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The University of Portsmouth has provided me with all the resources necessary to thrive and excel in my area of expertise. From abundant software, to the library that's open 24/7, the student experience has been great! In addition, the services provided are quite relevant to my course, and have helped me bridge the gap between my Bachelors and current Masters course easier. I really enjoyed the career services and mental health services as they ensured bright future job prospects while having a clear headspace. Jona S.

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University of Portsmouth Ranking


Sheffield Hallam University #28
Cardiff University #29
King's College London (KCL) #30
University of Edinburgh #31
University of Portsmouth #32
University of Greenwich #33
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University of Portsmouth Hall Rankings


Middle Street #1
Crown Place - Portsmouth #2
Europa House #3
Chaucer House #4
Earlsdon Street #5
Greetham Street #6
Trafalgar Hall #7
Margaret Rule Hall #8
Burrell House #9
Rosalind Franklin Halls #10

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member770859 On 17th August 22 verified Verified student

The school as a whole is modern and well-equipped. The library is open 24 hours, which I am very happy about.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1270849 On 17th August 22 verified Verified student

The university experience was good

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1370848 On 17th August 22 verified Verified student

Solid uni, nothing amazing education wise but social side carries it.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1070836 On 16th August 22 verified Verified student

Excellent place to study. Enjoyed every minute of my time here and am sad to leave

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member1270829 On 16th August 22 verified Verified student

The University of Portsmouth is an excellent choice for University life, and expertise from lecturers.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1070828 On 16th August 22 verified Verified student

The people are the highlight of the university, the lecturers and students and staff are all so welcoming and friendly and there’s rarely any problems, loads of places to eat and explore. W city

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member970822 On 15th August 22 verified Verified student

Friendly lecturers who always want the best for you.

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1370818 On 15th August 22 verified Verified student

Pretty middling university, but got what I signed up for

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member769838 On 6th July 22 verified Verified student

The student union is reasonably dormant and do not advertise enough however the calibre of most staff is impressive. Staff are very helpful and knowledgable however the social aspect is questionable

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member669709 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

I love uni here the wifi is always good, loads of Places to study

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1369708 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

It works, not much to right home about

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member769706 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

Good experience so far! City is not the best.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member469705 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

Loved it, there seems to be a lot of support

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1169697 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

For my course of economics the facilities and level of education was excellent with lecturers always being easy to reach and will happily make the time and effort in supporting you any way they can. It was obvious they had a great understanding in what they were teaching with a lot of preparation into the lectures and seminars

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By Faye 21 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

Great campus, only used 3 out of the many buildings in my 1st year. All well managed. Wifi is generally alright worked at the start of the year on my phone and laptop but by christmas nothing would connect.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member869692 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

Portsmouth uni is a friendly and social uni. All the lecturers are happy to help and go above and beyond for the students. Other facilities such as the well-being service do take a while to process and respond to student but the help that they provide is good

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1069691 On 29th June 22 verified Verified student

An amazing university with amazing staff that will always go above and beyond to help you when they can!

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member568089 On 12th April 22 verified Verified student

It is fine but i cannot accurately review as i do not engage with most of the aforementioned acrivities

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member868052 On 11th April 22 verified Verified student

Great experience, especially the academic staff!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1167864 On 6th April 22 verified Verified student

The University of Portsmouth provides an excellent teaching experience. The on-campus facilities are great and there is a bus running on a weekly basis for all students.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member467682 On 30th March 22 verified Verified student

I am doing an online degree with this organisation and they are useless, 0 is all the place is worth. Terrible teaching, poor use of IT and, well, just s*** - avoid.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member1067254 On 15th March 22 verified Verified student

My experience with the University is positive throughout.

