Hotels near Portsmouth University

With its strong academic credentials and idyllic location on England's south coast, Portsmouth University is a popular choice for students and visitors alike. When you stay at a Premier Inn hotel near Portsmouth University, you can look forward to an affordable stay and a relaxing break in Portsmouth, whether you choose a weekend break on Portsea Island itself or on the mainland, where you'll be able to make use of convenient road links to Portsmouth University. Find out more about the city with our Things to do in Portsmouth guide

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About Portsmouth University

Is Portsmouth University a campus?
The University of Portsmouth is a city campus, meaning the halls and main study facilities are close together in the centre of the city. As a result, students don’t need to travel far to study and make the most of the fab activities, shopping and nightlife of the city.

Is Portsmouth a good university?
The University of Portsmouth ranks around position 49 in the UK, according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, making it a commendable UK study institution. The facilities and libraries are of a high quality and culture-wise the city and uni have lots to offer students of all skills and interests.

What is Portsmouth uni known for?
The uni receives positive feedback from students for its diverse nightlife, wide range of union activities and sports, and the creative nature of study here. The city is one of the most affordable options for students, and, with a focus on collaborative learning, the uni has been ranked as the UK’s number one option for boosting graduate salaries.

How many people go to Portsmouth Uni?
Around 26,000 students attend the University of Portsmouth every year.

Who is the chancellor of Portsmouth University?
Karen Blackett OBE, who was once a student at the University of Portsmouth, is now its Chancellor. An impressive business leader, she’s held top level positions in media roles, and is now CEO of GroupM UK – the world’s leading media investment company. She’s created media apprenticeship schemes for 18-24 year olds from a variety of backgrounds and was appointed as a Race Equality Business Champion by Theresa May in 2018.

Where do students live in Portsmouth?
The most popular student areas are all close to the campus, within about two miles of the city centre. These include: 


  • Southsea – the most popular student area, in the south of Portsea island, boasting a beach with views across to Isle of Wight and plenty of supermarket and shopping options
  • Eastney – on the south east of the island, this is one of the more scenic areas for students to live, surrounded by parks and the Esplanade
  • Fratton – offering good value accommodation, the area is home to The Bridge Centre shopping centre with a large ASDA
  • Old Portsmouth – with historic buildings and old pubs, this area has its own beach and is a desirable spot for living, with easy access to the campus


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Open Days at Portsmouth University

What’s included in open days at the University of Portsmouth?
The uni’s open days offer a chance to tour the campus, view the facilities, meet current students, check out the halls of residence and speak with lecturers, enabling prospective students to get an idea of whether it’s the best choice for them. It’s also a great chance to explore the city and get a feel of what it might be like to study in Portsmouth. Recently, open days have been held virtually, showcasing the university through online talks, tours and Q&A sessions.

How often does Portsmouth University have open days?
The University of Portsmouth tends to hold open days in summer and also in autumn time – for example in July and then later in the year in October/November time. Check the website for exact dates as these change annually. 

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Getting to Portsmouth University

How far is Portsmouth University from the train station?
Portsmouth and Southsea railway station is a 5-minute walk from the university’s Guildhall campus. From here, there are direct trains to London Waterloo and London Victoria, as well as along the coast to Brighton. Getting around Portsmouth is made easy with a good transport system.

How far is Portsmouth University from the nearest Premier Inn hotel?
If you're looking for a hotel with the most immediate access to Portsmouth University during your visit, choose our hotel at Southsea, which is just over a mile from campus and also offers relaxing sea views from Southsea Common, just south of the University. If you're looking for a convenient hotel near Portsmouth University that benefits from prime motorway access, our Portsmouth hotel at North Harbour is just off Junction 12 of the M27. Alternatively, you could opt for our hotel north of Portsmouth in Havant, which offers direct access to the M3 and the rest of the UK.

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