University of Portsmouth

Clubs and social environment

Please tell us more about the social environment, sports clubs and societies and anything else you think candidates need to know about life at your university.


"The ski society is fantastic as it offers very affordable holidays and welcomes anyone."
"Lots of societies are available to join although there aren't many options for you if you aren't a sports fan. There are lots of coffee shops and other places to meet friends and we have a good range of shops in the city centre."
"There are no lectures after 1.00 pm on Wednesdays as this time is given for students to take part in sports activities. There are many sports activities to take part in including football, tennis and rugby etc."
"The sports societies play such a big role at Portsmouth. Every time you meet someone new it's one of the first questions you get asked. This means you get so close to your own society but also meet people from all different sports and it's easy to build a big network."
"There are lots of things to get involved in such as societies and sports clubs for people with all different interests. I think it's good when they have taster sessions for anyone to have a go."
"There's a variety of societies and it's a good opportunity to start one up if you have an idea. The university caters really well for international students so they are taken care of well. However, more could be done for those who are estranged students or asylum seekers and refugees."
"There's a huge range of societies you can join at the University of Portsmouth from sports like football, rugby, tennis or dance to more obscure and unique societies such as Quidditch, cider or the nail art society. At the beginning of the academic year there is a big freshers fayre where you can go and chat to the societies and see what you'd like to give a go!"
"There are many sports clubs such as badminton, basketball, rowing, football and frisbee etc. There are many different types of societies that range from faith to cultural to hobbies. There's also the option to start a new society if you would like to do so."


"I think that Portsmouth is actually quite a good place to study (many think that it's boring here). It's a study environment and the train services are very good because if we would like to have a day trip, we can get discounts if we have the train card. It is very convenient because we have almost everything here. The lecturers here are good and there are tutors that really help you."
"Sports societies are really good. Some courses have societies too, geography for example. They all arrange big Christmas and end of year dinners which are really fun. All societies want everyone to get involved and have a great night. Very welcoming and a great laugh."
"There are multiple societies that anyone can join. A huge variety of sport activities are presented."
"Wednesdays are the social nights out. It's known as 'Purple Wednesday', which is one of the best and messiest nights out."
"The No.6 Independent Cinema has the biggest screen on the south cost."
"I think it is a really good atmosphere socially because where the uni is located in the city makes it seem mostly like a student city. This therefore makes the city seem safer. Also, there are many clubs and societies to get involved with to keep you busy outside of uni work."
"There are so many different societies to choose from, from tea party to Quiddich, photography to Judo. Everything!"
"There are a lot of sport societies. I've been told by both current and ex-students that Ski is the best to be a part of."
"The social environment is always busy. There are many, many ways you can get to know people both in and out of uni. There are so many societies, sports and events that can help you to meet new people! Societies are organized very well, students are usually cheerful. The sports facilities such as the gym, pool, rooms and grounds are in amazing condition and always busy."
"Sports clubs are readily available, friendly environments. However, in general they are not playing at a high level."

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