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STUDENT HOUSING IN PORTSMOUTH - INFORMATION AND APPLICATION BROCHURE 2018/19 - port.ac.uk
STUDENT HOUSING
IN PORTSMOUTH
INFORMATION
AND APPLICATION
BROCHURE 2018/19

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CONTENTS

Living in Portsmouth                          3

Portsmouth – the only island city in the UK   4

Helping you find accommodation                5

Private rented accommodation                  6

Halls of residence                            8

Important information                         12

How to apply                                  14

Our allocation policy                         16

What happens next                             17

Quick reference guide                         18

CONTACT US

University Of Portsmouth
Student Housing
Floor 5
Mercantile House
Hampshire Terrace
Portsmouth PO1 2EG

W port.ac.uk/accommodation
E student.housing@port.ac.uk
T +44 (0)23 9284 3214

     @uopstudenthousing

     @uophousing

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LIVING IN
PORTSMOUTH

WE ARE DELIGHTED THAT YOU HAVE                                          YOUR ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS
CHOSEN TO STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY                                       Finding the right place to live is very important and, wherever
OF PORTSMOUTH. IT’S A GREAT PLACE                                       you choose to stay, the Student Housing team will be on hand to
TO BE A STUDENT, WITH ALL THE APPEAL                                    help you make the right choice.
OF A VIBRANT CITY ALONGSIDE FOUR                                        The University works with Unite Students and The Student
MILES OF BEACH AND EXTENSIVE GREEN                                      Housing Company and allocates six halls across the Guildhall
SPACES.                                                                 campus on their behalf.
                                                                        We have options to suit everyone and these include:
Portsmouth is very compact so it’s easy to find accommodation
within a reasonable distance of where you will study, shop and          Halls of Residence
spend your leisure time.                                                Self-catered and fully-catered halls of residence across the
                                                                        Guildhall and Rees Hall sites.
As a new student at Portsmouth, you will either live in halls
of residence or within the local community in private rented            Privately Rented Shared Houses and Flats
accommodation.                                                          Privately owned and managed accommodation for students
                                                                        (where the landlord does not live on the premises) that varies in
For most of you, coming to university will be your first                terms of price, size and location.
experience of living away from home. This brochure will help you
decide which type of accommodation would be best for you. It            Lodgings
includes details of all our halls of residence as well as information   Rooms rented in private houses where the landlord lives on the
about private rented accommodation.                                     premises.
Where you choose to live will depend on the experience you’re
looking for, your budget and how independent you want to be.
If your preferred choice is not available, we are here to help you
find a suitable alternative.

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PORTSMOUTH – THE ONLY
ISLAND CITY IN THE UK

PORTSMOUTH’S EXCELLENT LOCATION
ON THE SOUTH COAST MAKES IT EASILY
ACCESSIBLE BY ROAD, RAIL, AIR AND
SEA TO THE HAMPSHIRE COUNTRYSIDE,
LONDON AND MAINLAND EUROPE.

It takes around an hour to walk from east to west across the
island, so everything is easy to reach.

LOCATIONS
There are many student-friendly areas to live in Portsmouth,
whether you are in halls of residence or in private rented
accommodation.
On the map opposite you can see where our halls of residence
are located within the University Quarter.
Within Portsmouth, Southsea and Fratton are popular with
students due to their proximity to the campus. Much of the
student accommodation in these areas is within walking distance
of the campus, with good cycle links too.
Eastney, Milton, North End and Hilsea are located to the east
and north of Southsea and Fratton. They are in easy reach of the
University thanks to the excellent public transport links in the
city, as well as good cycle routes.
Drayton, Farlington and Cosham are located to the north of the
city. These areas are well served by public transport links (it is
a 12-minute train ride from Cosham to Portsmouth), with good
value accommodation to be found.
Fareham and Gosport are located to the west of Portsmouth,
with direct public transport links into Portsmouth. Gosport
is linked to Gunwharf Quays by a five-minute ferry ride (and
you can take your bike on board), while the central Fareham
train station is around a 20-minute ride from Portsmouth and
Southsea city centre station.

