Moving to Portsmouth

Are you considering moving to Portsmouth?

What are the factors influencing the price?

The cost of moving goods depends on several factors: the nature, volume, and weight of the goods, of course, the distance between pickup and delivery, the level of service you require and sometimes your flexibility with the timing of the operation. A Man and Van trader is usually the most efficient and cost-effective way to move your belongings to your new city.

How do I choose my Man and Van contractor?

When you post your transport request on App A Van, it will display to all the traders who said they operated within your chosen area and were qualified to transport your type of goods. You can choose between the quotes you receive, based on price and on the reputation they gained from previous customers like you.

Can I receive additional services?

Yes. Some of our Man and Van operators will only load and drive, but others can offer additional services like storage or packing/unpacking. Make sure your transport request is precise as to what you expect exactly from your chosen trader. If you receive no answer, you can always split your request so 2 independent contractors fulfill your demand.

Removals to Portsmouth made easy

We have built up a network of experienced and carefully selected Man and Van contractors across the United Kingdom that can help you with your removals to Portsmouth. The only thing you need to do is to register on our platform, fill in the details of your request in our online form, and all interested contractors will quote you for your custom. Whether you move to Portsmouth from afar or from within the city itself, or you have any transport need in the area, App A Van wants to be your one-stop solution.

Furthermore, by getting in touch with small Man and Van operations, it gives you a chance to use local tradesmen rather than big corporate companies. We strive to be environmentally friendly within your area – creating more jobs for the local people.

Essential links
when you’re moving to Portsmouth

City council

The Portsmouth City Council website is an essential source of information. It is the best place to find detailed advice on all matters regarding the council, from housing to parking and travel to bin collection dates and more. A special mention to Hive, a resourceful community-led initiative to build a happier and well-connected city.

Public transport

My Journey Portsmouth will help you familiarise yourself with the city by planning your journey and outlining the public transport services. Portsmouth and its neighbouring districts are entirely well-connected thanks to two bus companies (Stagecoach and First Bus), as well as a free university bus for students. There are also frequent ferries to Gosport and the Isle of Wight, as well as a hovercraft service to the latter.

Portsmouth is extremely flat, making cycling a very popular way to get around the city. To encourage this greener and convenient type of transport, the Council offers free Bike Doctor clinics on certain dates.

A bit of culture

Visit Portsmouth is the best place to find out more about the city, from its most famous attractions to its hidden gems. The birthplace of Charles Dickens is a city full of culture and history, as well as a fascinating maritime heritage. A day out (or several) at the Historic Dockyard is a must: the harbours now host several nautical attractions, including the Mary Rose Museum. Portsmouth is also a vibrant university town, and is included in The Guardian’s top 25 British universities.

Portsmouth at a glance

  • Located on Portsea Island, Portsmouth is the only island city in the United Kingdom, connected to the mainland only by a bridge.
  • The city’s nickname is Pompey, although sources differ on the meaning behind its origin.
  • With its 560 feet, the Emirates Spinnaker Tower is one of the tallest accessible structures in the UK outside the capital. Opened in 2005 and shaped like a giant sail, it offers breath-taking views of the Solent and Old Portsmouth, as well as a quirky sky garden and a café.
  • Portsmouth is one of very few British cities to hold two cathedrals.
  • Pink Floyd performed The Dark Side of the Moon live for the first time in Portsmouth Guildhall in 1972.
  • Portsmouth was the embarkation point for the D-Day landings in 1944. The event is remembered with annual commemoration ceremonies, as well as a museum entirely dedicated to the D-Day story.
  • The Mary Rose, part of King Henry VIII’s fleet, sunk just off Portsmouth’s coast in 1545. The wreck, rediscovered in 1971, can now be admired in the Mary Rose Museum.
  • In the Historic Dockyard, you can visit the HMS Victory, the famous warship on which Admiral Nelson died during the Battle of Trafalgar.
  • In Gunwharf Quays, there’s a tall building that local residents have nicknamed The Lipstick, due to its peculiar shape.
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle set up a doctor’s practice in Southsea. That’s when he wrote the first two Sherlock Holmes novels. H.G. Wells has also spent some time in Portsmouth working as an apprentice at a local drapery store.
  • The city is the birthplace of writer Charles Dickens and engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.
  • Portsmouth is a famous naval base and is the headquarters for two-thirds of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet.
  • The city has established itself as a festival destination thanks to Victorious Festival. The three-day music event has been taking place in Southsea every summer since 2011. It’s been headlined by bands such as Madness, The Prodigy and Manic Street Preachers.

Whatever it is you are looking to buy, you are sure to find it in Portsmouth. From famous brands to independent shops to weekly markets, the city showcases a diverse shopping experience.

