Information for Students from the Channel Islands and Isle of Man

  • Isle of Man

    Kieran Rollins Name: Kieran Rollins

    From: Isle of Man
    Studying: BEng Civil Engineering, graduated

    What made you choose the University of Portsmouth?

    The main selling point for me was that it is a relatively small, modern university. Coming from an Island and having the sea nearby, it feels less intimidating and the weather in the summer is unbeatable! The city itself is also small and feels quite safe, nothing is more than 15 minute's walk from the halls.

    How easy did you find it to settle in?

    I found it very easy to settle in. Being guaranteed a place in a hall made a big difference to me and all the people I met were very friendly. The fresher's events, such as the fresher's nights out and the fresher's fair, are very well organised and provide you with opportunities to make new friends.

    What are the best bits about your course?

    Definitely it’s the practical side and the field trips I am able to go on. The Civil Engineering Department provides a variety of interesting opportunities.

    How many hours a week do you spend in lectures?

    I have altogether, approximately 21 hours of lectures, seminars and practical’s a week. This doesn't sound like that much, but there is also a lot of studying that has to be done in my own time.

    Have you joined any clubs or societies?

    I joined the University Rugby Club and St Paul's gym. This was definitely the best choice I have made. You make a lot of new friends; you keep yourself fit and healthy and you have countless good nights out.

    Is University life as you expected it to be?

    It's exactly what I expected. The University of Portsmouth has provided me with a lot of opportunities. It is a very friendly university, with growing student numbers, good quality courses and I fully recommend coming here.

  • Guernsey

    Sarah GeorgeName: Sarah George

    From: Guernsey
    Studying:BA (Hons) Photography, graduated

    What are you enjoying most about your course?

    I especially love the theory and historical context we are taught which gives me a stronger appreciation for the subject. Plus the course has really helped me develop my confidence.

    Where are you living this year?

    I have a house which luckily is not too far away from Uni. I was in halls for my first year, which was great as they were very close and I met lots of new people.

    How often do you go back home?

    I only go home in the holidays. Although I do sometimes miss home it’s good to stay here with my friends, and focus on the relationships with the people around me. Plus it can get really expensive!

    How have you found the transition from school to university?

    I found it much easier than I thought. University involves a lot more work, but because I can manage my own time I feel more motivated to do the work. I prefer the atmosphere of university, its easier going, and you’re treated like an adult.

    Any top tips for future students?

    Portsmouth is a really good university for Channel Island students. There are lots of people in the same boat, plus you get to meet people from all over the UK which really helps with the transition of living in a new country. Try and join societies to meet more like-minded people, and keep busy – that way you miss home less. My house mate and I are even thinking of setting up a Channel Island society in our third year, as a great way to communicate with new students and to share our experiences!

    Name: Lauren Vohmann

    From: Guernsey
    Studying:BA (Hons) Photography, third year

    What made you choose the University of Portsmouth?

    It's a great university and city. Plus it's close to home and I have some family here.

    How easy did you find it to settle in?

    I thought it was easy to settle in, I was living in halls in my first year so it's easy to make friends and they were close to the shops in Commerical Road and outlet shopping and bars in Gunwharf so it was easy to find things.

    What are the best bits about your course?

    We have lecturers who really care about what we need or want to learn. It's really career focused, so it makes us feel like we can all do well and find jobs when we graduate!

    How many hours a week do you spend in lectures?

    It depends what units I'm doing, at the moment I'm timetabled for 12.5 hours a week, but not all sessions last the timetabled amount of time.

    Have you joined any clubs or societies?

    Personally, I haven't. I find my course and socialising keeps me busy enough, but those who have really seem to enjoy them.

    Where are you living this year?

    This year I'm living in a shared student house in Southsea.

    How often do you go home?

    I only usually go home for the holidays, unless there are special family or friend events at home.

    Is University life as you expected it to be? How have you found the transition from school to university?

    University life is everything I expected and more, it’s given me some great opportunities. The transition can be quite hard at first, depending how well you manage your own working time. For some people homesickness or missing family/friends can be a small problem, but making new friends and living in a new city usually distracts from that.

    Any top tips for future students?

    Be wise with your money, but don't let it get you down or worried.

    Jason Rouget Name: Jason Rouget

    From: Guernsey
    Studying:BA (Hons) Media Studies , third year

    What made you choose the University of Portsmouth?

    I’d heard good things about it from friends who were already attending and it was nice and easy to get to and from!

    How easy did you find it to settle in?

    The first week was a bit strange; city life seemed quite daunting at first. However after that it quickly felt normal.

    What are the best bits about your course?

