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Safe place, if you know where not to go at night. Cheap ubers and local taxies. Very easy to navigate. Can walk absolutely anywhere. Great night life! Freshers events are amazing. There’s a free uni bus. So many beautiful places to go. The place has rich history. If you stay a bit after submissions you can enjoy the beach like you’re on holiday!

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By Vee
On 18th June 20

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Safe place, if you know where not to go at night. Cheap ubers and local taxies. Very easy to navigate. Can walk absolutely anywhere. Great night life! Freshers events are amazing. There’s a free uni bus. So many beautiful places to go. The place has rich history. If you stay a bit after submissions you can enjoy the beach like you’re on holiday!

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By Vee
On 18th June 20

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 member1351797 On 26th October 20

Gun Wharf is fab amazing outlets of the best shops. Also loads of little odd shops on Albert road etc Southsea is the best place to live.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By KaurM12 On 20th October 20

Overall, great city to live in! :)

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Student Review: 5 /5
By valravn On 21st September 20

Portsmouth is an affordable city and students go clubbing on Purple Wednesday's - a time when student's get into venues for less. Uber Eats let's you order deliveries 24/7 and is very convenient. Otherwise, there'll likely be a Tesco Express within walking distance of your accommodation. There's even a uni bus that goes around southsea and is useful if you live further away from campus in private accommodation. It's free for all students; you'll need to show the bus driver your student ID first though.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Vivica On 8th September 20

An affordable city to reside in as a student, cheap student nights and lots of activities to do when not studying. A small city too so everywhere is within walking distance.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Giulia Muzzolon On 24th August 20

It was really nice the town is compact, everything is near everything, it is near the seaside. you can find everything in the city. everything is at max 15 min distance. It has malls and restaurants.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By blitzpony133 On 17th August 20

Pretty good, just stay out of Sommerstown

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1250519 On 16th August 20

Portsmouth is quite small and so the city centre is about 20 minutes away from the beach. There are loads of parks and A LOT of places to eat, as well as an insane amount of pubs and clubs to go to. Houses are general university prices, however they are cheaper than other cities such as Oxford and Bristol. It’s also only a 45 minute train journey away from London and a 40 minute train journey from Southampton so is easy access to other areas. Also the train from Southsea to Harbour or Fratton is a lifesaver as it allows easy access to other areas of the city.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member850474 On 15th August 20

Really good night life and shopping by the sea.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member650377 On 12th August 20

Such a compact city, didnt even need to use local buses as it was possible to walk everywhere! Great prices for the south too and some amazing restaurants and cafes about. I still visit often even though i have graduated

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member650370 On 11th August 20

The university, its halls and the other student housing in the area is placed perfectly in the centre of the city! Never too far from restaurants, bars and clubs, with Gunwharf Quays within walking distance too!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Lisha On 8th August 20

It’s very affordable to live in Portsmouth

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1050291 On 6th August 20

Even though the cost if living isn't hugely cheap, in Portsmouth most of the town caters for students so whether it's a night out or a bite to eat there's always somewhere affordable. The nightlife is amazing and you feel like you are there in a bubble with students.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By benjamin boukerma On 6th August 20

Perfect for anything you need to do, beach, town, shopping retail outlets, countryside a 20 mins train away

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member750283 On 5th August 20

I use uber everywhere which is fairly cheap too

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1050204 On 2nd August 20

Lots of affordable housing in Southsea/ Fratton area. Some great nightclubs (most notably The Astoria). City is very compact and flat so everywhere is accessible by bike/ walking.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member450175 On 31st July 20

Everything is so close it is easy to walk everywhere

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1250174 On 31st July 20

All in all great area to live in.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1050171 On 30th July 20

Free university bus, Gunwharf and Commercial road are both good shopping areas, with Gunwharf offering lots of restaurants and a costume shop on Commercial road to buy things for the social nights out.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1350170 On 30th July 20

Expensive to get around but there are enough shops to keep you entertained and it’s very good value living so long as you hunt around for the best deal

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member550162 On 30th July 20

Portsmouth has everything you need! I hope to continue living down here. Everything is cheap and there are lots of places to go

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member750159 On 30th July 20

Best University Best Faculty Very Friendly and Helpful Environment One of the finest city.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1250153 On 30th July 20

