School visit guide
Schools and colleges
Visit days to the University campus are a great way for your students to find out more about uni-life, future courses and careers and to spend time with our students.
If you’ve booked a school visit with us, you’ll be given a named contact from the Outreach Team who will be your point of contact right up until your visit day is over.
This page will provide all the essential trip information to help you organise things at your end, and ensure your students get the most from their visit.
COVID-19 safety measures
The safety of your staff and students, and our university community, remains our priority – so a range of measures remain in place to provide reassurance to all visitors.
Face masks will no longer be mandated from Thursday 27 January 2022. We understand that some students and staff will wish to continue to wear a face covering and we support those personal decisions.
Hand sanitiser stations remain in place at the entrance and exit to all buildings and in communal spaces. We advise everyone to continue with regular hand washing as well. This remains a good way to help reduce the risk of infections.
The programme for your visit day will be emailed to you ahead of time.
You can download our risk assessment for campus visit days. This is reviewed and updated regularly, and if your visit days include specific activities that require additional risk assessments, these will be emailed to you ahead of time, along with your visit day programme.
Minibuses and coaches
If you’re arriving with a minibus or coach as part of a school group, the closest options for parking are on Museum Road* or Burnaby Road. But there’s more information about city centre parking on the Portsmouth City Council website.
On street parking is Pay and Display and you can pay to park using the RingGo App. A half day visit will cost £4.50 and a full day visit will cost £12.**
If you let us know where you’ll be parking, our Student Ambassadors can meet you and walk you wherever your visit day is starting.
*Please note that in Museum Road minibuses must be parked on the South side of the road. The North side is for coach parking only.
**We can sometimes help with the cost of parking for school groups. Feel free to ask in advance of your visit by contacting us at email@example.com.
University buildings and further travel information
Check out where our main teaching and learning spaces are for school visits and where to park if you're joining us for an event. More travel information on our maps and directions page, including information on travel by bus, train or ferry from the Isle of Wight.
Most of our university buildings are accessible for those with mobility difficulties. We can also tailor our visit day programmes to accommodate the specific needs of your students.
Please let your contact in the Outreach Team know well in advance of your visit about any additional needs for your students, so we can do our very best to make appropriate arrangements or adjustments.
We aren’t able to cover full travel costs for your visit. We don’t have visitor car parks, however we can sometimes help with the parking costs for on street parking. Make sure to contact us in advance of your visit to discuss this.
We’ll happily provide you with a letter template you can send to parents, outlining the visit and what’s involved. Speak to your named contact in the Outreach Team.
We leave this to your school’s discretion. One thing to bear in mind, is that a school uniform can help identify your students easily when moving around the campus where there are lots of university students present.
Most of our visit days do not include lunch, but we’ll always provide time on the programme and a suitable space to stop and eat lunch if the visit day is longer than a half day.
As a visiting school group, you're responsible for ensuring you have sufficient staffing on the travel to and from, and throughout the duration of the visit day.
While at the university, there will be at least one member of the Outreach Team facilitating the day, and a small team of student ambassadors to assist with the activities and moving around campus.
Our student ambassadors are there to help bring the visit day to life and to share their experiences of university. We do not expect them to take full responsibility for student groups or for behaviour management. We ask that a member of school staff remains with the group throughout the visit and where necessary remove individuals or groups from a session to deal with any issues if they arise.
Generally, we’ll leave photography to you if you wish to take photos of your students on the trip. On occasion though, we’ll arrange for a photographer to snap photos of the day.
This will be prearranged with you, and will require photography consent from your pupils (and their parents if under the age of 16). If students and/or parents have provided 3rd party consent, we can share these with you after the event.
The university campus does sit within the new Portsmouth Clean Air zone, but as far as we know, vehicles that provide school transport are exempt from paying the charge. You can check this on the Cleaner Air Portsmouth website.