(Original post by Blutarsky)
Little bit about Portsmouth:
Portsmouth, to me, is similar to London without the rich areas. Most of the more well off people who work in Portsmouth live in Fareham or even further afield in Winchester. Lets face it though, the most densely populated city in Europe was never going to be a particularly pleasant place. This shouldn't put you off going to the Uni, however. Portsmouth does have many things going for it, lots of things that are unique to Portsmouth which you won't find anywhere else.
The football club is a very
important part of the city, so if you happen to support a team Pompey are playing, (or god forbid, Southampton) don't go ranting and raving about it, especially if Pompey lose, becasue someone WILL take exception and beat you up.
I'm not entirely sure about nights out in Portsmouth, but I've heard Southampton and Winchester are better so... go there
If you're into history, Portsmouth is the place to be really. There are loads of places to visit in Portsmouth that have had a significant part in history. Portchester Castle (Roman), The Historic Dockyard (lots of stuff), Palmerston's Follies (forts on the hill), Titchfield Abbey (Shakespeare was there at some point lol :P
, Southsea Castle (where Henry VIII watched HMS Mary Rose sink) and Charles Dickens' birth place. It's very much a city where stuff used to happen lol.
Shopping and eating is quite good. West Quay in Southampton is better, but Gunwharf isn't bad! It's a nice place to sit outside in the summer and have a meal beneath the Spinnekar Tower watching boats/ships leave the port.
If you come to Portsmouth Uni, STAY AWAY FROM PAULSGROVE, LEIGH PARK AND COSHAM. They aren't in the city itself, but are the surrounding suburbs. Leigh Park is the place where a paediatrician's house was burned down because they thought he was a paedophile.
The best thng about Portsmouth for me is that you can get on a ferry on go to France for the day or a weekend. The IOW is ok, but France is better. I've done this on many occassions!
I've lived here for 17 years and I love it. You probably will too... eventually.