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A Student Guide To Portsmouth - Part 2

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Portsmouth is a lively city with a very large multi-cultural student population. Here are some of the educational institutes that make up this population in Portsmouth.

Educational Institutes

University of Portsmouth

Rated amongst the top 500 universities in the world in the 2014 Times Higher Education World University Rankings, the University of Portsmouth is Portsmouth's only university. Located in the downtown core of Portsmouth, the university has a student population of 22,000 students with enrolment from over 130 countries. With 29 departments, students can study a wide range of programs and subjects. Currently the university is ranked 55th out of 121 universities in the UK.

Highbury College

Highbury College provides a range of vocational and academic programs, including adult courses, university level foundation courses, A levels and programs in Marine Apprenticeship, Boat Construction Maintenance and Yacht Maintenance. The college has campuses located throughout Portsmouth:

Highbury campus, Northarbour campus, City of Portsmouth Centre, and Arundel Centre. The college is noted for its 10 storey Tower located at the main campus.

Spinnaker College

Located next to the University of Portsmouth on Guidhall walk, Spinnaker College is a language school accredited by the British Council to teach English as a foreign language. The college offers General English courses, IELTS, Cambridge and Trinity exam preparation and one-to-one lessons.

LSI Portsmouth

LSI Portsmouth (Language Specialists International) is language school accredited by the British Council to teach English as a foreign language. Located in downtown Portsmouth, next to the University of Portsmouth, LSI offers courses in General English, IELTS, Professional and Business English and Cambridge Exam Preparation.

Practical Services

Being a student is not always glamorous. We understand that “life happens†and sometimes you need practical solutions to solve your problem. Below are a couple of student oriented local businesses that we recommend you turn to when practicality arises.


A lot of modern student life happens online, so it's a headache if something bad happens to your computer or laptop. Whether it's malware holding your coursework to ransom or a smashed laptop screen from that house party, we can help, and we'll come to you. Find out more at www.netcafeportsmouth.com, or call 07982 710926 and see what Netcafe Portsmouth can do for you.

Solent Removals

This Checkatrade rated local removals company based in Southampton are a great option for student moves in and around Southampton and Portsmouth. They can provide single item moves, house moves, removals, packing services and furniture clearance. http://www.solentremovals.com/

Transportation: Getting In, Out and Around Portsmouth

Portsmouth is easily accessible by car, train, bus and ferry from throughout the UK and abroad. By car, Portsmouth is accessible from London in around 2 hours via the A3 or M3 and from the M275, M27 and A27 from other parts of the UK. There is plenty of parking within the city on the street or in car parks. Motorcyclists may park without permit. In particular, Gunwharf Quays has a dedicated motorcycle bay for parking.

The airport closest to Portsmouth is Southampton Airport. It is located 20 miles from the city in Eastleigh and can easily be accessed by bus, train or taxi from the city center. Transfers are required either at Southampton Central or Eastleigh. Journey time is approximately 50 minutes via bus and over an hour by train. Travelling by taxi, a more expensive option, takes around 30 minutes.

There are direct train services from Gatwick Airport and from London at Waterloo Station.

Journey times take approximately 1h 20mins - 1h 30mins. Service to other major cities include Brighton (1h 40mins), Cardiff (3h 10min), Bristol (1 hour) and Southampton (50 mins). While there are several train stations in Portsmouth, the largest and most accessible station is Portsmouth and Southsea station close to the University of Portsmouth. The second is Portsmouth Harbour at the Hard Interchange (nicknamed the Hard) in Gunwharf Quays.

There are many national and intercity buses (National Express, Megabus) which leave from the Hard Interchange. Portsmouth and Southsea are well connected by bus. Local buses are frequent with a day ticket costing £3.70, or £4.80 to have access to all of Hampshire.

Portsmouth has a ferry system with transportation between the Isle of Wight (approx. 60 minute journey) and to the Channel Islands of Jersey and Guernsey. There are also services to four ports in France (Saint-Malo, Cherboug, Caen, and Le Havre) and to one port in Bilbao, Spain.

Portsmouth is a very compact city that is good for walking and biking. Many places of interest are quite close to each other and centrally located, making for a short walk between destinations. For cyclists, Portsmouth is a flat city that is improving its infrastructure with dedicated cycle routes to make it easier to get around within and outside the city.

