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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Moving into your accommodation

Choose to live in our halls of residence or private accommodation and make Portsmouth your home. 

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Healthcare

Find out how you can use the UK's free NHS services as an international student here, or how to get private healthcare.

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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.

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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.

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Social activities

Discover the upcoming social events for international students

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