Portsmouth Student Property Specialists

We are based locally offering  quality student housing in Portsmouth and Southsea. Having successfully provided student accommodation since 2006 we are rapidly building upon our already enviable reputation as the current market leaders.

In case of any issues, we have a specialist property maintenance team who are on hand to provide a quick, professional solution. We have an ever- expanding portfolio yet we will never allow our growth to compromise delivering the highest possible standards to all our clients.

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Student finances / money management advice and guidance for students at University of Portsmouth

September 10, 2018

Finances/ money management

University can be a difficult time to master finances and take control of a budget with so many distractions and temptations.

Everyone at James Oliver Properties can all definitely relate to this topic because we were students at the University of Portsmouth over 12 years ago.

Here, we hope is a helpful list to work through:

1) Know your student income and when it will be paid. (include maintenance loans, part time job/ bank of mum and dad, bursaries, scholarships and any residual savings if applicable.

2) Calculate your essential outgoings (rent, bills/ ongoing contracts, food and drink, insurance- tenants contents etc, travel). This can be split monthly/ weekly/ daily however you prefer to break it down and compare it to your incoming money from point 1.

3) We love Money saving experts mantra and recommend using it!

SKINT? Do I need it? Can I afford it?
NOT SKINT? Will I use it? Is it worth it?

4) Use student discount (NUS) but only for expenses you intended to make before realising the discount was on offer!

5) Travel- Portsmouth is all flat so bicycles are an excellent way to avoid bus/ train/ taxi costs and you can sell it at the end of the year too! Just purchase a very good lock or walk everywhere to quickly learn your bearings.

6) Entertainment- pick and choose to maximise on the offerings available to students, with such a good nightlife be sure explore what is out there- be a social butterfly but know your budget and don’t take a bank card on a big night out to curb spending. Alternatives are host a night in such as a games night, free events laid on by Portsmouth Union. The cinema in Gun Wharf is currently doing all films for £4.99- can’t go wrong!

7) Pay in advance- essential outgoings such as rent- if you have a large sum of money to remove the temptation to spend it or lock it away in a savings/ premium bonds account that you can access whenever.

8) Course materials- get involved with the library early when books are outlined as essential- Portsmouth University Library is open 24 hours now, alternatively shop around if you must own it- eBay, amazon, Facebook groups and then sell if you no longer have a use for it!

9) Debt advice- the You Trust or Citizens Advice offer free advice and are independent to your circumstances so can be objective in the guidance they offer.

Hope this list was helpful to at least one person, no-one is perfect and we all have unique patterns of behaviour but this list should give some perspective on your finances.

Apologies if none of this content is new to you, we find that reviewing expenses and going through direct debits yearly can flag up some unwanted outgoings and could save you a small fortune (especially gym memberships if you do not go at least 3 times a week!




University of Portsmouth (UOP) students are ranked in the top 25 Universities across the whole UK.

June 14, 2018

Smashing all previous rankings, the University of Portsmouth has claimed it’s place within the Guardian University Guide for 2019. Outperforming established Universities gives everyone here at James Oliver Properties a deepened sense of pride as many of us graduated back in 2005 and 2006. To see how far UOP have come in the last 15 years is mind blowing and the partnerships and opportunities this brings the city is profound.

It was earlier this week we discussed the course a tenant had enrolled on for 2018 -2019 with aspirations of becoming an Optometrist, which further highlights the ever broadening array of higher education on offer to students flocking to the City. The University of Portsmouth Dental academy being built and now serving the population of Portsmouth as a free provision highlights the positive impact of this rapid progression. The University is surely approaching the top spot in the South of England?

This is great news for students looking to secure premium accommodation as we continue to guard the top spot for providing housing, apartments and a top quality service to match. James Oliver Properties thrive on competition and we know that like the University of Portsmouth, our housing developments are helping to put the city on the map as a number one destination to live/ study.

Our houses were all snapped up back in January 2018 for the academic year September 2018- July 2019. We hope that the University of Portsmouth can also experience fully subscribed academic courses for the year ahead, let’s make 2018-19 a massive one!





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