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Highbury College Portsmouth

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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Student population Large (More than 10,000)
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Institution type Public

About Highbury College Portsmouth

Highbury College is a general further education college based in Portsmouth, Hampshire, England. The college was formed in 1963, it currently operates in six different sites across Portsmouth. Highbury College offers a wide range of academic and vocational education and training, from first-step courses to university level such as the HNC/HND and foundation degrees. In 2011, Highbury College was inspected by Ofsted and was graded to be Grade 1 Outstanding in all areas.

Campus information

Highbury College operates in six different sites in and around Portsmouth: Highbury Campus, Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre, Highbury Northarbour Centre, Highbury Arundel Centre, Highbury Apex Centre, as well as Highbury Marine Training Centre. These campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art Libraries, television and radio studios, Apple Mac newsrooms, art and design studios, performing arts theatre, hair and beauty salons, digital recording studio, laboratories, sports centre, refectory, accommodation, aeroplane cabin, training kitchens and restaurants, nursery and healthcare suites, retail shop, training workshops, engineering and boat-building teaching facilities, as well as student recreation areas. 

The College's three libraries bring together a variety of resources to meet your learning needs. Our IT Flexi Centre is equipped with the latest technology for easy access. Your studies will be further enhanced by MyCourse, the College's virtual learning environment, which includes a live timetable, reading lists and online reference material. We also offer excellent leisure facilities. Food and drink outlets at all our Centres sell a choice of refreshments or you can dine in style at Chimes. For those who enjoy keeping fit, the Sports Centre has a multi-function sports hall, aerobics studio and fitness suite. There are also two Hair & Beauty salons, run by talented students, which offer a range of treatments at affordable prices.

Portsmouth is the only island city in UK. There are plentiful of seaside attractions, shopping and restaurants, sports and leisure. It is only 60 miles from London. Mainland Europe is easily accessible by ferry, as Portsmouth is one of the best-connected ports. Highbury College has five Centres in and around Portsmouth. Students may be eligible for FREE or subsidised travel. 

By Train

  • Highbury Campus - Cosham station
  • Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre - Portsmouth & Southsea Central station
  • Highbury Arundel Centre - Portsmouth & Southsea Central station
  • Highbury Northarbour Centre - Cosham or Portchester station
  • Highbury Apex Centre - Havant Station

By Bus

  • Highbury Campus - Cosham main bus stops
  • Highbury City of Portsmouth Centre - Arundel Street & Commercial Road
  • Highbury Arundel Centre - Arundel Street & Commercial Road
  • Highbury Northarbour Centre - Allaway Avenue or Southampton Road 
  • Highbury Apex Centre - Park Parade

By Car

  • London (2hrs via A3(M)/A27) 
  • M25 London orbital (1hr via A3(M) /A27) 
  • Bristol (2hrs via A36/M27) 
  • Birmingham (3hrs via M40/A34/M3/M27)

If you are travelling by airplane, Highbury College can arrange a taxi from the airport at a preferential rate.


Onsite Accommodation
Highbury's onsite accommodation is situated within the College's tallest building, the Tower. All 75 bedrooms enjoy views of Portsmouth and its coastline. Each floor consists of 15 good-sized bedrooms, two kitchens, dining area, lounge and television. Each bedroom includes a bed, desk, wardrobe, en-suite bathroom (shower, toilet and wash basin), telephone (with software for low-cost international phone calls), television and computer points and free Internet access. There is also a laundry room, with washers and dryers, and 24-hour security in operation on the College site.

Rent: £95 per week for sponsored students.

Homestay Accommodation
Homestay accommodation is a bedroom in a private house. The landlord/landlady will live in the house, perhaps with their family or other students. All of our homestay hosts are in the Portsmouth and Cosham areas, close to Highbury College. All homes are carefully selected and visited at least once a year to ensure that the facilities on offer are of the highest standard. They also undergo police background checks, abide by relevant health and safety regulations and are culturally sensitive to international students.

You will have a room with a bed, storage and desk/table to work on. Eating arrangements will depend on which of the two types of homestay accommodation you choose.


Courses available 10

Business, Management 1 Computer Science, IT 1 Creative Arts & Design 1 English Language 1 Hotel Management & Hospitality 2 Humanities & Social Sciences 2 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 3


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