Exceptional student accommodation in Portsmouth city centre

Our student accommodation in Portsmouth comes as self-contained studios with exclusive residents’ access to amazing facilities including an on-site gym, beautiful common areas and stylish study spaces. With Collegiate, you’ll be staying at some of the best student accommodation in Portsmouth.

The dynamic and vibrant waterfront city is home to over 25,000 students at the University of Portsmouth across two campuses. When you’re ready for a study break, you have the best of the city on your doorstep. The city centre is just a short walk from your student flat, putting you at the heart of the best shops, restaurants and markets. Take in the beautiful scenery across miles of picturesque waterfront or frequent one of the huge variety of bars and restaurants, with many easily accessible from our Portsmouth  private student accommodation.

From its proud naval and maritime heritage, to museums and galleries, you can also find unique shopping destinations, enjoy great food and drink. Portsmouth offers something for absolutely everyone, making it a welcoming and vibrant city for living and studying.

With a choice of student housing in Portsmouth, Collegiate’s four student accommodation sites are ideal for studying at the University of Portsmouth. We offer a range of student studios, but whatever you decide on, you’ll always benefit from en-suite facilities, a private study space and a kitchen area. With all bills and Wi-Fi included in your rent, there’s no need to worry about extra costs, so you can focus on enjoying your time in Portsmouth.

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We want you to have the very best University years that is why we have ensured a calendar that is packed with fun social events both virtually online and off-site. But that’s not all, as living with Collegiate you can make new friends, create memorable moments and be a part of a great community.

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University of Portsmouth Accommodation

Member of the University Alliance, University of Portsmouth is ranked among the Top 100 universities in the world and is home to more than 25,000 students. Our Portsmouth university accommodation is close to the university main buildings and includes a range of design-led studios rooms. Located in the centre of Portsmouth, Collegiate’s Earlsdon Street and Middle Street accommodations are just a 15 minute walk away from the university campus. On the university campus itself, St James Street is just minutes away from Portsmouth University your lecture halls.

Explore our University of Portsmouth accommodation close to the university and vibrant city centre.

  • On-site fitness suite – ideal for training for Portsmouth University sports clubs
  • High speed broadband and Wi-Fi to help with your studies at The University of Portsmouth
  • All bills included and 24/7 building security

Student studios in Portsmouth

Select from our range of student studios in Portsmouth. Modern and spacious with smart storage solutions.

Here’s just some of what’s included:
En-suite bathroom

Double bed
Plenty of storage and wardrobe space
Large desk space with study chair

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FAQs: Student Accommodation in Portsmouth

How much does rent cost for students in Portsmouth?

Several factors decide the rent of student residences, including the type of student accommodation you book. The various facilities and amenities provided by the accommodation and the room’s configuration all factor into the price for accommodation in Portsmouth. Private student accommodation in Portsmouth usually costs between £170.00 – £317.00 per week.

How do I pay for my student room in Portsmouth?

You can make rent payments online using your credit or debit card via your Collegiate Portal account or by bank transfer. Contact your accommodation management team if you’d like to pay by bank transfer.

How much do bills cost as a student in Portsmouth?

On average, UK students spend £37 per month on bills. However, when you book Collegiate student accommodation in Portsmouth, all bills are included with your room: Electricity, Gas, Water & Broadband. You also get exclusive access to features such as free hot drinks & breakfast, 24/7 gym, on-site laundry and social spaces with TVs & a pool table.

What are the best student areas in Portsmouth?

Portsmouth is the perfect place to be a student – with the beautiful Southsea beach, popular shopping food & drink destination Gunwharf Quays, Guildhall Walk nightlife and the picturesque Common (great for spending summer nights with a group of friends and a BBQ!). Portsmouth is the perfect size, offering the excitement of a city packed into an area you can easily explore on foot or by bike – with our Prima Vidae by Collegiate student residences right in the heart of it. Portsmouth is home to a year round programme of events, festivals, music venues, restaurants and shops. Check out our Portsmouth city guides here.

Can I view my student flat in Portsmouth before booking?

Yes, most accommodation providers including Collegiate will provide tours of the apartments – either via video or in person (government guidelines allowing).

What different types of student accommodation are available?

