Find out why Portsmouth is a great place to be a student
Our students are the best people to tell you what life at Portsmouth is really like.
Read about their journeys below and see where a degree from Portsmouth could take you.
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We aim to make all our new students feel at home at the University of Portsmouth. In the weeks leading up to your arrival, we’ll send you the information you need for a smooth start including an induction pack and online support.
The first two weeks of term are for new undergraduate students to find their way around the city and campus and meet others during Freshers’ Week before continuing students return.
You’ll be able to explore over 150 student-led societies and clubs, try out for a sports team, join the uni gym and discover our personal and academic support services. You’ll also have the chance to sign up for free language or music classes.
A few days before Freshers’ Week begins, our International Office welcomes overseas students during Orientation Week – an opportunity to go on guided tours of the University and the city, get help with registration, meet other students, and discover the support services we offer.
The Students’ Union is an independent charity that exists to advance your education at the University of Portsmouth through a range of services and activities. The Union promotes your rights and looks after your well-being throughout your university years. It’s run for students by students.
The Union has held the Green Impact Student Union’s Gold standard award since 2012 and is one of the top five performing ‘Small Commercial Unions’ in the UK.
At the Students’ Union you can:
Find out more about the Students' Union.
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Being in a university society is a great way to learn new skills, meet new people, build confidence and gain experience. With over 150 student-led groups at Portsmouth, you’re bound to find something that interests you. If you can’t find the group for you, the Students' Union can help you set one up.
Here’s a selection of our student groups:
Explore all student activities at the University of Portsmouth.
Increasingly, employers are looking beyond your degree to what real-world experience you have. The opportunities to gain experience by volunteering or fundraising alongside your studies are almost endless at Portsmouth.
At Portsmouth you could:
Discover where volunteering and fundraising at Portsmouth could take you.
Whether you’re a performing arts student or just passionate about music and drama, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the opportunities to sing, dance, play and act at Portsmouth. If you love being on stage or you’re more interested in backstage work or promotion, you’ll find something here. For example, you can:
Head to the Student Groups section of the Students’ Union website for more information.
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As well as being home to one of the UK’s leading Sport and Exercise departments, we offer excellent sports facilities to our students, staff and the local community. As a coastal city, Portsmouth has an abundance of water sports activities including sailing, stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking and windsurfing.
The University sports facilities include:
The Athletic Union, which is part of the Students’ Union, has 35 student-led sports clubs from football to skydiving.
Sports clubs are a great way to meet new people, make friends, get fit and try a new sport.
Become a member of the Athletic Union and you could:
Discover the sports clubs you could join at Portsmouth.
Our connections with elite clubs and high quality sports coaches can help you reach the top of your game or earn coaching qualifications. If you compete at regional or international level, you could be eligible for funding through our Sports Scholarship Scheme.
Double Paratriathlon World Champion Lauren Steadman was supported during her five years studying at Portsmouth through the University’s Sports Scholarship scheme.
Other Portsmouth sporting alumni include Graham Edmunds who won two gold medals in the Beijing and Athens Paralympics in swimming and Dan Bentley who won gold in the Beijing Paralympics in boccia.
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We offer various learning support services to help you achieve your best at university, including:
Explore the full range of student support services at Portsmouth.
Whatever you’re going through at uni, our outstanding health and wellbeing support services can help.
If you need help with any personal issue, from finance to faith, you can find it at Portsmouth.
Personal student support includes:
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