dancing student at festival of cultures

University life is about much more than just studying. Discovering the local culture and exploring your new hometown – and the country around it too – is a big part of what makes studying abroad so memorable.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of events and activities for all our students. Take a look below for the activities you can currently choose from.

You can also get involved with cultural events throughout the year, from Christmas Vacation socials to Chinese New Year celebrations, and even our Global Week - a week long programme of events, lectures and sports sessions to celebrate diversity here in Portsmouth. Keep up to date on these events on our official Global Community Facebook group

There are also hundreds of different societies to discover at the Students' Union – so however you'd like to spend your free time, there's something to suit you.

Social Events

Saturday 29 September 2018, £16

Windsor is home to historic Windsor Castle, the largest and oldest inhabited castle in the world, and royal residence of Queen Elizabeth II. Windsor also recently hosted a very special Royal Wedding – that of Prince Harry to Meghan Markle! As well as the beautiful castle, Windsor boasts quaint cobbled streets, independent boutique shops and stunning park land.
  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel) and include coach travel only
  • Free day to spend as you wish in Windsor
  • Departure from Portsmouth 08.00
  • Departure from Windsor at 16.30
  • Book tickets before the deadline of 27 September 2018
Buy your tickets at our online store

 

Saturday 20 October 2018, £12

Brighton is the UK’s most popular seaside town and is described as the UK’s most colourful city! Brighton is bursting with attractions, including the Royal Pavilion; an extravagant Indian style palace, and Brighton Pier; an iconic, neon lit pier filled with amusements, fairground rides and sea views. Brighton is also filled with vintage and independent shops and quirky cafes.

  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel) and include coach travel only
  • Free day to spend as you wish in Brighton
  • Departure from Portsmouth 09.00
  • Departure from Brighton 16.30
  • Book tickets before the deadline of 18 October 2018

Buy your tickets at our online store

Wednesday 14 November 2018, £41

Join us in London’s famous West End for one of the most successful stage shows of all time! Based on Disney’s ‘The Lion King’ film, this spectacular theatrical performance is filled with glorious colour, stunning effects and enchanting music. The powerful and moving story follows young Simba the lion cub on his epic journey to become King of the Pridelands.

  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only.
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel)
  • Ticket price includes coach travel to London and theatre ticket for The Lion King matinee performance
  • Departure from Portsmouth 10.00
  • Show starts 14.30
  • Departure from London after the show
  • Book tickets before the deadline of 12 November 2018

Buy your tickets at our online store

Saturday 1 December 2018, £16

Each year, the centre of historic Bath is transformed in to a magical Christmas shopping paradise! There are over 170 stalls packed with a huge range of gifts from jewellery, clothes, handmade crafts, food and much more! Warm up with some mulled wine or hot chocolate whilst soaking in the wonderful festive atmosphere.

  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel) and include coach travel only
  • Free day to spend as you wish in Bath
  • Departure from Portsmouth 08.00 Departure from Bath at 17.00
  • Book tickets before the deadline of 29 November

Buy your tickets at our online store

Tuesday 4 December 2018, Free

Join our International Student Ambassadors at 18:00 at the Waterhole Bar, Students' Union as they host a festive themed quiz, with great prizes to be won. 

Thursday 27 and Friday 28 December 2018, Free

Are you staying in Portsmouth during Christmas vacation? If so, join our Global Student Ambassadors for food, games, Christmas movie marathons and general chat. Drop in any time between 10.00am and 4.00pm at Rees Hall.

February 2019 - Year of the Pig

The Chinese Society at University of Portsmouth Students' Union host an annual show to celebrate their Spring festival, through traditional dance, songs and other performances. More details will be available soon. 

Saturday 26 January 2019, £46

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London provides an amazing opportunity to explore the magic of the Harry Potter films. This unique walking tour takes you behind-the-scenes and showcases a huge array of beautiful sets, costumes and props. It also reveals some closely guarded secrets, including facts about the special effects and animatronics. And of course, you’ll be able to try a famous butter beer!

  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel)
  • Tickets include coach travel and entry to Harry Potter Studios
  • Departure from Portsmouth 09.00
  • Departure from Harry Potter Studios at 16.00
  • Book tickets before the deadline of 24 January 2019

Buy your tickets at our online store

Saturday 16 February 2019, £16

For over 800 years Oxford has been a home to royalty and scholars, and nowadays it is a bustling cosmopolitan city, full of history and culture. Visit this famous historic English town and see Oxford Castle, visit some of Oxford's colleges or take a boat ride down the river. Visit Oxford Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens or Museum of the History of Science and visit the local markets and boutiques!

  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel) and include coach travel only
  • Free day to spend as you wish in Oxford
  • Departure from Portsmouth 08:00
  • Departure from Oxford 16.00
  • Book tickets before deadline of 14 February 2019

Buy your tickets at our online store

Saturday 9 March 2019, £26

Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world; a famous pre-historic monument standing in beautiful English countryside. It is 5000 years old and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery to this day.

After visiting Stonehenge, the coach will take you on to the medieval cathedral city of Salisbury; typically English and full of medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture, as well as shops, cafes and attractions. 
  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel) and include coach travel only
  • Ticket price includes coach travel to Stonehenge and Salisbury, and entry to Stonehenge
  • Departure from Portsmouth 09.00, entry to Stonehenge 10.30
  • Departure from Salisbury at 16.00
  • Book tickets before the deadline of 7 March 2019

Buy your tickets at our online store

Global Café hosts weekly themed discussions every Wednesday in Park Building Café.

3.30pm-4:30pm, every Wednesday during term time.

If you would like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you! You will meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just a chat over a hot drink. All students are welcome.

HOST UK is a scheme where you can spend a day or weekend with a British family anywhere in the UK. You will get to learn more about British culture and share your culture with them. This is a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in British culture and to make new friends along the way. Contact us for details on how to apply. 

  • Weekend visit: £25
  • Day visit: £15
  • The cost of travel is extra.