University Guide

University of Portsmouth

The University of Portsmouth was established in 1992 when it gained university status. However it dates back as far as the 1870’s and now attracts over 25,500 students each year.

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University of Portsmouth

The overview

The main things you need to know about studying at the University of Portsmouth.

  • Rankings

    The University of Portsmouth ranked in the top 400-600 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for 2024 and places 45th in the UK.

  • Employability

    Students currently studying with or having graduated within five years can benefit from the careers and employability service. Support includes advice, job hunting help, employability workshops and recruitment events.

  • Fees

    Tuition fees for students for 2019/20 are listed on the website as £9250 for UK and EU students, and varying for International students. A list of courses can be found here.

  • Bursaries

    There are seven different Bursaries on offer from fixed amounts a year to free stays in halls offered. These can be found here: There is also support for students with [dependants]( and students with disabilities). as well as care leavers


Students who fulfil the correct criteria and apply on time will recieve a guaranteed room. Options include self catered en suite, as well as catered en suite, self catered shared and catered shared which can be found here:

Students' Union

The Students’ Union provides events like the Virtual Freshers Fayre and over 140 different societies and clubs which can be found here, there is plenty for students to do.

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University of Portsmouth Students' Union
University of Portsmouth Students' Union

Famous for

Alumni include Tim Peake, Simon Armitage and John Flint.


The University announced in October 2020 that it was partnering with the TechnoGym to deliver health and fitness solutions in their brand new £57 million sports centre. It has been designed to high sustainability credentials even receiving an Outstanding from the worlds leading building sustainability assessment.

AFS says

"Portsmouth is a popular city for students, who enjoy its bright, vibrant environment and the modern, forward thinking university".

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