, from alternative arts, culture and heritage at the Portsmouth Festivities in June, to A-list bands at Victorious Festival in August.

3. Shop

Portsmouth is great for shopping. There's the designer brands of Gunwharf Quays, well-known high-street shops on Commercial Road and quirky independent boutiques in Southsea.

4. Sea

Oh, we do love to be beside the seaside. Try kayaking, windsurfing or paddleboarding at the Andrew Simpson Watersports Centre, visit the annual Kitesurfing Festival on Hayling Island, or hop on the ferry to the Isle of Wight. Or just take some time out to relax on the beach with an ice cream.

5. Music

Let off some steam at PRYZM, Astoria, Popworld or one of the other Portsmouth nightclubs. Experience live music at the legendary Wedgewood Rooms, the Guildhall, or one of the many other music venues around the city. Or relax by the sea and enjoy free music at the Bandstand.

6. Maritime history

Immerse yourself in maritime history at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Visit the fantastic Mary Rose Museum and walk around Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory.

7. Southsea Common

Have a relaxed summer picnic or a refreshing winter walk on Southsea Common and see its skies filled with colour and superheroes at the International Kite Festival in August.

8. Old Portsmouth

Indulge your creative side at the Hot Walls in Old Portsmouth, home to artists, design studios and the waterfront cafe, The Canteen.

9. Portsmouth FC

Make the most of discounted entry to Fratton Park with your Purple Ticket and cheer on Portsmouth FC.

10. Theatre

Enjoy a play or musical at the Edwardian Kings Theatre or the Victorian New Theatre Royal.

Students shopping in Gunwharf Quays

A prime location

Portsmouth is a compact city that's easy to get around and visit. All our teaching facilities are in its centre. Find your way around our campus and plan your journey.

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