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How is campus and city life different this year?

Find out how we're keeping campus safe for our staff and students, and read our advice on how to safely explore the city

This page contains information that's no longer relevant now that Covid restrictions have mostly passed. Please instead visit Covid information for students to find out more about current Covid issues and measures.
We have all the necessary safety measures in place on campus – including our teaching spaces, communal spaces, toilets, cafes and the library.

Every building is open in line with government guidance. There may still be social distancing in place, but you'll still be able to take part in life on campus. Much of the city – including our beaches, green spaces, public transport, cafes and restaurants – are open too.

How we've kept our campus safe 

  • Face-to-face teaching will return for 2021/22, with some online provision where it's shown to have a positive effect on learning outcomes
  • Two Covid-19 testing sites on campus offering free tests for students and staff with symptoms and without symptoms to help track coronavirus cases
  • Touch points such as doors, handles and stair rails are cleaned regularly
  • Communal areas, including teaching areas, toilets and hallways are cleaned daily 
  • Protective screens where there are lots of face-to-face interactions, such as in the library and reception areas, have been installed
  • The number of people using lifts is restricted, so everyone has more space
  • One-way systems are in place in buildings
  • Hand sanitising stations are available around campus
  • Temperature scanning is in place at strategic places around the campus 
  • Signs and floor markings are in place to help with social distancing and encourage good hygiene

Face coverings and PPE

Face coverings are currently required in University buildings. There are also disposable face masks available on campus. Some courses include practical learning where you may need to wear extra personal protective equipment (PPE), like a face shield, disposable gloves or a disposable apron. We’ll supply these if you need them.

Getting into teaching and support spaces

Your student card will give you access to teaching spaces and University buildings. It won’t let you into any space you don’t have permission to be in.

If you need a face-to-face chat, you can speak with your personal tutor and any of our guidance and support teams, who are also available via video chat, phone or email. 

Just remember that when you meet face-to-face, you have to wear a face covering. Our staff will be doing the same.

Sports facilities

Please check our Sport Portsmouth coronavirus information page for the latest. 

An aerial shot of the city of Portsmouth

Getting around the city

Portsmouth is an island city where everything is on your doorstep – including the beach and Southsea Common.

Walking and cycling

We always encourage you to walk and cycle to get around the city where possible. Portsmouth is a compact city, so this is very easy. 

If you're living in our halls of residence, you're within short walking distance of the University campus and the city centre. So you should only need public transport to get around if walking or cycling isn't an option.

MyJourney Hampshire has great tips and a route-finder when walking or cycling around Portsmouth.

Getting outside

Not only will you be living by the seaside in Portsmouth, but the city also has many large open parks and commons where you can socially distance when seeing friends or going for walks.

For more information, see our page on beaches, piers and parks.

Enjoying the city

Portsmouth is full of thriving independent businesses including bakeries, craft stores, bookshops, cafes and local restaurants who are working hard to provide a service to the residents in the city. 

Most cafes, restaurants and pubs are open and many are also offering a takeaway or delivery service if you don't fancy eating in. Don't forget to check out the art and craft stores to get creative in your spare time outside uni study. 

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