The town is great as it has a lot of nice independent delis and cafes around southsea and Gunwharf Quays has most of what you’d want out of a shopping centre however some parts of Portsmouth are dodgy (Fratton and upwards) so be careful. The buses are a little over priced but the university supplies the students with a free bus that goes around southeast and fratton

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1350152 On 30th July 20

Enjoyable city and beautiful sea front

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member750150 On 30th July 20

Absolutely awful do not go here. Nothing about this was good

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member650144 On 29th July 20

Couldn’t have chosen a better city to go to uni

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Frejamaj On 29th July 20

Portsmouth is a lovely little city. The beach is always pleasant wvwn though its not sandy. The island is rich with history and great for photography. The social scene is amazing: loads of places to hang out, drink, shop and public transport is decent! + the uni bus takes you around most of the island for free.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1050123 On 29th July 20

Portsmouth is great like London but cheaper

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1350117 On 28th July 20

Portsmouth is the best city I’ve ever lived in. Free uni bus, can walk everywhere otherwise, cheapest Uber’s, cheapest and most fun nights out in the south, cheap house rent, banging places to eat and drink - just don’t bother the crackheads

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1050106 On 28th July 20

Amazing city with hestorical landmarks all around the city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member750102 On 28th July 20

Cheap student living. Different areas in Portsmouth for different vibes. Truly unique city. Small enough to walk everywhere but different and diverse enough to make it feel massive.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1350103 On 28th July 20

Great city, wouldn't mind moving there post uni.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1350081 On 27th July 20

I drive so public transport wasn’t an issue for me. The night life is really good

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member450079 On 27th July 20

Not one bad thing I can say about Portsmouth

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member550068 On 26th July 20

Cost of living in Portsmouth is unreasonably high for the city and location however is a decent city other than that

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Gavinrufus On 26th July 20

Pretty much everything is available. All required shops are 10 mins walk from the center of the city.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member950047 On 25th July 20

Lovely city, mix of shops and beaches. Very few concert venues and not many concerts if you're into alternative music (Enter Shikari does come to Portsmouth sometimes though). Buses are expensive but it's easy to walk because the land is mostly flat

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Biojudge2020 On 25th July 20

Some great shopping and dining places all around especially gunwharf quays. Good bus and train links and great night life we love a purple Wednesday

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member449560 On 28th June 20

I wasn't sure at first but Southsea is amazing.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member749547 On 27th June 20

Very affordable city with amazing views to the beach and relaxing environments.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Vee On 18th June 20

Safe place, if you know where not to go at night. Cheap ubers and local taxies. Very easy to navigate. Can walk absolutely anywhere. Great night life! Freshers events are amazing. There’s a free uni bus. So many beautiful places to go. The place has rich history. If you stay a bit after submissions you can enjoy the beach like you’re on holiday!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member9909319 On 16th May 20

Portsmouth is a really beautiful city and the nights out are the best

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member547549 On 27th April 20

everything is in walking distance

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1226 On 24th April 20

I dont find much to complain about, I feel like it is a nice place however there can be times where it feels like there isn't much to do.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1047367 On 16th April 20

great place for a student aas everything iss reasonably priced and in close proximity.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1347289 On 13th April 20

Everything is easy access with the university bus. Housing is a bit pricey but there is lots to do in such a vibrant city

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Lauren smirk On 4th April 20

Cost of living is quite expensive especially halls like Catherine house who are so over priced. However moving into a house after first year proved to be much more cost effective. Plenty of places to eat out. The night life is really good, a couple different clubs to choose from. Loads of different shops from high street to designer. Public transport services are great especially they uni bus.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Holly^-^ On 8th March 20

Complete range You have an outlet, with super fancy shops, and a town center with the cheaper basic shops. A vue cinema (the cheapest of cinemas) Pleanty of clubs and bars Lots of connecting busses Some places are a little bit pricy, but nothing extortionate. But also, cheap places too. Clubs have good discounted nights and are very busy Pleant of things to do that arent drinking too Beach near by, cinema, swimmimg pools, rock garden, bowling, many resturants, game bars, pub quizzes, shopping and so much. Worth a look on groupon, lots of cheap day out things here that a lot of people dont realise is here. Keep and eye out for events, like christmas market and vintage kilo sales. A lot of students miss these and its a shame.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member946343 On 3rd March 20

