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By member1143882
On 21st November 19

Living in Portsmouth

There’s always been a busy atmosphere to Portsmouth. It’s a large south-coast town with a strong navy flavour from it’s long history of sea warfare. However, boats aren’t all you’re going to see if you attend the University of Portsmouth... although we’ll be honest, you will see a lot of them.

When you’re exploring Portsmouth, the seafront is a good place to start. It’s about a 10min walk from the university and is used by the locals as well as tourists and students, so you can start getting a flavour for the place.  Portsmouths position on the Solent (the channel of water that runs between the mainland and the Isle of Wight) makes it a good place to launch ships from, so there's almost always something happening down here.  There’s a good beach, a funfair on Clarence Pier, some food outlets and shops, and as you head east to South Side Pier you’ll also find a beach and amusements including a boating lake, skate park and mini-golf. Half way between the two are Southsea Castle and Southsea Park.

For shopping you’ve got a lot of options. The Southsea area, particularly Albert Road, is know for it’s quirky shops housing independant traders, boutiques, craft shops, and retro gear. Commercial Road is more of your standard ‘high street’ shopping area. Finally, for those times when some serious retail therapy is needed, you have the Gunwharf Quays. This is a massive complex with over ninety designer outlets and big name brands, all in one area.

Portsmouth’s entertainment scene is large and varied so when night rolls around you’ve got some great venues to choose from. The Kings Theatre in Southsea often hosts touring West End shows, while the New Theatre Royal in the city centre houses performances from across the arts; from music and guest speakers to comedy and dance. For music and comedy acts you’ve got larger venues like the Guildhall down to more intimate places like the Wedgewood Rooms, as well as a host of pubs and clubs.

Getting active in Portsmouth is easy thanks to its great location. As well as all the obvious watersports and outdoor activities you’d expect in a town this size, the nearby Isle of Wight is an internationally acclaimed location for sailing. The most famous is Cowes Week, which sees over a thousand boats take part and the area around the Solent buzzing with visitors.

I really like boats

  • HMS Victory: The flagship of half-blind, one-armed Lord Nelson (which makes him sound like a mad pirate. We promise he wasn’t) is moored there and it’s actually possible to go onboard and have a tour, just to remind you how much nicer your student halls are to live in!
  • Mary Rose: a sunken Tudor warship that was brought up from the sea. She’s under constant restoration but often on display in a huge misty tank, used to keep the hull damp.
  • HMS Warrior: This Victorian battleship was an absolute beast in her day - Britain’s first ever iron-hulled armoured warship. All three ships can be visited at the Historic Dockyard, however they do go off for maintenance sometimes so check their websites to make sure you don’t miss your favourite.

I really DON’T like boats

  • Spinnaker Tower: At 170m high, this eye-catching landmarks is taller than the London Eye, and from the open-air viewing platform at the top, the views are epic.
  • Gunwharf Quays: As well as all the shops. this massive retail complex houses a gallery, restaurants, cinema, nightclub, and a gym. That should keep you busy for a few hours!
  • Go outside: For a good view of from the top and a bit of exercise you could always go up Portsdown hill. And then come down again and spoilt it all with some fish and chips!


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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st November 19

All pretty decent

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 21st November 19

A lot of fun as the nightlife is always very alive, though the recent increase of reported crime in Portsmouth does leave a lot of people on edge

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 14th November 19

Nice experience.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 11th November 19

Portsmouth has really good public transportation and shops.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th November 19

Great night life. Great takeaways.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 9th November 19

Good facilities I feel a big supermarket closer to the guildhall would be much better

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 8th November 19
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 5th November 19

U2 bus is rubbish

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th November 19

Uni gives free buses so can get around if just outside main area, shopping you have gun wharf or main town but about 25 min walk between

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th November 19

Loads of transport links. Prices for eating out are good. Food prices in shops are high

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 4th November 19

Very good location by the sea and all near supermarket shops restaurand pubs and clubs

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 2nd November 19

Not much public transport but no need as you have two large shopping complexes every single shop you will ever want or need, and every restaurant and fast food you’ll need, and supermarkets and everything you could possibly want

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 1st November 19

Everything is really accessible. There are so many options for going out. It’s all very student friendly, even Gunwharf.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 31st October 19

Something for everyone, no matter your interests

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 30th October 19

Bit of a dive in places but gunwharf is nice

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 29th October 19

Good shopping centre

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 28th October 19

Nice place to live, bit crowded, locals are a bit scary, don't eat at ken's chicken, do eat at alis kabab up by pryzum

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th October 19

Great city to study in. Everythhing is close by!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 25th October 19

Always plenty to do and easy to travel and navigate around the city. Friendly locals and shopkeepers on every doorstep and always help in the community if you need it.

