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What to expect in your first week

Find out what lies ahead during your first week as a new student with us

Your first week with us is your first opportunity to discover the city, and to get used to life in Portsmouth. Here's a brief snapshot of what you can expect, what you need to do, and what you might like to explore.

Orientation Welcome Events

The International and EU Orientation Welcome Events for students joining us in January will start from Wednesday 23 January 2019.

Throughout the week, you'll be able to:

  • Meet the UoP Global support staff and collect your Welcome Pack
  • Attend an information fair to meet staff from Careers and Employability, Sport and Recreation, the Students' Union and more. 
  • Register for your course and get your ID checked
  • Collect your Student Card
  • Pay your tuition fees if you haven't already
  • Get a bank letter to help you get a bank account
  • Book an appointment to register with the police
  • Book a selection of tours, sports and social events

You'll also be able to join a series of sports sessions every evening, including football, basketball and volleyball. 

If you want help finding locations across the university, see our maps and directions page.

International Orientation Events in January 2019

12.30—13.00 - Check in with the University of Portsmouth Global office team and receive your information pack. Location: Portland Building Atrium. 

13.00—14.30 - Welcome presentation by University of Portsmouth Global, featuring student panel question and answer session. Location: Portland Building, room 1.74.

14.30—16.30 - Information & Support Services Fair, including services like the Union, Sport, Careers, Wellbeing. Refreshments and cake included. Location: Portland Building Atrium

12.00—13.00 - Campus Tour (optional, starts outside Nuffield Centre).

Just turn up for this one hour walking tour of the campus to see key locations like the Students' Union, library, sports facilities, faculty buildings and more. Bring comfortable shoes and your umbrella just in case. Unlimited spaces, no need to book. 

12.00—13.00 - City Centre Tour (optional, starts outside Nuffield Centre).


Just turn up for this one hour walking tour of the city centre. You'll stroll through Commercial Road and locate the city market, banks, pharmacies, book shops and many other retail outlets.  Bring comfortable shoes and your umbrella just in case. Unlimited spaces, no need to book. 

11.00—15.00 - Coffee Morning with our International Student Ambassadors. Location: Starbucks, Guildhall Walk. 

Have a coffee in a relaxed atmosphere with our friendly student ambassadors from a variety of different countries.

They're all studying at Portsmouth on different courses and at different levels, so you'll be able to quiz them about life in Portsmouth, their experiences and ask for any advice.

17.00—19.00 - Pizza Night in the Waterhole, Students’ Union.

Sign up for this event at the Information Fair on 23 January in Portland Building Atrium as part of your Orientation Day. If you miss this chance, you can come to the University of Portsmouth Global reception on the first floor of the Nuffield Centre.

The event is free and will include pizza, potato wedges and garlic bread that you can enjoy with other students at tables around the venue. You'll also be able to purchase a variety of drinks from the bar during the evening.

Tickets are limited to 100 students only, and only students who have signed up and have a ticket can come along.

Registering for your course

When you register with the University, you’ll need to bring evidence of your qualifications and documentation to verify your identity. For identification purposes, one of the following documents must be shown at the point of registration:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid EU/EEA ID Card (European students only)

As evidence for your qualifications, you must provide original copies of qualification certificates as detailed in your offer letter or CAS statement.

Please note, if you cannot provide proof of your identity by one of these means, you cannot be registered. The University reserves the right to exclude any student who is unable to satisfactorily provide proof of qualifications obtained.

If you’re transferring from another university and don’t yet hold a visa for the University of Portsmouth, you’ll be required to show evidence of your visa application - such as the Home Office receipt - before you’re allowed to register onto your course.

International students (non EU/EEA nationals)

It's important to check your ID in order to satisfy immigration requirements and to ensure all the information we hold is correct. We'll be undertaking ID checks on the following dates:

  • Monday 21 January, 10:00—16:00, Portland Building Atrium
  • Tuesday 22 January, 10:00—16:00, Portland Building Atrium
  • Wednesday 23 January, 09:00—12:00 and 13:00—15:00, Portland Building Atrium

From Thursday 24 January onwards, you'll need to visit the MyPort Information Hub on the ground floor of the Nuffield Centre to have your ID checked.

Students from Europe (EU/EEA nationals)

You'll be registered directly by your department, who will contact you with specific details.

Paying your tuition and accommodation fees

You should make your payment through webpay.

If you can’t pay online, you can pay by cheque, draft or cash. Please go to the finance cash desk in University House (on the ground floor). The desk is open weekdays 10.00—16:00 (15:00 on Fridays).

Late arrival

You should really try to avoid late arrival as this will negatively affect your studies. Your term start date and the last date for registration is included in your offer letter.

If you can't avoid arriving later, you'll need to fill in the late registration form. If you'll be staying in university accommodation, you'll also need to contact the Student Housing team to let them know you'll be arriving later.