Living in Portsmouth as a student
Portsmouth is a port city located in Hampshire England, 110km south-west of London. Home to over 204,000 residents who live and work in the city, Portsmouth is mostly situated on Portsea Island, making it the United Kingdom’s only island city. There is one university in Portsmouth, The University of Portsmouth, which is home to over 20,000 students.
The city is one of the most famous port cities in the world; as England’s main naval port, it was heavily fortified during the 19th century, and continues to be the base of the Royal Navy, with over two-thirds of the UK’s surface fleet docked at HMNB Portsmouth. Portsmouth has the world’s oldest dry dock, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, and the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission, HMS Victory, built in 1765, which are both popular tourist attractions. Currently, the city is the second-busiest port in the United Kingdom and functions as a commercial cruise ship and ferry port. Portsmouth has a dedicated fishing fleet, and fresh seafood is available daily at the quayside fish market. Besides its maritime background, Portsmouth also has several theatres and music venues, a literary history (Charles Dickens was born in the city), and many religious landmarks, from the Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas in Old Portsmouth to the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. The city also has a number of sports clubs, from the famed Portsmouth F.C to the Moneyfields F.C, United Services Portsmouth RFC and the Royal Navy Rugby Union.
The University of Portsmouth has two campuses; University Quarter situated in city centre, and Langstone Campus, on the eastern edge of Portsea Island, 12mins drive from city centre. Popular student accommodation areas include Gunwharf Quays, Southsea, as well as areas such as Fratton and Old Portsmouth.