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Student Review: 2 /5
By On 25th October 19

Average, actual town is horrid thpugh

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th October 19

The city is amazing and it has a lot of things to do

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd October 19

Go to Gunwharf Quays and shop in the greatest outlet at the ocean. The nights out in Portsmouth are always exciting and a laugh

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 23rd October 19

Easy to get around and cheap food

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd October 19

A small city, great transport links. Probably the best place in the world to pub crawl. Lacking on clubs if that’s your scene.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd October 19

Free uni bus, decent place for students

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 22nd October 19

Great student city! Students everywhere andlot of things tailored to students. Makes it great. Nigths out are crowded but you make friends quite easily.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th October 19

Everyone is so welcoming

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 20th October 19

A great city if you're looking for nights out and a social vibe, but not great for arts or culture

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 18th October 19

An Amazing city to live in.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th October 19

Very good shopping in here and the cost of living is not high at all

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th October 19

Uni has a free bus from Mo-Fr which is great otherwise everything is a walking distance. The coastal part of city, Southsea is beautiful full of shops, pubs, restaurants. I love that Portsmouth is full of independent shops.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 15th October 19

Everything at your fingertips

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 14th October 19

I wouldn't eat out too often unless you have some money coming in as you should try and cook to gain some experience but there are lots of nice places to eat out if you have the money! - I hate clubbing and prefer pubs hence why nights out is only one star for me personally but public transport and everything else is great.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 13th October 19

This city meet all of the criteria. It is designed for students and not only. Accommodation is cheap, there are two shopping centres, lots of place to eat and party. Ubers, taxis, trains and buses available.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 13th October 19

Not a wide range of things to do, think that’s why everyone went out all the time. Town centre could be improved

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 10th October 19

Cost of living ia good compared to elsewhere

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 8th October 19

There is a lot of stuff but it’s spread out

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th October 19

Brilliant student city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th October 19

Lovely area with plenty of things to explore, nightlife is great and there is a wide variety of eating facilities

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 5th October 19

It’s an beautiful city with amazing landscapes

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 5th October 19

Free uni bus and also Gunwharf shopping centre what more could you ask for

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 4th October 19
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 3rd October 19

Uni buss makes traversing the city very easy and free.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 2nd October 19

Decent city - definitely has areas to improve but from a student point of view it has everything I need. We have a free university bus but it only goes one way in a loop and is often cramped.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By On 23rd September 19

Plenty of research required for local amenities

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 7th September 19

Perfect city for study

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Student Review: 3 /5
By On 31st July 15

Nights out are student centered so cheap entry and cheap drinks. Eating out is typical places but they all do student discounts.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th July 15

The town has great shops and restaurants and everyone has had plenty of brilliant night out!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th July 15

perfect city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 27th July 15

Affordable way of living, lots of students about, decent shops and great for student nights out:)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th July 15

university bus was great, lots of shopping and great nights out

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 27th July 15

Lovely area which caters for every need

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 24th July 15

basic

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 23rd July 15

The city works well for students with everything you could want/need, even if you just want to get home.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 20th July 15

its on an island!!!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 18th July 15

Plenty of places to go and plenty of places to eat, plus Gunwarf at your disposal! Many food shops and supermarkets to shop at spread over many areas making them very accessible. I mostly used the uni bus, but there are plenty of public buses running on a good time scale and there are 3 train stations (fratton, Portsmouth and Southsea, Portsmouth harbour). Shopping is great- Gunwarf, commercial street and Southsea mall

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th July 15

3 major train stations spread across the city, a free uni bus make transport very easy. Outlet centre is perfect for student shopping sprees.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th July 15

Plenty of affordable student houses, loads of restaurants and fun things to do, numerous shops, both independent and chain. Plenty of great nights out and good public transport.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 17th July 15

Loads of pubs and clubs, gunwharf for outlet shopping and restaurants and free uni bus!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 17th July 15

Pubs everywhere. Good nights out. And every shop needed

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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 16th July 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
By On 15th July 15

Yeah. It's alright

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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 12th June 15
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Student Review: 5 /5
By On 21st April 15
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Student Review: 4 /5
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