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Housing for Unaccompanied Personnel

The Housing Service Center (HSC) staff is ready to aid unaccompanied personnel reporting to Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and will assist in determining eligibility, options and locating acceptable housing.  The HSC has a number of excellent housing choices and services.

Housing for Unaccompanied Personnel

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard has one building for permanent party personnel assigned to the shipyard, two dormitory buildings in support of students attending the two week SERE school and three Navy Gateway Inns and Suites buildings for transient personnel.  All spaces are fully furnished and, depending on the building purpose, provide a variety of amenities for resident comfort and convenience.


Depending on your assignment status (shore duty, sea duty, student, etc.) and pay grade, your options may include Navy unaccompanied housing (UH), dormitories or housing in the local community. 

  • Sea and shore duty personnel within pay grades E1-E3 and E4 (with less than 4 years’ service) can expect to reside in permanent party UH. 
  • Based on local conditions, 50 to 70 percent of assigned E4s with more than 4 years of service may be housed in UH. 
  • Students will reside in one of our student dormitories. 
  • More senior personnel are expected to reside in the local community. 

UH and dormitories are government-owned and managed housing.  Eligibility is based on your pay grade and basic allowance for housing (BAH) entitlement.

UH unit qualities:

  • Comfortable, fully-furnished. 
  • Clean, safe and secure housing.
  • Location, location, location:
    • Close to Work (no traffic).
    • Base recreation.
    • Shopping.
    • Additional Installation support services.
  • No - Rent fees.
  • Fees - Utilities, cable, Internet and land-line (if needed).  Note:  BAH (or overseas housing allowance (OHA)) will stop.

Housing Resources

  • Full range of housing options if interested in renting or purchasing.  Be sure to check-in with us at the HSC for all of the latest information, listings and assistance. 
  • Assist you in locating appropriate rental housing to meets your needs.
  • Protection from leases and avoiding discrimination with your housing agreement.


The HSC works closely with landlords and property managers in the community which leads to the Rental Partnership Program (RPP).  There are many advantages renting within the RPP including:  properties inspected by the HSC, reduced or no security deposits, payment by allotment and discounts on rent.  When you are authorized to live in the local community, you will draw BAH (or OHA).  Information on local community housing.

UH Public-Private Venture (PPV) is a partnership between the government and a private management company.  The private partner manages and operates the facilities with government oversight.  There are no UH PPV units at Portsmouth Navy Shipyard. 

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