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Studying at University of Portsmouth
Based in the city of Portsmouth on Portsea Island, the University of Portsmouth is a beach front University with four miles of beach only a short walk away from the University campus. The University is split between two campuses, the Langstone Campus on the edge of the Island, overlooking the Harbour and the University Quarter with buildings dotted around the city centre.
In 2011 University of Portsmouth was ranked in the top 25% of universities in the country for student satisfaction as well as being ranked as the 5th best modern University in the UK by the Times Good University Guide. The University offers five faculties; Creative and Cultural Industries, the most recent of the faculties; Humanities and Social Sciences; the Business School; Science; and Technology.
The Langstone campus offers accommodation for 565 students, with catered and self-catered options and including some rooms with en-suites, in the student village. The village also has its own restaurant and bar. The Universities sports grounds are also housed at this site. The University Quarter has much more student accommodation, the library, most of the teaching buildings and the Students Union.
The Students Union, known as UPSU provides plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with University life. The student activities centre is based here and there is plenty of choice if you want to get involved with volunteering. The Union has its own Co-op shop, a Blackwells book shop for those needed text books, study space, a bar and a computer help store. The Universities radio station is also housed here. Plenty of clubs and societies offer more entertainment for students in their spare time including the longest running university paint-balling club in the country. With the sea so close water sports tend to be very popular including wake-boarding, sailing, rowing and surfing as well as plenty of other sports on offer like football, cricket, skiing, snowboarding and climbing.
Gunwharf Quays shopping centre offers over 90 outlet designer shops as well as high street stores in Southsea. There are more than 20 bars and restaurants with wide variety of different foods, some of which look over the River Solent. Home to some well known historical figures such as Charles Dickens, there are museums, art galleries and theatres to discover more about the city of Portsmouth and its history. There is also a multiplex cinema and the Wedgewood Rooms which hosts regular comedy and music nights and plenty of pubs and clubs for an evening’s entertainment.
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Read University of Portsmouth Reviews
Would I say Portsmouth is the best university? It's great, for the most part. The lessons and tutors are great and very helpful. The university itself? Not so much. If you have a problem, they don't help you at all really. Me and a friend had a problem with our timetables which they ignored all year. So not the best at getting help for things like that.
The University does not have enough accommodation for the amount of students they have, I and many others didn't get into halls for our first year and it really separates you from the University community. The clubs and bars in Portsmouth are below average speaking as someone who comes from Brighton and the Library is so packed that you're unable to study there and the University doesn't supply much study space for when exam season comes around. Would not recommend
There is no better place to spend your university years. Sitting down on Southsea Common or the beach with a barbecue is severely missed. I left Pompey Uni over 3 years ago, but driving past that Spinnaker on the M325 still feels like I'm going home again.
Had an amazing 3 years at Portsmouth university. The student halls were very basic but mostly in a great location, next to the shops and nightlife and had friendly community to it was easy to make new friends with flat mates and neighbours. In the Summer it was great to be able to live near the sea, everyone heads down to the beach to have bbqs or play football. Lecturers all very helpful, course fairly interesting.
So much support from lecturers and other departments (purple door/placement office). Accommodation is the only problem, halls are very expensive especially for students (the loan doesn't cover the cost) and lots of the private accommodation is practically inhabitable. I would suggest looking sooner rather than later if you want a decent house for an okay price.
On paper the University of Portsmouth looks and sounds great. However, you do feel very lost when you start off there. Along with communication being a BIG issue. I wouldn't recommend this uni as most people I know there either are unhappy or have dropped out or considering.
All in all a great university, very vibrant and diverse with lots of opportunities, the only negative it that the library is not big enough for this very popular university so it's a pain in the arse to find any where to sit!
The hall management looks down on students and are not very friendly. The staff of the dining room is quite friendly, especially the ladies who always try to make sure that the hungry students get what they need. The quality of the food is not that great, especially the vegetables. They have a lot of desserts, over 7 choices of donuts and other fatty things. Wish they spend more money on proper vegetables and cook them well. The pantries on the floors are comparable with just a plain table and a smallest microwave ever. Every floor is carpeted and they don't clean the carpet very often. It's feels like a prison, because they also claim to do room checks and already assume that we violate their rules. I do not recommend this hall.
Only a 1st Year brilliant uni. If you do work on the cloud expect it to cut out midnight for a couple of minutes. Lift in James Watson intermittently works now which is a bummer. But as a whole love everything else.
Love my course and the buildings, the societies only bother with you for the first week then lose interest same as the union, really lovely people though, everyone is friendly and the lectures etc are all so well paced. Love it here.
A great university, widely regarded as one of the most fun places you can be educated. Not only is it fun but it's a great city to live in for three year, with such a dense population there is a real sense of community amongst the locals, student and everyone together.
Friendly, laid back, full of resources and enthusiastic lecturers, awesome nightlife, beach and leisure facilities, free bus that runs very regularly, optional seminars so you can further your learning, great library full of journals, books, maps and archives. Overall just awesome, love it!