Information for new students

The essentials

Must dos – before you leave home


Register on your course

To become a student at the University of Portsmouth, you need to register on to your course. We will email you with instructions on how to complete the registration form before your course is due to start.

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

For guidance on registration contact:

Arrange your accommodation

If you have applied for accommodation, you will be contacted by our Student Housing team. If you have not sorted out your accommodation yet, or have any questions, contact:

Settle your tuition fee

You may have arranged a tuition fee loan from the Student Loans Company, you may have a sponsor or you may be paying yourself. If you haven’t already made arrangements to pay your fee, or need advice or guidance on any aspect, do contact us:

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).

Find your induction details

UK students – keep your confirmation letter with your course induction details safe, because you will need it to know where you are going on your first day at University (see the letter sent with your Welcome Pack).

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 (1117 September) in the Nuffield building.

You will receive a Student Handbook during your induction week. Keep this handy for information about University procedures, regulations and services.

Have your jabs

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

Bring your musical instrument

Whether you are a beginner or an advanced performer, we offer lots of ways for students to get involved in music making.

Must dos – when you arrive


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.

Show your qualifications

You may have been asked by the Admissions Centre to bring evidence of your course entry qualifications as detailed in your offer. Students who have been asked to provide proof of their course entry qualifications cannot be registered.

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.

Visit the Students' Union Freshers’ Fayre 2017 

The Freshers' Fayre is from 10am on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September at the Students’ Union and Ravelin Park. Find out about the clubs and societies you can join and the services of the Students' Union.

Term dates 2017/18


  • Monday 11 September to Sunday 17 September  – International and EU Orientation Week
  • Monday 18 September to Friday 22 September – Induction week
  • Monday 25 September to Friday 15 December – Autumn teaching block


  • Monday 8 January to Thursday 29 March – Spring teaching block
  • Monday 23 April to Friday 1 June – Assessment period
  • Friday 1 June  End of term