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

Its OK not to be OK – Mental health awareness is improving within Portsmouth University Student Housing

April 4, 2019

“It’s OK not to be OK” – The most recent Portsmouth University campaign is held in very high regard by all the team here at James Oliver Properties.

Having worked alongside students for over a decade and whilst acknowledging mental health does not discriminate against gender, religion, culture, sexuality, race/ ethnicity, financial background we have encountered increasing numbers of students struggling to overcome stress, anxiety and depression. The local authority of Portsmouth has a number of provisions on offer for anyone seeking help, assistance and recovery from a mental health condition. The first step is often talking about it and we would always recommend linking in with a service as we have witnessed how isolating a battle with mental health can be.

Mind are a national charity and have a specific website targeted at students to assist with coping with exam stress, revision, managing triggers, student lifestyle, support with becoming unwell. There is an abundance of information and helpful links to be explored on the website for those of you interested.  

Student life involves many challenges including meeting and working with new people, exams, deadlines for work and presentations, managing finances, coping with homesickness, balancing the demands of studying with other commitments, maintaining relationships with family and old friends, leaving home, finding new housing and living with new people among many other pressures.

We pride ourselves here at James Oliver Properties on making the transition between previous accommodation (halls of residence or alternative housing) to one of our premium current houses as seamless and stress free as possible. As all of our 4-9 bedroom properties are on a joint and severally liable basis when it comes to moving in day one tenant can come to our centrally based office situated near the Union (6 Lansdowne street, Southsea PO5 4BA) and collect all of the keys. We are going to be open on Sunday the 1st of September 2019 to enable all move in’s to take place.

It is our intention to ensure all houses provide a safe working space for all our Portsmouth University Students. We fully furnish throughout to a high standard to enable tenants to maximise enjoyment of the facilities. All properties exclusively have double bedrooms, with a desk/ workstation, chair and storage as the happiness of students is at the core of all our decisions at James Oliver Properties. We have an emergency mobile number and a skilled office/ maintenance team at hand to alleviate the stresses and anxiety new tenants face when living in a new environment.


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!




Quality Student Housing in Portsmouth & Southsea