Eating Out and Coffee Breaks

There are so many restaurants, pubs, bars, and café's located in Portsmouth it can be hard to choose. We've gathered several of Portsmouth's local and independent restaurants and cafés. Not only do they serve delicious food with locally sourced ingredients but they are budget friendly and rock some pretty sweet student deals. We highly recommend that you check out:

Le Café Parisian

1-13 Lord Montgomery Way, Portsmouth


Le Cafe Parisien is renowned for it's smooth Lavazza coffee, local tea selection and fresh juices, it is also fully licensed serving a well selected wine list and both continental and British beers.

We serve a variety of dishes, from the option to have smoked bacon or fruit compote on your American style pancakes, to chef's home made bouillabaisse. But we also like to offer a little bit for everyone, with a light bites menu, to jacket potatoes and toasted sandwiches, some meals costing under £5.

We pride ourselves on our local produce and the substantial menu enables our chefs to create daily specials too.

Open from am until 6pm, Monday to Friday, and am until 3:30pm Saturdays, with our very own breakfast club, buy any two breakfast dishes and get the cheapest item half price. Check us out at: http://www.lecafeparisien.com/

The Akash

99-101 Albert Road, Southsea Portsmouth

The Akash welcomes you to the oldest established Indian restaurant in Albert road and one

of the oldest in the UK. Portsmouth's long serving establishment founded by George back in the 1970's has been a great success and continues to serve the local people as well as visiting guests from all over the world. Check out the Akash's menu at: http://www.theakash.co.uk/.

Going Out

Portsmouth has a really great nightlife scene. There is something for everyone, however, if you're tired of visiting the same crowded clubs and participating in the same student nights, why not check out the following bars. All of them a geared towards students, and each of them offer a different kind experience. From Portsmouth's only gay bar, to a beautiful cocktail bar, and your new local pub, each of these places offers a memorable night out .

Get Your Shop On!

Portsmouth has such a diverse range of shopping that varies from large commercial stores to the unique, off-beat and quirky. Everyone knows where to find the large box stores, but not where you can find something original and specialised. We would like to highlight Portsmouth's smaller players with shops that are aimed towards students. We recommend that you visit these one of a kind stores, you won't be disappointed with their selection or friendly customer service.

Tofu Café

128 Kingston Road, Portsmouth

Tofu Cute is famous for its pop-up shops at Comic Cons around the UK, with their large range of hard-to-find kawaii gifts and delicious, exciting Japanese sweets. They also have a shop based at 128 Kingston Road, Portsmouth, between North End and Fratton, plus you can shop online 24/7 at http://www.TofuCute.com!

Makers Merchant

1 Cornwall Rd, Fratton, Portsmouth

Craft hub in the middle of Portsmouth teaching all kinds of arts & crafts classes as well as selling fabric & wool. We rent space too for people to sell up-cycled, vintage & handmade items. Great onsite cafe. Check us out at: http://www.makersmerchant.com/.

Health and Beauty

Looking good, feeling good and being active is a central part of our daily life. We recommend the following independent businesses for looking your best and staying beautiful.

Get Social - Clubs, Activities and Sport

One of the best things about being a student is getting out, meeting new people and trying new things. Whether this be going to an event, trying a new sport or partaking in a new activity. The following clubs are a great way to get social and stay active. We recommend you get social through the following:

Swing 4 All

The Dockyard Club, Onslow Road, Southsea

Learn to Swing dance every Tuesday at the Dockyard Club on Onslow Road in Southsea. It's only £6 for the evening plus you don't need a partner as well are a very friendly bunch. Learn more about us at: http://www.swing4all.co.uk/

Southsea Archery Club

324 Fawcett Road, Portsmouth

Southsea Archery Club is a friendly, social club with three ranges based in the Southsea area of Portsmouth. We are a strong community of archers, and would be happy to help develop your shooting, even if you have never lifted a bow. At Southsea Archery Club we have facilities that enable all to take part, with a unique set-up which is completely mobile so our experienced, fully qualified instructors can come to you. If you would like to get involved in archery, it has never been easier. Learn more at: http://www.southseaarcheryclub.com/.

