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We're a home away from home

Everything you need to start your own journey in Portsmouth and settle into life in the UK

However far you have to travel to Portsmouth, we're here to make your arrival in the UK – and your first weeks as a student with us – as enjoyable and stress-free as possible.

From advice and guidance on the things you should do before you arrive, to what to expect when you get here, we're here to help.

Before you arrive

Student visas

Discover how to get a Student Visa via the new UKVI Student Route, including what you need to be eligible, the documents you need, how much it costs and how to apply. 

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Insurance for international students

If you're new to the UK, you'll probably have a few questions about insurance. Find out what types of insurance you need.

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What to pack and preparing to travel

From the documents you'll need to bring, to your personal belongings, find out what you'll need to bring with you to university.

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How to get here

Get directions from London Heathrow, Gatwick and other airports to the University of Portsmouth. We offer airport pickup services for international students.

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Finding accommodation

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What to do after you arrive

Arrival checklist

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Your first weeks

Find out what could lie ahead here. Learn more about the arrival programme, what you need to do, and what you might like to explore.

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International Orientation January 2023

Discover the activities and events taking place to help you settle into life in the UK.

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Planning your finances

Discover how best to plan your finances while studying at the University of Portsmouth, including advice on your budget for the study year.

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Opening a bank account

Find out how to set up a bank account in the UK as an international student, and why it's a good idea to have one.

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Welcome New International Students - University of Portsmouth

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Graham Galbraith, welcomes new international students to the University of Portsmouth for 2021/22, with an outline of what to expect for the months ahead.