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member467193 On 13th March 22 verified Verified student

The facilities were really good, and the main campus area was generally cosy and atmospheric. It came across a uni popular with extroverts - people were often partying, but there was defintely room for introverted types. I found the website moodle really annoying and badly formatted, to the point that it affected my capability to complete tasks, but this could be different now. Way too much going on on a page, too many options that sound the same, certain items in certain folders with not much sense of order. Seriously grating. I loved the diversity of my modules, but would have wanted to know a bit more on them before choosing. I thought the lecturers were good/ decent, but sometimes lacked originality and a desire to listen to new ideas/ student voices and experiences. I often felt encouraged to write about what everyone else was writing about. New avenues were feared, in my experience, and too much of an elitist attitude of "this is how we've always done it" as a way to decline you

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Student Review: 2.8 /5
By member1266819 On 2nd March 22 verified Verified student

Studied photography for nearly 5 years at UOP on and off. Decided to quit as the “teaching” on the course is shockingly poor, especially when you’re paying £9250/year! The technicians on the other hand are incredible. All I can recommend is doing your research before you decide to apply here.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member1266816 On 2nd March 22 verified Verified student

Academic side of things it’s good and uni has good facilities but the town is a bit of a sh*t hole honestly, lots of crackheads and crime. There’s also not thatttt much stuff to do compared to other big cities

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member1166228 On 10th February 22 verified Verified student

The university itself is very good. On campus the WiFi and very good however with it being a city university you may get a weak WiFi signal whilst walking about which could be annoying as you are so far away it is barely a connection. There are loads of clubs and societies and the teaching and support in the science and heath faculty is outstanding. I love the university it’s just a shame that the halls I am living in are isolating and poor (Harry Law Halls)

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member866100 On 8th February 22 verified Verified student

I enjoy university and love the stuff around lectures

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1265650 On 25th January 22 verified Verified student

My course and its resources and help from lecturers and other forms of help are fantastic, the eduroam WiFi that I have to use for halls, however, is shocking - there are plenty of clubs and societies, though the student union recently has become less and less prominent in doing really anything

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member665010 On 15th December 21 verified Verified student

Highly recommend Portsmouth. Lovely city to live in a high standard of teaching

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member864346 On 29th November 21 verified Verified student

good university, the student union is lacking but the library and new gym are very impressive

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member663281 On 28th October 21 verified Verified student

I’ve loved my course since I got here

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member963239 On 27th October 21 verified Verified student

It was amazing great facilities I definitely recommend

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1062767 On 9th October 21 verified Verified student

I haven’t started my course yet but the induction process is very good.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1062429 On 21st September 21 verified Verified student

University of Portsmouth has great facilities to use and easy to navigate your way around the city and most things are close to eachother including the sea !!!

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member662233 On 9th September 21 verified Verified student

The University is multicultural and generally friendly to BAME. There is a huge range of things to do and the location is great, as Portsmouth is not too big nor too small of a city. London is close; thus all the airports for travelling.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1162099 On 3rd September 21 verified Verified student

Living at this accommodation has been a great experience. I stayed for exactly three years and have nothing but good things to say. Location wise, it is probably the most suitable for students as it is near to almost everything! Lovely and very helpful staff, who are willing to accommodate your needs whenever. Spacious common areas such as study and social places where you can interact with neighbours and make friends for life - as it is my case! Overall, in my experience, this has been the best accommodation choice by far. Had I lived elsewhere, my university years wouldn't have been the same! - Gabriela Perez I.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member662014 On 29th August 21 verified Verified student

I just finished my first year. It was an ok experience. I do think they give too much work and that the teachers don’t pay enough attention to their students but it fine

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member862008 On 29th August 21 verified Verified student

So far so good.. I haven’t had a negative experience yet regarding the University itself

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Student Review: 3 /5
By member1361669 On 12th August 21 verified Verified student

Hack wasn't helpful Hope to return to in person learning

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1260984 On 16th July 21 verified Verified student

Great university with quality lecturers from across the world.

