Tenants Guide to Portsmouth

Sitting around 64 miles south west of London, and 19 miles southeast of Southampton, Portsmouth is the United Kingdom’s only island city.


Just like its resident football club, it is nicknamed Pompey (with a number of theories as to why). And as the football club is once more on the rise, so too is the city.

Portsmouth forms part of the South Hampshire built-up area, which also includes Southampton, Havant, Waterlooville, Eastleigh, Fareham and Gosport. And with over 860,000 residents, it’s the 6th largest urban area in England, and the largest in South East England.

Meanwhile, the city itself has a population of over 205,000, and is the only city in the UK with a greater population density than London.

Where the local economy is concerned, you’ll find that a tenth of the city’s workforce is employed at the Portsmouth Naval Dockyard, which makes the city’s biggest industry, unsurprisingly, defence. Beyond this, the city is also the European headquarters of IBM, and the UK headquarters of both Zurich Financial Services and US defence company Northrop Grumman.

And with three theatres, three established music venues, and a plethora of shopping options, there’s no shortage of things to see and do while living here.

Location, Location, Location

Choosing to rent in Portsmouth means renting in a warm (in the summer months, literally) and modern English waterfront city. With terrific public transport connections, plenty of shops, and a good selection of schools, this is ideal for both professionals and young families looking to set up base in the South of England. 

If You Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside

If you’ve always dreamt of living by the sea, then Southsea is for you. Located at the southern end of Portsea Island, it was originally developed as a Victorian seaside resort in the 19th century. It then grew into a dense residential suburb and large commercial and entertainment area.

Dominated by the expansive green space of Southsea Common, home to a number of events and recreational activities year round, Southsea is perfect for families with young children. In addition to the seaside, there’s all the local amenities you could wish for, and a number of well-performing primary and secondary schools too.

And at just over 10 minutes drive to the city centre, it really is ideal for commuters.

Central Perks

For graduates, students, and young professionals flocking to Portsmouth, there’s really no better option than calling the City Centre home.

From its big name shops to its trendy bars and restaurants, not to mention the sunshine and affordable rents in modern apartment buildings, city living here is different class.

The central train station puts you 30 minutes from neighbouring Southampton, and just under two hours from the bright lights of London. And if you prefer to socialise a little closer to home, the brilliant Gunwharf Quays Designer Outlet, replete with 14 screen cinema, bowling alley, and art gallery, is only 15 minutes from the city centre.


Making the move to Portsmouth? Be sure to try Southsea and the City Centre.

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