Since Portsmouth is located on an island, the city itself is limited in space, so areas with green spaces are in high demand, especially for family homes. This includes suburbs like Baffins and Milton, which boast convenient access to some natural environments such as Milton Lake or Copnor to the north, which is close to the Great Salterns.
The cramped image of central Portsmouth also drives tenants to the surrounding mainland. Across the bridge from Portsea Island are suburbs such as Port Solent, Cosham, Drayton, and Farlington, where residents can take advantage of more space and natural environments like the Farlington Marshes Nature Reserve. Even further out are some separate towns, such as Havant and Fareham. As these areas are located on the mainland, they have good transport links to both Portsmouth and Southampton.
But the convenience of city living keeps the City Centre in demand. It is particularly popular with University of Portsmouth students, along with the beachside area of Southsea and suburbs like Fratton and North End. The inner-city area also includes the historic district of Old Portsmouth.