Portsmouth Student Guide
One of the jewels of the South Coast is the port city of Portsmouth, located in the ceremonial county of Hampshire. With a rough population 205,400 according to the most recent figures, it is the only island city in the whole of the UK and the only city in the Uk with a larger population density than London!
Portsmouth is very proud of its heritage, and it’s the city commemorates the history in some of its many museums. The museums litter the city and are affordable and accessible to all members of the public. There are numerous museums such as; Portsmouth City Centre, D-Day Museum, National Museum of the Royal Navy and the HMS Warrior.
The city also has a number of cinemas too to showcase some of the very best to come out of Hollywood right now! Whether it be Vue Cinemas, the Odeon or No6 Cinemas, these cinemas offer the very best of the silver screen right now. However, if you’re looking for more independent features, then we recommend that you join one of the city’s many film societies.
There are a number of famous people from Portsmouth including; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Charles Dickens, Maggie Sawkins, Peter Sellers, Geeta Basra, Sir Frederic Madden and Alan Pascoe.
The nightlife is always a huge draw of going to university whether it be the crazy nights out with friends at the best nightclubs or just a chilled night out with friends in the local pub, every city has their immersive nightlife. Portsmouth is no different, and we’ve compiled a list of three places that we think could be perfect for you!
First up we have Liquid & Envy, which is a nightclub based in Stanhope Road and has a huge following from everyone with everything from live music all the way through to the best in new cocktails. We thoroughly recommend coming here if you want a good night out!
Secondly, we have The Astoria which is one of the best nightclubs on the South Coast, with a hugely popular VIP section and offers different themed nights as well, as well as their own Dirty Disco which encourages you to dance the night away and enjoy the chilled atmosphere of the club at the same time.
And finally, we have Popworld, which is one of the trendiest nightclubs in Portsmouth, with everything that you could want! Friendly staff, trendy music and the best alcohol that you’ve ever had! You’ll be coming back time and time again that much is for sure.
Portsmouth has an awful lot of festivals that are run all year with everything from comedy festivals all the way through to music festivals too. One of their most famous and popular events is the Victorious Festival; some of the biggest acts from around the world come and perform every year without fail. Make sure you get those early bird tickets early before it’s too late!
Portsmouth has a hugely efficient transportation system with everything from bus services through to train services and cycle routes. However, for those of you looking to take a mini-break, then you will have to go to the neighbouring airport; Southampton Airport.
We haven't selected a club in particular here, we have picked the road of the strip of clubs. We would recommend a bar crawl along Albert road, it's the best way to get a feel for the clubs and bars.
Victorious Festival is Portsmouth biggest music festival, that lasts all weekend! Tickets are sold per day separately, this means you are not tied down to the whole weekend if you're not keen, you can pick and choose to what days you would like to attend.
Gunwharf Quays is a shopping complex, with a huge range of shops, bars and restaurants! It is also in amongst some nightclubs, so it's an area you will find yourself quite often.