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HELPING YOU FIND
ACCOMMODATION

OUR STUDENT HOUSING TEAM IS                                            HOUSING EVENTS
AVAILABLE TO HELP YOU THROUGH                                          We organise a number of house-hunting support events
THE PROCESS OF SECURING YOUR                                           throughout the summer, to enable you to meet other students
ACCOMMODATION.                                                         looking for accommodation and help get you started with
                                                                       finding a house. Prior to the event you will be given access to a
As well as allocating places in halls to our students, we also offer   dedicated Facebook group and a student-to-student message
househunting advice and support, and host a number of events           board, on which you can link up with like-minded people and
to help you find a place in private rented accommodation for the       read adverts from people wanting to fill a vacancy in their house
duration of your study.                                                or flat, for example.
                                                                       On the day, our team will be on hand to support you through
FACEBOOK                                                               the process, providing transport to get to viewings, a list of our
If you are concerned that you won’t know anyone before you             registered landlords and a contract-checking service. Further
arrive, join our Facebook groups to meet like-minded people            details on the events held this summer will be sent to you closer
who you may want to share a house with.                                to the time.

TWITTER                                                                HOUSE-HUNTING PORTAL

Our Twitter account, @UoPHousing, is a great place to get in           All new first-year students looking to secure a room in private
touch and ask our team any questions you may have.                     rented accommodation will be given access to our secure online
                                                                       resource, the house-hunting portal, which:
                                                                       ▪▪ offers house-hunting advice and support
                                                                       ▪▪ gives you access to our up-to-date private sector room/house
                                                                           vacancies
                                                                       ▪▪ allows you to book on to one of our housing support events
                                                                       ▪▪ suggests ways for you to meet like-minded people prior to
                                                                           coming to university

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PRIVATE RENTED
ACCOMMODATION

WE REALISE FINDING THE RIGHT                                         Costs
PLACE TO LIVE IS IMPORTANT. OUR                                      The average rental for a room in a four-bedroom house in
STUDENT HOUSING TEAM CAN HELP                                        Southsea/Fratton is:
YOU FIND SUITABLE PRIVATE RENTED                                     ▪▪ £80–£95 per week – exclusive of all bills.
ACCOMMODATION.                                                       ▪▪ £90–£120 per week – inclusive of all bills.

                                                                     LODGINGS
LIVING AS PART OF THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
                                                                     These are rooms in private houses where the landlord or a close
Portsmouth is a compact city and everything that you could           relative lives on the premises. They can be family households,
possibly need, such as the main shopping areas, transport links,     guest houses, or houses owned by other students (or their
key University buildings, nightlife and the seafront, are just a     parents). Rooms are offered either as room only (with use of
stone’s throw away from each other.                                  a kitchen, bathroom and other communal areas) or half board
                                                                     (with breakfast and evening meals provided).
This makes living in private rented accommodation a brilliant
alternative to halls, and suitable for most students’ needs.         Typical facilities in lodgings include:
Sharing a house or lodgings gives you the opportunity to live        ▪▪ single occupancy study bedrooms, each containing a bed,
with other students of your choice and with similar interests.           suitable work surface and chair
There is a wealth of accommodation around the city and the           ▪▪ adequate drawer and hanging space
surrounding areas.                                                   ▪▪ adequate heating with permanently fixed heating appliances
                                                                     ▪▪ smoke detectors on each floor of the property
In the private rented sector you are able to choose your location,   ▪▪ adequate facilities for the number of occupants
type of accommodation, budget and your housemates.
                                                                     All the rooms offered as lodgings meet the registration
SHARED HOUSES AND FLATS                                              criteria set by Student Housing for advertising on Portsmouth
                                                                     StudentPad. Unless otherwise specified, rooms offered as
This type of accommodation makes up the majority of student          lodgings have been inspected by a Student Housing Officer prior
housing in Portsmouth. It is typical for students to rent houses     to advertising.
in groups of three to five, although some smaller or larger
properties are available.                                            Students in lodgings are personally responsible for paying their
                                                                     rent to the householder. Normally, payment should be made
The Student Housing team continuously monitors the standards         weekly or monthly in advance, with a week or month’s rent as a
of properties advertised. In all cases we must receive copies of     deposit.
all relevant documentation e.g. gas safety certificate, electrical
safety certificate, HMO licence etc for the property and all         We find that lodgings are generally very cost-effective as all bills
registered properties should meet our criteria for safety,           are usually included, except for the telephone in most cases, and
facilities, location and decorative order.                           food, if on a room-only basis. Neither householder nor student
                                                                     are asked to enter into any extended commitment as to the
We publish information on shared houses, flats and lodgings          period of stay.
registered for advertising with the University through
www.portsmouthstudentpad.co.uk. There is also our Facebook           Cost
group, @UoPStudentHousing, for students to advertise their           For guidance the approximate weekly charges in Portsmouth for
vacancies in shared houses or lodgings. There is a programme of      lodgings are:
housing support events through the summer for students who
want to live in private sector accommodation.                        ▪▪ r oom only (with use of kitchen and bathroom):
                                                                         £80–100 per week
What is in a typical shared house?                                   ▪▪ half board (bed, breakfast and evening meal):
Students living in a privately rented house would usually be             £95–£110 per week
sharing the communal areas such as the lounge, diner, kitchen
and bathroom facilities. Each student will have their own fully
furnished bedroom which vary in size.