Collegiate has three sites of student accommodation in Portsmouth, Earlsdon Street, Middle Street, and St James Street, all benefiting from a prime central location in the city.

Earlsdon Street

Premium Two-Dio shared studios include:

> Shared living spaces and en-suite with twin beds

Premium, Premium Plus and Luxury Plus private studios include:

> Private facilities and en-suite with a size range from 16-30m2

Middle Street

Standard, Premium, Premium Plus, Luxury, Luxury Plus, VIP private studios include:

> Private facilities with en-suite and a size range from 18.7-36.2m2

St James Street

Standard Two-Dio shared studios include:

> Shared living spaces and en-suite and twin beds

Standard, Premium, Premium Plus and Luxury Plus private studios include:

> Private facilities, en-suite, and size range from 13-26.2m2

What are the best ways to travel around Portsmouth?


There are a number of train services to get you in and around the city of Portsmouth:

Portsmouth and Southsea station is just a 7 minute walk from our St James Street accommodation and a 2 minute walk from the city centre.

Portsmouth Harbour station is a short walk from a range of attractions, including shops and restaurants at Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower, and the Historic Dockyard.

Portsmouth Harbour station is also close to ferry connections to the Isle of Wight and Gosport.


Portsmouth is served by the National Express network so you’ll always be able to hop on a bus to get in and around the city and its surrounding areas.

Walk or cycle

Being a compact and flat city, Portsmouth is remarkably easy to explore by bike using the city’s cycling routes. All of our student accommodation in Portsmouth offers secure bike storage, however, you also can hire bikes from a number of places in the city.  Visit Portsmouth recommends Southsea Cycles, Portsmouth Cycle Exchange and Bike-u-Like.


While not a way to get around the city, it’s worth familiarising yourself with the services offered through Portsmouth Harbour which includes ferry routes to France, Spain and the Channel Islands plus a Cruise Terminal. You’ll also find shops, a cafe and plenty of seating on board so it is ideal for last-minute day trips!

What is there to do in Portsmouth?

There are so many places to see and things to do as a student in Portsmouth. You truly have the best of everything a city can offer, as well as being able to enjoy time by the water and vast green spaces.

Day trippers

There are lots of opportunities to take guided tours of the city and all its attractions, or you can try a self-guided tour of Portsmouth and discover it in your own time. Or, why not take a trip to Clarence Pier, which is one of the largest piers on the south coast, and is packed with arcades, amusements and rides? You can also easily venture to Southsea Beach or even the Isle of Wight for the day!


The city centre in Portsmouth is bustling with big high street names and the Cascades shopping centre. However, if you’re after a bargain you should head to Gunwharf Quays with over 90 outlet stores. You’ll find Port Solent on the boardwalk if you’re heading to the harbour, with a delightful range of shops. The Southsea area of Portsmouth offers up more independent and vintage stores alongside high street favourites.


From fresh seafood at Port Solent to the best bottomless brunch, Portsmouth’s food scene is thriving and you’ll never be short of options to eat out. Among the big high street names including Wagamama, Cosy Club and Pizza Express, you’ll find a host of independent cafes and restaurants, as well as a rising number of street food vendors in the city centre.

Are there free things to do in Portsmouth?

There are lots of free attractions and things to do in Portsmouth including the city’s attractions, museums, galleries and Southsea Beach.

What are some interesting facts about Portsmouth?

As one of the UK’s most prominent ports, Portsmouth Harbour processes 100 per cent of the UK’s Jersey potatoes.

Hollywood star and Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger once lived in Portsmouth and was even a member of Southsea gym.

Portsmouth is the only city in the UK with a population density greater than that of London with over 200,000 people in the city it covers 15.54 square miles.

Discover even more interesting facts about Portsmouth.

Which universities are local to Portsmouth?

The University of Portsmouth is conveniently located in the heart of the city and is easily accessible from any of our student accommodations in Portsmouth.

It’s 0.7 miles away from Earlsdon Street and Middle Street:

Walk – 15 minutes*

Cycle – 5 minutes*

Bus – 15 minutes* (First No. 2)

Car – 4 minutes*

Portsmouth’s central campus on Portland Street is less than a minute’s walk away from St James Street.


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