    Learning completely new subject areas than we were taught at school. And the friends I have made.

    How many hours a week do you spend in lectures?

    It changes, but approximately 10.

    Have you joined any clubs or societies?

    I’m a frequent user of the student gym.

    Where are you living this year?

    In a small house on Telephone Road. The whole area is full of students and it feels safe.

    How often do you go home?

    Only during the holidays. I’m used to uni life now; Portsmouth is like a home away from home!

    Is University life as you expected it to be? How have you found the transition from school to university?

    It’s better than I expected and I found the transition easy, I have met so many great people and had such a laugh so far.

    Any top tips for future students?

    Especially for first year, just talk to everyone. In Freshers Week nobody knows anyone so it’s really easy to make new friends. Other than that, just have fun!

  • Jersey

    Jack MarshallName: Jack Marshall

    From: Jersey
    Studying:BSc (Hons) Palaeobiology and Evolution, second year

    What made you choose the University of Portsmouth?

    The locality; Portsmouth is only a boat journey away from the Channel Islands, so there is no need to worry about the expense to get all your possessions over to the mainland (if you are flying for instance). Due to my chosen course I had limited universities available, but in the grand scheme of things Portsmouth was the right choice!

    How easy did you find it to settle in?

    I found it very easy to settle in, with the benefit of today's communications I was able to chat with people on my course and get to know them better. Also coming from an Island you are always close to the sea; Portsmouth being famous for its military history has plenty of sea nearby so it felt like home.

    What are the best bits about your course?

    The field trips, this year I will be going on at least 3 trips. Not only is this exciting because you are out practicing something you have a passion in, but (especially with my course) you get to pick up ‘souvenirs’, I have already started my very own collection of fossils all through these trips.

    How many hours a week do you spend in lectures?

    My usual week consists of between 16-23 hours of lectures and laboratory work a week, this number varies due to possible field trips.

    Have you joined any clubs or societies?

    I have joined the Portsmouth Cricket Club and the Earth Society, joining clubs opens up opportunities which previously I wouldn't have thought about, for example going to London to The Natural History Museum for a tenner! And when you’re a student, getting deals like this is awesome!

    Where did you live in your first year?

    I was in Halls, Langstone Student Village to be exact. Although I was a 20 minutes bus journey to the Uni campus itself (a free bus runs every 20 minutes to the Uni and back) this outweighed by the lovely view I have over a harbour and beautiful sun rises. Also I am fortunate enough to be part-catered, so I only have to cook for myself if lectures cause me to miss the time slot allocated for dinner (currently 1630-1900hrs). This year I’ve moved in with friends I have made on my course.

    How often do you go home?

    I go home every Uni half term, but sometimes if I have a few days off during term time I go to friends who are also at Uni nearby, via trains which is somewhat exciting as the Islands don't really have them (no, le petite train doesn't count!).

    Is University life as you expected it to be? How have you found the transition from school to university?

    Uni is all that I expected it to be, much like school but with a lot more freedom and therefore you have to manage your time a bit more constructively. The transition was easy enough to make provided you have been making good use of your time and not getting up at 1pm everyday during the gap between the end of school and Uni, there are many early starts so get in the habit of getting up relatively early.

    Any top tips for future students?

    Use the power of communication at your disposal, get in touch with your to be new course mates. Don't forget your old friends though, or your family. Join some clubs or societies but don't be afraid to either leave a club or join a club later on. Most of all be yourself and don't try to be someone you’re not and that way this will be the best few years of your life!

    Kayleigh MuirName: Kayleigh Muir

    From: Jersey
    Studying:BA (Hons) Photography, second year

    What made you choose the University of Portsmouth?

    A couple of my friends have been here, and they gave great feedback. Also I love the location, not far to travel and it reminds me of home, next to the beach!

    How easy did you find it to settle in?

    Very, I was really worried about living with people I don't know, but when I got here, you find out everyone else is in the same situation.

    What are the best bits about your course?

    Meeting new people who are from all over the world from different backgrounds but all interested in the same subject.

    How many hours a week do you spend in lectures?

    10-20.

    Have you joined any clubs or societies?

    Nope not yet, just need to find one I like!

    Where did you live in your first year?

    In Trafalgar Halls.

    How often do you go home?

    Just at Christmas.

    Is University life as you expected it to be? How have you found the transition from school to university?

    I knew it was going to be difficult in some ways, but you get use to it. The work is harder but you get more freedom to explore your own ideas.

    Any top tips for future students?

    Don’t spend your entire loan in the first semester; your parents won’t be happy when you ask them for money! But don't be worried about anything, everyone feels just as nervous so just enjoy the experience.