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SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS                                               Student Housing team. You should also contact the Additional
                                                                    Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) at
Single-sex accommodation
                                                                    asdac@port. ac.uk who can discuss options with you and also
You can still live in single-sex accommodation whilst sharing
                                                                    liaise with the Student Housing team.
a house by finding students with similar requirements.
Alternatively, if you are interested in living in lodgings, some    Students with pets
landlords may specify their preferences on our website.             The majority of private accommodation does not allow pets,
                                                                    however permission to bring a pet to the property is at the
Quieter location
                                                                    landlord’s discretion and you would need to discuss this aspect
Residential areas tend to be quieter and you and your
                                                                    with them before making a decision.
housemates can create a peaceful environment in your home,
wherever you choose to live.                                        Student support managers
                                                                    Students living in the private sector are able to access the
Postgraduate and mature students                                    Student Support Managers based in the Guildhall halls of
Students who wish to live with other postgraduate and               residence, who are available to offer advice and support on a
mature students will be given access to a dedicated Facebook        range of issues and help with the transition to university.
group to find like-minded potential flatmates, and share their
househunting experiences.                                           Car parking in the private sector
                                                                    We strongly recommend that students do not bring their own
Dependants                                                          car to the city. However, if it is necessary, please check on the
We strongly advise any student with dependants to secure            Portsmouth City Council website for details and restrictions
accommodation before moving them to the area. Please contact        on the car parks and the residential parking places around
the Student Housing team for further guidance and assistance        main student areas. We also recommend that students check
to secure accommodation suitable for yourself and your              with their landlord or letting agent whether the property has a
dependants.                                                         designated parking place and the prices for a parking permit.
Accessible rooms
Due to the layout of terraced houses in Portsmouth, the majority
of houses in the city do not offer accessible rooms. If you would
like more guidance or support to find suitable accommodation,
or if you have specific health-related needs, please contact the

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HALLS OF RESIDENCE

AT PORTSMOUTH WE OFFER A WIDE                                        WHAT IS IN A TYPICAL BEDROOM?
RANGE OF ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS TO                                    A typical hall bedroom is furnished with a single bed, study desk,
SUIT MOST LIFESTYLES, BUDGETS AND                                    chair, drawers, wardrobe, noticeboard, electrical sockets and
CATERING PREFERENCES.                                                with WiFi access. You can view room interiors at
                                                                     port.ac.uk/accommodation.

SHARED OR EN SUITE BATHROOM                                          WHAT ELSE IS INCLUDED IN THE
                                                                     ACCOMMODATION FEES?
There are two types of bathroom facilities for you to choose
between – shared and en suite.                                       ▪▪   wireless Eduroam access
                                                                     ▪▪   wired broadband ResNet access
Shared facilities: adequate shower rooms and toilet facilities are   ▪▪   dedicated student support team
provided per flat or corridor. These are cleaned daily.              ▪▪   pay-as-you-go launderette facilities
                                                                     ▪▪   basic insurance cover
En suite facilities: each room has a private shower, basin and
                                                                     ▪▪   utility services – gas, electricity, water
toilet. You are responsible for cleaning your en suite bathroom.

STUDIO FLATS
Studio flats offer self-contained accommodation. These are
prioritised for postgraduate students, depending on demand and
availability. The studio flats have a single bedroom with en suite
kitchenette (with a two-ring hob, microwave, small larder fridge
and sink) and en suite toilet and shower facilities. Studio flats
are available in James Watson, Margaret Rule, Harry Law and
Trafalgar Halls.

