Covid information for students
If you're applying to join us to study in 2021/22, we want to be open with you about how you'll be taught and what life on campus will be like.
Find out more about what your studies and lifestyle will look like, and how we've adapted to the pandemic to ensure you'll still get the same level of outstanding teaching, support and guidance. You can also explore our frequently asked questions if you can't find what you're looking for here.
You'll be taught through a combination of face-to-face and some online teaching and learning.
Find out how we're keeping campus safe for you, and read our advice on how to safely explore the city.
All our halls of residence are open as normal, with all the necessary safety measures in place to keep you safe.
How to stay safe if you're living in a private flat or house in Portsmouth.
You can find further information on our current students' website MyPort:
- Coronavirus testing for students and travel and testing – protect you and your mates and travelling to and from University
- Covid safety guidance – what to do if you come into contact with Covid
- Self-isolation support for students – what to do if you need to self-isolate
- Studying in 2020/21 – find out how we transformed our teaching for our current students
- No detriment – how we're recognising the impact of the pandemic on assessments
- Frequently asked questions for international students, postgraduate research students, and those planning to study and work abroad
University Coronavirus Information Line
If you have an enquiry related to covid, please first read through our 'coronavirus information for students' pages. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, get in touch with us on our Coronavirus Information Line.
Please note, this team cannot provide you with a coronavirus test appointment – instead read the information on coronavirus testing for students.
Telephone: +44 (0)23 9284 5588
The phone line is open: Monday - Thursday 8.30am - 5.00pm and Friday 8.30am - 4.00pm
General Covid FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions
England has moved to Step 4 of the Government's roadmap out of lockdown, meaning most legal restrictions have been lifted.
However everybody needs to continue to act carefully and remain cautious, and many venues and organisations may have some safety measures still in place. Check before you visit and travel.
If you don't have symptoms, you can collect free home testing kits via the University Collection Service on campus.
If you have symptoms, you must book a test from the NHS
Read more on Coronavirus Testing for Students for details.
If you need to self isolate because you’ve tested positive for coronavirus, have coronavirus symptoms, have been contacted through NHS Test and Trace, or have to quarantine after travelling to the UK, we can support you. We can offer you a free 3 day food parcel and advice on ordering in supplies. Read more about self-isolation support for students.
All your support services are up and running, with a mixture of virtual and in-person access. To find out more contact the following:
- If you're facing financial difficulty, you may be eligible for a grant from the University Support Fund
- The Student Finance team is available on email@example.com
- MyPort Information Hubs - for help with timetables, ID checks, course enquiries and more
- Student Wellbeing Service – for support via video, email and phone on firstname.lastname@example.org
- The WhatsUp App provides daily tools to promote positive mental health and connections
- Chaplaincy support – on email@example.com or +44 (0)23 9284 3030 or attend one of the weekly lunchtime sessions every Thursday 1-2pm via Google Meet.
- Residential Life support in halls of residence – on +44(0)23 9284 3418 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- Students' Union Advice Service – on +44(0)23 92 843478 or email@example.com
- NHS and Solent Mind run a mental health support service called Positive Minds
- Academic Skills Unit (ASK) - one-to-one and small group tutorials and guidance on coursework - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Additional Support and Disability Advice Centre - phone, email or video support including specialist study skills and assistive technology tutors. Book via email@example.com or +44 (0)23 9284 3462
- The University Library is open and available via 24/7 online chat or firstname.lastname@example.org
- International students can get advice via email@example.com or +44(0)23 9284 3524
- The Careers & Employability Service is available via MyCareer and firstname.lastname@example.org or +44(0)23 9284 2684
Students who are facing financial difficulties can contact Student Finance for information, advice and support including applying for help from the University Support Fund.
The University has made a considerable investment to ensure teaching continues with the full engagement of academic staff and all the associated support services. Students are still achieving the learning outcomes required by their courses, and will be fully accredited for their learning to the same level as would have been the case had this Covid-19 crisis not happened.
The online-only approach for the majority of university courses during 2021 followed Government rules about reducing Covid transmission.
As such, students won't be receiving any change to their course fee payments.
Getting ready for study
Our study skills section can help you prepare for all styles of teaching and learning, especially if you want an introduction to independent online study.