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member1360963 On 15th July 21 verified Verified student

I enjoyed my time at the university, my lecturers were great and I had a fantastic learning experience. I really enjoyed the social experience and the integrated campus with the city. Portsmouth is a great location to study. Overall, the management/administration of the university needs a complete upheaval as it it slow, bureaucratic and oftentimes I felt more like a customer/stakeholder than a student which would sometimes affect my experience, particularly during stressful periods. The student union does not involve itself with the student body as well as it could be compared to other universities. I do commend the university for taking the steps to ensure I graduated properly with a ceremony this year.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member560940 On 14th July 21 verified Verified student

Great social experience and the teaching is unmatched

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member760935 On 14th July 21 verified Verified student

A great university with many buildings and services that are closeby and easily accessible

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member1060924 On 14th July 21 verified Verified student

Good university facilities. University buildings are in a walking distance from the city centre.

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member660366 On 21st June 21 verified Verified student

The University of Portsmouth was great for the course that I was studying however the main issue I faced across the board was it was slow or there was a lack of availability. This mainly came down just to the lack there of or access to support services per student. From lack of equipment, personnel or space, It always felt awkward and alienating, like you had to compete with people at every turn. Societies weren't the best of experiences unless you were into the whole drinking or party student life. Its hard to make friends or even focus on studies whilst battling many of the issues students face. I found myself often having to skip lectures just so I could afford to eat by working. The problem is the support for those disadvantaged is so lacking, wether struggling with personal circumstances, financially or mental health. It often felt as though you were abandoned, expected to fail with no real desire for students to achieve. In that sense equality was universally poor.

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Student Review: 2.4 /5
By member960207 On 16th June 21 verified Verified student

99% of my time here was online via zoom. Therefore I can’t say much about the facilities and lecturers as I didn’t properly experience it.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1360097 On 14th June 21 verified Verified student

Portsmouth university is a great uni, and I liked it especially for the city and diversity. My course is great, and all my tutors are very helpful. The uni has lots of societies and clubs to join, lots of support services for students some of which I used myself and found very helpful, and I have made some great friends and enjoyed my course over the years.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member459958 On 11th June 21 verified Verified student

Really good and I would recommend to anyone looking to go to university

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Student Review: 2.2 /5
By member1259822 On 9th June 21 verified Verified student

All online, was alright for what they can do so didn’t get much of a review of it

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1159765 On 8th June 21 verified Verified student

The teachers are helpful, the club is great, you can make friends easily, the University facilities is easy and the University itself is clean

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member1159749 On 8th June 21 verified Verified student

no actual eduroam for the last few months as cyber attack issues still haven’t been sorted, no clue about what the student union actually do - campus is nice and easy to access

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Student Review: 3.4 /5
By member459664 On 7th June 21 verified Verified student

Because of the pandemic I have not stepped foot on campus so this review is not completely fair, this is based on my online teaching experience

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member558820 On 25th May 21 verified Verified student

Both lecturers and staff have worked hard during the pandemic, although some things could have been dealt with slightly better, overall a good experience

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1058476 On 21st May 21 verified Verified student

It’s been okay being at university in portsmouth

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member858250 On 19th May 21 verified Verified student

Worst uni ever. Don’t even bother with it

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1158242 On 19th May 21 verified Verified student

Excellent university. Great educatio

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1158222 On 19th May 21 verified Verified student

University of Portsmouth is perfect for those who love the seaside but also want a city feel too, theres so much to do here.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1058192 On 19th May 21 verified Verified student

Very good studying experience, free language courses from second year are very rarely offered in this country.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member458130 On 18th May 21 verified Verified student

The university is in the Portsmouth city centre. Anything you need, whether shopping, going to university, going on days/nights out, or even the beach is in walking distance. There is a lot of support available.