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Our halls of residence are in two main locations and each has         CATERED ACCOMMODATION
its own distinctive character, offering a safe and secure
                                                                      Our catered hall accommodation is located in Southsea. The
environment in which to study, socialise and relax. There is a real
                                                                      catered option provides breakfast and a two-course dinner with
mix of styles – en suite or shared bathroom facilities, catered and
                                                                      a wide choice of dishes every day, prepared from Fairtrade,
self-catered accommodation – to choose from.
                                                                      quality ingredients by professional chefs. Our restaurants offer
                                                                      good quality food and hassle free meals, so there’ll be no need
SELF-CATERED ACCOMMODATION
                                                                      to cook after a busy day.
Self-catered accommodation at Portsmouth comes in flat or
                                                                      Benefits of catered halls:
corridor-style rooms with either en suite or shared bathroom
facilities, for the real ‘home away from home’ experience.            ▪▪   it is a social hub
                                                                      ▪▪   enables you to budget better
Self-catered accommodation is a good option if you love cooking
                                                                      ▪▪   all meal costs are included in your rent
and want to be in charge of what you eat and when. Experience
                                                                      ▪▪   breakfast and dinner are provided Monday to Friday (term
of cooking, sharing kitchen responsibilities and respecting each
                                                                            time only)
other’s space are valuable life skills and preparation for the
                                                                      ▪▪    breakfast and lunch are provided Saturday and Sunday (term
second year when you will move into private houses.
                                                                             time only)
You will have the freedom and flexibility to make your own            ▪▪     generous portions are served at each meal, with plenty of
meals whenever you like in your fully fitted kitchen. There are               choice on the menu
plenty of supermarkets and independent food stores close by as        ▪▪      all menus include a daily vegetarian option and we can cater
well as cafés, takeaways and restaurants, some offering student                for most dietary requirements, including halal foods
discounts.                                                            ▪▪       meals are served during a two to three-hour period to make
                                                                                sure it suits your timetable
Our Student Finance team advise that you budget between £35–          ▪▪        you will benefit from good food without having to wash up
40 per week for your food and household costs in self-catered                    afterwards
accommodation. Visit port.ac.uk/money for some great tips on          ▪▪         late dinners are available if notified in advance
budgeting if this is your first time living away from home.           ▪▪         small kitchenettes are available for preparing light meals and
                                                                                  to store drinks
                                                                      ▪▪          make the most of our themed nights

                                                                      If you have special dietary requirements but think a catered hall
                                                                      may suit you, then please email reesburrellreception@port.ac.uk

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HALLS OF RESIDENCE

REES HALL, SOUTHSEA* (CATERED)                                         HARRY LAW HALL*
Students are provided with dining facilities, launderette facilities   ▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities for
and a common room. Rees Hall is situated close to the seafront             approximately six students
and Southsea’s facilities, overlooking Southsea Common and             ▪▪ 286 rooms arranged corridor-style, all with en suite bathrooms
the Solent. Rees Hall offers excellent community living for its
267 residents, with the University buildings, Students’ Union,         Cost
sports facilities and city centre all within easy walking or cycling   En suite room: £5,120 per academic year (£128 per week)
distance.                                                              Studio room: £5,760 to £6,000 per academic year (£144 to £150
                                                                       per week)
REES HALL
▪▪ Catered (two meals a day to be taken in the Rees Hall
    restaurant)                                                         *These three halls of residence are University of Portsmouth-
▪▪ 267 rooms arranged corridor-style, all with en suite bathrooms       owned buildings, therefore your contractual agreement will
Cost                                                                    be with the University of Portsmouth. Please refer to the
En suite room: £6,520 per academic year (£163 per week)                 application portal for the terms, conditions and cancellation
                                                                        policy for these buildings.

GUILDHALL HALLS
                                                                       GREETHAM STREET**
These halls are located at the heart of the city and are
conveniently situated for the main shopping centres and                ▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each
entertainment areas.                                                       self-contained flat
                                                                       ▪▪ 746 rooms arranged in self-contained flats of up to 10
The Guildhall Halls comprise around 3650 rooms across eight                students, all with en suite bathrooms
halls, offering self-catering facilities only with a mix of en suite
and shared bathroom facilities.                                        Cost
                                                                       En suite room: £5,920 to £6,160 per academic year (£148 to
The flats come as a mixture of purpose-built developments or           £154 per week)
renovated buildings that are specifically developed with students
in mind. Most flats accommodate between four to ten students,
while others retain the traditional corridor-style accommodation.
                                                                       JAMES WATSON HALL**
Each hall has its own unique character and is close to the
majority of University buildings, Students’ Union and sports           ▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each
facilities.                                                                self-contained flat
                                                                       ▪▪ 688 rooms arranged in self-contained flats for four to six
                                                                           students, all with en suite bathrooms
BATESON HALL*                                                          Cost
                                                                       En suite room: £5,320 per academic year (£133 per week)
▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each
                                                                       Studio room: £5,760 per academic year (£144 per week)
    self-contained flat
▪▪ 282 rooms arranged in self-contained flats of five students
    with shared bathrooms in each single-sex flat within mixed-sex
                                                                       MARGARET RULE HALL**
    blocks
                                                                       ▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each
Cost
                                                                           self-contained flat
Standard room: £3,680 per academic year (£92 per week)
                                                                       ▪▪ 342 rooms arranged in self-contained flats for four to eight
Large room: £4,160 per academic year (£104 per week)
                                                                           students, all with en suite bathrooms
                                                                       Cost
                                                                       En suite room: £5,520 per academic year (£138 per week)
                                                                       Studio room: £5,960 per academic year (£149 per week)

