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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 a small sample of the activities happening this year.

Due to Covid-19, we have had to reduce our offering of in-person social events in Teaching Block 1, but rest assured we are working on some exciting events for Teaching Block 2, including our ever-popular coach trips.

In the meantime, we will be offering an array of smaller social events and virtual social events. We’ll let you know about these via our Facebook Page and the WeAreGlobal newsletter, so keep a look out for further announcements!

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

Social Events

2nd December - Festive Global Quiz 

6pm, The Hub, Dennis Sciama Building - Free to enter, prizes to be won! 

8th December - Christmas Crafternoon

1pm, Main Hall, Nuffield Centre - an afternoon of Christmas crafts! Free to join and all craft materials provided. Free hot chocolate too! 

17th December - Christmas Picnic 

1pm, The Waterhole, Students' Union Building - bring your favourite festive snacks along and enjoy with other students, along with some other festive treats! 

21st December - Winter Solstice Sunset Walk 

3pm, meet outside Rees Hall - enjoy the beautiful winter sunset as we walk along the beach, finishing at a nice warm cafe for a hot drink! 

29th and 30th December - Christmas Break Socials 

12pm to 6pm each day - Rees Hall - join us for films, games, snacks and chat! 

Saturday 12 February 2022, £20

For over 800 years, Oxford has been 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 Thames. Visit Oxford’s Natural History Museum, the Botanical Gardens or Museum of the History of Science or local markets and boutiques! If you are a Harry Potter fan, Oxford is a great place to discover the secrets of Hogwarts where you can walk the same mysterious hallways as the wizard himself.

  • 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 8:00am
  • Departure from Oxford 4.00pm

Buy your tickets at our online store

Saturday 26 March 2022, £20

Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times, and is a World Heritage Site. It is home to the only natural hot springs you can bathe in in Britain and the famous Roman Baths. The Georgian architecture of Bath is like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel and the streets are filled with independent and quirky boutique shops and cosy tea rooms for traditional English afternoon tea.

  • Tickets are for current enrolled students only.
  • Tickets are non refundable (unless we cancel) and include coach travel only.
  • Free day to spend in Bath as you wish.
  • Departure from Portsmouth 8.00am
  • Departure from Bath at 4.30pm

Buy your tickets at our online store

Saturday 7 May 2022, £30

Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world; a famous prehistoric 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 9.00am
  • Departure from Salisbury at 5.00pm

Buy your tickets at our online store



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: £30
  • Day visit: £15

The cost of travel is extra.

Chinese New Year, February 2022 - Year of the Tiger

Honour the Year of the Tiger with the Chinese Society’s annual show to celebrate their Lunar New Year through traditional dance, songs and other performances. Free.

International Students Book Club

Meet once a month for friendly and relaxed discussions on books, poems and short stories. The Book Club is a great place to meet new people, practice your English skills and enjoy talks and visits about other places associated with books and reading in Portsmouth!
Once a year, Book Club takes part in World Book Night celebrations and take books to communities outside the university, getting to know new people and new places.
For more information, contact rhiannon.thomson@port.ac.uk

Global Café

1.00pm-2.00pm every Wednesday during term time, Park Building Café. All students welcome.

Global Café hosts weekly themed discussions every Wednesday during term time. If you'd like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you! You'll meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just a chat. All students are welcome. Join us on Moodle for updates, venues, theme announcements and online conversation.

Global Week

Global Week celebrates the global culture we have at the University of Portsmouth!

Beginning Monday 7 March 2022 we will be hosting a week-long programme of events celebrating the international diversity we have at the University of Portsmouth. More information will be announced on this page over the next few months.

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