Start your journey
What to do when you arrive in the UK to put your best foot forward at university
However far you have to travel to Portsmouth, we're here to make your arrival in the UK – and your first weeks as a student with us – as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.
From advice and guidance on the things you should do before you arrive, to what to expect when you get here, we're here to help.
What to do before you arrive and how to get here
What to pack and preparing to travel
From the documents you'll need to bring, to your personal belongings, find out what you'll need to bring with you to university.
How to get here
Get directions from London Heathrow, Gatwick and other airports to the University of Portsmouth. We offer airport pickup services for international students.
Insurance for international students
If you're new to the UK, you'll probably have a few questions about insurance. Find out what types of insurance you need.
Planning your finances
Discover how best to plan your finances while studying at the University of Portsmouth, including advice on your budget for the study year.
What to do when you arrive
Your first weeks
Find out what could lie ahead here. Learn more about the arrival programme, what you need to do, and what you might like to explore.
Moving into your accommodation
Choose to live in our halls of residence or private accommodation and make Portsmouth your home.
Find out how you can use the UK's free NHS services as an international student here, or how to get private healthcare.
Opening a bank account
Find out how to set up a bank account in the UK as an international student, and why it's a good idea to have one.
Working during your studies
Learn all about your right to work in the UK as an international student while studying, and working time restrictions on your visa.
Discover the upcoming social events for international students