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Starting your social life at uni

Discover the upcoming social events for international students

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

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 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.