If you’re looking for a university to get you where you want to be, Portsmouth is the place for you. A new breed of university, we’re dedicated to your personal growth and development.
From work placements and simulation suites, to housing, finance and careers advice, we inspire, encourage and support you to shape a bold, bright future. Our commitment to giving students an outstanding experience means we’re ranked No.21 in the Guardian Guide 2020 and rated Gold in the UK Government’s Teaching Excellence Framework. No wonder Portsmouth graduates are thriving: 97.5% of our graduates are working or in further study six months after graduation (DLHE 2017) and we’re the nation’s No.1 for boosting graduate salaries (The Economist 2017).
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You’ll get a real feel for Portsmouth at an Open Day. Make the day your own by choosing from a packed programme of talks, tours, activities and events, with opportunities to chat to students and staff.
If you can’t make a scheduled Open Day, download our free walking tour and take yourself around our compact city centre campus. We have an open-door policy, so you can look inside buildings and speak to support services between 8:30am-4:15pm Monday-Friday.
Find out when our next Open Day is and book your place.
Student Life in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is a compact, island city that’s open to the world. As a city campus, all our teaching and most of our residences are in the centre of Portsmouth. You’ll find inspiration round every corner, and beaches and boutiques just a few steps away.
Everything’s close by in Portsmouth - historic ships, bustling shopping streets, galleries and the seafront. The city’s flat – perfect for cycling - so it’s easy to get around.
By night, Portsmouth comes alive with gigs, bars, restaurants, clubs and shows. Many students live in the resort area of Southsea and contribute to its friendly, cosmopolitan and quirky character. You can make the most of everything from summer festivals and sporting events through to winter windsurfing and lakeside picnics.
Getting to and from Portsmouth couldn’t be easier. There are three stations close to our campus and popular residential areas. We’re well connected to London, with a fast train service taking just over an hour to reach Waterloo. There are also easy connections to Cardiff, Brighton, Bournemouth, Southampton, Winchester and some of the main London airports.
If you prefer to travel by bus, we have National Express pick-up and drop-off points around the city. The main station for local and intercity buses is at The Hard Interchange, on the edge of Portsmouth Harbour, a short walk from campus.
Travelling around Portsmouth itself is also easy. We have a free, dedicated university bus service for students and staff during term time. This loops around our campus and popular areas where students live. There are other regular bus services which cover the rest of the city and surrounding areas. Portsmouth is a bike friendly city - compact and mostly flat, so it’s easy and safe to cycle or simply walk around.
If you are looking to enrich your university experience to the fullest look no further than the Athletics Club. We are a club that accepts people of all experience, background and confidence. As much as we strive for success in competition we also work on maintaining and building the strong family values for our current and alumni members. This consists of a healthy balance of training, competition, integration of teams and a mixture socials.
University of Portsmouth Dance Club (UPDC) is a fun and social club that works hard, plays hard, and was a worthy winner of last year’s Club of the Year! With our fun weekly club classes in a variety of styles, including hip hop, jazz and contemporary, UPDC offers something for everyone with a passion for dance. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced dancer you are guaranteed a good time! Members can also audition for our hip hop and contemporary competition squad teams who take part in inter university competitions around the UK and perform at various local events. We also have jazz and tap squads who start training after Christmas. Hard work and commitment has led to all our squads being prize winners at different dance competitions in the past few years. We have socials every week and also do performances and competitions throughout the year.
A free society with roughly weekly meetings. Check our Facebook page to stay up to date event by event. We're a group of like-minded students dedicated to making a positive local changes that benefit people, animals and the environment. We have no political affiliations or membership fees. We run a number of campaigns and projects, organise events such as workshops and film screenings, and participate in local and national protests. We’re interested in everything from fossil fuel divestment to setting up local food gardens. We also enjoy a good social!
Hello! Welcome to Portsmouth University Guild of Writers And Student Hacks, or Pugwash for short. We are the official student magazine of the University of Portsmouth and we would love for you to come and get involved with us! We are a friendly group of students who are passionate about producing industry standard publications full to the brim with great content, designs and overall writing talent. Here at Pugwash we cover five main writing categories that we believe encompass the life of a University student in Portsmouth. These are University Life, Arts and Entertainment, Health and Well-being, Culture and Creative. Furthermore, if writing's not your thing then why not get involved with the design of the magazine or help market Pugwash to the rest of the University community? There truly is something for everyone at Pugwash Magazine and if you'd like to get involved then come along to one of our writer's meetings.
Wakeboarding is the fastest growing sport in Europe and our club is following the same pattern at the University. The best way to describe the sport is snowboarding on water, but completely unique it allows you to pull off tricks that are not possible in any other sport. This club is not prejudice to your standard if you are an expert then you’re more than welcome to join come to the lake and progress even further or if you are a beginner to the sport come along and they will get you up on the water for the first time.
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