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Open Day Extras

Important information to help you make the most of your visit

The Open Day Guide and your Check In ticket will be posted to you the week of your visit. Check in at any point throughout the day at any check in point, details of which are in the Open Day Guide. If you can’t find the information you need, please contact the Open Day Team: 023 9284 2748 /

The Open Day Guide contains useful information for your visit plus a list of department talks and campus tours and an open day planner.


Download an Open Day Guide

Download our helpful guide for the Autumn Open Days.


10 reasons to choose Portsmouth

Watch this video to discover the best things about the University of Portsmouth.


Download a Campus Map

Download our campus map for your next visit.


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By Train

The main station for the University is ‘Portsmouth and Southsea’ - within five minutes walking distance from all University buildings.

By Coach

There are regular daily direct coach services to London (for countrywide connections), Bristol (for West Country/South Wales), Birmingham (the Midlands and North), Heathrow and other locations. These services all call at The Hard Interchange by Portsmouth Harbour railway station. From here the Guildhall Campus is a short taxi ride or a 15 minute walk away (see the Guildhall Campus map).

University Park-and-Ride

Park-and-Ride is a quick and easy way to get to the University for just £4 per vehicle, located on the M275 at the entrance to the city with 663 spaces and frequent buses. Look out for the Open Day buses and our student guides in purple and alight at Burnaby Road. Download the voucher you’ll need to catch the Open Day bus, which you can also find in your postal welcome pack.

Please allow at least 30 minutes from arriving at the Park-and-Ride to arriving at your designated campus building.

By Car

Take the M275 into Portsmouth (signed 'Portsmouth West'), whether approaching from the east (A3(M)/A27) or the west (M27 Junction 12). If approaching from A3(M)/A27, ignore junctions signed to Southsea and Hilsea and follow the M275.

Continue along the M275 onto the A3. As you pass St John's Cathedral continue straight on at the traffic lights. St John's Cathedral is at the top of the Guildhall Campus map.

Campus Map

Find out where certain buildings are by visiting our online Campus Map, which is also in the Open Day Guide.

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Free parking is available on a first come, first-served basis:

  • 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
  • Ravelin car park – PO1 2ST
  • St George’s car park – PO1 2HY
  • University House car park – PO1 2UP

Public parking is also available at the Park-and-Ride, Gunwharf Quays, the Historic Dockyard, car parks in the city centre near the Guildhall, or in on-street pay-and-display areas.

Disabled parking/special requirements

Blue badge holders may park free of charge in most Portsmouth City Council run car parks and on-street pay and display areas.

If you have special requirements, please contact the Open Day Team: 023 9284 2748 /

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Victorian Festival of Christmas Offer

Travel back in time to a bygone era and enjoy one of the south's finest Christmas festivals. We are offering our Open Day guests 15% off tickets, just collect your discount voucher from Check In and exchange at the entrance to the festival.

Win VIP tickets to Portsmouth FC

As proud partners of Portsmouth Football Club we would like to offer Open Day guests the chance to win a pair of VIP tickets - enter our prize draw here

Spinnaker Tower Offer

Why not end your visit on a high at Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays and view the city from a height of 100 metres. Open Day visitors can benefit from 25% off per person (offer rate applies to up to six people visiting together). Download a voucher or refer to your postal welcome pack.

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If you missed any of the talks at our Open Days or would like a taster before visiting, watch some of our key talks below.

Welcome talk

Listen to the University of Portsmouth's Vice-Chancellor Professor Graham Galbraith's Open Day Welcome Talk.

Applying to University

Watch this video for all the useful information you'll need when applying to univeristy.

Housing information

If you missed the 'Housing' key talk on your Open Day visit, watch this video for all the useful information you need.

Finance information

If you missed the 'Finance' key talk on your Open Day visit, watch this video for all the useful information you need.

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