How about a shopping centre right by the sea? In Gunwharf Quays there are over ninety retail outlet stores, including some of the biggest names in fashion and sportswear. There are also boutiques, homeware, beauty and gift shops. We all know that intensive shopping can make you hungry: in Gunwharf Quays you can choose among over thirty different restaurants, bars and cafés.

Right in the city centre, on Commercial Road you’ll find the Cascades Shopping Centre and, on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturday, a vibrant market.

A word about shopping in Southsea

Do you prefer an independent and more relaxed shopping experience? Say no more. Albert Road and Castle Road are the thriving hubs of Southsea’s independent culture, with lots of vintages, bohemian and alternative shops, as well as little cafés and chain-free restaurants.

For example, the Dress Code is full of retro clothing and accessories, quirky gifts, pop culture memorabilia and records.

Another special mention goes to the iconic Pie & Vinyl, an old-fashioned record café that boasts a unique vinyl collection, offers delicious pies and organises live music events.

In Palmerston Road, you can find local traders and exotic food stands at the Love Southsea Market during weekends, and buy fresh produce from the Hampshire Farmers’ Market on the third Sunday of every month.

From the traditional pubs in the old town and along Albert Road to the lively night clubs in the city centre to entertaining music events, one thing is for sure: you are definitely not going to spend boring evenings at home once you settle in Portsmouth.

Pubs & Bars

  • Located right at the end of a picturesque cobbled street in the area commonly known as Spice Island, the Still & West is a traditional pub with a breath-taking view of the sea and the Spinnaker Tower.
  • The One Eyed Dog is a student favourite and the perfect place to start a pub-crawl along Elm Grove. In this buzzing pub, you’ll find pool tables, game nights and regular music events.
  • Do you prefer alternative places? Look no further than The Deco, a friendly rock pub with DJ nights and live music. A plus: their signature cocktails bear the names of Norse gods and goddesses.
  • In the heart of Albert Road, the Royal Albert offers exotic cocktails and delicious food, as well as a delightful beer garden.
  • If vodka is your thing, you won’t be disappointed with Hong Kong Charlie: this quintessential vodka bar has over 100!


  • Right by the halls, Astoria is a student favourite and offers different theme nights that range from alternative music to the newest hits to carnival vibes.
  • Do you love traditional rock anthems and modern indie music? You can’t let go of Britpop and the 90s? You are not alone. Check out Zanzi, this smaller, more intimate club that hosts Connection, the longest-running indie night in Portsmouth.


  • If you prefer spending your evening enjoying a colourful musical or a moving drama, the elegant Kings Theatre and the majestic New Theatre Royal will not disappoint you.

Music venues

  • The Wedgewood Rooms and the Pyramids Centre are the main venues, offering a varied musical experience. Don’t forget to look out for all the live music nights going on in pubs and bars across the city, though. Over summer, you can even enjoy free live music at the Southsea bandstand on weekends, right by the sea.

Useful information for
Relocating to Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a vibrant, cultural city: whether you are going to Portsmouth for a career change or to pursue higher education, you are surely going to appreciate it.

Portsmouth: Where to live?

You will be pleased to know that Portsmouth has a very mild climate and, being on the South coast, receives more sunshine than most of the UK.
Here are a few things that you should consider when planning your move.

A popular choice, Southsea is a picturesque seaside resort just south of the city centre, boasting a 4-mile-long promenade and two piers. It’s full of independent shops, restaurants and cafés, as well as green areas such as Southsea Common.

Fratton is right by one of the train stations, and only a 5 or 10-minute drive from the city centre. Being rather cheap, it’s very popular amongst students who opted for private accommodations.

Eastney, as you might have guessed by the name, is on the east of Portsmouth. If you prefer a quieter seaside district with plenty of beaches, you might want to consider moving here. The commute to the city centre would only be half an hour by car or bus.

Depending on your budget, you might be interested in Old Portsmouth. The old town is more expensive than other areas, but, as soon as you take a stroll down its cobbled streets and walk along the seaside promenade, you’ll understand why. It’s also very close to the city centre.

Portsmouth: Getting around

It’s very easy to drive around town, but, like in most cities, parking is limited and can be expensive. If you plan on bringing a car with you, you’ll probably have to apply for a parking permit, as residential areas rely mainly on on-street parking. Commuting with public transport is easy and convenient, and there’s also a Park & Ride scheme that you might want to consider if you move to the farthest districts. Since the city is extremely flat, riding to work or university is another popular option. If you are a student, don’t forget that Southsea, Fratton and Eastney are connected to the university by a free bus service.

In any case, please don’t hesitate to contact App A Van for your own Portsmouth Man and Van quote for your next transport need. Click on the button below!