A guide to choosing Uni Accommodation for Students in Portsmouth

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So you’ve been successful in winning a place at University, and you’re off to Portsmouth. Congratulations!

However, just before you get carried away dreaming about all the fun you will be having in your new student life, there’s one big thing to sort out beforehand. Yes, it’s a pain, but you will need to think about choosing uni accommodation for students in Portsmouth - and quickly!
University of Portsmouth
University of Portsmouth

Why? Because it’s one of the biggest headaches, and having the right university accommodation is one of the main aspects for a settled student life. Whilst there’s many tales of student accommodation hell, it need not be stressful when choosing uni accommodation for students in Portsmouth - as this article will show.

Start with thinking about your ideal uni accommodation

We’ve heard all the stories about students struggling for money, and it’s not just through partying. Living costs, transport, rent, utilities and other costs can soon eat into your budget if you’re not careful.

Be wary of choosing university accommodation for students in Portsmouth that is too expensive, as you certainly don’t want to blow all your money on rent and have none for everyday life.

Equally, you don’t want to scrimp too much on university accommodation, as you need to be settled, rested, comfortable in your new student life to have the best chance of success.

So take a few moments and think about the following:-

Would you rather have student uni accommodation in Portsmouth on your own, or share with a group?

Whilst it can be fun - and cheaper - to share costs with other students, don’t forget why you’re at university in Portsmouth in the first place - to study!

You need a space to retreat to, to get away from stresses, noise and chaos and so it’s sometimes worth checking how you can get this? Is it a private room in a shared uni accommodation, or a room in a Hall of Residence?

If you really want to stretch your budget, you could take a private bedsit, studio apartment or similar but remember our advice on keeping the costs down.

Don’t forget your living expenses

When you are choosing uni accommodation for students in Portsmouth, don’t forget everyday living costs - and we’re not talking about cider here!

You may be able to afford the rent, but take care to consider the following:-
  1. Transport costs to/from Uni (and home)
  2. Utility bills
  3. Ground charges - e.g. council tax, car parking, lease or security charges etc.
  4. Food (and drink)
  5. Cooking facilities (despite what students say, you can’t live on takeaways!)
  6. Gym charges/lifestyle fees (e.g. social clubs or groups, sports clubs etc.)

Stay flexible

Even if you think you’ve found your dream university accommodation for students in Portsmouth, remember that things can change quickly.

You may change course, campus, or meet ‘that special someone’ and want to move in with them, so ensure you’re not overcommitted contractually on student accommodation.

Our advice is to choose the most flexible commitment for university accommodation in Portsmouth. 

This means don’t commit to one place for the full duration - e.g. two or three years - of your course unless you’re certain it will still be as suitable for you in three years as it is today.