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Reasons Port Harcourt is the Perfect City for Students

Thinking of making Port Harcourt your university city of choice? Thanks to the abundance of higher education options in Port Harcourt, Rivers State. Here’s a little advice. First, consider the city itself, as well as the courses on offer. The city is perfectly positioned for welcoming students, making it a desirable choice for somewhere to live as well as to study. Here are the reasons why we think it’s one of the best cities for students in Nigeria.

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Affordable accommodation

Port Harcourt might not be the cheapest city in the country due to various oil companies stationed in the State. However, for students, the city is actually one of the cheapest cities in the Nigeria for renting, making it an excellent choice for student living. Those with a little more money might decide to reside in the reserved areas (GRAs), but any student watching their pockets can locate themselves in various neighbourhoods for cheap rents.

Cheap eats

bole and fish in Port Harcourt
The famous Port Harcourt’s bole and fish. © Chalzslens

Port Harcourt’s food and drinks scene is thriving with varied street-food markets and food festivals. There is no end to the options for eating out in Port Harcourt, from fine dining establishments to quirky cafes opening every day of the week. For students, there are abundance of affordable eateries that make the city a great choice for student living. Whether you’re seeking local treats or global cuisines, eating out can be incredibly affordable in both the city centre and surrounding areas.

Vibrant music scene

The city of Port Harcourt and the Southern region of Nigeria has made immense contribution over the years to the growth of Afrobeats. There are various festivals and music events going on in the city, guesting local and international artists. great opportunity for any student to have first-hand experience of the Nigerian music.

Good transport links

Port Harcourt is the Perfect City for Students
Departures terminal at Port Harcourt International Airport. © Konstantin von Wedelstaedt

Boasting one of the busiest bus routes in South-eastern Nigeria. There’s the Port Harcourt International airport for cheap domestic flights. Fancy a trip outside Nigeria from this city? There are also available flights to various destinations in Africa. The steady inter/intra state transportation network ensures that you can easily get out and explore the surrounding states and cities. You can always find a cab home at the end of the night in Port Harcourt.

Excellent shopping

Port Harcourt is known for its excellent shopping with both high-end boutiques and a variety of local stores and street markets to choose from. Browse the vibrant Oyigbo Market and Oil Mill Market to discover interesting thrift items. Fancy a change of scenery? Get a cab and head to the Park n Shop mall or the Vineyard Shopping Center – you’ll find your biggest and favourite haunts.

Great nightlife

From Cubana Lounge to the famous Blinkx Lounge, Port Harcourt is well known for being a great night out. There’s something for everyone, whether you want to catch the live band vibes, party all night or sit outdoor and sip some cocktails. Every night of the week you’ll find something for every music taste, from small local joints to elegant urban hangout spots in Port Harcourt. There’s always the option of delving deep to discover hidden bars in the city.


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