Beyond Portsmouth

While there is more than plenty to see and do within Portsmouth, sometimes you need

to get out of the city for a day-trip or a weekend break. We recommend that you visit the following:

Hayling Island

Just East of Portsmouth, Hayling Island is a good choice for either a day-trip or a weekend break. Easily accessible by bus, train or taxi, Hayling Island is known for its unspoilt beaches, beautiful countryside and outdoor activities. Getting active is easy at Hayling Island. For walkers and cyclists, the “Hayling Billy†trail line is a four mile long path that follows an old train line down the western coast of the island and offers beautiful views of the Langstone Harbour. The windy conditions on the island are great for windsurfing, kitesurfing and watersports. However, even if you do not enjoy the outdoors, you can indulge your inner “foodie†with some of the island's restaurants or partake in some thrills at the fun fair at Beachlands.


Emsworth is a beautiful picturesque fishing village located in Hampshire, near Chichester Harbour. Heavily influenced by oyster fishing this quiet town is known for its beautiful architecture, sailing, ponds and quiet walking areas. With over thirty pubs and some delicious cuisine, it is starting to become an up-and-coming place for foodies. And holds four quarterly food festivals.

New Forest

Located west of Southampton lies one of the largest national parks in Southern England. Within the forest there is plenty wildlife to see, including the New Forest Pony an indigenous breed of pony that has had a major impact on the ecosystem within the New Forest. Other wildlife include deer, blue tits, redstarts and bats. Other activities you can do in New Forest are: kayaking, paintball and exploring over 100 miles of pathways. Similarly, there is also plenty to do outside the forest. Car enthusiasts will enjoy a visit to Beaulieu Motor Museum, a collection of vintage cars, often displaying special exhibits such as James Bond's car. Attached is Beaulieu Abbey, one of the most haunted places in Britain for its ghost's sightings. Breamore House, is a 15th century manor house with an impressive art collection. Lastly, the Exbury Gardens are famous for a miniature railway that take visitors on a mile-long journey around the stunning grounds. On this train ride, visitors are treated to beautiful moss art, as well as, a display of the gorgeous ground.


The largest city in Hampshire and the South of England is located about half an hour away from Portsmouth via car and about 45 minutes via bus. There is plenty of shopping opportunities from the expansive West Quay shopping centre to the Boutique shops on Oxford Street and the alternative shops on the Bargate. Southampton is home to Southampton FC, Southampton's premier football league and is a an arts and culture hub. Those into the music scene should visit The Brook, a music venue for up and coming artists. Nevertheless, the city also has many festivals over the course of the year, including the Kite Festival, Mela Festival, SO Festival and Thai Festival. Southampton is also a popular city for both running and cycling events, playing host to the BBC Sport Relief Mile, the Cancer Research's Race for Life and the Southampton Sky Ride. Lastly, Southampton has many museums, in particular the SeaCity Museum details the tragedy of the Titanic which left from Southampton in 1912.


Not far from Southampton lies the quieter city of Winchester. Once England's ancient capital, Winchester is now a mix of both city life and the beauty of the countryside. Winchester is filled with many ancient and historic buildings, monuments and museums. Within the centre stands the medieval Winchester Cathedral, Europe's longest cathedral. Winchester is also known for its Great Hall located within the Winchester Castle, where lies King Arthur's Round Table. For a beautiful view of the city's medieval and Georgian architecture, climb St Giles Hill at the bottom of high street, where you will have a bird's eye view of the Guildhall, statue of King Alfred and city centre.

Isle of Wight

The Isle of Wight is a beautiful resort island perfect for a day trip or weekend break. Easily accessible by hovercraft from Portsmouth, the island provides a wide variety of outdoor and cultural activities. For the outdoor enthusiast there are many trails for walking, cycling and horse riding. The strong wind on the water provides the perfect conditions for watersports. The Isle of Wight is nicknamed “Dinosaur Island†as large amounts of dinosaur bones and fossils are found on the island each year, more than anywhere else in the United Kingdom. Many fossilized shellfish, crocodiles, turtles and mammals are discovered on the coast each year due to erosion and changing climates. In particular, casts of dinosaur footprints can be viewed at low tide on the Compton and Brook beaches. More modern attractions, include the beautiful Carisbrooke Castle and Yarmouth Castle. For those looking for an off-the-beaten-path activity, visit the Garlic Farm for tasting garlic flavoured ice cream.