Living in Portsmouth

"It has a small town feel, but it’s centrally located to everything. Portsmouth is not too far away from the beach, downtown Norfolk, the peninsula, or the country." - EVMS faculty member


One of the oldest cities in Hampton Roads, Portsmouth is a historic seaport community best known for its centuries-old neighborhoods, miles of waterfront, walkable downtown and diverse array of dining options. The city's downtown area, the Olde Towne Business and Historical District, is in the midst of a revitalization. A mix of recently renovated and historic facades dot the district's streetscape, housing an array of antique shops, art galleries, restaurants and speciality shops.

A celebrated military town, Portsmouth is home to the Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, the oldest continuously running hospital in the Navy medical system and one of EVMS' clinical training sites.

Portsmouth is centrally located in Hampton Roads, just a short ferry ride or a quick trip through to tunnel to downtown Norfolk.