Campus and city life in 2020/21
Covid information for students
Return to face to face teaching
The Government has announced that universities can offer face-to-face teaching from March for some courses with a substantial practical element. Other courses will remain online-only until further government advice.
If you're not studying one of the exempt courses, you should follow Government guidance and stay at home wherever possible. If you have concerns or need further support, please speak to your Tutor or Faculty MyPort Hub.
Every building is open in line with with government guidance. There'll be a few restrictions 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 up too, with all the appropriate safety measures in place.
How we're keeping our campus safe
- All teaching to large groups is be delivered online using enhanced technology
- 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 required in University buildings. There will be disposable face masks available on campus too.
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
Getting into your classes is simple – your student card will give you access to the teaching spaces and University buildings where your small-group sessions such as seminars, workshops and labs take place. It won’t let you into any space you don’t need 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.
Please read our Sport Portsmouth coronavirus information page.
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.
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.
Currently, most cafes, restaurants and pubs are open and many are offering a takeaway or delivery service such as £2 pizza slices or fresh bread delivered to your home.
Some of the art and craft stores are offering online classes for you to get creative in your spare time outside uni study.
The University of Portsmouth is going back on campus. Take a look at everything we're doing to make your return as easy and as safe as possible.