Introduction

From cultural hotspots and the rich maritime history that’s waiting to be explored, to the buzzing bars, restaurants and shops – when you’re living and studying in this great waterfront city, you’ll have no end of fun things to do as a student in Portsmouth.

One of the most important parts of the university experience is exploring the city’s nightlife, and Portsmouth certainly doesn’t disappoint. With over 25,000 students calling the city home, you’ll soon discover there are plenty of bars, pubs and clubs that are perfect for a fun night out.

Of course, moving to a new city can be a little overwhelming and you might not know where to start. That’s why we’ve got a guide to the best student nights in Portsmouth, with a suggestion for nearly every day of the week – Sunday is a rest day, naturally!

Best of all, when you stay with Collegiate, all of these fun nights are easily accessible from your student accommodation in Portsmouth. Any of our three exceptional sites in the city offer exclusive resident events and stylish social spaces that are an ideal spot to meet your friends and start the evening in style.

Monday: Mr Miyagi’s

Monday night is Beer Pong night at Mr Miyagi’s, Portsmouth’s only Asian themed bar packed with neon lights, a bustling dancefloor and garden. These guys also promise ‘lively antics’ such as dancers and fire breathers, as well as pool tables and beer pong. The classic drinking game where you aim to sink a ball into your opponent’s drink makes for a fun backdrop to Mr Miyagi’s choice of noodle box cocktails and non-stop floor fillers. And you may even end the night with one of the bar’s famous headbands!

Where: 29-33 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2RY
Price: Free entry
Collegiate Recommends: Best for cocktails

Tuesday: The Astoria

It’s With three dance floors to choose from and loads of great deals on drinks, it’s no wonder so many students head to The Astoria in Portsmouth for a great night out. Dirty Disco is the Tuesday club night that’s been going in Portsmouth for over ten years and it promises entertainment beyond the dancefloor with Dirty Disco hosts, fire breathers, stilt walkers and DJs. Your ticket also includes entry to Mr. Miyagi’s (just two doors down from the venue) from 8pm as it’s the club’s official pre-drinks bar, so your whole evening is sorted.

Where: 29-33 Guildhall Walk, PO1 2RY
Price: From £5
Collegiate Recommends: Best for partying to the early hours

Wednesday: The Fleet & Popworld

The city’s neighbouring pub and club come together as one to bring you the longest running student night in Portsmouth; Purple Wednesday. In a mid-week event that is exclusively for Portsmouth uni students (and a maximum of two non-uni guests) the two venues are joined by the back beer gardens with dance party tunes well into the early hours – and it’s less than a 10-minute walk from our University of Portsmouth accommodation! Since it’s Portsmouth uni’s official student night, a portion of what you spend gets put back into the student union so these events can only get bigger and better!

Where: 1 King Henry I St, PO1 2PT
Price: From £5
Collegiate Recommends: Best for students only

Thursday: PRYZM

While PRYZM has long been a cornerstone of Portsmouth uni’s nightlife, IS IT THURSDAY? is a fairly new student night in the city. With three rooms pumping out everything from guilty pop pleasures to classic party anthems, PRYZM has the only student night in Portsmouth with a main room dedicated to underground, R&B and hip hop beats, so there’s something for everyone. Not to mention you can enjoy £2.50 drinks and £3.50 doubles while you dance the night away.

Where: Connaught Drill Hall, Stanhope Rd, PO1 1DU
Price: From £5
Collegiate Recommends: Best for hip hop fans

Friday: Eden

Inspired by the clubs of Las Vegas and Miami, club nights at Eden in Portsmouth are not ones to be missed. You can expect amazing lighting shows with quality sounds and tunes across three rooms. Choose between R&B and current hits, a 70s-style LED flashing dance floor playing the best old school anthems or head to Eden’s fully themed Tiki cocktail bar.

Where: Gunwharf Quays, PO1 3TP
Price: From £4
Collegiate Recommends: Best for choice of music

Saturday: Hampshire Boulevard

Portsmouth’s premier LGBT+ bar and club, Hampshire Boulevard is home to a number of great club nights, but Fridays and Saturdays is the club’s Big Gay Weekender promising lots of drinks, dancing and entertainment. Previous nights have included drag hosts, karaoke, prize giveaways, but you can always be sure of big dance floor fillers to enjoy all night long.

Where: St Pauls Rd, Southsea, Portsmouth PO1 2QN
Price: Free entry
Collegiate Recommends: Best for entertainment

Student Accommodation in Portsmouth

If you’re ready to explore more of the exciting student nightlife in Portsmouth and are still looking for accommodation, then check out Collegiate. Our student accommodation in Portsmouth comprises three sites, all benefiting from a superb city centre location that allows you to easily explore everything the city has got going on. Our range of private studios are built with students in mind. From a big comfy bed to climb into at the end of a great night out, to a choice of study spaces designed to help you get your head down and focus, we’ve put everything you could need under one roof. All bills and WiFi are included in your weekly rent so there’s really not much for you to do except enjoying living and studying in Portsmouth.