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EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT

Find out what's on offer at your Applicant Experience Day

We can’t wait to meet you on your Applicant Experience Day.

These exclusive events are tailored to your course, so you get next-level insight. Find out what you'll study. Experience how you'll be taught. Explore the facilities. Get to know your lecturers. And meet your future classmates.

Here's a rundown of everything you can do on the day. There's also information on planning your day and how to get here.

Download the Applicant Experience Day guide.

Covid safety measures

Your safety, and that of our students and staff, remains our priority – so a range of measures will remain in place to provide reassurance to all visitors and staff.

The following measures will be in place for our Applicant Experience Days:

Face masks

Face masks will no longer be mandated from Thursday 27 January. We understand that some guests, staff and students will wish to continue to wear a face covering and we support those personal decisions. Please be respectful of anyone who continues to wear a mask.

Hand sanitisers

These will remain in place and we advise everyone to continue with regular hand washing as well. This remains a good way to help reduce the risk of infections.

COVID-19 pre-activity health check reminder

Please help us to keep our visitors, students and staff safe by reading the information below:

Are you experiencing any of the following COVID-19 symptoms? 

  • A new, continuous cough
  • A high temperature
  • A loss or change to your sense of taste or smell
Is anyone in your household self-isolating due to COVID-19? Or have you been contacted by the Test and Trace system and asked to self-isolate?

If the answer is YES to any of the above, please let us know as soon as possible at aed@port.ac.uk

Checking in

Main check-in is located in the Students' Union on Cambridge Road (PO1 2EF) and is open between 9.30am–3.00pm. You can also check in at some of the buildings where course sessions are held, around 30 minutes before your course session starts:

  • Anglesea Building
  • Eldon Building 
  • Park Building
  • Portland Building
  • Richmond Building
  • St Michael's Building

Courses

Your course session is a chance to find out more about how your course is taught and what you'll learn.
Plan your day around your course session, as you won't want to miss it. You'll get to interact with lecturers, look around the facilities you'll use on your course and take part in workshops or taster lectures. You can also talk to our current students about life and study in Portsmouth and you can meet your future classmates.

Your course session

Find out the time and location of your course session below. The course sessions are listed alphabetically If there's any changes to your course session we'll notify you by email in advance.

Course sessions

Accounting with Finance
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Animation
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
Applied Languages
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Architecture
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
Biochemistry
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, King Henry Building
Biology
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, King Henry Building
Biomedical Science
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building
Building Surveying
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Business HND
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building, Wednesday 2 March only
Business Management and Entrepreneurship
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Business and Human Resource Management
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Business and Management
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Business and Supply Chain Management
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Childhood and Youth Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Childhood and Youth Studies with Criminology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Childhood and Youth Studies with Psychology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Civil Engineering 
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Computer Animation and Visual Effects
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Computer Games Production
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday dates, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Computer Games Technology
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday dates, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Computer Networks
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Computer Science
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Computing
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building 
Construction Engineering Management
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Counter Terrorism, Intelligence and Cybercrime
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Creative Computing with Foundation Year
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday dates, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Creative Media Technologies
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday dates, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Creative Writing
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, University Learning Centre
  • Wednesday dates, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Criminology and Criminal Justice
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Criminology and Cybercrime
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Criminology and Forensic Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Criminology with Environmental Justice
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Criminology with Psychology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Cyber Security and Forensic Computing
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Data Science and Analytics
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Dental Hygiene
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, William Beatty Dental Academy, Saturday 23 April only
Dental Hygiene and Dental Therapy
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, William Beatty Dental Academy, Saturday 23 April only
Dental Nursing
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, William Beatty Dental Academy, Saturday 23 April only
Diagnostic Radiography and Medical Imaging
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, St Andrews Court, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Digital Marketing
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Drama and Performance
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, White Swan Building, Saturday 23 April only

