Finding a Home in Portsmouth
The city offers a range of accommodation including modern waterfront apartments, terraced housing, council and housing association properties, as well as a large number of B&Bs and hotels for visiting family and friends. The surrounding region also provides extensive options with a more town or countryside flavour. Portsmouth's average house price in December 2013 was £169,148.
Education in Portsmouth
Portsmouth is a city focused on life-long learning. The city has an extensive offering of nursery and childcare facilities, 54 primary schools, 10 secondary schools and a number of private and special schools. The city and surrounding region have a variety of 16+ colleges with a diverse range of specialisations, and the city boasts a world-class university which continues to heavily invest in the city and grows annually.
Sports & Leisure
With almost 50km of waterfront, Portsmouth residents enjoy lots of water-based activities on the Solent, but the city also boasts numerous gyms and sport centres, a gymnastics centre, indoor tennis centre and several swimming pools. The Mountbatten Leisure Centre is one of the largest sport facilities in the city and is currently undergoing a £20million redevelopment which includes a new 50m pool. This will be the only one of its kind on the south coast of England, and the city is currently bidding to host pre-Olympic games camps in 2012. With a successful Premiership football club, there are lots of aspiring individuals that are involved in many teams of all levels of ability across Portsmouth. The city also offers a golf course, outdoor centre, bowling alleys and skate park.
Portsmouth caters for all tastes with two theatres, five cinemas, an art gallery, libraries, markets, music venues, museums, restaurants, cafes, as well as lots of tourism attractions and festivals from which local residents benefit.
Shopping in Portsmouth
Portsmouth has a great retail offer with the main high-street names in the City Centre, boutique and independent traders in Southsea and an enormous factory-outlet offering at Gunwharf Quays. The City Centre is also undergoing a £350 million redevelopment which will result in Portsmouth being in the top 15 shopping destinations in the country. Alongside all of this, there are several district shopping centres as well as local shops and the main supermarkets and retail parks.