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University of Portsmouth Reviews

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  • 05/14/2012

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    18 out of 25 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 1 of 3

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    You can go to the beach or take a train to central London!

    Food and Dining

    I heard the food is GREAT!

    Dorm Life

    It's different with the rooms holding only one person, but when you need to study alone, you don't have to go to a library.

    Academic Rigor

    You have to work for it!

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready for an awesome school!

    In three sentences

    It's in a beautiful town close to London, which is nice because you can get away from the crowd when you want to.

  • 11/07/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 2 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Football club,table tennis club

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The students union

    What to do for fun

    I dance and play games

    Food and Dining

    Good food

    Tips for prospective students

    Come join us

    In three sentences

    It is a very good a school...they have facilities that breed up excellent and studious students

  • 03/25/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 3 of 3

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    In the past few years I've noticed a massive rise in safety. When I arrived a popular rumour was the likelihood of getting stabbed our sexually assaulted walking back through Sommerstown, but in two years here I have not heard one report of that, and i've walked back home at two in the morning, but the most that has happened is 14 year old chavs yelling insults while drinking in the park. There is also a serious effort to make sure that students' mental health is okay, with campaigns promoting counselling services and mindfulness groups. After the unfortunate deaths of a few students the past two years, the university always makes sure to inform students first, and immediately offer contact information for those who are affected by their passing.

    Greek Life

    nope.

    Clubs and Activities

    The student union is great at arranging a variety of societies and sports! During fresher's week - the week before lectures start - a huge tent is set up in Ravelin Park (behind the library) where you can go meet people in anything from political union to Quidditch society. The sports teams are reasonably good, and there's always free drinks and pizza

    Great for these types of students

    Social students, if you enjoy club nights, don't take your degree too serously.

    What to do for fun

    Clubs, the seafront, gunwarf for nice shoppng, commercial road for other shops, Southsea (Albert Road) for the hipster bit and good pubs

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus consists of various pre packaged sandwiches, but Greggs and commercial road are near by, and the union does reasonably good food for close to the price of campus food. Avoid Ken's.

    Dorm Life

    Fire alarms. Every night. Loud, drunk people stumbling past your window. Elevators in James Watson are always broken, it smells of sick. DON'T LIVE IN LANGSTONE! it's a 40 minute walk off campus, and you'll have to leave to lectures nearly an hour early if you get the bus! Bateson is the next cheapest, but it's rumoured to have been a former prison - not true, but the building certainly reflects the rumour's origins! Reese is the nicest, but will cost you any extra spending money. I recommend going onto the student housing site instead!

    Academic Rigor

    It's a bit of a party school. While they do try hard to make sure you pass, as long as you're passing and occasionally showing up to lectures you're left alone. I think you have maybe 16 hours a week 1st year, and les every year after (third year boyfriend has 4 classes/week)

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour if you can - if you're from the US I would still recommend a trip to the UK to tour various schools if that's the country you're set on. I chose blindly and while it could have been worse, I'd be happier in a different city! Also be very certain of the degree you want.

    In three sentences

    A pretty campus, but the buildings always seem to be falling apart. The students aren't the most serious, and seem more concerned with club nights than degrees. Not the worst place to be, not the best.