Portsmouth is a Wonderful Ghost Town Now Summer’s Here

Now I understand almost all ‘freshers’ will have moved out by now. From what I remember the last day in May signalled the end of our contracts will halls and even if anyone was placed in a house instead you will more than likely be back home by now… But those of you in second and third year may still be here.

I’m still here! My tenancy doesn’t run out until 4th July but I’m planning on hanging around until next week.

It’s insane how quiet Portsmouth is without the hordes of students. It’s a bit of a ghost town but I must say I’m enjoying it. You can really see, in their absence, just how much the city thrives on students. It really is a different place in the holidays from term time.

To me, it didn’t make sense to go home just yet. I have two whole months (July and August) to spend a home and wanted to spend some time making the most of the luxury of little commitment in Portsmouth. I am loving guilt-free lie ins and walks to the beach, trying out new cafes and restaurants and spending time with my uni friends without the worry of deadlines.

I am working at my part-time job as much as possible to save some money to really have a relaxing summer and not have to worry about uni, work or money. Two (as of yesterday) out of my housemates have moved out which is sad to see. The empty rooms are horrible to walk past but we have all had such a fantastic year together that we aren’t moving for third year. It’s a pain having to move everything out only to move it all back in again in two months time but it’s got to be done!

So for now? Time to relax, enjoy and appreciate the wonderful city we live in!


The end of Second year

It is my first week back home for summer and I can already say I am missing Uni. This year has gone so quickly and surprisingly a lot quicker than first year. Although second year comes with a lot more work than first it was still a lot of fun!

Moving into a new house was exciting especially with 7 other people, it was like halls all over again but a tad quieter. My course got a lot more interesting as I was allowed to pick 3 units that I wanted to take on for a whole year and was not limited to just compulsory ones. Although I feel I could have done a little better than expected I still surprised myself with some of the marks I received.

The social aspect of Second year was still at a high yet I was more strict with myself when it came to important deadlines and of course exam season. I had two exams and hopefully they were the last exams I will ever sit!

Since I have finished Second year all I can say is that my time has been filled with friends, food and a lot of alcohol. Although I am missing being in the action of Uni I am very much content with being at home.  I am in the comfort of my family and most importantly a CLEAN house with lots of food that I haven’t bought!

Summer holds a few exciting things for me including a months work experience at a Publishing company in London, a weekend away in Dublin and Edinburgh and Bestival with a few close friends in September.

Although sad to be moving on to my last year at University I can thankfully say that this year/term has been a good one. I have grown closer to friends (3 of them who I will be living with next year) and met so many new people. I have explored Portsmouth a lot more by making use of the beach which is just round the corner of my home to eating at so many unique cafe’s and restaurants that Portsmouth has to offer.

So here’s to third year! (and to a lot tears and stress)