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TRAFALGAR HALL**                                                       CATHERINE HOUSE†

▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each    ▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each
    self-contained flat                                                    self-contained flat
▪▪ 288 rooms arranged in self-contained flats for six students, all   ▪▪ 709 rooms arranged in self-contained flats of four to six
    with en suite bathrooms                                                students, all with en suite bathrooms
Cost                                                                   Cost
En suite room: £4,920 per academic year (£123 per week)                En suite room: £5,480 to £5,800 per academic year (£137 to
Studio room: £5,760 per academic year (£144 per week)                  £145 per week)

CHAUCER HOUSE - BRAND NEW HALL DUE TO                                   †This hall of residence is owned by The Student Housing
OPEN SEPTEMBER 2018**                                                   Company, therefore your contractual agreement will be with
                                                                        The Student Housing Company. Please refer to the application
▪▪ S elf-catered with shared kitchen and dining facilities in each     portal for the terms, conditions and cancellation policy for
    self-contained flat                                                 this building.
▪▪ 242 rooms with en-suite bathrooms in self-contained flats of
    six to nine students.
Cost                                                                   UNITE STUDENTS AND THE STUDENT
En suite room: £5,920 per academic year (£148 per week)                HOUSING COMPANY
                                                                       We work closely with Unite Students and The Student Housing
                                                                       Company to provide some accommodation for our students.
 **These five halls of residence are Unite Students-owned
 buildings, therefore your contractual agreement will be with          All the accommodation is high quality and self-catered, with
 Unite Students. Please refer to the application portal for the        en suite facilities. We will be processing applications for
 terms, conditions and cancellation policy for these buildings.        the buildings managed by Unite Students and The Student
                                                                       Housing Company and details on your allocation and further
                                                                       correspondence regarding your contract will be sent to you
Please note: all prices are estimated and subject to                   directly by them.
confirmation. Prices are rounded to the nearest pound for
clarity.
                                                                       Please note: if you are allocated a place in one of these halls,
                                                                       your accommodation contractual obligations will be with Unite
                                                                       Students and The Student Housing Company.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION
ABOUT HALLS

Car parking                                                              Postgraduate students
The University has agreed with Portsmouth City Council to                Postgraduate students have further options to consider. Studios
participate fully in policies aimed at alleviating traffic and parking   are prioritised for postgraduate students, depending upon
congestion in the city. Therefore please note:                           demand and availability. Please specify on your application form
                                                                         if this type of accommodation is required and we will do our best
▪▪ G uildhall Halls – students accepting a place at any of the          to meet your request.
    Guildhall Halls must agree not to bring a car to Portsmouth.
▪▪ Rees Hall – there are no general car parking facilities at Rees      Dependants
    Hall. These facilities are only available to blue badge holders.     Rooms in halls of residence are equipped for single occupancy
                                                                         (with the exception of some twin rooms). Students with
Blue badge holders should contact the Transport Coordinator              dependants are advised to contact Student Housing for
on car.parking@port.ac.uk for more information about parking             information on the latest availability of accommodation in the
facilities available.                                                    private rented sector, which may be suitable for families.
Single-sex accommodation                                                 We strongly advise any student with dependants to come to
All the halls provide mixed-sex accommodation with the exception         Portsmouth to secure accommodation before moving them to
of Bateson Hall flats, which are single-sex due to shared bathroom       the area.
facilities. Bateson Hall also has an accommodation block that is
solely allocated to female students. Individual flats in other halls     Accessible rooms
can be allocated as single-sex depending upon demand. Please             The University aims to take into account the needs of all students
specify on your application form if this type of accommodation is        with disabilities and long-term health conditions. We ask that
required and we will do our best to meet your request.                   if you require adapted or accessible accommodation you let
                                                                         us know as soon as possible so we can discuss your needs and
Quieter location                                                         advise on the availability of suitable facilities. If you have an
Living in halls of residence can provide a lively environment to live    impairment, e.g. mobility, sensory, neurodiverse, that could
and study in. Students who wish to experience living in a vibrant        impact on your ability to evacuate a building, please tell us so we
hall community, but who would prefer a calmer study/work                 can check on the availability of appropriate accommodation. In
environment can request a quieter location. Individual flats or          the first instance, contact the Additional Support and Disability
areas across the halls can be designated as quiet flats depending        Advice Service (ASDAC) at asdac@port.ac.uk, who will be able
upon demand. Please specify on your application form if you have         to discuss what options are available and liaise with Student
a preference for a quieter location and we will endeavour to do          Housing as appropriate.
our best to meet your request and allocate you with like-minded
people.