The free uni bus only goes one way round and it doesn’t run at night

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member846154 On 27th February 20

Shops are super close, either clothing or food everyone can choose, huge variety, a lot of great clubs in here

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Student Review: 5 /5
By Leon On 27th February 20

There’s numerous clubs for different tastes of night out. There’s multiple high streets and no shortage of restaurants and eateries. The famous Gunwharf Quays is a fantastic outlet.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member546105 On 25th February 20

Great city, most sunny days in UK per statistics

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1146028 On 22nd February 20

- good clubs all near the university - good shopping close by ( Gunwharf keys)

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Student Review: 2 /5
By member645760 On 16th February 20

Gnwharfquays and cascades shopping center are go for shopping but the rest is not good in general or it's bad value for money

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1045692 On 13th February 20

Portsmouth is quite an underrated city and I really enjoyed living there. You’ve got all the big supermarkets to choose from and most accommodation for students is right on campus. I do not really care about nights out, but the times that I did go everywhere was extremely crowded, which will definitely want to make you want to stay at home if like me you do not like to be smushed in a crowd of sweaty strangers...

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member745181 On 3rd February 20

A lot of criminality and homeless people, apart from that, quite cheap.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member844883 On 17th January 20

The safety should be improved in the night

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member944868 On 17th January 20

I cannot rate it enough, I loved it.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member444810 On 15th January 20

The city is catered for students so there’s always deals about! Gunwharf is more on the expensive side but they do student discount evenings which is so good.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By lizt On 14th January 20

Great nights out with loads of places to go. Gunwharf is a plus with lots of fab bars and variety of restaurants

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Student Review: 5 /5
By GregorySmegory On 13th January 20

The prices are reasonable and everything you could ever need is nearby

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member944783 On 13th January 20

There are multiple train stations and loads of buses to get you around. The main night clubs are all close together meaning the night life is great as you can hop around & go to wherever is best! Portsmouth has some great shopping experiences with Gunwharf Quays located a 15-20 min walk from university accommodation and the town centre 5 minutes in the other direction.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1044631 On 4th January 20

Portsmouth is a really small but busy city. There is plenty to do, and good nights out available in lots of places.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member644520 On 20th December 19

Portsmouth is great for a night out and is extremely cheap in regards to rent - I found that living by the sea was a massive positive too!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member444162 On 2nd December 19

Depends who you are. If you are a relatively smart with what you buy you'll survive

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Student168 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 DevilRancher On 11th November 19

Portsmouth has really good public transportation and shops.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member543412 On 10th November 19

Great night life. Great takeaways.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By OliverHamley 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 member1343174 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 member1043160 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 member943159 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 member1043094 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 alice_dunne99 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 mimin On 31st October 19

Something for everyone, no matter your interests

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1343019 On 30th October 19

Bit of a dive in places but gunwharf is nice

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member742987 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 member1342979 On 27th October 19

Great city to study in. Everythhing is close by!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By merlinrusty 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 member1342946 On 25th October 19

Average, actual town is horrid thpugh

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1042932 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 Lululuwo 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 UP768222 On 23rd October 19

Easy to get around and cheap food

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1242874 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 member1342864 On 22nd October 19

Free uni bus, decent place for students

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member642861 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: 4 /5
By LottieMouls 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 member442748 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 member1242742 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: 3 /5
By member1142731 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 Paulina 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 member1142702 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 member842652 On 10th October 19

Cost of living ia good compared to elsewhere

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member742608 On 8th October 19

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1342592 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 member1242571 On 5th October 19

It’s an beautiful city with amazing landscapes

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member742562 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 member542523 On 3rd October 19

Uni buss makes traversing the city very easy and free.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1142500 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 member842361 On 23rd September 19

Plenty of research required for local amenities

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member611755 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 member1011634 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: 4 /5
By member611618 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 member911610 On 27th July 15

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

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member911605 On 27th July 15

Lovely area which caters for every need

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member411512 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 member1011355 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 Thomas Rance 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 lpasquino 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 Merryclaremas 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 member411338 On 17th July 15

Pubs everywhere. Good nights out. And every shop needed

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