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member1058132 On 18th May 21 verified Verified student

Good University. Wide selection of societies to join.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member658111 On 18th May 21 verified Verified student

It’s alright I guess. It provides me with all my needs as a university student

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Student Review: 3.2 /5
By member958108 On 18th May 21 verified Verified student

Good school of Architecture! Great city campus

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member457664 On 12th May 21 verified Verified student

The university is great the staff is helpful. However I can’t speak much on the clubs and societies as I didn’t get to experience much due to Covid 19.

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Student Review: 3.6 /5
By member557638 On 12th May 21 verified Verified student

Portsmouth has a lively and friendly atmosphere, with great diversity and facilities on offer to staff, students as well as the general public, who the university have an important relationship with.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member957087 On 29th April 21 verified Verified student

The university of Portsmouth is a great uni. Throughout the past year during this covid situation, they have always kept us to date and they have always fought against the government to get what us students want. Although we have had to learn online for a while which had been difficult, the university has made studying very easy for us with recordings of all lectures and all seminars, with workshops most weeks to engage our learning. It is an amazing university, during my first year when covid wasn’t around, I was in big lecture rooms every week which were phenomenal. Not only that but I got to use very high tech and expensive equipment every single week in my laboratories. Although covid came about midway through the year, the university coped with this and out us students first, unlike the government. For me, there has always been enough help and guidance throughout this unprecedented time to complete our assessments to a very high level.

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Student Review: 2.6 /5
By member1156901 On 26th April 21 verified Verified student

It's hard to give a real review as I've only been a student during covid which obviously hinders the experience. I've not really heard anything from the student Union since starting uni so I would say it's something you'd have to reach out and look for if you want to know more. The sports clubs are infinitely run by students and the already captains from the previous year picks the teams meaning friends are picked over ability which is very evident especially in football.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member956587 On 20th April 21 verified Verified student

Pre-covid review (was part way through second year when covid struck): Great Uni-only issue is with pricing in the "cafe" in the SciHub building (Dennis Sciama building) which is quite expensive: the big bag of sweets which are usually £1-£1.25 are £1.85

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member1256547 On 19th April 21 verified Verified student

I love my University! The people that are here are a bunch of great people that inspire me to work harder! But it would be a bit better if there is more information provided to students before or during your attendance. Then it would be much easier to join activities like in the student union or to know the fact that it exists.

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member1156456 On 16th April 21 verified Verified student

I have had an excellent experience at the university thus far, even during the difficult times I have experienced due to the current unprecedented circumstances. The staff all possess years of real world experience in their relevant industries and a wealth of contact who regularly provide guest lectures and insight into their craft. The facilities are exceptional and the opportunities available rival the best in the country.

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member853618 On 22nd January 21 verified Verified student

Worst place to live in your uni life. Unresonable and always delaying rebates and demanding rent payments immediately. Was told rebate will be in by November then dec then after that saying will be deducted in next rental. Business making company with no sympathy to students. Does not care about students well being at all. Terrible management. Always pushing the blame to another management member. Crown place will ruin your university life.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1153556 On 20th January 21 verified Verified student

The university itself is excellent, social and the union are so helpful

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member853472 On 14th January 21 verified Verified student

Still will not give a partial refund on tuition fees even though everything is online

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1353232 On 24th December 20 verified Verified student

Great school of architecture, massive building and resources dedicated.

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By sadcat On 15th December 20 verified Verified student

it’s good - they’ve done better that a good majority

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Student Review: 1 /5
By member753029 On 9th December 20 verified Verified student

The University isn't investing enough in its students. You won't get the experience for the value you're paying for.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member452686 On 1st December 20 verified Verified student

You're they have best facilities and technology to teaching faculty in Portsmouth .I like to very beautiful place select this university.

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Student Review: 3.8 /5
By member1351797 On 26th October 20 verified Verified student

Portsmouth is ok, it’s a bit shady as a city and the university is average. But you get what you pay for. The library staff can be your best aaset use it. Don’t expect too much from the course it’s all about what you put in. It’s not an expensive city. Isle of Wight and Chichester are stunning and on the doorstep. Also very good sailing locally if you love that you are in the right place. Saddest is no union bar. You can get to London in under 2 hours though so.... The sea is the main attraction!

