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What to expect in your first week

Find out what lies ahead during your first week as a new student with us

Your first week with us is your first opportunity to discover the city, and to get used to life in Portsmouth. Here's a brief snapshot of what you can expect, what you need to do, and what you might like to explore.

Arrival programme and welcome events

Book your Airport Pickup from London Heathrow Airport on Tuesday 14 January 2020 at either 10.00am or 5.00pm.

Orientation is from 10.00am Wednesday 15 January in Richmond Building Atrium, and you will be able to:

  • Check-in with UoP Global support staff and collect your Welcome Pack
  • “Welcome to the University of Portsmouth” presentation session with a student panel for Q&A
  • Support Services Information Fair (meet staff from Careers & Employability, Sport & Recreation, Students’ Union, Wellbeing and more)
  • Campus tours and evening social event

On Thursday 16 and Friday 17 January there will be:

  • Faculty Inductions
  • Selection of social events such as a campus tour, movie night and more

Saturday 18 January will have:

  • City centre tour
  • Sporting events

Services and events available all week include:

  • Register for your course and get your ID checked
  • Get a bank letter to help you get a bank account
  • Book an appointment to register with the police
  • Check-in with the Global Office and collection of Welcome Pack
  • Pay your tuition fees if you haven’t already
  • Collect your Student Card
  • Join a series of sports sessions.

If you want help finding locations across the university, see our maps and directions page.

Registering for your course

When you register with the University, you’ll need to provide evidence of your qualifications and documentation to verify your identity. For identification purposes, one of the following documents must be shown at the point of registration:

  • Valid passport
  • Valid EU/EEA ID Card (European students only)

As evidence for your qualifications, you must provide copies of qualification certificates as detailed in your offer letter or CAS statement to confirmation@port.ac.uk, if not already provided during the application process.

Please note, if you cannot provide proof of your identity by one of these means, you cannot be registered. The University reserves the right to exclude any student who is unable to satisfactorily provide proof of qualifications obtained.

If you’re transferring from another university and don’t yet hold a visa for the University of Portsmouth, you’ll be required to show evidence of your visa application - such as the Home Office receipt - before you’re allowed to register onto your course.

International students (non EU/EEA nationals)

It's important to check your ID in order to satisfy immigration requirements and to ensure all the information we hold is correct. We'll be undertaking ID checks during the orientation programme.

Students from Europe (EU/EEA nationals)

You'll be registered directly by your department, who will contact you with specific details.

Paying your tuition and accommodation fees

You should make your payment through webpay.

If you can’t pay online, you can pay by cheque, draft or cash. Please go to the finance cash desk in University House (on the ground floor). The desk is open weekdays 10.00am—4:00pm (3:00pm on Fridays).

Late arrival

You should really try to avoid late arrival as this will negatively affect your studies. Your term start date and the last date for registration is included in your offer letter.

If you can't avoid arriving later, you'll need to fill in the late registration form. If you'll be staying in university accommodation, you'll also need to contact the Student Housing team to let them know you'll be arriving later.

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