Early Childhood Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Early Childhood Studies with Psychology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building 
Economics
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Economics and Management
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Economics, Finance and Banking
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building 
Electronic Engineering
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Anglesea Building
Engineering Geology and Geotechnics
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Burnaby Building
Engineering and Technology with Foundation Year
  • 12.30pm - 12.45pm, Anglesea Building
English Language and Linguistics
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
English Language and Linguistics with Literature
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
English Literature
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
English Literature with History
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
English Literature with Media Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
English and Creative Writing
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, University Learning Centre
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Environmental Science
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Burnaby Building
Environmental Science and Management
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Burnaby Building
Esports Coaching and Performance
  • Saturday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Nuffield Advice Centre
  • Wednesday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building
Fashion and Textile Design
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
Film Production
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm or 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Film Studies
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, University Learning Centre
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Film Studies and Creative Writing
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, University Learning Centre
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Financial Management
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Forensic Psychology
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, King Henry Building
Geography
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Buckingham Building
Geology
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Burnaby Building
Global Communication and Media
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre, Saturday 23 April only
Graphic Design
  • 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
History
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building 
History with Politics
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
History with Sociology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building

Illustration
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
Interactive Technologies
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Interior Architecture and Design
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
International Business
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
International Development
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Development and Language
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Development with Sociology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Relations
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Relations and Languages
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Relations and Politics
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Relations with History
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
International Relations with International Development
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Journalism
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre, Saturday 23 April only
Journalism with Creative Writing
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Journalism with Media Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Language Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Law
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Law with Business
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Law with Criminology
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Law with Legal Practice
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building

Marine Biology
  • 12.30pm - 4.00pm, King Henry Building
  • A coach will be leaving from King Henry Building at 12.30pm to take you to the Institute of Marine Sciences. Coach travel back to King Henry will also be provided.
Marine Environmental Science
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Burnaby Building
Marketing
  • 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Richmond Building
Mathematics
  • 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Portland Building
Mathematics for Finance and Management
  • 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Portland Building
Mathematics with Statistics
  • 1.30pm - 4.00pm, Portland Building
Mechanical Engineering
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Anglesea Building
Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Anglesea Building
Media and Communication with Foundation Year
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, University Learning Centre
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, University Learning Centre
Media Studies
  • Saturday dates, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Modern Languages
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Music Technology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Musical Theatre
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, White Swan Building, Saturday 23 April only
Nursing (Adult)
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, St Andrews Court, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Nursing (Mental Health)
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, St Andrews Court, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Operating Department Practice
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, St Michaels' Building, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Palaeontology
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Burnaby Building
Paramedic Science
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, St Michael's Building, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Pharmacology
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael' Building
Pharmacy
  • 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Photography
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday 23 April only
Physics
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Dennis Sciama Building
Physics, Astrophysics and Cosmology
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Dennis Sciama Building
Politics
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building 
Product Design and Innovation
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Anglesea Building
Professional Policing
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Property Development
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Psychology
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, King Henry Building
Quantity Surveying
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building

Renewable Energy Engineering
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Anglesea Building
Social Work
  • 10.00am - 1.00pm, St Michael's Building, Saturday 19 March and Saturday 23 April only
Sociology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Sociology with Criminology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Sociology with Media Studies
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Sociology with Psychology
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Park Building
Software Engineering
  • 1.00pm - 3.30pm, Portland Building
Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Saturday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Nuffield Advice Centre
  • Wednesday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building
Sport and Exercise Science
  • Saturday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Nuffield Advice Centre
  • Wednesday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building
 Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences
  • Saturday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Nuffield Advice Centre
  • Wednesday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building
Sport Management and Development
  • Saturday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, Nuffield Advice Centre
  • Wednesday dates, 1.00pm - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building
Television Production
  • 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building
Virtual and Augmented Reality
  • Saturday dates, 10.30am - 12.00pm, Eldon Building
  • Wednesday date, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building

Information Hubs and parents talks

As well as your course session, our Faculties will be holding extra activities like Information Hubs or parents talks so you can get information specific to the Faculty you'll be in. You can check our Applicant Experience Day guide to see which Faculty your course is in.

