With a nautical history as long as the Hampshire coast it sits on, Portsmouth is a city steeped in heritage from the days of the British Empire.
Lord Nelson’s HMS Victory brings in the tourists and enthusiasts whilst the iconic, 170 metre Spinnaker Tower dominates the city’s skyline. Based on an island (or peninsula if you want to be picky)
Portsmouth has a packed-in population with a bustling city life. Amidst the clamour and developments changing the face of the city (including the Gunwharf Quays complex of shops and entertainment) sits one of the UK’s most successful and respected former polytechnics.
The University of Portsmouth has been wearing the full uni title for over a quarter of a century now and has made quite a name for itself. With plenty of respect in overall teaching standards, the health faculties come in for particularly pleasant praise, and the uni overall has risen 30 places to be placed at number 48 in the Guardian University Guide League Table 2014. There are two campuses, Guildhall in the centre and Langstone on the outskirts.
Student life is thriving, with the mix of locals and newcomers to the city giving a good friendly atmosphere amongst peers. There’s a vibrant nightlife down here on the coast, with students treated to a host of trendy bars, pubs and clubs to go along with the fancy SU building.
Points of Interest
- City Centre
- The University of Portsmouth
Student Accomodation in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is notable for being the United Kingdom’s only island city; it is located mainly on Portsea Island
Walter Raleigh landed in Portsmouth when he brought the first potatoes and tobacco back to England!
Since the 12th Century Portsmouth has been one of the major naval sites and military posts for the British Navy