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Portsmouth is one of the most prevalent cities on the south coast, favoured for its shopping facilities and nightlife, particularly by the student population who attend the university. The modern city also boasts a proud naval and maritime heritage which can be explored at Portsmouth Harbour. The harbour is home to the National Museum of the Royal Navy, the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Mary Rose.
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Buying or Renting in Portsmouth
The rental market in Portsmouth is dominated with flat shares, studio flats and smaller apartments. This is ideal for student population who want town centre living due to the location of Portsmouth Harbour. However, in general, flats with one bedroom can be rented for around £500 pcm, rising to £625 pcm for two bedrooms. Small terraced homes are upwards of £725 pcm and three bed semis can fall anywhere between £950 pcm and £1300 pcm. Detached family homes tend to fall over £1700 pcm.
Fist time buyers will be pleased to learn that two bedroom terraced homes are in the market in Portsmouth with asking prices around £130,000. One and two bedroom flats fall between £28,000 and £750,000, with the most expensive being luxury apartments overlooking the ocean. Detached homes, of family size, are upwards of £325,000, with four bedrooms taking asking prices over £400,000.
Schools in Portsmouth
There are countless state-funded primary schools in Portsmouth, spanning the areas of Southsea, Cosham, Fratton, Hilsea, Milton and Portsmouth itself. Corpus Christi Catholic Primary, St John’s Cathedral Catholic Primary and St George’s CofE are the most popular primary schools in Portsmouth. Copnor Junior, Solent Junior and Meon Junior also have fantastic reputations.
There are ten secondary schools in and around Portsmouth. Springfield School, Redwood Park, Admiral Lord Nelson and St Edmund’s are the strongest in the eyes of Ofsted. Children also benefit from having access to Portsmouth College and Highbury College to continue their studies.
Transport Links Portsmouth
Portsmouth is an island city which means the few bridge roads in and out can become easily congested. Stand still traffic is a common occurrence at rush hour but, once you near the M3 or M27, this eases considerably.
Commuters have the choice of Portsmouth and Southsea railway station or Portsmouth Harbour railway station. Both provide regular trains to Southampton and London Waterloo numerous times per hour.
Due to the cities coastal location, ferries can take passengers to the Isle of Wight, France, and the Channel Islands amongst others.