Applicant Experience Days

University of Portsmouth Open Day

Once you have an offer from us, you’ll be invited to an Applicant Experience Day. You can discover more about your chosen degree and ask us any questions you have - and we’ll show you around so you can discover more about the city and our University.

Never visited the University before? You can check out our halls of residence, do a guided tour of the campus and get a feel for the city you might be calling home.

Already been to campus? Remind yourself why Portsmouth is a great place to study, and ask our staff your questions.

Take a look at our guide below to get the most out of your day.



Course Session

You won’t want to miss your course session, plan your day around it so you’ll be in the right place at the right time. You’ll interact with your future lecturers, look around the facilities you could be using, and take part in workshops or taster lectures. You can also pick the brains of our current students about life and study in Portsmouth.

Your full schedule will be sent to you a couple of weeks before your visit, so keep an eye on your emails.

Check In

You can check in anytime at the Student Union (PO1 2EF). At Check In, you’ll get a programme with key information for the day. And we’ll point you to where you need to go first.

You can also check in at the building where your course session is held.

Explore the city and the University

If you’ve never checked out the University of Portsmouth, this is your chance to explore.  We’ll give you a guided tour, show you around the campus, and you’ll get a feel for the city. You can also pop into our halls of residence to take a look at where you could be living.

The following activities run throughout the day. Take a look at what’s on offer to plan your day:

Halls visits

Moving away from home is a big decision. We want to make sure you find the perfect home from home.

Our Applicant Experience Days give you the chance to look around the halls of residence to see which one ticks all the right boxes. You can also explore the option of renting privately.

Take a look at our student halls

Student Housing Talk

Our scheduled talks will cover your uni housing essentials:

  • Student Accommodation – You’ve got a few options for living in Portsmouth, whether you want to stay in our halls of residence, or look at renting privately, we’re here to help

Information Fair

If you want the lowdown on everything from support services to career planning, you should head over to the Information Fair. It’s open from 10am-4pm in the Students’ Union. At the fair, you’ll be able to:

  • Get information on accommodation, halls of residence and private renting
  • Chat to our experts to breeze through Student Finance
  • Learn about our support services that’ll keep you happy and healthy during your studies
  • Speak to our careers advisors, who’ll help you figure out where your course could take you




Portsmouth has a fantastic Park and Ride service, to save you the hassle of finding parking in the city. It costs just £4 for the day. You’ll find it just off the M275 at the entrance to the city.

The buses will depart every 4 minutes during peak times and 7 minutes during off-peak times.

On Applicant Experience Days, you can catch the University bus service that runs from the Park and Ride car park to just outside the Students’ Union on Cambridge Road. Look out for our friendly student ambassadors (dressed in purple) who are on hand to help.

Please allow around 20 minutes from parking to arrival on campus.



On Saturdays our University car parks are free to use, but spaces are limited. Please see the locations of these below:

  • Anglesea rear car park – PO1 3DJ
  • Eldon car park – PO1 2DJ
  • Melbourne Place car park – PO1 2UP
  • Milldam car park – PO1 3AS
  • Nuffield car park – PO1 2ED
  • St George’s car park – PO1 2HY
  • University House car park – PO1 2UP


On Wednesdays, discount parking is available at Gunwharf Quay Retail Outlet (PO1 3TZ) at £4 for the day. Show your Applicant Experience Day ticket to the parking office before you pay to receive the discounted rate.

On-street, pay-and-display parking is available close to the registration venue and at public car parks throughout the City. Alternatively, city centre car parking details can be found via Portsmouth City Council.

Further travel information can be found on our maps and directions page.



Have a drink on us! You’ll get a wristband when you check in entitling you to a free tea or coffee at our University cafes. You and your guests will also be able to choose between a hot and cold lunch option, also on us.

You’ll find our cafes in Eldon Building, Park Building, Dennis Sciama Building, Cafe Coco and Portland Building. They will be open throughout the whole day for meals and snacks. 

If you’re out and about in Portsmouth, there are loads of cafes and restaurants throughout Guildhall Walk, Southsea and Gunwharf Quays – with plenty of well known options.

If you’ve got questions, give our team a call on 023 9284 2748 or email