In a series of open questions, students from the University of Portsmouth were asked to name their favourite businesses on the island. The Students’ Union created the survey to find out which brands are doing the best job of looking after their students. Categories included: Takeaways, Hair and Beauty, Independent Retailer, Housing, Shopping Centres, Things to Do (Night and Day), Eating Out, Bars and Clubs and Arts and Culture. Unsurprisingly, Domino’s was the favourite in the takeaways category with Shake and Grill and Subway also scoring highly.
Jonny Pout, Store Manager at Domino’s Fratton, said: “It feels good to have been rated best takeaway in the city by students. I think it definitely helps that we fit in with the student lifestyle, we are open until 5am and open again early in the morning. I can see why the students love us, it’s because we’re always there.”
Barbers ‘Razors Edge’ was rated first for Hair and Beauty with students commending its ‘faultless service’ and affordable prices.
Fancy dress shop ‘U Need Us’ was rated as number one Independent Retailer for providing students with a wide variety of dressing up options for nights out.
Situated on student-friendly Albert Road, Kings Estate Agents came up trumps for best housing service. Bethany Moody, a 23-year-old Law student, said: “I let with Kings for a year and they could not have been better. They bent over backwards to fix things in the property, the deposit was returned promptly and in full – they were so helpful.”
A love for Gunwharf Quays was clear with the outlet coming first in the ‘Things to Do During the Day’ and ‘Best Shopping Centre’ categories. The centre’s Vue cinema came first in ‘Things to Do at Night’ and it’s Nando’s restaurant was rated ‘Best Place to Eat Out’.
Guildhall walk nightclub, Astoria, was rated first in the Bars and Clubs category thanks to its ‘friendly service’ and ‘cheap drinks’.
The Portsmouth Museum was named as the best place to go for Arts and Culture in the city for its interesting exhibitions about Portsmouth’s rich history.
James Thompson, President of the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union, said: “Nowadays it’s important for students to know what they are getting when they spend their money. I think the results of these awards are a perfect reflection of the businesses that students trust in the city. Congratulations to all those who won.”