University of Portsmouth


  • Location: Seaside, City

Student life

We’ve created an inclusive, personalised, highly supportive learning environment. You’ll learn from lecturers who are experts in their field, with track records in industry or research. 

Courses are designed to give you valued skills, often using simulated working environments and opportunities for professional placements. And our Careers and Employability Service offers free career-building help for five years after graduation. 

Student reviews reflect the high availability and open-door policy of support services, which include:

  • Academic support
  • Personal support - including support for students with disabilities
  • Dedicated facilities for various religions
  • Counselling and mental health support
  • Health and medical care
  • Student finance 
  • Housing support  

Clubs and societies

There’s a huge range of clubs and societies to join through the Students’ Union. You can develop your talents and make memories with people who share your passions. You’ll also find a wealth of sports teams at Portsmouth.

What's it like to live in South East?
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South East England is made up of nine counties, with popular student cities in Brighton & Hove, Oxford, Portsmouth, Reading, and Southampton.

The area sees plenty of sunshine and Brighton – the LGBTQ+ capital of the UK – is a student favourite, with tons of quirky shops, cafes, arts, nightlife and watersports.

Moving east into Kent, you'll find the charming towns of Whitstable, Broadstairs, and Margate – all bursting with literary history – plus the iconic landmarks of Dover’s white cliffs and Canterbury Cathedral.

London is an hour or two away for gigs, theatre trips and capital city adventures, while the country’s two largest airports – Heathrow and Gatwick – mean international journeys are easy to get started.

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What's it like to live in Portsmouth?
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Surrounded by sea, studying in Portsmouth is like being on your own little island. The city’s history and culture are entwined with its docks and ports.

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Campus and facilities

We’re investing £400 million into our campus facilities to prepare students for a competitive global jobs market. Key to this is giving you opportunities to practise skills in simulated professional environments. To give a few examples, we have:

The Centre for Creative and Immersive XR, for exploring virtual, augmented and extended reality. The Future Technology Centre, where students work with industry on advanced projects. Plus a Bloomberg Suite, Motion Capture Studio, Professional Interpreter Training Suite, Replica Courtroom, and simulated GP, pharmacy and hospital environments.  

Ravelin Sports Centre is one of the UK’s most sustainable sports centres, with the latest fitness tech and affordable memberships. It offers an 8 lane, 25 metre swimming pool, 175 station fitness suites, 8 court sports hall, multi-purpose studios, squash courts, ski simulator, climbing wall and bouldering. 


Course locations

Main Site

University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP

Isle of Wight College

Medina Way, Newport, PO30 5TA

City of Portsmouth College

City of Portsmouth College, Tangier Road, Portsmouth, PO3 6PZ

Havant and South Downs College - South Downs Campus

College Road, Waterlooville, PO7 8AA

Chichester College

Westgate Fields, Chichester, PO19 1SB

Isle of Wight College - CECAMM Centre

The Island Technology Park, Whippingham Road, East Cowes, PO32 6FY

South Hampshire College Group - Eastleigh Campus

Chestnut Ave, Eastleigh, SO50 5FS

University of Portsmouth London


Basingstoke College of Technology

Worting Road, Basingstoke, RG21 8TN

Chichester College Crawley Campus

College Road, Crawley, RH10 1NR