University of Portsmouth

Location of university

Please comment on the location of your university (city, town, etc), the campus, the facilities, and student accommodation.
Location of university
8.2 / 10

(based on ratings in 2016)


"The campus is in a nice place and very central but the cafés in the university are very expensive. I had to find my own house in my first year as they didn't have enough student accommodation. More halls are being built though and it's very nice having a beach on the doorstep."
"The location of the university is fantastic. It's in the middle of the city and all the buildings are located within walking distance of each other and close to halls, the library, the town centre and the nightlife. The facilities are all close by and of great quality. Student houses are also close by with around a 15-minute walk to the most common student area. There's a lot going on throughout the day including things such as social clubs, a gym, bars and shops."
"The beach is nice and relaxing. Our campus is big but it's easy to navigate. Our facilities are good but could be better."
"There's good equipment in the business school including the Bloomberg Suite but there's a lack of learning spaces in the university as a whole. The uni is increasing the number of student accommodations. We're in a lovely town with everything in walking distance."
"The location is brilliant as we're on the south coast with good public transport to anywhere. There's a good variety of shops and it's very nice being near the seaside. Student accommodation is good and can now be offered to more students. However, the pricing keeps in increasing even for old accommodation. There is plenty to do during the day including shopping, going to nice places for meals and going to the seaside and museums."
"The great location of the uni really appealed to me. I prefer city unis to campus unis, though we could do with some more updated facilities and more computers. Sports facilities closer to the main campus would be nice as well. The location of most student accommodation is very good, but some of the new halls are really expensive."
"We're located in the city so a lot of areas are shared with local people. The facilities are great but perhaps there could be more study areas. There are many other things that can be enjoyed including cafés, the beach, museums, funfairs, leisure centres, sport centres, societies and restaurants."
"The student accommodations are all located close to the university and the high street. The university has a 24/7 library with over 300 computers and laptops and a café where you can sit down and have food. There are two university sports centres where you can try various bits of gym equipment and book classes. The university runs frequent bus services throughout the city that include superstores and restaurants etc."


"Student accommodation is very mixed and there isn't enough for all first years in halls, but the university does then help to house students around the city in houses. Facilities are really good, no complaints. The city is compact, which means it doesn't take long to get anywhere and cabs are really cheap. Staff are very helpful and friendly and the student – staff relationships are good."
"Portsmouth is a nice coastal town, especially around Gunwharf. Commercial Road, Somers Town, and Fratton however, are a bit dodgy. Portsmouth campus is a really nice mix of original and modern architecture. The facilities are great, they really provide for their students from lecture halls to the gym. There are a ton of private student homes available."
"It's a city based campus, I couldn't get into halls this year because they ran out of spaces so I'm living in a house, which is fine. The university provided a lot of help with finding accomodation. The library is a really nice space and my department has also provided even more quiet study areas for our course before exam season. The union is nice but needs updating."
"The location is great! All halls of residence are within walking distance of every building. For those that live in private accommodation, a free bus is provided to get to uni and back, which is really handy. The buses run frequently, which makes life a lot easier for students that are not in halls of residence. The town is good. There are a lot of fun and funky places to eat and shop, such as Gunwharf, Albert Road, Elm Grove and Palmerston Road. The facilities provided are of satisfactory standard."
"Accommodation in houses could be improved (problems with mould and damp go unchecked). This is largely due to the damp conditions of being by the seaside, but measures can still be taken. Facilities are excellent, the town is open and inviting. Campus is open and easy to navigate. The weather during term time sucks."
"Portsmouth itself is a small city that in truth feels more like a decent sized town. The facilities are spread across the southwest of the city, but not too distant from each other, and it's within earshot of shopping centres and the high street. Student accommodation is mostly convenient, though I stayed in Langstone student village last year which was inconvenient due to being so far out."
"Portsmouth location wise is very suited for if you want to travel to London. It also has a beach for if you want to enjoy a casual stroll. The campus is spread out although facilities are close to each other. The facilities are of good quality, there are several computers in most buildings and the library has three tiers so there's plenty of learning space available. For students that live in halls (on campus) the university facilities are nearby and easy to access. For students who live off campus, there is a free university bus operating from early in the morning till late at night."
"The campus is situated right in the town centre (with Langstone campus just a few miles out but with all of the university's outdoor sports facilities). The town has a great student vibe with individual outlets including bars, restaurants and clothing. The nightlife is very student friendly with big acts visiting the city. Student accommodation is of a high standard with three more halls of residence being built right now."
"Being by the sea really is a big plus, especially on the days when's it's not gale force wind and rain. I also like the layout of the city/uni, all my lecture rooms etc are of good quality. Student accommodation is pretty average, however the new halls look really nice."
"My study area is basically in three buildings but they are all very close to each other. The facilities they provide are quite good. There are many computers for us to use and we can choose to work on our assignments there if the library is full. The facilities are almost the same as the library, just without all the books. We have a big library with different sections. Those who would like to discuss can choose to be at a discussing area and those who would like peace and quiet can choose to be in the quiet zone. I've stayed in three properties so far and each was a unique experience. The business building is located in the middle of the city centre and the outlet stores. Therefore, it is very convenient for students to do some groceries or have a walk after or before class."

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