A bedroom in a halls of residence University of Portsmouth

What will uni halls be like this year?

One of the most exciting parts of starting uni is moving into your new home – and we’re making sure this year is no different.

All our halls of residence are open as normal, with all the necessary safety measures in place to keep you safe.

Before you arrive, we'll be deep-cleaning your room. We're installing sanitiser stations, all our reception areas are going contactless, and we're offering round-the-clock welfare support from our Residence Life Team – so if you've got any concerns about your safety, you'll have someone to talk to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Moving in

To allow for social distancing when you move in, you'll be invited to book a moving-in slot sometime between 12 September to 11 October, so that the entrances to halls don’t get overcrowded. (But don’t worry – this slot is flexible if you get delayed.)

If you need to change your slot after you book it, contact the Student Housing Team by email at student.housing@port.ac.uk.

Safety measures when moving in

Contactless reception

When you arrive at your halls, you’ll be greeted by our contactless reception team. The reception will have a sanitiser station at the entrance and you’ll be asked to respect social distancing, along with our staff members helping to settle you in. Once you’re registered at reception, you’ll get your keys/access cards and anything else you need.

Entering halls

For your safety, you should wear a face covering when you’re moving in. 

When you arrive, you will find sanitiser stations at the entrance to all our halls and you should bring your own face covering to wear on arrival and around the building.

You’re welcome to bring as many family members or friends with you to the city – after all, this is a big step for all of you. But to help with social distancing, we ask that only one family member or friend enters your halls with you at any one time.


As always, your room will be deep-cleaned before you arrive.

Cleaners will sanitise communal areas and all fixtures and fittings, such as door handles. You’ll also find University staff members on-hand, who can direct you to your room and help promote social distancing.

Travelling with symptoms

Please don’t travel to Portsmouth or move into your halls if you – or anyone you’re travelling with – has symptoms of COVID-19. If you or someone you live with has symptoms you need to follow the NHS’s stay at home and self-isolation advice in line with government guidance.

Arriving from overseas

According to current government guidelines on entering the UK, you may need to stay in your halls and self-quarantine for the first 14 days you're in the UK. 

All our halls have the support of our Residence Life Team who can provide you with support. All rooms have free WiFi to keep you connected online.

Female student working in halls

Ongoing safety measures in halls

Our safety measures won’t end on the day you move in. As a resident in our halls, we’ll provide you with:

  • Regular deep-cleaning of your communal areas such as kitchens, shared bathrooms, hallways
  • Cleaning materials and cleaning guidance, so you can wipe down communal fixtures between deep-cleans
  • Sanitiser stations in key spots around buildings
  • Contactless post-collection
  • Limits on the number of people who can use lifts
  • Reduced use of shared common rooms and lounge areas in line with government guidance, until it's safe to do so

Your ‘household’

If you move into self-catered halls, everyone you share a kitchen with becomes your ‘household’. If you’re in catered halls and you don’t have a separate flat, students in your neighbouring rooms become your ‘household’.

To reduce infection in your shared ‘household’, regularly wash your hands for 20 seconds using soap and water or hand sanitiser. Also cover any coughs or sneezes with a tissue or your elbow, and wash your hands immediately after.

Meeting students outside your ‘household’

Always follow Government guidelines when you meet people from outside your household. This includes other students visiting you in spaces you share with your household, such as your shared kitchen or bathrooms.

Portsmouth has many beaches, piers and parks which are perfect places to meet up with friends and students from other households. You could also use our unlimited access to Google Meet to set up quizzes, movie nights and study groups with students outside your household.

COVID-19 symptoms in your ‘household’

If you or someone else in your household develops symptoms or tests positive for coronavirus, you need to follow Government guidelines for households.

If you need to self isolate, you'll get support from our Residence Life Team who can provide you with support. All our rooms have free WiFi included to keep you connected online.

Perks of living in halls

Perks include: 

  • 38-week contracts from 26 September with no charge for early arrival from 12 September 2020
  • Shorter contracts available for Teaching Block 1 if you go on exchange in Teaching Block 2 (your contract can be extended if you don't go)
  • Free broadband and WiFi
  • All bills included in the cost of your room – gas, electricity, heating, water and basic insurance
  • Every room has a bed, desk, drawers and plenty of sockets for your laptop, phone and other devices
  • The majority of our rooms are en-suite, with private shower, sink and toilet
  • We have accessible rooms for students who need them, approved by AccessAble (formerly known as DisabledGo)
  • All our rooms are singles, and they're yours for the entire academic year – even over the Easter and Christmas holidays
  • Our Residence Life Team provides pastoral care 24 hours a day, every day

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