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Twin rooms                                                         Temporary room share
A very limited number of twin rooms with shared bathrooms          Some rooms are larger in size than the typical standard rooms.
and twin studio rooms are available in selected hall locations.    Therefore at the beginning of the term we may ask you to assist
Applicants considering this option due to the cost benefits        us to house another student for a short period of time. If you
should be mindful of the implications of sharing a study bedroom   have been allocated to this type of room we will be giving you
and be sure that they will be content to share close personal      further details on the terms and conditions of the temporary
space with another person for the duration of the academic year.   room share.
Where a hall room is let on a twin basis, the accommodation
fee will be adjusted so that each occupant is only paying 65 per   Living as part of a hall community
cent of the normal single-let rate. Some twin rooms will have      When allocating the rooms and flats in University
two combination ‘study beds’, which combine a single bed and       accommodation, we aim to create mixed, integrated
personal study desk space.                                         communities. The benefits of this include the opportunity to live
                                                                   with students of different ages, cultures and backgrounds.
The study bed is specially designed to offer daytime use as a
study desk and then neatly folds away to offer a standard single   However, it is important to realise that at times, living with many
bed for sleeping. Due to space restrictions, some rooms will       different people can naturally be vibrant and lively. We ask all our
have limited storage for suitcases; however, each study bed        students to live harmoniously, with consideration and respect
does incorporate lockable storage space for books and personal     towards their fellow hall residents and the local community.
possessions.                                                       Each of the hall bases has its own student support team to assist
Priority for these rooms will be given to students who already     students with community living. They offer a confidential service
know someone they wish to share with and where both parties        and provide help and assistance should any difficulties arise.
have indicated this on their applications.

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HOW TO APPLY

Please follow the instructions detailed in the covering letter        HALLS OF RESIDENCE OR PRIVATE RENTED
or email sent with this brochure on how to access the online          ACCOMMODATION
application.                                                          There are two sections on the form under accommodation
1. Read the information in this brochure carefully and decide on     requirements: private rented accommodation and halls
    the type of accommodation you wish to apply for.                  of residence. You should select either private rented
2. When completing the application, please check that the            accommodation or indicate your preferences for halls of
    information provided on the form is current and correct,          residence. There is no need to complete both sections. If
    especially your email address, and make any necessary             you apply for a halls of residence room after the guaranteed
    amendments.                                                       deadline and we cannot offer you one of your choices, we will
3. If you apply for halls of residence, you need to select which     automatically send you information about finding private rented
    type of room and the location you would like to live in.          accommodation.
    When you make your application, please note there will be
    a minimum number of accommodation preferences you will            CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS IN UNIVERSITY
    need to select and you will be guided through this as you         OF PORTSMOUTH HALLS
    make your application. Within each hall preference you need       It is vital that you familiarise yourself with the information
    to select a minimum of one room type preference. You should       provided for each type of halls of residence, including the
    only apply for types of accommodation that you are willing to     costs, facilities and occupancy periods as detailed in this
    accept (and for the entire contractual period of 40 weeks), as    brochure. Under normal circumstances, we will only make one
    we usually only make one offer of a room per student.             offer of accommodation and if you accept that offer, you will
4. We would like to make you aware that some types of room,          be responsible for paying the fees for the entire occupancy
    particularly in the Guildhall area, are very popular and can be   period, unless you leave because you have withdrawn from
    oversubscribed. It is advisable to be flexible and to make as     the University. Transfers between halls during the year are not
    many choices as possible.                                         usually possible.
5. Once you have completed the application form, please check
    it carefully and make sure you are happy with your choices        CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS IN UNITE
    before submitting it through the online portal. Please note       STUDENTS’ AND THE STUDENT HOUSING
    that once you have saved and submitted your application,          COMPANY’S BUILDINGS
    you will no longer be able to make any changes to your room
    preferences.                                                      Although the University of Portsmouth is processing applications
6. Please take note of the application deadlines on page 16 in       for Unite Students’ and The Student Housing Company’s
    the allocation policy.                                            buildings, all contractual and cancellation obligations for
                                                                      students allocated to these halls will be with Unite Students or
                                                                      The Student Housing Company.
                                                                      If successfully allocated to Greetham Street Hall, James Watson
                                                                      Hall, Margaret Rule Hall, Trafalgar Hall or Chaucer House, Unite
                                                                      Students will send information on the room offer, deposit and
                                                                      contractual obligations (including their cancellation policy), how
                                                                      to secure the booking and other relevant details. If successfully
                                                                      allocated to Catherine House Hall, The Student Housing
                                                                      Company will be responsible for its administration.

