Portsmouth is a dynamic and vibrant port city in the ceremonial county of the Hampshire on the south coast of the England. It is the UK’s only island city located mainly on the Portsea Island which is located at 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south-east of Southampton.
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Portsmouth has something to offer to all, from proud naval and maritime heritage to soaring world-class visitor attractions, museums & galleries, unique shopping destinations and great places to eat and miles of beautiful waterfront. So, it is an indeed a once in a lifetime experience to study in this city.
The city is home to the University of Portsmouth which is renowned and prestigious university and also ranked among the top 100 modern universities in the world.
The city is well connected and serves you with the warmth of the small city and the amenities & facilities of the larger cities of the country.
No doubt Portsmouth is an awesome place to live and study. It is a student-friendly city where you can search for an accommodation of your choice and budget. Whether you want to stay in a sharing accommodation or you are seeking for an individual flat, you are sure to find one in your budget. Also, everything in the city is close by so you save on to travelling expenses. Students can choose to stay in Halls of Residences on-campus or private owned properties.
Cost of Living
The costs of living are the expenses for which you should plan out in advance. These are the basic expenses which a student has to incur while staying out of home for basic utility items like food, housing, transportation, electricity, etc. Here we have given the approximate values of the basic utilities:
For a basic lunchtime menu including a drink in the business district you have to spend £11 and for a meal in a fast food joint, you have to shell out £5.45.
For a pair of branded jeans or for that summer dress from your favourite brands can cost you from £31 to £61.
Monthly ticket for a public transport will cost you around £54
Basic dinner for two in a pub will costs around £24, tickets to movies for two will be of £17 and theatre tickets for two will be of around £88 for the best seats.
Students can work for part-time jobs which will help them not only to earn but also learn a certain set of skill sets which can be acquired while working on the job only. One can go for various options available e.g. to work in bars, restaurants, retail outlets or as customer support executives. Students can work in the evenings or on the weekends and on free days during the course term.
Food and Shopping
Portsmouth has three main shopping areas:
- Commercial Road (in the city center, close to the University Campus)
- Gunwharf Quays (waterfront complex with shops, bars and restaurants and home to the Spinnaker Tower)
- Southsea (Palmerston Road, Albert Road, Marmion Road, Elm Grove).
Portsmouth is a fashion paradise and you will get the perfect dress or attire as per your taste and requirement in these markets.
For food, there are so many options to choose from. You can get all the cuisines of the world and to taste the local food you can visit the food markets and festivals. You can go to Commercial Road Market which is held from Thursdays to Saturdays and you can buy fresh fruits, vegetables, and household and fashion goods. For seafood, you can go to the Old Portsmouth Fish Market which is open every morning.
If you like to be beside the sea and look at ships of yesteryear, Portsmouth is the place you love to be. There are a number of pubs, restaurants, lounges and what not to relax and have fun. You can visit theatres, watch movies, go for ball games and sunbathing in the summer season. There are historic places like Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, Spinnaker Tower, and City Museum to visit.
By night, Portsmouth comes alive with gigs, restaurants, bars, clubs and shows. There are many big and successful events happening live in the city and you will be able to witness those while studying there.
The weather in the United Kingdom is quite diverse and changeable. You can expect warm temperatures during the summer, but cooler than those on the continent. Winter is less severe in Portsmouth than the north of the UK, but they had several days of snow each winter for the last three years. Please pack sensible clothing accordingly or otherwise you can shop after reaching there as per your requirements.