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Student accommodation in Southsea, Portsmouth

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Universities close to Southsea


King’s Theatre


Southsea Common


The Wedgewood Rooms


Southsea Beach


University of Portsmouth


King’s Theatre


Southsea Common


The Wedgewood Rooms


Southsea Beach


University of Portsmouth


About student living in Southsea


Southsea is a well-connected area in the south of Portsmouth. Many bus routes serve the area, so you can get from student accommodation in Southsea, Portsmouth, to the University of Portsmouth in less than ten minutes. Getting to the city centre also takes just under twenty minutes on the bus.


There are some beautiful outdoor spaces to enjoy near student houses in Portsmouth’s Southsea. Head to Southsea Common to relax on the green with friends or play sports. Southsea beach is also nearby and offers a great hangout spot for the summer months. You can also see lots of stunning monuments in the area, like Southsea Castle.

Food and Drink

Student accommodation in Portsmouth’s Southsea is surrounded by restaurants, pubs, and bars. Enjoy the extensive menu at Panero Lounge or tuck into traditional fish and chips at The Fisherman’s Kitchen. You can also get a drink with friends at one of the many pubs in the area, including The Jolly Sailor, The Lord Palmerston, and The Greenwich.


There’s lots to do near student housing in Southsea. If you’re feeling active, you can try out some tricks at the Southsea skatepark, or hit the courts at Southsea tennis club. You can also watch a play at The Kings Theatre or go to a live music performance at The Wedgewood Rooms.


You’ll have lots of shopping opportunities if you live in student houses in Portsmouth’s Southsea as there are lots of interesting independent shops in the area. You can also pick up all your groceries and essentials from Iceland or Sainsbury’s.

Student Housing

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

FAQs about student accommodation in Southsea

Is Southsea a student area?

As student accommodation in Southsea, Portsmouth is well-connected and within commutable distance of the University of Portsmouth, the area is very popular with students.

Where is Southsea?

Southsea is a seaside area to the south of Portsmouth city centre.

Is Southsea a nice place to live?

Southsea is a great place to live, with sea views, efficient transport links, and lots of pubs, bars, and restaurants to enjoy. As a result, student accommodation in Portsmouth’s Southsea is in high demand.

Is Southsea rough?

Although there is some crime in the area, you should feel safe living in student accommodation in Southsea as long as you take sensible precautions like securing your property when you leave and walking with others at night.

How long is Southsea seafront?

Southsea seafront is 3.7 miles long.

Where do students live in Portsmouth?

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

Are bills included in the cost?

Many student houses in Southsea 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 Southsea 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 Southsea 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.

Latest student property news in Portsmouth

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