                                                                      TWIN ROOMS
                                                                      If you accept a twin room and your twin sharer declines their offer,
                                                                      then you must agree to take on the room at the full single rate.

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OCCUPANCY                                                             SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS
All rooms are for single occupancy (except for the limited            If you have any specific requirements, please indicate this
number of twin rooms as detailed under specific requirements          on your application and, if necessary, send in any supporting
on page 13) and are allocated for the full academic year. The         documents.
session fee relates to this period of time and is for 40 weeks. If
your course duration is different in length, for example, if it is    Please note:
only for one term, or it starts and finishes outside the standard     ▪▪ Due to data protection legislation, we are not able to discuss
dates, we may still be able to offer you a hall place, but may have       your accommodation application or allocation information
to restrict the choices available to you for operational reasons.         with anyone other than you. We can only give general
Students requiring accommodation outside these dates should               information to third parties (for example, parents and
contact Student Housing for details of summer accommodation               guardians).
options.                                                              ▪▪ If you would like someone to complete your application or
                                                                          act on your behalf with regards to your application, please
You can use your room during the Christmas and Easter vacations           provide Student Housing with written permission authorising
– there is no need to clear your room or move out.                        this at the time of returning your completed accommodation
                                                                          application.
Meals are not provided in catered halls during vacations, but self-
catering facilities are available instead. The fee charged reflects
this change.
                                                                        In all instances we aim to offer you your highest available
                                                                        preference at the time of your application

STUDENT HOUSING IN PORTSMOUTH                                                                                                         P15
OUR ALLOCATION POLICY
HALLS OF RESIDENCE ACCOMMODATION                                        Exceptions to allocation policy
2018/2019                                                               Any students attending courses in Chichester (approximately
Entry for home, EU and international (non-EU) students                   18 miles from Portsmouth) are advised to contact the
At the University of Portsmouth we are able to guarantee an              Accommodation Office at the University of Chichester (01243
offer of a room in halls to all new full-time undergraduate and          816 000) for assistance in securing more conveniently located
postgraduate UK, EU and International students for their first           accommodation in the Chichester area.
year of study if they make us their firm choice university and          S tudents coming for a single semester have a separate allocation
apply for their accommodation by 31 May 2018. New full-time              of places and should apply for accommodation through the
UK, EU and International students applying for September 2018            online portal, choosing the relevant semester term dates.
entry will become eligible to apply for halls of residence once
they have firmly accepted an offer to study at the University.
Accommodation applications will be sent out on a weekly
basis from January to September as applicants firmly accept a
place to study at the University of Portsmouth. Places in halls
of residence will be allocated based on order of receipt of
accommodation applications in Student Housing, with students
holding an unconditional firm offer being prioritised for their
preferred hall choices.
Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit an
accommodation application at the earliest opportunity. Where
possible, applicants will be allocated their highest available
preference of accommodation, subject to availability. Please
note – because the halls vary in the number of students
they accommodate and some are more popular than others,
obtaining your higher preferences cannot always be guaranteed.
Applicants who apply after the deadline will be offered a room in
halls of residence subject to availability. If we are unable to offer
a room in halls of residence, applicants will be given help and
advice on finding private rented accommodation through online
resources and housing support events.

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WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
We will notify you of the outcome of your accommodation              ACCOMMODATION PAYMENTS
application from March onwards. If we offer you a room in halls
                                                                     It is a precondition of the contractual agreement to pay a
of residence, you will need to pay a £250 deposit to secure your
                                                                     £250 deposit to secure the booking, prior to moving into halls
place at that time.
                                                                     of residence. The amount will be held by the University for
The deposit must be paid by the date specified on the offer,         the duration of the accommodation agreement or by either
which is usually within 14 days of the offer being made. If it is    Unite Students or The Student Housing Company for their
not paid by the specified date, we reserve the right to cancel the   tenancy agreement. The deposit is refundable at the end of the
offer, and in some circumstances this may be without further         accommodation agreement period, less any sums owed to the
notice.                                                              University against which the deposit may be offset.

