Accommodation for Newcomers in Portsmouth

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Immigration Accommodation in Portsmouth Canada

As a new immigrant arriving in Portsmouth one of the first tasks is to find short term and long-term accommodation in Portsmouth for you and your family.

Your first accommodation on arriving in Portsmouth may be temporary. This is ok, and is the route that most new migration arrivals in Portsmouth take. Some individuals opt of a good hostel or Serviced Accommodation in Portsmouth, while some are lucky enough to be able to stay with family or friends in the area. Most new arrivals take a short-term rental while they look for something long term. As with any city, it’s always easier to find someplace new to live once you are already there and Portsmouth is no different.

Accommodation for newcomers in Portsmouth Canada guide

You’ve been through the stress and emotional roller coaster involved with securing a visa for Canada and you’ve chosen Portsmouth as your destination. It’s a charming place with plenty or heritage. Portsmouth is well known to be extremely welcoming to new migrants.

Here is some background on Portsmouth for new immigration arrivals.

Portsmouth ( PORTS-məth) is a port and city in the county of Hampshire in southern England. The city of Portsmouth is a unitary authority, which is administered by Portsmouth City Council.

Portsmouth is the most densely populated city in the United Kingdom, with a population last recorded at 238,800. Portsmouth is located 70 miles (110 km) south-west of London and 19 miles (31 km) south-east of Southampton. Portsmouth is mostly located on Portsea Island; the only English city not on the mainland of Great Britain. Portsea Island has the third highest population in the British Isles after the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. Portsmouth also forms part of the regional South Hampshire conurbation, which includes the city of Southampton and the boroughs of Eastleigh, Fareham, Gosport, Havant and Waterlooville.

Portsmouth is one of the world’s best known ports, its history can be traced to Roman times and has been a significant Royal Navy dockyard and base for centuries. Portsmouth was first established as a town with a royal charter on 2 May 1194. Portsmouth was England’s first line of defence during an attempted French invasion in 1545 at the Battle of the Solent, famously notable for the sinking of the carrack Mary Rose and witnessed by King Henry VIII of England from Southsea Castle. Portsmouth has the world’s oldest dry dock, “The Great Stone Dock”; originally built in 1698, rebuilt in 1769 and presently known as “No.5 Dock”. The world’s first mass production line was established at the naval base’s Block Mills which produced pulley blocks for the Royal Navy fleet. By the early-19th century, Portsmouth was the most heavily fortified city in the world, and was considered “the world’s greatest naval port” at the height of the British Empire throughout Pax Britannica. By 1859, a ring of defensive land and sea forts, known as the Palmerston Forts had been built around Portsmouth in anticipation of an invasion from continental Europe.

In the 20th century, Portsmouth achieved city status on 21 April 1926. During the Second World War, the city was a pivotal embarkation point for the D-Day landings and was bombed extensively in the Portsmouth Blitz, which resulted in the deaths of 930 people. In 1982, a large Royal Navy task force departed from Portsmouth for the Falklands War. Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia was formerly based in Portsmouth and oversaw the transfer of Hong Kong in 1997, after which, Britannia was retired from royal service, decommissioned and relocated to Leith as a museum ship.

HMNB Portsmouth is an operational Royal Navy base and is home to two-thirds of the UK’s surface fleet. The base has long been nicknamed Pompey, a nickname it shares with the wider city of Portsmouth and Portsmouth Football Club. The naval base also contains the National Museum of the Royal Navy and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard; which has a collection of historic warships, including the Mary Rose, Lord Nelson’s flagship, HMS Victory (the world’s oldest naval ship still in commission), and HMS Warrior, the Royal Navy’s first ironclad warship.

The former HMS Vernon shore establishment has been redeveloped into a large retail outlet destination known as Gunwharf Quays which opened in 2001. Portsmouth is among the few British cities with two cathedrals: the Anglican Cathedral of St Thomas and the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St John the Evangelist. The waterfront and Portsmouth Harbour are dominated by the Spinnaker Tower, one of the United Kingdom’s tallest structures at 560 feet (170 m).

Southsea is Portsmouth’s seaside resort, which was named after Southsea Castle. Southsea has two piers; Clarence Pier amusement park and South Parade Pier. The world’s only regular hovercraft service operates from Southsea Hoverport to Ryde on the Isle of Wight. Southsea Common is a large open-air public recreation space which serves as a venue for a wide variety of annual events.

Portsmouth F.C. is the city’s professional association football club and play their home games at Fratton Park. The city has several mainline railway stations that connect to London Victoria and London Waterloo amongst other lines in southern England. Portsmouth International Port is a commercial cruise ship and ferry port for international destinations. The port is the second busiest in the United Kingdom after Dover, handling around three million passengers a year. The city formerly had its own airport, Portsmouth Airport, until its closure in 1973. The University of Portsmouth enrols 23,000 students and is ranked among the world’s best modern universities.

Portsmouth is the birthplace of notable people such as author Charles Dickens, engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, former Prime Minister James Callaghan, actor Peter Sellers and author-journalist Christopher Hitchens.

Finding Immigration Accommodation for Newcomers in Portsmouth Canada

Most searches begin with a search engine. Local papers in Portsmouth may well be online and of course, listing sites such as Craigslist and Rentfaster Portsmouth can be of great help.

What is the cost of short term accommodation in Portsmouth

The cost of short-term newcomer accommodation in Portsmouth varies greatly depending on requirements and neighborhoods. Lots of new arrivals to Portsmouth use Airbnb to give them an indication of short term rental process in Portsmouth and also the option to book with confidence and security.

Another website that offers the same accommodation as Airbnb.

Rental accommodation in Portsmouth for newcomers

One you decide to rent an apartment or house there are certain things specific to Canada to keep in mind. For example, make sure to agree who pays for utilities, and who is responsible for removing snow!

Property owners and landlords will usually require payslips or proof of income, bank statements and occasionally they may require references from previous landlords although lots of new immigrants to Portsmouth were homeowners in their previous country. Sometimes it does help to already have secured employment in the greater Portsmouth area.



All renters in Portsmouth have rights, so you need to familiarize yourself with those rights before you sign any agreement. Thankfully there are a number of Organizations set up in Portsmouth to help. These are called Newcomer services and a list of these can be found here: newcomer service

Newcomer subletting in Portsmouth Canada

Sometimes when a renter leaves for a few months they will sublet their accommodation. Quite often they leave some furnishings behind and for some newcomers to Portsmouth this can be an ideal option, especially if you’ve yet to buy furniture or if your shipment is delayed.


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