Your Open Day guide
We can’t wait to meet you on your Open Day.
As well as learning more about your course and seeing the University, you can also get expert advice on applying to uni, funding your studies and writing your personal statement.
Here’s a rundown of everything you can do on the day. There’s also information on planning your day and how to get here. You can check in anytime from 9.30am. The last tours and talks finish around 3pm.
Not signed up to any Open Day yet?
When you arrive, you can head to Portsmouth Guildhall or your subject talk building and pick up a free tea or coffee to set you up for the day. If you’re running short on time you can head straight to your subject talk and check in afterwards.
When you check in, we give you everything you need to enjoy your visit, including programme for the day that gives you and your guests free drinks in all University cafes.
We can check you in faster if you have your paper or virtual ticket to hand (you’ll find your virtual ticket on your confirmation email). But don’t worry if you can’t find it – we’ll still check you in if you don’t have it.
These key talks cover all your uni essentials. They’re repeated at various times throughout the day so you can fit them easily with other talks and tours.
- Welcome (Life at Portsmouth) – an overview of what we can offer you
- Student finance – information about what financial support is available
- Student accommodation – find out about halls of residence and other housing options
- Applying to university – everything you need to know about applying to university
- Personal Statements – learn how to structure your Personal Statement and what to include to stand out
- Careers and employability – information on the support we can give you with planning your career and getting work experience that complements your studies and career goals
Personal Statement workshops
Want to make your Personal Statement stand out? Not sure where to start? Want to know you’re on the right track?
Bring your personal statement and come to our workshops running all day in Portsmouth Guildhall. Our experts will give you advice on how to put together a winning Personal Statement or receive feedback on what you’ve done so far. You don’t need to book in advance.
Subject talks and tours
The subject talks give you the chance to find out more about the courses you’re interested in and take a look at where you’ll be studying. You can also speak with teaching staff and current students.
We’ll send you details of your course talk time and location before you visit. Take a look at last year's Open Day Guide to get a rough idea of what the day includes. An updated guide will be available a couple of weeks before the event.
If you change your mind about which course talk you’d like to attend or you want to see what other courses can offer on the day, it’s not a problem to switch talks or fit in an extra one if you have time.
Not signed up to any Open Day yet? Secure your spot now.
We know that moving away from home is a big step. We want to make sure you find accommodation to suit your needs.
Our Open Days give you the chance to look around many of our halls of residence to compare options and see where you’ll be living. Tours run from 10am–3pm. There’s no need to book – just turn up and join the next tour.
Remember, you’re guaranteed a room in halls if you apply as a new, full-time undergraduate student starting in September or October 2021 and make us your firm choice.
Campus and city tours
As well as seeing our halls of residence, you can go on these tours:
- City coach tour – from the quaint streets of Southsea to the historic ships of Portsmouth harbour and the bustle of the city centre, take a sightseeing tour of Portsmouth
- Walking campus tour – explore our campus and find out what university life is like with our current students
- Sports and recreation tour – view sports facilities, tour the gym and find out what exercise classes you can do
- Library tour – take a tour of our comfortable library, which is open 24 hours a day during term time
Student Support Services information fair
Want to know more about tuition fees or studying abroad? Need help with your uni or student finance application? Got questions about where to live?
Our Student Support Services Information Fair takes place from 9.30am–3pm in Portsmouth Guildhall. You can put your questions to our student finance, admissions and housing experts and find out more about our sport and rec, wellbeing, study support and careers services.
Food and drink
There’s a lot to do on an Open Day but there are plenty of options for keeping your energy up.
You and your guests are entitled to free tea and coffee at the cafes in Eldon Building, Park Building, Dennis Sciama Building and Portland Building. For something more substantial, you can take advantage of our special Open Day meal deals.
If you’re out and about in Portsmouth, there are loads of cafes and restaurants throughout Guildhall Walk, Southsea and Gunwharf Quays featuring well-known names and independents.
After you visit us, there’s so much more to see and do while you’re in Portsmouth.
Set in a harbour close to the centre of Portsmouth, Gunwharf Quays is the south’s leading designer outlet and a superb leisure destination. Wander over to Gunwharf to shop and dine whilst you take in the coastal views of our city.
End your visit on a high at Emirates Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays and view the city from a height of 100 metres. Open Day visitors get 25% off the ticket price per person (this offer rate applies to groups of up to 6 people).
To see a different side of Portsmouth, head to Southsea for independent pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops.
You could also take a stroll through Southsea Common and finish off your day with fish and chips on the beach.
Planning your day
Take a look at our Open Day Guide a few weeks before the event for details of all talks and tours. You’ll have plenty of time to plan your day.
The day before, check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately come rain or shine – you’ll likely spend a few minutes outside getting between venues on our city campus.
And, don’t forget to charge your phone so you can take snaps of anything you want to refer back to when you get home.
Park and ride
Portsmouth has a handy Park and Ride service to save you the hassle of finding parking in the city, for only £4 per day. The car park allocated for Open Day visitors is at Lakeside North Harbour (car park A), Western Road, Portsmouth, PO6 3EN. Payment will be taken on the bus with cash or contactless bank card.
The University Park and Ride bus service runs every 10 minutes and will drop you off just outside Portsmouth Guildhall. Please allow about 20 minutes to get to us from the car park.
If you need help on arrival at the Park and Ride or when you get dropped off, look out for our student ambassadors (dressed in purple).
University car parks
Some University car parks are FREE for our visitors to use on Saturday Open Days only. They are used on a first-come-first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly on the day. Please be assured that you DO NOT need to display a ticket as no parking attendants will be monitoring our car parks. See their locations and postcodes below and plan your journey before you set off.
On Saturday Open Days you can park in University car parks for free, but spaces are limited.
The locations are:
Anglesea rear car park – PO1 3DJ
Eldon car park – PO1 2DJ
Melbourne Place car park – PO1 2UP
Milldam car park – PO1 3AS
Nuffield car park – PO1 2ED
St George’s car park – PO1 2HY
University House car park – PO1 2UP
City centre parking
To get to car parking closest to the University, use the M27 (from the west) or A3(M)/A27 (from the east) and take the M275 into Portsmouth (signed 'Portsmouth West'). Ignore the M27/A27 junctions signed to Southsea and Hilsea.
On-street, pay-and-display parking is available close to campus and to the check-in venue. There are also public car parks throughout the City. There's more information about city centre car parking on the Portsmouth City Council website.
The closest station to the University is Portsmouth and Southsea. It’s a 5-minute walk from the nearest University buildings and close to all parts of the campus.
Plan your train journey to Portsmouth on the National Rail website.
Further travel information
There's more travel information on our maps and directions page.