Students enjoying the University of Portsmouth Festival of Cultures

Starting your social life at uni

Upcoming social events for international students

University life is about much more than just studying. Discovering the local culture and exploring your new hometown – and the country around it too – is a big part of what makes studying abroad so memorable.

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of events and activities for all our students. Take a look below for a sample of the activities happening this year.

From September 2022, we will be bringing back our full programme of coach trips to popular locations around the UK as well as our smaller free social events on campus here in Portsmouth. 

You can also get involved with cultural events throughout the year, from Christmas Vacation socials to Chinese New Year celebrations, and even our Global Week – a week long programme of events, lectures and sports sessions to celebrate diversity here in Portsmouth. Keep up to date on these events on our official Global Community Facebook group

Social events

Kindness Day - Craft & Cookie Decorating - Thursday 15 February 2024

Come along to decorate cookies and try some crafting to make as gifts to give someone you love or for yourself! Everything will be provided free.

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Speed Friending - Wednesday 21 February 2024

New to town? No problem. Unsure about where to meet potential new friends? Join our Speed Friending event – it’s a great way to meet more people!

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World Earth Beach Clean - Monday 22 April 2024

Volunteers come together worldwide today in an effort to clean up litter and mismanaged waste from beaches, rivers, forests and streets. Join us as we head to the seafront to clean Southsea beach. Hot drinks, gloves and bin bags provided. Prizes to be won! 

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Summer Solstice Walk and Yoga on the beach - Thursday 20 June 2024

Join us on a morning walk to mark the longest day of the year, when the light is the longest and the night is shortest. Enjoy a refreshing walk and try some simple yoga moves with others and take in all the elements of Summer.

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Coach Trip to Bath - Saturday 24 February 2024

Bath has been a wellbeing destination since Roman times, and is a World Heritage Site. It is home to the only natural hot springs you can bathe in in Britain and the famous Roman Baths. The Georgian architecture of Bath is like something straight out of a Jane Austen novel and the streets are filled with independent and quirky boutique shops and cosy tea rooms for traditional English afternoon tea. Ticket price includes coach travel only. Departure from Portsmouth 8.00am, departure from Bath 4.00pm.

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Coach Trip to Stonehenge and Salisbury - Saturday 27 April 2024

Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world; a famous prehistoric monument standing in the beautiful English countryside. It is 5000 years old and is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The purpose of Stonehenge remains a mystery to this day. After visiting Stonehenge, the coach will take you on to the mediaeval cathedral city of Salisbury; typically English and full of medieval, Tudor, Georgian and Victorian architecture, as well as shops, cafes and attractions. Ticket price includes coach travel only. Departure from Portsmouth 8.00am, departure from Salisbury 5.00pm.

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Coach Trip to Southwick D-Day Vintage Revival - Sunday 9 June 2024

Go back in time to the 1940’s as a whole Hampshire village transforms to commemorate the D-Day landings. Southwick Village was the operational centre for the D-Day landings on the 6th June 1944. Entertainment includes free history walking tours, free dance swing lessons, live music, motorcade of vintage vehicles, traditional fairground, vintage shopping in market street, themed pubs, spitfire plane flypast, ancient ruins and much more. A must for history and vintage enthusiasts! Ticket price includes coach travel only. Departure from Portsmouth 11.30am, departure from Southwick 5.00pm.

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Chinese New Year, January 2023 - Year of the Rabbit

Honour the Year of the Rabbit with the Chinese Society’s annual show to celebrate their Lunar New Year through traditional dance, songs and other performances. Free.

International Students' Book Club

Meet once a month for friendly and relaxed discussions on books, poems and short stories. The Book Club is a great place to meet new people, practice your English skills and enjoy talks and visits about other places associated with books and reading in Portsmouth.

Once a year, Book Club takes part in World Book Night celebrations and takes books to communities outside the university, getting to know new people and new places.

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Global Café

2.00pm - 3.00pm every Wednesday during term time, Park Building Café. All students welcome.

Global Café hosts weekly themed discussions every Wednesday during term time. If you'd like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you! You'll meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just a chat. All students are welcome. Join us on Moodle for updates, venues, theme announcements and online conversation.

Global Week

Global Week celebrates the global culture we have at the University of Portsmouth.

In March 2024 we will be hosting a week-long programme of events celebrating the international diversity we have at the university. More information will be announced on this page over the next few months.

March 2024

Global Week celebrates the global culture we have at the University of Portsmouth!

In March 2024 we will be hosting a week-long programme of events celebrating the international diversity we have at the University of Portsmouth. More information will be announced on the Global Week webpage.

HOST UK is a scheme where you can spend a day or weekend with a British family anywhere in the UK. You will get to learn more about British culture and share your culture with them. This is a great opportunity to fully immerse yourself in British culture and to make new friends along the way. Contact us for details on how to apply.

  • Weekend visit: £30
  • Day visit: £15
  • The cost of travel is extra.

Look out for details of the HOSTUK Christmas visits on our Facebook page and in the WeAreGlobal newsletter to experience a real British Christmas, with all the trimmings.