Faculties

  • Information Hub, 12.00pm - 4.00pm, Richmond Building

  • Parents Talk, 10.30am - 12.00pm and 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building, Saturday dates only
  • Parents Talk, 1.30pm - 3.00pm, Eldon Building, Wednesday 2 March only

  • Information Hub with Q&A, 1.00pm - 1.30pm and 3.00pm - 3.30pm, Park Building
  • Parents Talk - 1.30pm - 3.30pm, Park Building

  • Information Point, 10.00am - 4.00pm, St Michael's Building

  • Should I take a placement year? talk, 12.00pm - 12.30pm, Portland Building

Housing talks

You'll find out more about our accommodation guarantee and how we can help you choose a place to call home for the next 3 years. These talks are 30 minutes long.

  • 10.30am, 11.30am or 12.15pm in the Nuffield Advice Centre

Student Information Fair

If you’ve got any questions about health, managing money, living independently, or any other aspects of being a student at Portsmouth, you can speak to our support services at our Information Fair.
It’s open from 9.30am–4.00pm in the Students’ Union.

Our services

Accepting an offer to study here is simple. If you'd like to speak to our friendly Admissions Team, you can find them at the Information Fair.

If you disclose a disability or additional learning need, the Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre (ASDAC) can start to put in place academic support after you accept our offer. Speak to the ASDAC team for confidential advice and guidance.

When you study abroad as part of your degree, you're opening yourself up to a world of opportunities. It looks great on your CV too. 

We have links with institutions around the world, and every year many of our students take the chance to immerse themselves in another culture, learn another language, and gain international contacts and experience.

Learning another language at uni is a great way to meet people, make yourself more employable, and immerse yourself in another culture.

Our Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP) gives all the student the opportunity to learn a new language alongside their degree course for free. In some cases, you will gain credits towards your degree,.

You can choose from 8 languages:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Spanish

Portsmouth is a great city for sport. 

As the UK's only island city, we're an ideal location for all kinds of water sports. We're home to great locations for outdoor and indoor sports too, and we've got national parks right on our doorstep. You'll find more than 40 sports teams and countless societies and clubs to join as a student here - so whether you're interested in competition or more social activities, we've got you covered.

An outstanding new sports centre for you to play, train and compete in, is opening in 2022. Some of the facilities include a 25m 8-lane swimming pool, bouldering and climbing walls, ski simulator and 8 court sports hall.

Speak to the Sport and Recreation team at the Information Fair to find out more about how you can benefit from the facilities during your time studying with us.

Taking responsibility for your finances can feel like a big step, but we're here to help.

Whether you need advice on how to manage your money - or you've got questions about paying for uni or getting your student loan sorted - our Student Finance Centre is here to give you expert advice and guidance.

We know that moving away from home is a big step. We want to make sure you find accommodation to suit your needs. Discover more at the Housing Talk, or discuss your options with the Student Housing team in person.

Independently run by our student, for our students - the University of Portsmouth Students' Union (UPSU) is there to support you with every aspect of your student life.

The Union is buzzing with inspiring people who are improving their skills, taking on new experiences and motivating others to get involved. If you want to meet new people, get involved with one of more than 100 student groups, or check out what's happening on campus each week, the Students' Union is the place to go.

Coming to uni is exciting but it can be challenging too. Moving to a new city - and into a new period in your life - can affect your mental health, physical health and wellbeing.

We're here to support you, every step of the way. From day one, our Student Wellbeing Service and Residence Life Team will help you settle in and support your mental health. You can get help through them, or through their partnerships with wellbeing organisations across the city.

Tours

Campus tours

We're a city centre university with a campus feel – you'll understand this on one of our walking tours. All of our buildings are close to each other making walking to lectures a breeze.

Tours depart every 15 minutes from outside the Students’ Union building between 9.30am–4.00pm and last 60 minutes. Our ambassadors will point out key buildings and information along the way.

Halls tours

Our accommodation tours, running between 9.30am–4.00pm, are one of the most popular activities of our Applicant Experience Days. It's your chance to see where you might be living next year.

Make your way to each halls of residence where our ambassadors will be waiting to give you a tour of a standard room and kitchen. You'll discover lots of useful information about each hall based on our students' experiences.

There’s no need to book - just turn up and join the next tour. Tours last around 20-30 minutes.

The halls open to view are:

  • Catherine House
  • Greetham Street
  • Harry Law
  • Margaret Rule
  • Trafalgar Hall
  • Rosalind Franklin
  • Rees Hall

Library tours

Make your way over to the library and ask the staff inside for more information. They'll be happy to take you on a tour and talk you through the resources we offer students and the different facilities available. Tours run from 10.00am - 2.00pm.

