Information for new students

The essentials

Must dos – before you leave home

There are some things you’ll need to do before you arrive at the University. These checklists will help everything go smoothly when you get here.


Pre-arrival registration

Registering online is the first thing you should do before you arrive - this will make your arrival registration much easier and quicker. Go to

You must then complete the online registration form at the start of term, or before your course start date.

For guidance on registration contact:

Set up your student account - MyPort

The next step is to set up your computer account, get your University username and create a password. You’ll need your student ID number. You can find this on all correspondence from us. It will look something like: UP123456. Go to Once your email address is set up remember to check it regularly for important information prior to your arrival.

Apply for your student card

You’ll need to upload a passport size photo of yourself, clearly showing your face, with no one else in the picture. Go to

Course induction

No ifs, no buts. You must attend your induction programme. For details of when and where to go, visit and search for ‘university induction’. You can track down different buildings using the campus map.

International and EU students – bring your offer letter with you and any other important documents (see our preparing to travel pages). You will receive more information, including your Welcome Pack, at the International and EU Orientation week in the Nuffield building.

Have you arranged your tuition fee payments?

Maybe you’ve arranged a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company. Or perhaps you’re paying your own fees. Either way, if you don’t settle your fee on the due payment dates, you’ll be excluded from the University. So if you haven’t already arranged to pay, or you need any advice, get in touch soon or go to MyPort and search ‘tuition fee payment options’.

Is your acommodation sorted?

If you’ve applied for university accommodation, you will have heard from our Student Housing team. If you haven’t arranged a place to live yet, contact them:

Find your proof of identity

This is essential to your registration and payment of student loans. You will not be registered onto your course until your personal identity has been evidenced. For identity purposes, one of the following original documents must be shown at the point of registration:

  • valid passport – for International (non-EU) students this is your only proof of ID option
  • valid EU identity card
  • UK driving licence
  • UK birth certificate
  • UK HM Forces identity card
  • UK firearms licence

The University reserves the right to exclude any student who is unable to satisfactorily provide proof of identity or proof of qualifications obtained (you don’t want to forget to pack these documents).

Have your jabs

Make sure you’ve had your injections for mumps and meningitis before you come to Portsmouth.

Join a Welcome Group

Sign up to a Welcome Group and meet other new students who share your interests. You’ll get to know people from across the University, in an online network led by a student Welcome Ambassador. Best of all, Groups will open at the beginning of September – so you can start chatting before you arrive. Your Welcome Ambassador will be available to answer questions and point you in the right direction. To get a head start on settling in to university, see 'Welcome Groups' on MyPort.

Must dos – when you arrive

Freshers' Fayre

Receiving your student loans

Your successful course registration will enable the payment of any student loans eligible students may have applied for on the due date. You will need to allow at least three working days for loan payment after producing original documentation of your personal identity.

Watch your budget

It’s best to bring enough money for your first week. If your financial support is likely to be delayed for longer than three working days after registering and producing your ID, contact the Student Finance Centre team:

Register with health services

Don’t forget to register with a doctor and dentist.

Keep an eye on

Myport is your student website, full of useful information, news and events – everything you need to know to settle into University life.

Freshers' Fayre on Wednesday 19 September

Fancy trying something new, continuing a hobby from home, or grabbing some great freebies from student-friendly businesses in the city? The Students’ Union Freshers’ Fayre, held in Ravelin Park, was ranked last year as the best for student experience in the UK. An essential event to attend, it’s great fun. And for many, it’s a place to meet new friends for life.

Register with the Students' Union

Cycle across continents. Sail through choppy waters. Lead change. As a member of the University of Portsmouth Students’ Union (UPSU), you have all of this at your fingertips. You may not get these opportunities again, so what are you waiting for? Kick off your university experience today by registering your details and interests at

Explore your city

Portsmouth is a compact, walkable city – wherever you’re going, it’s closer than you think.

Teaching blocks 2018/19


  • Tuesday 11 September to Sunday 16 September  – International and EU Orientation Week
  • Monday 17 September to Friday 21 September – Induction week and first week of teaching block 1
  • Monday 17 September to Friday 14 December – Autumn teaching block
  • Monday 29 October to Friday 2 November - Consolidation week


  • Monday 7 January to Friday 18 January - Assessment Period and directed activity
  • Monday 21 January to Friday 10 May – Spring teaching block
  • Monday 4 March to Friday 8 March - Consolidation week
  • Monday 13 May to Friday 21 June – Assessment period
  • Friday 21 June  End of academic year