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7 must-see places for new students in Portsmouth



Author: Lauren Cox Posted: September 7, 2022 4:21 PM
With the new academic year approaching, many undergraduates will be moving to our island city for the first time, from all over the country, to begin their studies at the University of Portsmouth. There are plenty of student attractions, sites and hotspots that can be explored, sometimes for free, so you can discover your new city and start settling in!
1. Spinnaker Tower

Obvious, certainly, but emblematic all the same! The Spinnaker Tower is located in the heart of Gunwharf, reaching 560 feet high, with spectacular views over the whole town. It was unveiled in 2005, with Portsmouth residents choosing the design following a poll in 1998.

A standard student ticket costs £12.95, but a 25% discount is also offered to people living in Portsmouth postcodes, as long as you provide proof such as a utility bill with a name and address.

Besides the three observation decks from which you can observe your new city, you can also dine in the sky in their “Clouds Cafe”, which will make for a great day out with friends, especially if you choose to visit the Gunwharf Quays Designer Outlet. , too!

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2. Undercover Skatepark Project

This new indoor skatepark in the city center is slated to open this fall, giving beginners and advanced skaters a place to practice their skills, socialize in the cafe, and shop around in the skate shop. A crowdfunding project raised over £31,000 for the construction of the skatepark, which took almost a year.

The site will have a variety of ramps for skateboarders, as well as opportunities for skating lessons and roller clubs to take place within the building. With skateboarding announced as a new Olympic sport, locals are encouraged to use the facility to its full potential!

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3. Portsmouth Museum and Art Gallery

The Portsmouth Museum is on a student’s doorstep – located close to university buildings such as the library. The museum explores Portsmouth’s rich history, with works by renowned artists and exhibits dedicated to famous people who have lived in the city over the years, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the author of Sherlock Holmes!

The best part of the museum is that it’s free, and it is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday. What better way to learn more about your new home than to visit a local museum?

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4. Ravelin Sports Center

Right across from the museum is the brand new Ravelin Sports Center, a new university building designed for students to train, play and compete. The center has a gym, swimming pool, squash courts, educational areas and even a climbing wall!

Although it will be open to all members of the public from next month, students and staff currently have special access, and memberships start from just £15 per month. The building aims to be one of the UK’s ‘most sustainable sports centres’, reusing pool water for toilet flushing and even installing beehives on the roof to ensure that it is biodiverse.

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5. The tenth hole

Although it might not be your first thought once you settle down in Portsmouth, The Tenth Hole is a lovely tea room near Canoe Lake in Southsea which offers delicious breakfasts, lunches and of course – cakes !

From vegan sponges and berry cheesecakes to classic carrot cake, there’s something for everyone. The cafe’s name comes from the fact that there is a 9-hole golf course on their grounds, which means you can play with friends after enjoying the amazing food they offer. Students also get a discount for golf, at £4 per person per round.

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6. Historic Portsmouth Dockyard

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard is part of the Naval Base open to the public, where you can visit HMS Victory, the Mary Rose Museum and HMS Warrior 1860. Tickets start at £24 for one attraction, up to £34 for three attractions. There’s even an area in the shipyard where you can play Laser Quest, for £7 a game – a great way to break the ice with your housemates!

The dockyard is also located near Gunwharf Quays, not far from the university buildings, meaning you’ll never be too far to discover Portsmouth’s long history.

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7. Dice Parlor

Dice Board Game Lounge is a unique dining experience in Albert Road where patrons can play a variety of board games! Whether it’s a date night or even a team building exercise for your new company, there are plenty of games to choose from, with game tables specially designed for the bigger games.

The lounge serves up a range of snacks, sandwiches, and quesadillas to keep you energized as you fight, as well as drinks like beer, cider, and spirits. They also host weekly events such as “Dungeons at Dice” and “Social Board Gaming”, giving players the opportunity to meet like-minded people!

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