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Universities close to Old Portsmouth


Hotwalls Beach


Portsmouth Cathedral


The Bridge Tavern


The Pembroke


University of Portsmouth


Hotwalls Beach


Portsmouth Cathedral


The Bridge Tavern


The Pembroke


University of Portsmouth


About student living in Old Portsmouth


Old Portsmouth is an area in the southwest of Portsmouth. Many buses run through the area, so it’s easy to get around the wider city. You can get to the University of Portsmouth from student accommodation in Old Portsmouth in just ten minutes on the bus or less than fifteen minutes on foot. You can also get into Portsmouth city centre in only twenty minutes on public transport.


Old Portsmouth is packed with historical landmarks to explore. When you walk around you’ll find many impressive monuments including Portsmouth Cathedral, the Portsmouth City Wall, the Boom Tower and the Round Tower. You can also go to Hotwalls Beach to hang out with friends in the summer months.

Food and Drink

There are lots of places to eat and drink close to student houses in Old Portsmouth. If you want a drink with friends, you’ll be spoilt for choice, with The Dolphin, The Pembroke, The Wellington, and The Bridge Tavern all in the area. You can also try the extensive menu of pub classics at Spice Island, or head to Abarbistro for everything from a Sunday Roast to a pizza.


There’s plenty to get stuck into close to Old Portsmouth student accommodation. If you love getting out on the water, head to the Portsmouth Sailing Club to try your hand on the boats. Or you can get some friends together and get stuck into the pub quizzes at The Bridge Tavern or The Wellington.


There are lots of interesting independent shops to explore near student accommodation in Old Portsmouth. If you want to shop at more high street stores, you might want to head into the city centre where you can find a wide array. As the city centre is only twenty minutes away, you’re well positioned to hit the shops.

Student Housing

The wide range of student accommodation Old Portsmouth has to offer means there is something for everyone. There are student lets in Old Portsmouth to suit every taste and budget, from shared houses to purpose-built apartments. Have a browse of our student housing in Old Portsmouth and find your next home, today.

FAQs about student accommodation in Old Portsmouth

Is Old Portsmouth a student area?

As Old Portsmouth student accommodation is within walking distance of the University of Portsmouth, the area is quite popular with students.

Where is Old Portsmouth?

Old Portsmouth is in the southwest of Portsmouth, close to Gunwharf Quays.

Is Old Portsmouth safe?

You should feel secure living in student accommodation in Old Portsmouth as the area is generally considered to be safe.

Is Old Portsmouth a nice place to live?

Old Portsmouth is a great place to live with lots of historical landmarks, views of the water, and plenty of pubs and restaurants to enjoy. As a result, student houses in Old Portsmouth are usually in high demand.

Does the University of Portsmouth provide accommodation?

The University of Portsmouth has ten halls of residence to choose from. Typically, students will live in halls in their first year, before moving into private student houses in Old Portsmouth and the surrounding areas for the rest of their time at university.

Where do students live in Portsmouth?

Although students live in lots of different areas across Portsmouth, typically they will live in student accommodation in Old Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays, Fratton, Portsmouth city centre, and Southsea.

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Old Portsmouth are now advertised with bills included in the price. Where this is the case, your rental price could include electricity, gas, internet, TV licence and water bills and this is clearly stated on the listing. Properties without bills included are also available, giving you the flexibility to choose your own energy and water suppliers and internet service provider.

Do I need to pay a deposit?

It is normal for property managers to require you to pay a security deposit at the time of booking or before you move in. Where a deposit is required and you are signing a tenancy agreement, your property manager must protect your deposit in a legally recognised tenancy deposit scheme. As long as you look after the property and have no deductions for damage or unpaid rent, your deposit will be returned to you after your tenancy agreement ends. Whilst tenancy deposits are legally capped at five weeks' rent per person, it is more common for student deposits to be in the lower £100-250 range.

How long does a tenancy agreement last for?

The majority of student accommodation in Old Portsmouth can be rented for fixed contract lengths. For purpose built student accommodation, 43 and 51-week fixed-term contracts are the most common. For shared houses, 52-week contracts are the most common and generally start in July to September.

Do you offer student accommodation for short-term stays?

Short-term student rentals in Old Portsmouth are becoming more popular every year. As a result, property managers are increasingly offering shorter tenancy lengths, whether for the summer period or for individual semesters and terms. This is more common in the purpose-built student accommodation sector than in shared student rental houses across Portsmouth.

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