University Guides University of Portsmouth England

The waterfront town of Portsmouth is located on the south coast of England, in the county of Hampshire. Home to the Royal Navy, Portsmouth is an historical town which offers a busy harbour, sea views, a vibrant shopping area, various leisure facilities and exciting night life.

Portsmouth University

Founded in 1869, Portsmouth University has recently invested seventy four million pounds to provide modern buildings and facilities to accommodate their students. The University spreads over approximately forty buildings, which are split between the Langstone and the Guildhall University Quarter.

Langstone Quarter provides a student residential area, leisure facilities and sports ground.

The larger, Guildhall University Quarter is situated in a number of buildings throughout the town, providing student housing, library, students union and teaching facilities.

Helpfully there is an inter site bus service which operates during term time.

Many of the buildings, but not all, have wheelchair access and disabled facilities.


The University offers placements for over 19,000 students and caters for undergraduates and postgraduates both full and part time.

There are five main departments, Creative and Cultural Industries, Humanities and Social Science, Science, Technology and Business School, offering over 420 courses for undergraduate and 140 for postgraduate students. The courses range from Accounting and Finance Management to Web Technologies.

Alongside the usual methods of teaching the University provides practical experiences to enable the student to learn, for example a mock court room, newsroom, TV studio, dentist head skills lab, model pharmacy and Space lab.

Courses can include work experience or can be taken on line.

Alongside the many courses available, the University also offers all registered students with the opportunity to study a language without charge.

Library Facilities

The University prides itself on its new three floor library complex which, alongside the 380,000 books also provides access to computers, wifi, loans of laptops, and printing, scanning and photocopying facilities. Study areas are available to individuals and groups.

Students Union

The independent student’s union is located in a modern building in the University Quarter. It is not only a place for students to meet but it provides newspaper and magazine production facilities, radio, photographic and video studios. The student’s union also organises social events and in general offers information and support to students.

Sports Facilities

The University has three sports centres where students can participate in activities ranging from dance to lacrosse.

Support Services

Whether the student needs practical or emotional support the University offers a wide range of services including individual, group and email support. A Maths Café is also available to help with maths and statistic problems and there is a nursery for those in need of child care.


The University has ten halls of residents, offering accommodation which is situated in the town and surrounding areas. The student has the option of catered or self catering accommodation either with shared or private bathroom facilities.

The University also offers assistance to students who wish to reside in private accommodation providing guides to the types of housing, suitable areas and price ranges.

For those wanting to further explore Portsmouth University they can write to:

University of Portsmouth

University House

Winston Churchill Avenue




Great Britian

Tel: 023 9284 8484 
Fax: 023 9284 3082 

Email: [email protected]