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.

Latest news

James Oliver Student accommodation 2019 Pledge to continue providing the best University housing in Portsmouth

January 2, 2019

Well what a year 2018 was for us here at James Oliver Properties. With an ever expanding portfolio of student properties all owned by ourselves we have continued to lead the way on what is considered premium or as the students say “Peak”, “Peng” or “Sick” when it comes to University housing or again as is referred to as a “Yard”, “Crib” or  “Manor”.

There are no houses we own and represent that are below our relentlessly high standard. “If we wouldn’t live in one of our houses then how can you expect a student to” is a sentiment we hold closely to our values here at James Oliver Student Properties. We are graduates of Portsmouth University ourselves and have lived the life as a student that became the foundations of our adult careers and cemented our personalities as adults.

Always going above and beyond has resulted in a high regard for our housing among the student community. Not charging admin fees to students for creating a tenancy agreement, securing deposits in the TDS (Tenancy deposit Scheme), inventories in and out or the check out process and also charging extremely low deposits are all integral to our flawless reputation.

Last year we raised over £500 for the NSPCC with our office manager Matt running a marathon on the 23rd December and we plan to fundraise more this year for good causes. We regularly donate to Hope House, part of The Salvation Army in Portsmouth that provides emergency accommodation for the homeless and prison releases with no fixed abode.

One of many highlights this year was the marketing strategy of designing and manufacturing 50 To Let boards specifically aimed at students of Portsmouth University to be displayed with pride outside all of our houses. What an achievement James Oliver has made to date by creating such a value focused authentic brand that he is so passionate about he put his own name forward as the title over 10 years ago.

2019 will see some of our current tenants leave due to graduating, enrolling on placement years, some old faces come back to us and many students remain in their houses for another year.

We embrace everyone and are excited to see who will be living in our houses for the foreseeable future.

Have an excellent 2019!




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!




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