University of Portsmouth

University House Winston Churchill Avenue Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 2UP


University of Portsmouth

About the University

Portsmouth is a great place to live, whatever you decide to study.
Whether you've got your heart set on a course, or you're still in two minds, let us show you why Portsmouth is the perfect place to spend your uni years.

As a student here, you can take advantage of miles of sunny beaches and green spaces, great nightlife, a friendly and open community, independent restaurants and shops, and much more.

You'll also get the support you need to grow as a person and to start your career, and have the chance to join one of our hundreds of clubs and societies.

Thanks to our outstanding teaching and facilities, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to succeed. Sounds good, right?

We're proud to be a breath of fresh air in the academic world – a place where everyone gets the support they need to achieve their best.

We're always discovering. Through the work we do, we engage with our community and world beyond our hometown. We don't fit the mould, we break it.

We educate and transform the lives of our students and the people around us. We recruit students for their promise and potential and for where they want to go.

We stand out, not just in the UK but in the world, in innovation and research, with excellence in areas from cosmology and forensics to cyber security, epigenetics and brain tumour research.

Just as the world keeps moving, so do we. We're closely involved with our local community and we take our ideas out into the global marketplace. We partner with business, industry and government to help improve, navigate and set the course for a better future.

Since the first day we opened our doors, our story has been about looking forward. We're interested in the future, and here to help you shape it.


Since we first opened our doors, almost everything has changed, with one exception – we've still got the same ambition to go further, do better and achieve more. Here are a few of the landmark moments we've enjoyed along the way.

The Park building opened as a Municipal college and public library. We focused on chemistry and engineering.

Our Student Union got up and running. The opening was featured in the earliest edition of our Student Union newspaper, The Galleon – still an important part of life at Portsmouth today.

After World War II, we started teaching arts and humanities subjects to respond to a growing demand from students.

We became Portsmouth Polytechnic.

Three years of building work began on Frewen Library – on the site of what is now our University library.

After a decade as one of the largest and best performing polytechnics in the UK, we out-grew our old name and received university status. The University of Portsmouth was born.

2005 to today
Across the last decade and a half, we've been investing in all areas of the University, improving our campus and our services along the way – check out a few of our highlights below.


All our teaching spaces, learning facilities and halls of residences are close to the city centre. So everything's right on your doorstep.

The campus is interspersed with green spaces and communal areas such as cafes and coffee shops.

Here are some of the learning spaces and facilities you'll use. And there's more to come – we're currently spending £400 million on new buildings and facilities.

The University Library
Our spacious and comfortable library is open to you 24 hours a day during term time. Work on group projects in the meeting pods, settle down in a comfy chair to catch up with course reading or take a break in the library cafe. The library has around 380,000 printed books, 600,000 e-books and 55,000 e-journals available plus DVDs, maps, online newspapers and microfilms. You can access many of these resources off-campus. Our friendly, supportive and experienced staff will help you make the most of all the materials. You can chat with them in person or online. Specialist Faculty Librarians work with lecturers to make sure you have instant access to the resources you need for your coursework. On the rare occasion we don't have what you need, we'll help you source it from another library through our interlibrary loan service.

The 3rd Space
The 3rd Space is a social and learning space in the Students' Union building. Here you can meet with friends and study together. Or spend some quiet time reading or catching up online. It's open from 8am to midnight every day during term time.

Future Technology Centre (FTC)
Our Future Technology Centre for science and engineering students allows you to get hands-on experience with specialist technologies. You'll use the latest simulation, visualisation and modelling equipment, and experience advanced techniques such as digital microscopy and laser sintering. You'll also get to work with the external companies that use the FTC's facilities and equipment. This is a great way to network with potential employers and work on real projects.

Forensic Innovation Centre (FIC)
Our Forensic Innovation Centre (FIC) is the UK's first university-based operational police forensic research facility. Here you can work alongside Hampshire Constabulary's scientific staff and our academics. Together, you'll research the tests and techniques the police use to solve crime more effectively.

Bloomberg Suite
Our Bloomberg Suite gives you access to the same data, analytics and software used by over 250,000 finance professionals around the world. Monitor and analyse real-time financial market data movements and hone your trading skills in our virtual environment.

Professional Interpreter Training Suite
Translation students use the latest Televic Interpreter Training Suite. Televic is a leader in professional communication technology, supplying equipment to the European Parliament and international industries. You can use this suite to practice your translation skills in simulated meetings and conferences.

Centre for Simulation in Health and Care
Our Centre for Simulation in Health and Care helps you develop the practical skills you need to work in a health and care-related career in a safe, realistic learning environment. The Centre is equipped for a variety of simulations. Whatever career lies ahead of you, you'll get the hands-on training you need. Facilities include a simulated GP surgery, care home, one-bedroom flat, ambulance and two acute hospital training wards.

Dental Pre-Clinical Skills Laboratory
The Dental Pre-Clinical Skills Laboratory is a 26-bench laboratory for Dental Hygienist and Dental Therapist students. You can use it to develop your pre-clinical periodontal, restorative and paediatric dentistry skills. Each station has a dental hand piece, suction tool, overhead dental lamp and computer monitor.

Motion Capture Studio
Our Motion Capture Studio uses the industry-standard Vicon optical system. You can use it to record the movement of objects and people to create visual effects in areas such as gaming, virtual reality and film. The studio provides professional services to commercial clients such as film studios. This gives you experience working on real projects during your studies.


Whether you're in our halls of residence or renting in the city, when you join us you won't just study here, you'll make Portsmouth your home.

If you're applying to join us as a new, full-time undergraduate student, we can guarantee you a room in halls, if you make us your firm first choice, and meet our accommodation deadlines.

But wherever you choose to live, you'll become part of the local community. You'll discover Portsmouth is a bustling, easy-to-explore city with 4 miles of beaches and plenty of green spaces.

And because you can walk across the city in an hour, everything you need is within walking distance. The rest of the country is easy to reach too, thanks to our great transport links.

If you've already accepted a firm offer to study with us, you'll soon receive details of your accommodation options. If you're a new first-year student looking to rent a room, head to Studentpad.

Interesting Facts

Large Asian supermarkets in Portsmouth and Southsea
90 minutes by train or bus from central London
Active Chinese student society organises popular Chinese New Year Party each year
Portsmouth Chinese Association support the 2000 Chinese people living in the city and produce bi-annual newsletters
International Office organises regular social events and coach trips
Mix and Match UK-International student mentoring scheme
Free English for Academic Purposes classes included in degree programmes
Free additional foreign language programmes - French, German, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Arabic and Mandarin

University Information

School Type: Public

Established: 1869

Times Ranking: 68

Guardian Ranking: 25

Independent Ranking: 63

Tuition Fee: $ $ $ $

No. of students: 20000+

Acceptance Rate: N/A

Ave High School GPA: N/A

Student / faculty ratio: 15:1

Degrees offered: Bachelor's degree,Master's degree,Doctorate

Popular Courses

MA Marketing
MA Design for Digital Media
MSc Business and Management
MSc Criminology and Criminal Justice
MA Interior Design

Location Details

University House Winston Churchill Avenue Portsmouth Hampshire PO1 2UP

Country: UK

Location: City centre

Town/City: Portsmouth

Nearest Airport:

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