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Take it all in

Explore the social scene at university and opportunities to soak up the local culture

Discover the social and cultural activities you can get involved with on campus and throughout Portsmouth. Whether you're a new student, looking to improve your existing social life, or soak up some of the local culture, you'll find opportunities in Portsmouth to make the most of your free time at uni.

Here's how you can get started and get involved in the social scene at university:

Join a student society

If you're a new student, it's a great idea to check out student societies on campus. You can do this by attending the Freshers Fair at the UPSU, where you'll get to meet the society members.

There are over 150 societies so you should find a group that interests you. These include cultural societies like the Cinema Society, Book Club or the Harry Potter Society as well as national groups including the Bengali Society, the Czechoslovakian Group or the Afro-Caribbean Society.

It's a good idea to attend as many societies as you want, then suss out if they are for you, before you pay the membership fee. If you don't find a society based on your interests, you can start your own.

Find a social event in halls

You'll find regular organised events at your halls of residence run by students (Residence life assistants) for students.

Look out for film nights, weekly quiz nights, games nights, karaoke nights, Jenga and pizza nights, talent nights, art nights, cake decorating and yoga. The events will be held online and in your Halls Common room.

Res Life will email you a monthly events calendar.

To find out more please speak to any member of our Residence Life Team or look out for promotions on hall digital screens, Res Life and your hall Facebook groups or email the Res Life Team at

Students playing board games

Spend an afternoon playing a board game or just chatting with other students at the weekly wellbeing cafe.

Wellbeing Café

Wellbeing Café is a regular chance to connect with others and take time out to focus on fun and relaxing wellbeing activities. The Café is run by staff from the Wellbeing Service, and they'd be happy to chat to you beforehand to offer a familiar face when you turn up. To find out more and sign up to receive the weekly invitation email

Join a Global Office event

The Global Office runs an exciting programme of trips out, social and cultural events which are open to all students. 

Events will be updated throughout the year, please join the University of Portsmouth - Global Community group on Facebook for updates.

Global Office events:

Year of the Ox – February 2021

The Chinese Society hosts an annual show to celebrate their Lunar New Year through traditional dance, songs and other performances.

Global Week is returning this year! Running from the 15-21 March 2021, Global Week is one of our most popular annual events where we celebrate the diversity of the people who make up the University of Portsmouth community.

If you'd like to meet other students in a friendly, informal environment then Global Café is for you. You can meet students from other countries and share knowledge and experience of other cultures and languages, or just have a chat.

Global Café meets in-person and online on Wednesdays from 1.00pm to 2.00pm during term-time. The event is free and all students are welcome.

For further information and location of the events or to pre-book a place, contact

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.

You can choose a weekend visit costing £25 or a day visit costing £15.

Join the social activities at the Chaplaincy

Meet new people within a peaceful and impartial environment at the Chaplaincy. Social activities include:

  • Festival of Light
  • Film and Games nights (Xbox and board games)
  • Mug painting
  • Christmas Carol Service

Anybody within the University community is welcome to visit the Chaplaincy and participate in any of the social events and speak with the Chaplains, socialise with friends or to just have a space for quiet and reflection.

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