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

Great Experience over my past four years academically and in all aspects, wish there was a little more support for private housing issues from the University as many students are suffering like myself this past academic year of 2019-2020!

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Student Review: 4.6 /5
By member551254 On 22nd September 20 verified Verified student

UOP is a great university with caring staff and lot of support when needed.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By valravn On 21st September 20 verified Verified student

The university offers a great student experience; from over 200 groups and societies, there'll be something that interests you. The facilities are good and you can always get a laptop from the university library if you don't have one. Most of the buildings are centrally located which means commute times are kept to a minimum - an excellent quality. The student's union is very active and new members are elected every year. There's even a store where you can buy merchandise like hoodies and mugs. Meanwhile, careers and employability is great. It is very easy to book an appointment with them about a CV, work placements or study abroad (or anything else). The university job board is a place where students can look for vacancies for part-time, graduate and internship placements.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1351115 On 13th September 20 verified Verified student

Great place to study, learn and have fun. And good WiFi!

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By Or-Lulu On 10th September 20 verified Verified student

Best Uni. Brilliant library and great staff!

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Student Review: 4 /5
By member451063 On 10th September 20 verified Verified student

The school location is very good.

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Student Review: 4 /5
By Vivica On 7th September 20 verified Verified student

Honestly some of the best years of my life. This uni provided be a good balance between studying and a great social life. The city itself is wonderful. Quite a few things to do even if youre a broke student!

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

I really like the university of Portsmouth. It is a really compact city, near at the seaside and it had a high potential.

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member550624 On 19th August 20 verified Verified student

Good uni but very poor response to COVID

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1350611 On 19th August 20 verified Verified student

Fantastic, it was a great uni which included a year abroad in Beijing!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member550577 On 18th August 20 verified Verified student

Student services, lecturers and welfare have all been so supportive and welcoming during my first year. I love it here so much and couldn't imagine studying somewhere else.

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

The student run clubs and societies are amazing and have a close sense of community.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member850534 On 17th August 20 verified Verified student

Great uni, good facilities, supportive teachers

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member1250519 On 16th August 20 verified Verified student

The uni was brilliant in my first year with so much available support and so many resources however they shut the student union bar in my second year and we didn’t really hear much from the union after that so it seemed a bit pointless. Plus we for some reason voted to leave NUS but the uni itself is good

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member1150458 On 14th August 20 verified Verified student

Good uni and loved my experience there! Going back to do masters!

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member1250445 On 14th August 20 verified Verified student

Great student morale and decent teaching facilities

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Student Review: 4.4 /5
By member650377 On 12th August 20 verified Verified student

I had the most amazing time here! From the teaching to the people I met it was great. A brilliant and compact city that was pretty economical to live in as a student which was great. Lots of great places to eat and drink and the quality of the student houses I found really decent.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member950376 On 12th August 20 verified Verified student

Currently having a great time at the University with no complaints and would recommend to many people.

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Student Review: 4.2 /5
By member650370 On 11th August 20 verified Verified student

Im currently a second year student going into my year abroad at the University of Portsmouth, I could not be happier with the location of the uni. I could not thank my personal tutor enough for what she has done to help me, especially regarding changes I’ve had to make to my uni degree due to Covid-19.

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member850368 On 11th August 20 verified Verified student

Enhanced me as a person socially and academically!

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

Portsmouth is a lovely place. So peaceful and lively at the same time. University is great!

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Student Review: 4.8 /5
By member950300 On 6th August 20 verified Verified student

The city and campus is all in one, which means it’s easy to walk around inbetween classes to get food or meet up with friends. Housing is usually nearby with relatively cheaper prices too!

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Student Review: 5 /5
By member1350296 On 6th August 20 verified Verified student

It’s amazing good services, lectures and buildings. halls are great too

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