Why we're your best choice
Portsmouth is a great place to live and study. Here’s the proof.
Top 30 in the UK for student satisfaction National Student Survey (NSS), 2020
94% of graduates working or in further study (HESA Graduate Outcomes Survey conducted in 2019)
Top 20 Most affordable city to live in the UK (NatWest Student Living Index 2020)
1) Our students really love us
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
We're Number 1 in the UK for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist, 2017). And our Careers and Employability Service was voted top 20 in the UK (Student Crowd, 2017).
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). Between 2019 and 2020, the number of new business launched in Portsmouth grew by 33%.
4) One of the most affordable student cities
Your money will stretch a long way in Portsmouth. We're 16th in the UK for affordability in the Natwest Student Living Index, which measures how far your money goes as a student.
We can't wait for you to start your journey with us – here's a taster of what's waiting for you at Portsmouth.
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.
5) Our city is fantastic
Portsmouth is one of the most picturesque, welcoming and interesting places to live in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.