Any student who, for any reason, does not intend to start their      Please note the £250 deposit is an additional amount to the
course of study at Portsmouth, must inform Student Housing           accommodation fees and cannot be paid by direct debit. You will
in writing before 24 August 2018 in order for the deposit to         be sent details on how to pay your deposit when you are sent an
be refunded in full. After this date, any refund (partial or full)   offer of a room.
that is due following cancellation before the start of occupancy
                                                                     Please do not make your deposit payment until you have
is dependent upon if and when the room is re-let. Any other
                                                                     received an offer of a room in a halls of residence.
cancellations after 24 August must also be in writing and before
the start of the occupancy.                                          For payment queries, please email income@port.ac.uk
                                                                     quoting your Student ID number.
If we are unable to offer you a place in halls of residence or if
you indicate a preference for private rented accommodation,
our Student Housing team is here to help you find the right
student home. there will be a programme of housing support
events throughout the summer for you to attend and we provide
ongoing advice and support throughout the year to all of our
students, to make sure that you settle in to life in Portsmouth.

HOW THE STUDENT HOUSING TEAM
CAN HELP YOU

Student Housing offers an all-year-round support service that        DISCLAIMER
new and returning students can easily access. We are centrally
                                                                     Please note that nothing in this brochure constitutes a contract
located in Mercantile House on the Guildhall Campus, which is
                                                                     between the University of Portsmouth and any potential student.
where you will find most other student services.
                                                                     The University reserves the right to change anything stated in
As well as administering the allocation policy for halls of          this brochure without informing all recipients. Any such changes
residence, including the allocation of hall places, we can advise    will be those considered by the University in its reasonable
and assist students on securing private rented accommodation         opinion to be necessary for the smooth and safe running of halls
for the remainder of their time at University.                       of residence and the University.

This includes offering advice on the following issues:
▪▪   inter-tenant issues                                               Please keep checking port.ac.uk/accommodation or
▪▪   deposit disputes                                                  your ‘StudentHome’ portal for any communication
▪▪   condensation and mould                                            regarding updates.
▪▪   maintenance issues
▪▪   landlord management
▪▪   contract checking
▪▪   noise

STUDENT HOUSING IN PORTSMOUTH                                                                                                    P17
QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE
 TYPE OF ACCOMMODATION                                       CATERED                     SELF-                            HALL SIZE (APPROX
                                                                                         CATERED

   GUILDHALL HALLS

   Bateson Hall (standard)                                               –                          3
                                                                                                                               282 rooms
   Bateson Hall (large)                                                  –                          3

   **Catherine House                                                     –                          3                          709 rooms

   *Chaucer House                                                        –                          3                          242 rooms

   *Greetham Street Hall                                                 –                          3                          746 rooms

   Harry Law Hall                                                        –                          3
                                                                                                                               286 rooms
   Harry Law Hall Studio                                                 –                          3

   *James Watson Hall                                                    –                          3
                                                                                                                               710 rooms
   *James Watson Hall Studio                                             –                          3

   *Margaret Rule Hall                                                   –                          3
                                                                                                                               348 rooms
   *Margaret Rule Hall Studio                                            –                          3

   *Trafalgar Hall                                                       –                          3
                                                                                                                               328 rooms
   *Trafalgar Hall Studio                                                –                          3

   REES

   Rees Hall                                                             3                           –                         267 rooms

Please note: all prices are estimated and subject to confirmation. Prices are rounded to the nearest pound for clarity.

*Marked halls are owned by Unite Students – the University of Portsmouth takes applications for these buildings, however
accommodation agreements will be administered directly by Unite Students.
Please see the example terms, conditions and cancellation policy on the application portal.

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X)   EN              CONTRACT               WEEKLY PRICES                           COST FOR ACADEMIC YEAR
     SUITE           PERIOD

            –          40 weeks               £92                                     £3,680

            –          40 weeks               £104                                    £4,160

           3           40 weeks               £137–£145                               £5,480–£5,800

           3           40 weeks               £148                                    £5,920

           3           40 weeks               £148–£154                               £5,920–£6,160

           3           40 weeks               £128                                    £5,120

           3           40 weeks               £144–£150                               £5,760–£6,000

           3           40 weeks               £133                                    £5,320

           3           40 weeks               £144                                    £5,760

           3           40 weeks               £138                                    £5,520

           3           40 weeks               £149                                    £5,960

           3           40 weeks               £123                                    £4,920

           3           40 weeks               £144                                    £5,760

            3          40 weeks               £163                                    £6,520

     **Marked halls are owned by The Student Housing Company – the University of Portsmouth takes applications for these
     buildings, however accommodation agreements will be administered directly by The Student Housing Company. Please see the
     example terms, conditions and cancellation policy on the application portal.

     STUDENT HOUSING IN PORTSMOUTH                                                                                              P19
CONTACT US
University of Portsmouth
T     +44 (0)23 9284 3214
E     studenthousing@port.ac.uk
W     port.ac.uk/accommodation
A     Student Housing
      Floor 5
      Mercantile House
      Hampshire Terrace
      Portsmouth PO1 2EG

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