Student life

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Student life

Ever considered skydiving or learning a new language? At Portsmouth you can.

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We support you on your journey, not just as a student, but as an individual preparing for your future. This is your opportunity to get involved, make connections and have a go at things you’ve never had the chance to try before.

The student community brings a diverse mix of people together, to study, to enjoy free use of the University facilities and to make the most of the lifestyle that Portsmouth has to offer. What’s more, so much of what you can do here also develops you for your future as a graduate.

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book Becoming a Student

Finding your feet

In the weeks leading up to your arrival we give you all the information you need for a smooth start including an induction pack and online support.

Once you have arrived at the University as a new undergraduate student, we try to make sure you feel at home. Within the first two weeks you'll get to find your way round the city, the campus and meet others during Freshers' Week before continuing students return. You’ll also get a chance to get to know the people and services that can support you academically and personally through your time with us.

In your first month as a student you might:

  • Join one of the 150 clubs and societies
  • Take part in a sports competition with your new team
  • Join our gym
  • Take up a new instrument or start learning a new language
  • Join forces with other students to raise money for charity

President's view

Grant Clarke
University of Portsmouth Students’ Union president

We want your time at the University of Portsmouth to be the best possible; that’s why we help our members run activities for all students, from Football to Badminton, Mountain Climbing to Debating. Your experience shouldn’t be about how much you can afford, and that's why at the Students’ Union we subsidise activities, trips and tours, and so much more. Make sure you get involved and have a life changing experience at University!

International & EU Students

A few days before Freshers’ Week begins our International Office welcomes our overseas students to an Orientation Week.

Our welcome for overseas students includes:

  • A dedicated information pack and detailed faculty-specific programmes
  • Airport pickups with transfer to halls of residence or private accommodation
  • Guided city and campus tours, social and sporting events
  • Support with the registration process
  • Welcome presentations and lunch
  • Information fair to meet our Student Support Services and local banks
  • Halls of residence registration
  • English for Academic Purposes placement sessions

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The Students’ Union

The Students’ Union is there to promote your rights and look after your well-being throughout your university years. It’s run for the students, by the students.

The Students' Union:

  • Supports you to make your time at university more comfortable
  • Gives you opportunities to get involved
  • Gives you advice on academic issues and welfare
  • Organises events and societies to bring you together with other like-minded students
Students' Union
Students' Union

Support

Going to university is a journey, and you’ll be facing many challenges. We’re here to support you the whole way.

These are some of the kinds of support we offer:

  • Academic support
  • Personal support - including disability support
  • Chaplaincy - including dedicated facilities for various religions
  • Counselling
  • Health and medical care
  • Childcare – our Nursery offers a limited number of spaces prioritised for students with children from six months to five years old
  • Student finance and housing support and advice
Academic Skills Unit (ASK)
Academic Skills Unit (ASK)

Activities and societies

From climbing Everest for charity, to being a representative for other students, this could be the beginning of an exciting path to achieving something you never knew you could.

Try out something new by:

  • Joining a special interest society
  • Raising money for charity during Raising and Giving (RAG) week
  • Contributing to the student newspaper
  • Getting involved with a sports club and going on tour
  • Getting training to be a Course Representative
  • Learning a new language
Freshers' Fayre
Freshers' Fayre

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Use the facilities

Make the most of our two sports centres and outdoor sports complex including:

  • Two sports halls
  • Two dance/martial arts studios
  • A 100-station gym with CV, resistance and free weights spaces
  • Squash courts
  • A synthetic turf hockey pitch
  • Grass pitches for football, rugby and lacrosse

Join a class or a club

The Athletic Union, part of the Students’ Union, offers over 35 sports clubs from football to skydiving.

Every week our teams take part in competitions and leagues against other university teams.

As well as this, you can choose from 50 different fitness classes, or make the most of Portsmouth’s renowned water sports facilities.

Top of your game

We’re committed to supporting athletes and sports people to reach the top of their game through links with a number of elite clubs, sports schemes and top-quality coaching. This has included supporting two successful Paralympians.

You can also gain coaching qualifications and volunteer in sports development programmes in the local community and sometimes overseas.

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Music and Drama

Sing out in a choir, take up a new instrument, join the orchestra or play in our wind or big band.

Whether you’re new to music, an experienced virtuoso or a budding musician, our tutors and music groups cultivate your musical talents. We sing and play purely for pleasure and to entertain others, and you don’t have to be studying music or drama in order to join in.

The choir recently performed Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme.

Performances

The Dramatic Musical Society is responsible for a yearly production. The society is always looking for actors/chorus singers and principals, as well as dancers, choreographers, stage hands and marketing people. No experience is necessary, and it’s lots of fun.

Examples of past shows include Crazy for You, The Yeomen of the Guard and Strauss’ Die Fledermaus.

Facilities

  • Four rehearsal rooms
  • Four practice rooms all equipped with a piano
  • A fully equipped black box space with lighting and seating for 60 people
  • A sound recording studio

Dramatic developments: We are thrilled about a £1m Heritage Lottery-funded project to develop the back lot of the city’s historic New Theatre Royal in collaboration with the University of Portsmouth. Plans include a new Creative Learning Centre.

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