Food and drink

Food

There’s a lot to do on an Applicant Experience Day but there are plenty of options for keeping your energy up.

You and your guests are entitled to a free lunch meal deal at the cafes in Anglesea Building, Cafe Coco (next to Students' Union), Dennis Sciama Building, Eldon Building, Park Building and Portland Building. Or, you can get a free lunch from the BBQ located in our Northern Quarter. Show your Applicant Experience Day Guide to our catering staff to redeem your free lunch for you and your guests.

If you’re out and about in Portsmouth, there are loads of cafes and restaurants throughout Guildhall Walk, Southsea and Gunwharf Quays featuring well-known names and independents. Ask our staff and students on the day for recommendations, they'll be happy to help.

Drinks

Don't forget to stay hydrated. Just ask an ambassador or a member of staff for directions to your nearest catering outlet.

We strongly encourage all guests to bring along their own reusable hot drink cups and water bottles to save on waste. You can refill your bottle at our catering outlets.

Planning your day

The day before, check the weather forecast so you can dress appropriately come rain or shine – you’ll likely spend a few minutes outside getting between venues on our city campus.

And, don’t forget to charge your phone so you can take snaps of anything you want to refer back to when you get home.

Getting here

Please note there is NO parking at the Students' Union. If you choose to drive, please take a look at the options available to you:

Park and ride

Portsmouth has a handy Park and Ride service to save you the hassle of finding parking in the city, for only £4 per day, per vehicle. The car park allocated for Applicant Experience Day visitors is at:

Park & Ride Portsmouth
Tipner Interchange
M275 Junction 1
Portsmouth
PO2 8AN

Payment will be taken on the bus with cash or contactless bank card.

The University Park and Ride bus service runs every 10 minutes and will drop you off just outside the Students' Union building. Please allow about 30 minutes to get to us from the car park. If you need help on arrival at the Park and Ride or when you get dropped off, look out for our student ambassadors (dressed in purple).

Parking options

Applicant Experience Days visitors can park for free in the University car parks listed below so please ignore any payment machines. They can be used on a first-come first-served basis and tend to fill up quickly on the day. Take a look at their locations below and plan your journey. On Saturday Applicant Experience Days you can park in University car parks for free, but spaces are limited.

The locations are:

  • Anglesea rear car park - PO1 3DJ
  • Eldon car park - PO1 2DJ
  • Melbourne Place car park - PO1 2UP
  • Milldam car park - PO1 3AS
  • Nuffield car park - PO1 2ED
  • St George's car park - PO1 2HY
  • University House car park - PO1 2UP

A discounted rate of £4 is available to Applicant Experience Day visitors at the nearby Gunwharf Quays car park on Wednesday 2 March. Simply show your Applicant Experience Day Guide at the parking office and pay upon exit of the car park. This applies to the Wednesday date only.

City centre parking

To get to car parking closest to the University, use the M27 (from the west) or A3(m)/A27 (from the east) and take the M275 into Portsmouth (signed 'Portsmouth West'). Ignore the M27/A27 junctions signed to Southsea and Hilsea.

On-street, pay-and-display parking is available close to campus and to the check-in venue. There are also public car parks throughout the City. There's more information about city centre car parking on the Portsmouth City Council website.

Trains

The closest station to the University is Portsmouth and Southsea. It's a 5-minute walk from the nearest University buildings and close to all parts of the campus.

Plan your train journey to Portsmouth on the National Rail website.

Further travel information

There's more travel information our maps and directions page.

Travel Bursary

As part of our commitment to support our future students, we're offering a contribution towards your travel costs when attending one of our Applicant Experience Days.

It comes in the form of a pre-paid e-voucher, which you can redeem at over 50 retailers, to help offset the cost of travelling to Portsmouth. To receive this voucher all you need to do is attend the event and check-in at any time during the day. We'll send you all the details you need to redeem your voucher after the event.

Need to know more?

If you've got questions, give our Applicant Experience Day team a call on +44 (0)23 9284 2748 or email aed@port.ac.uk.