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A Guide to Life as a Fresher at Portsmouth University by Sarah Morcom

Published: 13th May 2010 09:23

By Sarah Morcom 

                                A Student Guide to Life in Portsmouth

So you’ve waved goodbye to a teary-eyed mum and a proud dad and it’s your first weekend in Portsmouth. What do you do now?

Saturday 11am: It’s time to get some food in. There are several supermarkets to choose from. Just off the city centre you will find a fair-sized Tesco, and a few minutes’ walk from Winston Churchill Avenue an ASDA will be waiting for you.

2pm Now you’re fed and watered it’s time to get out and about with your new flatmates. A short walk from all halls (apart from Langstone which is a short bus ride) is Gunwharf Quays with an array of designer outlet stores, cafes, bars and restaurants.

3pm Get an impressive view of the city; which is technically an Island, by paying a visit to Spinnaker Tower. Don’t forget to flash your student card to get in for a discounted price! 

10pm Time to head out and spend some of that student loan. Guildhall Walk has plenty of bars to sample and is close to most halls. If Wetherspoons, Yates and Walkabout are your kind of thing then this is for you. If independent pubs and music rooms are more your scene, then head down to Albert Road.

Sunday 12pm Let’s face it you’re not going to be up and about much earlier. So after your fry up, it’s your chance to discover Southsea. Head south for ten-to-fifteen minutes and you’ll find a quieter side to Portsmouth.

1pm If the weather’s up to it, chill out and catch some rays on Southesea Common; a place that will become very familiar in the summer and home to countless BBQs.

2pm If you’re feeling a bit peckish grab an ice cream, take a walk along the seafront, and blow out the cobwebs. You’ll soon come across attractions like the Blue Reef Aquarium and Southsea Castle. (You’ll have to save visits to these for when you’re feeling flush).

6pm Because it’s your first weekend away from Mother’s roasts, why not treat yourself. The Goose at the V & A on Albert Road is popular for roast dinners; there are also numerous places at Gunwharf to choose from too. Prices range from around £6-£8pp.


Look out for student promotions and freebies; there are always plenty of those around. Portsmouth is a pretty safe area but it’s worth sticking to lit roads at night to be sure, taxis are quite reasonable too, especially if you phone and book in advance.

If you want to venture a bit further afield, there are good transport links to Southampton, Brighton and London, all definitely worth a visit during your time at Pompey.

Don’t forget at some point to start some studying and when you’re ready, the recently extended library will be waiting on Cambridge Road with the Student Union right next door.

Welcome, and enjoy your time at Portsmouth!

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